When you have problems with moles, gophers and groundhogs invading your backyard, it can get out of control.
So having a good gun can be a huge help in handling these pests.
Now remember you don’t need to have a big hunting rifle, you just need something for the backyard.
The following guns are ideal for backyard critter control.
- Ruger 22/45 MK3
Equipped with Gemtech Alpine suppressor, Primary Arms green dot sight and Viridian C5L light/laser. This baby can has a tendecy to send squirrels and other rodents around the house into a very high rate of sudden heart attacks.
- Henry Arms Classic Lever-Action .22 Rifle
Is the federal paperwork for a suppressor a pain in the arse for you? Well, pick up a Henry Classic Lever-Action .22 Rifle. It’ll fire any .22 Long, .22 Long Rifle or .22 Short cartridge, meaning you can keep it a little quieter if you need to.
The quiet .22 Short ammunition will offer the most practical method for eliminating backyard vermin. Or, you can also step up to a hotter, high-velocity .22 Long Rifle hollow-point for larger animals like raccoons and coyotes.
- .17 Winchester Super Magnum
Most varmint hunting is high volume shooting at moderate ranges.
The .17 Winchester Super Magnum, is a rimfire rifle cartridge developed by the ammunition company Winchester in 2012.
The long rifle is popular, but given the skyrocketing cost of ammo and its limitations on coyotes and bobcats, it isn’t the best choice. The .17 HMR is a much better choice.
- Stoeger Arms X20S Suppressor Air Rifle
If you need something quiet, look at this suppressed air rifle.
The .17-caliber air rifle will allow you to be the backyard sniper of gophers and other destructive critters.
Remember, this isn’t your pellet gun from back when you were a kid. This will make for an adequate animal control tool. Leave the BB gun in the house and use a real air rifle for smaller animals.
- Ruger American Rifle
The Ruger American, a budget-friendly bolt-action rifle, is a great varmint gun that will not break the bank.
With an MSRP under $500, this entry-level bolt gun has a surprising number of features, including a cold hammer-forged barrel, Marksman adjustable trigger, ergonomic, lightweight stock, and rails for mounting a scope.
The Ruger American Rifle is offered in a number of calibers, including .223 Remington, .243 Winchester, and .22-250 Remington.
- Henry Arms .410 Lever-Action Shotgun
When less is more, the .410 shotshell is perfect. For backyards where you can get away with a little noise, the Henry lever-action .410 shotgun offers quick shots for critter control. Buckshot and slug loads are available for hunting larger animals.
- Henry Single-Shot 12-Gauge Shotgun
Farm shotgun is alive and well. Henry Arms have a beautiful version of the classic single-shot shotgun in .410-bore, 20- and 12-gauge options.
If you’re going after underground moles, bullets have a hard time getting through dirt. Your best bet is to sit in a lawn chair with a 12-gauge loaded with 9 shot.
When the dirt starts moving, get some lead on it. The lighter-size shot should avoid ricochet better than anything else. Is it loud? You bet, and you better wear safety glasses, too.