I would have posted this in 'Shooting Sports', but since Bad CO decided to marry the ex-wife of the Nigerian oil minister and move to Ingushetia to grow mushrooms, the whole job has got cattle trucked, you know? Right. I need to shoot rats. The Vicar over the river is a dear chum but not worldly. Cant think why that might be, but there it is. He has built a 'compostor'. Its a big green box that he throws kitchen waste into. He says it will save whales and penguins, and who am I to argue? So we have rats. I wish to kill them with a gun and a .22 is out of the question on account of the road close by. Anything that will do a rat from say, 50mtrs, is silent-ish and costs around 50 quid would be nice. .22 or .177? And before you start, no, I cant do the vicar. He is a chum.