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hunting question

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by tewinfarm, Feb 2, 2008.

  1. tewinfarm

    tewinfarm Member

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    im a begginer in shooting and have bought a new gun, a gamo shadow 1000 .22, i was shooting with it today (targets) it seems good but as i don't know that much yet i was wondering what it would be like for hunting things like magpies, crows, rabbits, pheasants etc. because i need to know if its powerful enough. i think it is but just want to make sure.

    any advice would be very appreciated. :up:
     
  2. Buzz

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    If you hit them in the right place it will kill them all. I don't know just how legal pheasant would be though.
     
  3. a1gunner

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    the phesant isnt on the airgun hit list but with a headshot below 30 yds then it will humanley kill it. you are meant to use shotguns and firearms but i wont tell if you wont
     
  4. Rockabilly

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    the gun should be up to the job if its running at around 11. 2
    but are you up to it?
    when you can put all of your pellets inside a circle the size of a 10p coin at 35yds
    then you may consider yourself good enough to shoot live vermin,
    practice , practice , practice, and good look mate.
     
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    thanks, btw i wont be shooting phesants it was just an example to see if it would kill it. and what happens of i get a body shot?

    and do you think the gun is any good. i purchased it because it was at a good price.
     
  6. Buzz

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    Body shots don't often do the job unless they are at VERY close range and if you're that close why not hit it in the head and be sure of a swift kill !!
     
  7. andyhawkx3

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    buzz is right, so is rockabilly, if you go for a body shot, and the rabbit gets back down the burrow, you will be in real trouble for one with the R.S.P.C.A. for causing suffering to a animal, because that animal is going to die a slow and painful death....so as rockabilly as said, you need to practice...practice..and some more, so my advice, as most, if not all the people on this forum...head shots only.....Why..you may say... you must respect the animals you shoot, and do not curse them undue suffering
     
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    body shots are a little hit and miss unless you know where the vital organs are, with headshots you know where the head is so there's no confusion.
    I have taken pigeons with body shots out to about 30yds but i know how a pigeon works.

    with bigger quarry like rabbits,crows,rooks,(phesant, in brackets as it's not really airgun quarry), then a headshot is neccesary

    i have taken chest shots on pigeon speises, magpies (other small corvids) with a domed .22 and killed them humanley but i advise that you go for a headshot first then (i know it sounds gruesom) experiment with it.
    do an autopsy and chech for soft spots.
     
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    HEAD SHOTS ONLY
     
  10. a1gunner

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    i was just saying its possible with the right know how range (and .22)
     
  11. simply james

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    loads of practice mate till it comes second nature.when your hitting 9 out of ten targets then go hunting.
     
  12. a1gunner

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    just to add the chst looks huge compared to the head but sometimes the head is bigge because you cant just put the pellet anywhere in the chest cavity there are certain strong points and weak points, ether way as long as you can hit a 50 p piece then you can go hunting.
     
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    With a .22 running at 12ftlb's, a lung shot is viable at no more than 30 yards if taken from the side, but the lungs on a magpie aren't much bigger than the head, so if you cant see the head, take a lung shot. But before you do that, do an autopsy on a magpie so you actualy know where all the bits sit.
    If you can put a clean hole through the bottom of a baked bead tin at 30 yrds, then you don't have to worry about the rifle not doing it's job, it comes down to your skill at hitting the target in EXACTLY the right spot.
    Crawling through brambles tracking a squawking blind magpie,(Botched headshot,Never aim for the eye! Pellet passed straight through the head taken both eye's out but not killing it!. .177......Pah!), is not what i would call good fun!
     
  14. a1gunner

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    another good kill zone i have fount is when you are under a bird in a tree or rafter you can shoot the diafram and in to the chest from under neath, the feathers dont stop the pellet at all as it slips under them:up:
     
  15. erifle

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    Hi
    Try some of the free Silhouette targets at www.erifle.co.uk for hunting "kill zone" practice.


    [​IMG]
     
  16. gazandjen

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    :down:Pheasant season ended 1st Feb I think....you cannot shoot them until about November again
     
  17. a1gunner

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    i think it is also illegal to shoot game on sunday's and at xmas time:confused:

    could be wrong (again)
     
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    Agree - accuracy, accuracy, accuracy - my first gun when I was eight was a Diana 25 .177. This thing can't have been putting out more than 6ftlbs BUT it was lethal accurate. As I got older I used to shoot pidgeons and Jackdaws with it out to 25 yards. BUT ONLY EVER A HEAD SHOT
     
  19. a1gunner

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    just saying i have humanly taken quary with chest shots
     
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    As above,headshots only!.
    Pheasant is classed as a game bird and if you shoot them on private land not owned by you,dont be surprised to be charged upwards of £15 per bird.
    Just thought you should be aware.

    sumo.
     

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