Solving the squirrel on the roof problem

    There is an interesting discussion over at rec.guns about the best way to deal with a squirrel chewing on the roof. It is worth a read.

    “Pumper Hinkle” sums up the options:

    Hmmm. I understand your problem better now. For the squirrel to be
    chewing on your roof, though, he must be sitting still for at least a
    little bit.

    I believe that if it were happening to me, I’d get a night vision scope for
    the bolt-action .22 and sight it in using BB caps. I’d then set up a
    sniper position and be patient. Once it stands still, bang.

    Or, well, you could get a .410 shotgun and some light loads, and figguring
    on patching the roof maybe.

    Or, I believe you can fire .45 colt cartridges in a .410 shotgun, and I
    believe you can get .45 snake loads.

    As you’ve observed, the .22 snakeloads don’t cycle in autos, and the rifling
    disperses the shot too much. I believe I once heard of a smoothbore .22,
    which would give better range.

    But I assume you don’t want to buy another gun, especially some sort of
    specialty gun. So, back to first suggestion, night vision scope on the

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