I am looking for something to liberate pecan trees from tree-rats. I need some first-hand testamony on that little Rossi single and the Henry lever. I think Savage makes a <$200 bolt, but nobody carries it.
I don't know where you live, but Tomball Pawn can find a lot of guns.
I don't know if it'll shoot shorts or what the price of a new one is, but if it'll fit those two needs the Ruger 10/22 is hard to beat. I have a Win. lever action 22 that is sweet, but I'm not sure what it costs as I've had it for a long time.
I would think the local Wal-Mart would be able to fill your needs, but who knows?
I can't believe no-one has told him to not be shooting (even 22 shorts) in the air. They come down somewhere, whether it be the garden, the neighbors roof, or the neighborhood stray cat. (which might not be a bad thing).
Go get a .22 pellet gun - you can get one at Academy with a scope for $85 - I've been killing pigeons with mine.
The 22 pellet guns is the WTG......Unlike Pogie I like tree rats.....cats on the other hand......well let me just say, I have never seen one that wasn't a stray (even the one the wife had)...they are all pellet gun fodder!
I would definetly recommend buying a sheridan .22 pellet gun. I have one and killed atleast 10 squirrel with min last year. And they are fairly quite. One thing you might want to try is shooting some low velocity loads in with a .22. I have friend who does this all the time and he swears that it is as quite as a pellet gun.