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Question hunting wabbits.....

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by i8allthepies, Aug 27, 2008.

  1. i8allthepies

    i8allthepies Posting Addict

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    Hello to everyone.
    I'm a newbie to the forum (only 2 posts) but I've really enjoyed reading everyones input, and I've already learned a lot.
    I've been practising hard and now my grouping at 30 - 35 yards is good enough to try my hand at some rabbit shooting. I also am lucky enough to have the use of a six-acre shoot in Kent.
    So here's my question - so far, conventional wisdom has led me to believe that a headshot between the eye and the ear is the way to go, but today I've been watching a three-part video by a guy called James Douglas who suggests a shot just behind the foreleg, a third of the way up the chest cavity (i.e. heart and lungs) is a bigger target and a safer bet?
    I welcome your input.
     
  2. andyhawkx3

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    Personally I wouldn't go for body shots, if you miss with a head shot, the rabbit is 99% less chance of dieing, a slow and agonisingly death, the pellet will ether go wide, i.e. left/right/ or above misses, doing no harm at all, but to your ego, but if its low miss, you are going, neck and chest, also kill zones, but not as fast a kill, as the head shot of witch is almost instant, in my opinion........but if you go just for the body shot, other than your intended area, you are looking at one hell of lot more wounding areas.........personally I'd rather have a miss and I use F.A.C
     
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  3. a1gunner

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    well chest shots can be done however i really advise the head shot.

    i have seen it done with .22 and have done so myself on i think 2 ocations but these were folow up shots after the 1st one went wrong.
    a well my range findings better now:D

    anyway, whatever your caliber its better to go for the headshot, usually its the only part of the rabbits thats clear of anything and is the most obvious target.

    .22 will kill a rabbit with a chest shot if you get it in the right spot but still id go for a head shot, if you can hit its head than you shouldnt be hunting really;)

    i would not use a .177 as the caliber to do a follow up chest shot on as it would just drill a hole in it and thats no good.

    if you hit the mark you will most likley take it down on the 1st shot.
    .177 normally goes right through the head so you need to make sure it hits dead center;)

    .22 turns the contents of the rabbits cranium into yoghurt:D
     
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    Headshots. Every time.
     
  5. i8allthepies

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    Thanks everyone for your comments. If I didn't feel confident in the headshot, I wouldn't be thinking of hunting, it's just this guy on the video who seems to be swimming against the tide. BTW, the video was produced by this guy with the help of Airgunner and Airgun World. Anyone heard of him?
     
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    Don't believe everything you read in airgunner, and airgun world, I have had personal experience, with these mags and my story was eggsagerated (Im yet to tell he true story on this forum, Lol, now I'm going to get some flack off Steve and Buzz:D) take a look at the shots I took at 30yds, in the " No harvest" thread, rats heads are a lot smaller than rabbits are, these shot where taken off a tripod, you keep practising, it will all come together, believe me cos I do more targets than, live quarry
     
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    Listen to Andy mate, the real experts are the ones who get on with it not the ones who make videos!! (does my bum look big in this?), you get my drift?.;)
     
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    The rabbits I've shot are usually heashots, but a .22 pellet to the hip on a windy day (About 20yd) brought one down like a brick.
     
  9. i8allthepies

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    Thanks very much guys for your help, will let you know how I get on after tonight:)
     
  10. i8allthepies

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    Well I'm full of it. Bagged my first two rabbits, both headshots. Should have got more, but I took a long time(too long?) over each shot - still I didn't miss anything - or worse maim it. I'm even more driven to save hard for a PCP now:up:
     
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    i normally only take one or two as well, out of chise i just like to make sure there will be a big stocknext time i went:D

    ijust shoot enough to fill my belly not my game bag, they werent a pest in the quary so no pressure to kill all bunnies:)

    abush or stalking?
     

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