Got my first squirrel at 70 yards..
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I understand your passion for this sport much better now after that shot..LOL....I could have easily taken my Mac 1 Discovery 22 out there to hunt instead because it has much longer range..,but I wanted to find out what I could do with this tuned CO2 .177 rifle....This experience has taught me alot about ballistics.....the area I hunt squirrels is very difficult because most burrows are around rock/boulders out in the open..so this means shots at 60 + yards.....get very few at under 40...The 850 is a fun rifle to shoot because of the 8 shot magazine...and is very accurate with the solid steel rifled barrel...and that little Bug Buster 6x32 mil dot worked just great...
Outstanding shot. I think you're right, seventy yards sounds like it's probably the outer limits for that gun pellet combo. Isn't it fun picking stuff off with airguns at distances that many folks think of as .22rf territory.
Posted 12 December 2008 - 09:45 AM
Posted 12 December 2008 - 10:00 AM
I agree I may have pushed it a bit at that range as the pellet penetrated but did not go completely through.However,I find the below information useful off an airgun site for minimun lethal energy:Approx. Point of Impact Energy/Velocity for small game Energy- FPE...............Velocity- .177 cal.Sparrow...........2 FPE.........................340 FPSSquirrel............3 FPE..........................415 FPSCottontail..........5 FPE............................515 FPSJackrabbit..........8 FPE..........................670 FPS
6 ft lbs is pretty tiny. As long as you can place the shot correctly it seems like it will work. Good Shooting.
Posted 12 December 2008 - 10:18 AM
I need to now set up a range chart for shooting uphill/downhill so my mil dot holds are corrected for those instances...the terrain I hunt sometimes presents shots around 20-30 degrees from level...that is the reason I missed that squirrel on the first shot....the pellet went over his head....
I love it, nice shot pic's look good last one has me thinking about shots i would like to take ,alot of people have no idea what these guns can do but when they see it they are quiet surprized . A few of my friends have bought springers for pest birds since seeing my gamo Varmint hunter . With a wad cutter i'am solid out 50 yrd's but thats my limit for grey's i have dropped grackles from 70 yards with it when i get off a good shot
Posted 12 December 2008 - 02:37 PM
This transition to airguns has been fun...and work sorting out dope for them..I use online calculators,then test & verify in the field on targets before taking game...The area I hunt is in Cleveland Nat'l Forrest...no one out there during the week....I circled the spot (red) I shot this squirrel from in pic..One of my "hides"....waitng for squirrels to come out...there are squirrel burrows beyond that fence..and shooting them thru those 12" openings is neat trick...and that is chain between the posts..
That is some fine shooting and like discussed above it's even more exciting when done with an airgun. It's is amazing what a small pellet can do at that distance. That was a long shot for sure but attempting them is half of the fun. I tried those shots all of the time as a kid with my Sheridan with open sights. Some times you get lucky and that kept me coming back. Nice property you have to hunt there.
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For that squirrel shot,I used the metal support next to the wood fence post(see pic below)...I just rested the rifle in my gloved left hand...out in the open,I use my old camera tripod from kneeling position...at my age,I need a good steady support....especially for shots over 30 yards...
Nice shot! What kind of rest are you using? Looks like it works well.
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