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I'm having a problem with posums and wild dogs in my yard attacking my dogs, so i'd like to find .40s&w ammo that is quiet enough that i don't alarm the neighbors.

i know a .22 with the no-powder ammo would probably be ideal, but i thought i'd research possibilities for my XD40 before i spend a few hundred on a .22 that i don't really want. i'm trying to save for a SU-16....

any ideas?
 

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Can't say that I've ever heard of any sub-sonic .40 cal
But as far as the SS .22lr goes, all you need is a cheap bolt action rifle or .22lr revolver, $99- $159. You won't need any semi-auto as the SS ammo does not produce any recoil.

Withthat being said, I don't have any problems with ridding yourself of the possum problem this way, hell I've done it myself with a hi power airgun. But I wouldn't handle the wild dog problem like this. It won't be enough to kill them and it would just leave a nasty wound, that will be open to infection, causing alot of undo suffering on the animal. I can't in good conscience condone that. Find another way to take care of the dogs, please.
 

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If there is no commercially available low-powder loads, is there anyone here who rebuilds their .40 ammo and wants to try their hand at a low-powder version? to be paid for, of course, and i'll be the test mule.
 

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So you want a slow, loud, inaccurate round, right?

It's not the sonic-boom that'll get you, it's the powder lighting off.
 

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i admittingly don't know much about reloading ammo, but i think it's possible to produce a slow, quiet, round even at the .40 caliber.

for that matter, i'm quite sure it's possible to make a .40 'snakeshot' round, i just didn't know either of these rounds were commercially available.
 

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You'll still have a pretty good amount of noise, even with the downloaded .40. As Overkill said, you might not get the "crack" of the bullet breaking the sound barrier, but the noise of the expanding gas coming out the from of the barrel will be noisy. This is what most of what "noise suppressors" suppress.

Wouldn't use snakeshot on a dog, more of the same reasons as mentioned for the .22 in above post.
 

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just to clarify, i wouldn't use snakeshot on a dog, and probably not a possum either, but i do find it strange that no manufacturer has pursued something like this. it would fill the gap between .22 snakeshot that won't kill many animals and a shotgun, which isn't always practical due to it's size.
 

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It's not a practical load. It doesn't kill much, not even reliable on snakes, and the pattern from a rifled barrel just plain SUCKS. I not sure the stuff would cycle most autos. I have seen commercial .357, .44 Mag, etc. shot loads, generally intended to be used in revolvers and single shot pistols. Still, I'll bet if you looked hard enough, you could find it, or find someone to make it for you.
 

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good point on not cycleing an auto... i hadn't thought of that.

back to square one: .22 revolver or rifle... anyone want to sell one cheap?
 

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Start2Fabrication said:
good point on not cycleing an auto... i hadn't thought of that.

back to square one: .22 revolver or rifle... anyone want to sell one cheap?
In this case, you actually want something with a shot out barrel--better pattern. In fact, at one time some companies actually made smooth bore .22 rifles.
 

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Start2Fabrication said:
good point on not cycleing an auto... i hadn't thought of that.

back to square one: .22 revolver or rifle... anyone want to sell one cheap?
I'm actually shopping for .22 rifles now. Check out walmart. they have several in the 100 -130 range.
 
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