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Coon Hunting Guns

Raccoon hunting popularity in North America has reached an unprecedented level in the last years and thanks to this continuous pattern, more and more techniques and equipment have been developed to sustain the needs of avid hunters. Hunting these animals can be somewhat tricky because they are cleverer than many people think and they will not give up without a fight. The rifle remains the most important tool to take these animals down.


Raccoon Hunting Guns

The recommended raccoon hunting guns are the small caliber and long range models. The hunter will not need a very powerful gun, given the small size of the coon, but he will need maximum accuracy and a flat trajectory. Most of the shots are made when the raccoon is in a standing position, because once he begins to run, taking a deadly shot is almost impossible. The recoil of the gun should be as light as possible, as many of the shots will be made during a single day of hunting. For this fact, a problem occurs quite often unfortunately, the problem with the barrels that are heating. To avoid this issue, experienced hunters recommend using those models of cartridges that do not burn up a large amount of powder.


Raccoon Hunting Rifles

As far as choosing a good raccoon rifle, a hunter has plenty of options here. Many of the varmint rifles available on the market will do the job quite good. Avid raccoon hunters use those types of bullets that are in the .22, .24 and .25 caliber as well as a very small variety of bullets in the .17 caliber. Bullets used primarily for coon hunting are specialized as they need to be extremely accurate and at the same time, withstand the heat of acceleration to extremely high velocity. Other calibers like the .222 and .223 Remington are often used by raccoon hunters. The .222 uses a 50 grain bullet at a MV of 3140fps while the .223 model uses a 55 grain bullet at a MV of 3200fps. Reviewers of the site recommend the following guns: Savage Varmint 12BVSS 22-250, Ruger No.1 Varmint 223 Rem, Marlin 17VS, Mauser CZ 527 and the Howa1500 Supreme.


Raccoon Hunting Scopes

Raccoon hunting scopesshould be a top priority to experienced hunters, regardless the model of the rifle. There are many small game scopes that will do the job just fine. Any model with a magnification of 3x-4x and with a diameter of at least 30 mm should be OK. It is advisable to purchase a model that is fog-proof, water-proof and shock-proof as raccoon hunting requires in many cases very fast movement as well as crawling on the ground and wading through marshes in the first hours of the day. A scope capable of adjusting the lens would be great as it can be used with more than one type of rifle. From the long list of available scopes, our visitors and reviewers have come up with a shortened version: Elite 4200, Weaver V-24 6-24x42, Bushnell 4200 Elite 8-32x44, Burris FFII 6.5-20x and the Weaver Grand Slam.


Reviewers on the site started debating upon which would be the best raccoon rifle at this moment. Everyone came up with 2-3 examples of best coon hunting guns in their opinion, but all of them agreed that the Savage Varmint 12BVSS 22-250 has to be one of the best raccoon guns in the world. The model comes with a .22-250 caliber and a barrel length of 26”. With a decent weight of only 10 lbs and a 4+1 capacity, it is ideal for varmint hunting, including raccoon. It comes at a very good price and benefits from the long and rewarding tradition of Savage firearms.


Coon hunting guns have come a long way in the past 20 years, and manufactures have begun producing firearms especially designed for raccoon hunting. For this reason, today, it is far easier to find a good reliable coon rifle in comparison to 20-30 years ago when many rifles where just “varmint rifles” without any distinctions to what type of varmint they approach more. Today the market offers a long list of cartridges, calibers, scopes, all of them especially designed for the avid raccoon hunter. Regardless of the equipment preferred, the hunter still is the most important part of the adventure, and always will be, not only at coon hunting, but also at other hunting styles.

M 03 De Luxe
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Probably the most elegant rifle Mauser ever made, this model benefits from hand-engraved leaf arabesques that cover the action as well as the trigger guard. The unit has been made by using a distinctive wood stock that brings out the true quality of this special model.
Centerfire RifleType: Centerfire Rifle .222 Rem.Caliber: .222 Rem.
Bolt-ActionSubtype: Bolt-Action 7 3/4Weight: 7 3/4 lbs.
MauserBrand: Mauser 44Overall Length: 44 inch
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M 03 Africa PH
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It was designed to take strong calibers, while at the same time sporting a very compact profile, blending in very easily in the equipment of the professional hunter. It has a highly stable synthetic stock with a kickstop that has been colored in natural sand.
Centerfire RifleType: Centerfire Rifle 9,3x62Caliber: 9,3x62
Bolt-ActionSubtype: Bolt-Action 9 1/2Weight: 9 1/2 lbs.
MauserBrand: Mauser 43Overall Length: 43 inch
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M 03 Africa
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Another M 03 model from Mauser, this one has been designed in order to combine a classic big game bolt action rifle with the diversity and safety of the M 03. Thanks to its excellent balance, the rifle guarantees rapid and intuitive aiming. It has a kickstop installed in the stock for reducing the felt recoil.
Centerfire RifleType: Centerfire Rifle 9,3 x 62Caliber: 9,3 x 62
Bolt-ActionSubtype: Bolt-Action 9 3/4Weight: 9 3/4 lbs.
MauserBrand: Mauser 44Overall Length: 44 inch
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