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Discussion in 'Meat Market' started by AlabamaGirl, Jan 25, 2021.
What gun do you guys use on your goats, and how much did it cost?
All you need is a small gun like a .22 I have the rifle, but I think you can use a .22 handgun as well, and they are cheaper. Probably still a couple hundred for one though.
Hubby uses a 22 rifle for pigs and 22 hand for goats.
For homestead use in general, A lever action is hard to beat giving you the option of 22 short, 22 long, and 22lr.
more important is really the ammo selection, elect to use high quality and that will rule out a lot of problems.
we keep a lever action on the 4 wheeler when we go out back, and it has come in very handy from snakes(venomous) to coyotes, understanding that marksmanship is key here.
what ever you elect, to use be well versed in it and remember the 4 rules.
If you are buying a gun now, be aware that there is a massive ammo shortage. My family was looking to get a rifle for deer hunting, and the guy at the gun store said that the soonest he sees ammo being back in stock is six months from now. My dad read an article online saying that all ammo being produced is currently spoken for until 2022.
Until 2022?! Luckily I'm just gathering info right now..
Guns and ammo is just going to get more scarce i am afraid.....
.22 pistol for goats. I hate having to do it, but my goats, my job.
Be sure to learn the best, quickest and least painful way to dispatch your goat. Get lots of kleenex too. ( to dry tears).. it never gets any easier.
Yes this! Paul takes a scoop of feed with him when he needs to do it. He lets them walk about until they go to the feed to eat.
Do you guys think that guns are the least painful way to do it? I see videos of people only using knives and that ain't for me...
A well placed bullet is not as painful as you would think because the shock isn't over before the pain can begin.
Someone who actually knows how to cut the incoming jugular properly is not causing as much pain as you would think. Yes more invasive and messy but, not cruel really. The other option is to cut the femoral artery near the backbone. This takes them a couple minutes to bleed out and is best to use if trying to save kids in a terminal doe. They actually can't feel pain from cutting in when their blood pressure drops.
I know. I'm worried about this. We were going to potentially raise any bucklings we get as wethers to butcher, but now I'm not sure we are going to be able to get ammunition to dispatch them.
All really good advice.
We have ammo but... you don’t wanna use it. Paul and i were talkin a few weeks ago. I told him i needed go shoot my pistol since it has been a while. His reply.... you get one pew. ;(.
You can cut the jugular. They bleed out really quickly. But you absolutely have to know how to do it, don’t stop mid cut and for all that is holy make sure that knife will slice like butter. Wi5h that once you are in it you are in it til the end.
My dh used to laugh at me, I'd go to Walmart and grab a box or 2 of .22 for $9. (550 rounds in a little milk carton box). We'd sit on the deck and shoot twigs and leaves. (can you say "easily amused"?). Then the ammo shortage came- the last one. Now we guard our few little boxes like they are gold. Now, they are used sparingly for dispatch or sick raccoons, etc.
Just keep checking ammo sites and your local gun stores. Ask them to call if they get any in of your type ammo.
I use my little .22 pistol. It gets the job done. Bullet is painless if placed correctly.
.22 here as well.
In all honesty rimfire ammo will most likely remain available. Depending on your area you can check the big box stores. I would be cautious about on line retailers unless dealing with one you have done business with in the past.
the old adage buy it cheap and stack it deep comes to mind.
I use 22..hand gun. Alot of pawn shops have decent guns. Military / survival stores carry ammo.