How Many FPS Do You Need to Kill a Squirrel?
There are several factors to consider when selecting the right rifle for killing a squirrel. The minimum velocity required to kill a squirrel is 600 fps, and faster velocity will pass through the animal and waste energy. A lower FPS will have a smaller impact on the animal. One of the best ways to increase your accuracy is by purchasing a pellet gun, which has a higher FPS than a rifle.
.177 caliber pellet gun
For hunting squirrels, you need to fire a high-velocity shot that travels at least 600 feet per second. There are two types of pellets, domed and pointed-tip. Domed pellets are hard-hitting, while pointed-tip pellets penetrate more deeply. Domed pellets are not as accurate as pointed-tip pellets, but they are still very effective.
While modern airguns are faster-shooting, they are also prone to inconsistent pellet trajectory. Generally, you should choose heavier pellets for better accuracy. If you can’t find a heavier pellet, you can also use a faster.177 caliber pellet gun. However, you should always remember that a heavier pellet will slow down the trajectory.
.22 caliber air rifle
One air rifle that shoots at high fps is the Diana. With a muzzle velocity of up to 1250 feet per second, this springer air rifle is able to take down squirrels at long distances. Its rifled barrel, enhanced Monte Carlo stock, and patented Lothar Walther barrel give this air rifle a powerful punch.
The next thing you need to do is purchase pellets. These pellets are available for purchase online. It is important to select a pellet that is of the proper weight and is of a good size for your air rifle. Always aim to hit vital organs on the squirrel. If the pellet is too light, it may go through the squirrel without causing any damage.
750-800 fps rifle
When it comes to killing a squirrel, a 750-800 fps rifle should do the job. Most people would recommend a near-1000 FPS rifle, but a 750-800 fps pellet gun is still sufficient. It is possible to kill a squirrel with a break barrel piston air gun, but you must make sure that it has high kill force.
If you are looking for a rifle with high-quality components and a high-speed trigger, a PCP rifle might be right for you. These rifles use air from a scuba tank to give the bullet a higher velocity, delivering a more powerful impact. A 500-600 FPS rifle will kill a squirrel cleanly, but a rifle that shoots at 750-800 fps will pass through it without losing much energy.
To kill a squirrel, you should use a near-1000-FPS rifle. While a 700-FPS gun will kill smaller animals like mice and rats, most people recommend a 1000-FPS rifle. A 1000-FPS rifle will provide maximum force to kill the target. A good airgun is recommended as well, or you could opt for a break barrel piston air gun.
One advantage of using a PCP rifle is the fact that it uses scuba tank air to produce a higher velocity, giving it a greater impact. Another advantage of this type of air rifle is its speed, which means the bullet will pass right through the squirrel without wasting a lot of energy. Using a 500-600-fps air rifle will provide a clean kill.
500-fps pellet gun
Pellet guns don’t need to be 500-fps in order to be effective. These guns are effective in the backyard for squirrel hunting and other types of targets. Squirrels are nocturnal, so you need to be patient. Move slowly to avoid spooking the squirrel. Rustling twigs will also attract the squirrel.
The speed at which a pellet is fired is also affected by the pellet’s shape. Pellets with flat heads have a greater chance of destroying targets at high speeds. A squirrel that’s less than 50 yards away from the gun can still be killed with 500-fps pellets. This method is effective for killing both male and female squirrels. However, it’s best to use a pellet gun that shoots at a speed of around 500 fps and over a long distance of about 55 yards.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.