GOod hunting bb gun for a 13 yr old?

Im looking for a good hunting bb gun for small game..im not looking to spend big bucks either

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  • 1 decade ago
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    In the sub-$100 price range, your best options for a hunting airgun are the Crosman 2100, Crosman Phantom, and Crosman 2260. They're not the only options, but all three deliver good power and accuracy. All three will have plenty of power to hunt rabbits (5 ft-lbs impact energy needed) and squirrels (3 ft-lbs impact energy needed).

    The Crosman 2100 is a nice multi-pump. Its got 9 ft-lbs of muzzle energy (8 grain pellet at around 725 fps) which is enough power to hunt squirrels out to 25-30 yards and enough power to hunt rabbits out to 25 yards. Accuracy is good, in the vicinity of 1-1.5 inch groups at 25-30 yards. Durability, like with all Crosman's multi-pump pneumatics is good. The only real issue is that you have to pump the gun up to 10 times before each shot. That can be inconvenient and slow down follow-up shots. Still at $60, its a good, low cost option.

    The Crosman Phantom is a budget springer. Its got around 13-14 ft-lbs of muzzle energy (8 grain pellet at 850-900 fps). For those who can shoot spring-piston airguns well, accuracy is good (in the vicinity of 1-1.5 inch groups at 30 yards). So its a good option for squirrel and rabbit at 30 yards. What its not, is the most durable springer ever made. You'll get some debate about just how durable it is, but its probably a good idea not to expect the Phantom to last for more than a few years, especially if you use it a lot. Crosman does have a good service department though, so if you wanted you could periodically have the gun reconditioned if you come to find you really like it. At $90 its the most expensive gun of the three.

    The Crosman 2260 is a co2 gun. It delivers around 11.5 ft-lbs of muzzle energy (14 grain pellet at 600 fps). That's plenty of power to kill rabbit or squirrel out to beyond 30 yards. However due to the pronounced trajectory from the low muzzle velocity, its probably smart to limit yourself to 25-30 yards. Accuracy is reported as being quite good, with 1-1.5 inch groups being common. However, the fact that the Crosman 2260 is a co2 gun is both a blessing and a curse. Its a blessing because it means its not hold sensitive (like the Crosman 2100) and that it can be reloaded fairly quickly (like the Phantom). Both those are good things and make the 2260 very convenient to shoot. The fact its a co2 gun is a curse because it means the 2260's point of aim will shift a little bit as the temperature changes, the power level will drop as the temperature falls below about 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit, and you'll have to bu co2 cartridges for the gun in addition to ammo. (CO2 cartridges shouldn't be a big deal though since you get about 30-35 shots per cartridge and the cartridges cost about $.50-$.80 apiece.) At $86 this gun is in the middle as far as price goes, but the cost of co2 cartridges will push the total cost of ownership up to a bit more than the Phantom over the lifetime of the gun, which can be quite a while with proper maintenance.

    Other options in the sub-$100 price range are the Daisy 880, Crosman 664, and Crosman 760. The Daisy 880 and Crosman 664, with 6.5-7 ft-lbs of muzzle energy and the ability to deliver 1-1.5 inch groups at 20-25 yards, are both viable options, provided you limit yourself to head-shots at around 20 yards for small game animals like rabbit and squirrel. The Crosman 760 is really not a great option, but it can work. At 6 ft-lbs of muzzle energy, its only got enough power to take rabbit and squirrel out to 15-20 yards. Fortunately that's about as far as its capable of shooting accurately with its smooth bore. Even though I like the Crosman 664 as a general purpose airgun (plinking, target shooting, and occasional hunting), none of these are really the best choice for a low cost hunting airgun. Get one of the guns I mentioned previously if you're serious about doing a lot of hunting.

  • Nancy
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    5 years ago

    Well, even at 13 your should know its illegal to hunt in the city limits. You should know that in this day and age, walking around with a firearm of any kind will only get you in trouble. Even if it is a BB gun. Use Your Head! But as to your question... no it is NOT a good idea to shoot squirrels with a BB gun. BB guns are are typically not powerful enough to kill a squirrel in one shot. They can, but its more likely you will wound the squirrel, which is unethical. Any real sportsman will tell you that. If you want to hunt squirrels, first use a pellet gun or .22 and go out into the country, well away from people and homes. Oh, and I assume you are eating these squirrels. And not killing them just to be killing them right?

  • 1 decade ago

    BB guns are not really a good choice for hunting. A so-so $129.99 springer will be broken after 1,000 shots. For the same money you could have your choice of several entry level 22 that would be more effective and last a lifetime.

    American made, about $110 after rebate:

    http://www.marlinfirearms.com/firearms/SelfLoading...

    Source(s): http://groups.yahoo.com/group/airgun/ Large assortment of FREE downloadable, high quality targets, helpful links and great air gun discussions.
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    There isn't one.

    BBs just lack the power for a humane kill on anything.

    For small game I recommend a .22LR.

    You should be able to find a good used Marlin 60 or Ruger 10/22 for around $150.

    Ian M

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