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Does .177 kill magpie?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by colwyn, Jun 12, 2015.

  1. colwyn

    colwyn Active Member

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    Fired a .177 pellet at a magpie. It yelped and a few feathers flew up in the air before it flew off. I'm wondering if the magpie would die or if the pellet went straight through and had no real effect. I wouldn't want it to suffer and it was on my mind to ask if anyone knew the likely outcome. I was particularly curious to know what happens when the pellet goes straight through, possibly without hitting any vital organ.
     
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    It probably bled out and died somewhere else.
     
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    Yes it does . If shot placement is accurate , they go down dead, no problem .
    hth, atb, rich.
    ps. some times they might fly a few yards before they say goodnight .
     
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    You just missed the kill zone mate. .177 or .22 if you hit the quarry in the correct place it's dead. Simple as that atb
     
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    gasman It tasted like chicken

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    More than lightly skimmed it, magpies all feathers with very small body
     
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    If it flew off, and kept flying into the distance, it is likely that you maybe just clipped it.

    A .177 pellet is more than enough to dispatch a Magpie, at a reasonable distance and with good shot placement.

    What was the distance ~ were you shooting up or down?
     
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    I like to take them back of head, no problem with .177.
     
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    Stevie Darling Sexual tyrannosaurus

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    Not calibre specific,

    but shot placement is absolute key:)
     
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    It was about ten yards. I guess my real curiosity was what happens when the pellet goes straight through but the quarry manages to fly off. I'm a newbie and ignorant as to likelihood. Appreciate all your replies guys. I'm learning!
     
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    What part of the bird was your aiming for mate
     
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    That's quite close, which could account for a feather clipping if scope was not set properly.
    What rifle were you using, did you shoot downwards?
     
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    I tried to center on its body. I'm a learner so thought this would give me the best chance of hitting it. I don't use a scope.
     
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    Sounds like you are unaware that quarry needs to be hit in a certain place to kill cleanly. You need to hit the brain. There are other places that will do too for those who truly understand the internal layout of their quarry but for the vast bulk of any hunting it's the brain you need to hit.
     
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    I was laid down shooting straight on. The model is the new Hatsan 900x - open sights and no scope.
     
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    I'm picking that up from all your helpful replies. I just didn't feel confident enough to hit such a small target so aimed for the body part. I thought that would do it.
     
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    Head shots are always best mate. Do abit of paper shooting until you no you can hit the target. Atb
     
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    put a scope on it and get down to your local range and learn your aim point's :)
     
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    You can compensate with more hits, I once took a magpie with my Drozd - never seen that much blood from one bird.
     
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    You need to practise on targets until you have the confidence and ability. Buy a scope and join your local club to practise.
     
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    You will only get help and advice on this forum.

    As with anything, practice and more practice is needed until you are as confident as possible, especially when shooting quarry.
    If you have a local club, join up and get to know your rifle and what it can do.
    Get a scope too - plenty here will help you. :up:
     
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