View Full Version : crossbow question

10-12-2012, 08:27 AM
I need a basic used crossbow to kill the groundhog(s) that eat our garden. Over past years I caught 50 or so with a Havahart trap but this new group won't go near it.

Any recommendations for inexpensive brands accurate to about 30 yds?

I'm checking on ebay and craigslist for a set under $100.

10-12-2012, 08:41 AM

I use one of these. :D

10-12-2012, 08:46 AM
Why not a Gamo pellet gun? I got mine off Woot (Amazon) for $99.


10-12-2012, 11:29 AM
Why not a Gamo pellet gun? I got mine off Woot (Amazon) for $99.


+1 a powerful .22 cal pellet gun should do the job nicely. Pretty sure they make hollow point pellets for this application to that would really put a hurting on them.


something like that perhaps.

10-12-2012, 12:06 PM
A buddy has a Crossman CO2 but doesn't know if it's a .177 or .22. It bounces off Canadian geese at 30 yds. so I'm not sure if it'll kill a ground hog.

+1 for pellet gun over crossbow.

The Edge
10-12-2012, 12:18 PM
My dad just got a pellet gun this summer to take care of some marmots at their cabin. Does a very nice job, though it does sound like a rifle due to the pellet going faster than the speed of sound. May not be so great for a residential area, unless you make sure to find something that isn't too powerful.

10-12-2012, 12:25 PM
I have a couple of Gamo pellet guns. One is .177 the other 22 and they are much stronger hitting that the Crossman CO2 types. I've actually taken out a couple of coons and a opossum with mine.

10-12-2012, 12:37 PM
Woot had Gamo Big Cat .22s refurbished for $99 last week or so. That includes a scope and 50 pellets. If you aren't in a hurry the thing is to wait on Woot and pounce when they come up a few times per year. Amazon has pretty good list price, also Pyramid Air. I have the Varmit Stalker Deluxe and with platinum pellets it cracks above the sound barrier. It's comparable to shooting a .22LR at short range. A heavier lead pellet might not crack, I haven't tried.

They have a few models with built in noise dampeners.


11-21-2012, 05:27 PM
Here ya go!



11-21-2012, 11:49 PM
I would totally use a 22 pellet over a .177 pellet, more weight for better penetration but can still be deadly at subsonic speeds. Use the heaviest hollow point pellet you can find.