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Old August 8th, 2016, 07:32 PM   #31
 
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My vote goes to .22Lr, .22mag or even 5.7x28!



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Old September 2nd, 2016, 04:49 PM   #32
 
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22mag works really well.


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Old September 2nd, 2016, 06:20 PM   #33
 
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From the OP, "What is a good caliber to dispatch coons?"

You can dispatch them by radio, telephone or internet but they don't seem to understand English, so that probably will not be effective.

However, if you just want to KILL them,... I can highly recommend a firearm
Actually dispatch would be more correct then kill because the OP is trying to kill it quickly. Dispatch refers to killing an animal quickly.

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Old September 2nd, 2016, 06:33 PM   #34
 
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You can use .22 cal pellet for killing racoons and it is very effective. With that, the .22 caliber is about as effective as I can imagine. The twitch is normal. You can shoot a squirrel with a big bore revolver and still get the twitching effect because the brain is still sending signals to the nervous system but the animal is dead. Even a good head shot and the animal will twitch. You can drop a big game animal with a perfect kill shot and it will still twitch a bit, but it is dead.

The trick is proper bullet and proper shot placement. A round nose with pass through the animal. A hollow point to the brain and the animal will drop. A properly zeroed 22 caliber rifle and even a pistol will place a bullet where you aim it. Make sure the rifle is properly zeroed, aim for the head, breath properly, and ssssqqqqueeeezzzeeee the trigger. The coon won't know what hit him.

There have been more coons killed with a .22 caliber bullet then any other bullet.

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Old September 2nd, 2016, 07:29 PM   #35
 
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this is probably overkill, but the .17 Hornet is fast and furious.

The OP seems to want them dead pronto without worrying about the pelt.
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Old September 3rd, 2016, 10:12 PM   #36
 
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I vote for the 105..clean kill
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A 22 to the ear will get their attention.
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I don't hunt raccoons but I occasionally have to kill one that's become a nuisance. When I do I use my Colt AR (5.56). I just want to kill it quickly and make a clean one shot kill. I live out in the sticks so noise, neighbors and over penetration aren't a concern and and I'm not worried about destroying the pelt.
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In my younger days, I dispatched raccoons with a .22lr with shots to COM. One shot, plop, right out of the tree. Maybe the fall killed them, LOL.
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I always liked the 50 BMG for this. Killed and cleaned in one fell swoop... Oh, no "flopping"!


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I think the 38-40 grain .22 LR round is inadequate for any thing weighing over 5 pounds unless the targets brain or spinal column is hit.

If legal, if I had to shoot a raccoon I would use a .223 or .22-.250 type rifle.

I don't shoot raccoons because I think they are cute, especially the baby ones that enjoyed eating cat food on our front porch.

I would not want to dance around with a full grown male raccoon in a confined area.
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After having groundhogs tear up my garden, i upgraded from 22lr to 22 mag- it's been my favorite go to gun ever since. In fact, it's my favorite caliber.


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I use a SA-22 in 22 short. Most head shots on small varmints will cause flopping around for awhile like a "chicken with its head cut off"
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Old November 25th, 2016, 01:36 PM   #44
 
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22 Mag or 17 HMR makes for much cleaner kills.

22 Mag carries more mass to the target when you need 45 grains or if you need flatter shooting go with 30 grain ballistic tips.

17 HMR shoots flat out to 125 yards and expends about all of its energy in the target. It is relatively quiet. It is perfect when you are shooting around farm equip etc.

22 LR does the job, but is not ideal. When you get into the 60-90 yard ranges trying to figure out the drop of 22 LR can be tricky.

A suppressed 22 Mag can do a lot of work around your ranch or country house.
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Every coon I've ever killed (and I've killed a few of them) was done with a 22 LR or a 22 WMR. Either is capable of killing a coon cleanly so long as the shooters shot placement was good.
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