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Hallo From Trezaise, Cornwall.

Discussion in 'Introduce yourself' started by Philip Taylor, Aug 9, 2020.

  1. Philip Taylor

    Philip Taylor Novice !

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    Hallo, new member here. Philip Taylor, Gamo Maxxim Elite, purchased because of severe rural rat problem. I have no wish to shoot them (and especially not the babies) but there are just too many ...

    I would have preferred a 12-bore, but obtaining a shotgun licence was going to take forever, so I took the advice of my local gunsmith and purchased this instead. Now carrying out regular target practice until I am reasonably confident of achieving a quick and painless kill. Looking to upgrade the pre-fitted Gamo 3-9 x 40 fixed-focus scope as I will be shooting from 10 metres or less, and am considering a Nikko Stirling Mountmaster 3-9x40 AO IR. Advice welcome !

    Owned a Webley rifle and pistol as a teenager, then shot Martini 22s at the Civil Service range in London, but nothing for the last 50 years ...
     
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    :welcome: to our fine forum Philip
     
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    Thank you Allan. Now off for more target practice ...
     
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    Hi Phil :welcome:

    Not sure if this helps, someone told me this when I started shooting, if you can hit a bottle cap consistently at the range you're shooting at, you can humanly take down small vermin
     
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    Welcome mate
     
  6. Philip Taylor

    Philip Taylor Novice !

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    Thank you Sam. I am using 14mm square targets at the moment, and once the 'scope is calibrated I can get maybe 7/10 into the 9 and 10 rings, where the 9 ring is about the same size as a beer-bottle cap. So, not there yet, but working on it !

    And thank you Mikey.

    Image attached is after re-calibrating the 'scope today having moved it further forward.
     

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    Looking good getting there, wonder if you don't mind me asking, how are you holding the rifle? You'll get a lot better groupings with the rifle resting on something, a back pack or some cushions, something soft.

    Also air rifles can be very pellet fussy, if you do eBay you can get a small sample pack of almost any pellet, might be worth a try, the right pellet can make all the difference!

    This seller on eBay has all sorts of pellets, I've not got any experience with your rifle, hopefully someone else on here will and might be able to recommend a pellet, but I'd try JSP Exacts express, Beisley Wasps, H&N Sniper mediums. I mostly stick to standard round headed pellets, you see a lot of fancy pellets with special hollow point heads and bright coloured plastic, some people swear by them but personally not for me.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Air-Rifl...309839?hash=item3d70ca478f:g:e-sAAOSw~slcUyCQ


    Try reading this too, very good advice.

    https://www.shootinguk.co.uk/shooting/instruction/airgun-accuracy-38275
     
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    Oh yes, it's definitely resting, Sam — without a rest, I would be going everywhere ! I sit in a garden chair with a very small pair of steps in front of me (just one step plus a padded top), build up the height to the optimal level and then lay a cushion on that. The pellets are simply what my gunsmith recommended — Diabolo Hunter, 16 grains, classic shape — when I explained what I needed them for (rats). I have 200 Predator Shorts on order, as there seems to be some consensus that the dum-dum effect can make for a more certain kill. Thank you for both of the links, by the way — I have bookmarked the first and left the second open for reading once I finish sending this.

    But I would welcome some advice, if I may ? (please tell me if I should ask in a thread other than this one) — when seeking to kill an adult or juvenile rat with the maximum likelihood of a clean kill and the lowest risk of just leaving the creature injured, what do experienced shooters recommend : brain shot, heart shot, or something else ?
     
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    :welcome: to the forum Philip, enjoy:thumb:
     
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    Philip Taylor Novice !

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    Thank you, Oedbachgen !
     
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    welcome to the forum Philip, from another Cornish member also called Philip...:thumb:
     
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    Thank you Philip (or should I say meur ras ?!). From Truro, I see — definitely one of my favourite Cornish towns.
     
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    It's an on going debate, both seem to work well :thumb:
     
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    Philip Taylor Novice !

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    Thank you Sam.
     
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    Lev Levvin Beast of Bodmin !!

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    Geddon and Welcome.

    I see you’re near Snozzle...

    I’m on a farm near Menheniot

    what RFD you use ? Ian Hodge?
    He’s my go-to gunsmith

    yes we’re swarming with rats... I knocked over 400 last winter in our barns... now they’re showing signs of coming back.

    I’m out foxing tonight then having an hour on the rats with thermal spotter and hw100

    your springer is capable of some basic rat-smashing... but will be too slow for taking care of a serious problem.

    that’s pcp territory really, light, quick and multi shot

    you REALLY need to lose the ‘not shooting the babies’ mindset... RATS ARE RATS ARE VERMIN

    They will breed like wildfire and before you know it they are destroying your property and spreading disease.

    regardless how small they are... shoot them

    bait with peanut butter and cat food... night time is most productive so set up a soft outside light or get a red head torch

    best of luck with them!
     
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    Welcome to the forum Phillip.
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    A very warm :welcome: to our fine forum Phillip, it’s good to have you join us ….….… :thumb:
     
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    HIYA PHILIP . . . . . WELCOME TO OUR AIRGUN FORUM . . . . . ENJOY . . . . . :welcome:
     
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    My sincere thanks to you all for your kind welcomes. Yes, I used Ian Hodge, but getting there from Roche was a nightmare — the lanes are so narrow, especially with a wide car. "My" rats are so tame I don't need to wait for dusk — they are out on the patio all day long, trying to find any food that has fallen from the bird feeders. As regards kit, I was going for a PCP until the young lady in Ian Hodge told me I would need to spend a further £160 on a diver's cylinder, and at that point I decided a simple ten-shot spring-action job would have to do (not much income in my retirement). And we'll have to agree to disagree about the babies, although if I do progress to a 12-bore if and when I get a shotgun licence, I'm afraid that some may become 'collateral damage'. If I can control the adults and juveniles, then that is 90% of the battle, and once the babies have ceased to be babies per se, I will have fewer compunctions about shooting them ...
     
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    :welcome:Philip, good luck with the rats :thumb:
     

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