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Old 11-14-2017, 02:44 PM
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Looking for an inexpensive plinker .22 rifle for critter control. Kiffney's have some, but much nicer than what I need. Any decent places in FL. City/Homestead? Thx...
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I usually use my gamo air rifle down there. Check them out on amazon. They work well with .22 cal pellets and are much quieter.

Does walmart in Florida City sell guns? I can't remember but if so that would probably be cheapest.
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I would say Rural King but they are not in SE Florida. Bonita on the west coast is the closest one.
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Old 11-14-2017, 06:45 PM
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Looking for an inexpensive plinker .22 rifle for critter control. Kiffney's have some, but much nicer than what I need. Any decent places in FL. City/Homestead? Thx...
Pellet gun. Soft lead 22 pellets. Guana killers.

No real safe place to discharge a 22 in the keys. The propensity to ricochet with a 22 is high.

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most everyone I know goes the high power pellet gun route. seems to be quite effective.
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For large green lizards I have concrete evidence that anything over 750 FPS in .177 up to 50' is effective. After studying iguana anatomy the best placement is just behind the front leg (basically armpit) is best. It may not drop them right then but you won't see that lizard anymore.
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I have a Gamo .177 rifle and if you use the non-lead hunting pellets will run near 1300fps!! Lead pellets (have hollow points) run over 1100fps, both of which are more than .22LR and a lot quieter. The Guana's are pretty tuff and as mentioned anything less than 750/800fps will not work 95% of the time. So far for the Guana's, Cane Toads etc., it's been one shot, one kill.

Bear in mind that in Monroe County you are not allowed to discharge live rounds for target practice or varmin control in your yard. Also there is a law that say's it's a felony to cause injury and suffering to any animal including varmin so if you have a neighbor that see's you shooting their Guana's (yes I have 2 on the street that feed the fackers!!), and it runs off and she reports you then......
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177 or 22 air rifle/ pistol standard Iguana disposal tool here in the Keys
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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

These are effective, I have them in .177

I also have 2 boxes in .22 and if anyone wants them let me know. You can pick them up for free,
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Bear in mind that in Monroe County you are not allowed to discharge live rounds for target practice or varmin control in your yard.
I think that depends on the size of your property.
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If you want to go the firearm route use .22LR sub-sonic rounds. You can order them online at Midwayusa.com or cheaperthandirt.com. They work well in pistols or rifles, just not semi automatic actions. No louder than a modern air rifle. Gamo also makes a air rifle called a whisper with an integrated suppressor. Never used one but they market it to have reduced sound signature than the competition.

I have used these:https://www.midwayusa.com/product/2506135961/aguila-sss-sniper-subsonic-ammunition-22-long-rifle-60-grain-lead-round-nose


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In Florida, a pellet gun/air gun is not considered a firearm. You can use it.

Yes, you need to be considerate of the anti-cruelty laws in regards to the lizard and yes, you need to use common sense on where you are aiming and what your backstop is.

you'll find all sorts of conflicting info out there, but I take solace in hearing it straight from the Monroe County Sheriff's mouth...

http://floridakeystreasures.com/2017...dont-be-cruel/
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Whenever I'm out walking my dog in my neighborhood it's fairly common to hear the "snap" of iguana control via pellet gun
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Originally Posted by coores14 View Post
In Florida, a pellet gun/air gun is not considered a firearm. You can use it.

Yes, you need to be considerate of the anti-cruelty laws in regards to the lizard and yes, you need to use common sense on where you are aiming and what your backstop is.

you'll find all sorts of conflicting info out there, but I take solace in hearing it straight from the Monroe County Sheriff's mouth...

http://floridakeystreasures.com/2017...dont-be-cruel/
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As I said earlier I would not discharge any form of 22 Caliber weapon that is powder propelled in the Keys. Too many reasons not to.
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What kind of problems do the iguanas cause? I saw a green one here once but they seem to keep a pretty low profile. I am far more likely to shoot an alligator if it was up in my yard chasing the dog.
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What kind of problems do the iguanas cause? I saw a green one here once but they seem to keep a pretty low profile. I am far more likely to shoot an alligator if it was up in my yard chasing the dog.
Crap all over everthing including boats and cars. Eat all your foliage including your key limes.

Can cause illness with your pets as they Cary salmonella. I do my part every year on weather days. They fight like hell on light tackle and they even jump when they hit the canal.

Bait can be bought at Publix for them. Honeydew on bright days and cantaloupe on overcast ones.
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What kind of problems do the iguanas cause? I saw a green one here once but they seem to keep a pretty low profile. I am far more likely to shoot an alligator if it was up in my yard chasing the dog.
They're invasive, they tunnel behind sea walls, eat every plant you have, crap all over your boat, car, sidewalks, etc.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/flo...417-story.html
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