Crosman 1322 for Pesting and Small Game
Photo Credit: Keith Knoxsville
A Hen and a Drake Green Teal on the truck bed. Not a limit on anything, but a fun morning out.
I purchased a Crosman 1322 multi pump pellet pistol in the .22 caliber, because I needed a small and economical pest control weapon on our homestead, and I wanted a light weapon for small game. I was especially interested in one I could fit into a backpack.
I added a 4×32 Simmons scope to my 1322. I re-crowned it, changed the breech to a steel one, and modified it to a point where it produces 8.20 foot pounds of energy, with a standard 14.3gr pellet traveling about 510 feet per second at the muzzle.
As it is out of the box, a brand new Crosman 1322 costs 60 dollars, and shoots at ~450 fps with about 6.4 FPE. In other words, it is good enough out of the box to handle pests, and possibly put small game in the stew pot with quality shot placement.
Over time, I will cheaply modify the 1322 to produce closer to the 10 to 12 FPE range. I’d like greater insurance towards more consistent and humane small game dispatch.
The 1322 has already controlled a lot of the invasive starlings that were raiding our chicken feeders and $&*#ing in their water; Which I blame for the loss of a chicken this spring. When I get the 1322 in the field, I’ll attach one of my scope phone adapters and make some videos for the site.
If you are wondering about small game or pests and the energy required to take them, here are some suggested energy requirements. Take these numbers as bare minimums, and assumed good shot placement. All I can say is to use your discretion when shooting any animal so that it is humanely dispatched. And all the other, blah blah blah liberal pacifying things you can say about hunting.
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- Squirrel – 4.5fpe head or vitals
- Cottontail – 4fpe head or vitals
- Jack Rabbit – 5 fpe head or vitals
- Pigeon, Dove – 4.5 fpe head or vitals
- Sparrow – 2.5 fpe head or vitals
- Starling – 3.5 fpe head or vitals