Shooting cans


Red Eye Fred
May 30, 2014, 06:35 PM
I have had a Benjamin pump .17 stuck away in a closet for several years. I got it out today after I found a spray can that felt empty. I wanted to throw it away but could not if it was still sealed. So got out my Benjamin. I pumped it 9 times which is about my limit. Shot twice and it just dented the can both times. I then got out a 22 pistol and shot a 22short which penetrated the can and exited.

I know that the Benjamin is far from the latest technology but will the new single spring break barrel have enough power to penetrate a spray can? Which seems to me to be a reasonable expectation for killing anything larger than a bird.

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Comrade Mike
May 30, 2014, 06:55 PM
Probably not a pressurized can, no. Should be fine for squirrels and birds

May 30, 2014, 08:57 PM
Depends on what one you get. My son and I have the Walmart Beeman combo .177/.22 and they will shoot through a can or 3/8 piece of plywood at 50 feet. We keep the yard clear of pests(starlings, pigeons, squirrels,) out to 100 feet or so. Might be china made but they are great guns. Accurate and full sized. We got them about 3 years ago and they were 98.00 bucks in the store. They have since gone up quite a bit. Still a great deal.

June 1, 2014, 03:06 AM
I'd have to say you have a very bad leak in the breech bolt seal.
So you are not getting anywhere near full velocity.

Any Sheridan with 9 full pumps should easily shoot through one, or more likely, both sides of any spray paint rattle can.

Whether it is pressurized or not would make no difference at all.
Except, Pressurized would be easier to shoot through then not pressurized, because the can would less likely to deform, and more likely to rupture.

Only if it is still full of paint would the pellet slow down before getting to the back sidewall and continuing on its way.


June 3, 2014, 05:33 PM
Yeah, I bet your seals dried out in storage.

June 3, 2014, 10:40 PM
Pump up guns are best stored after giving it one pump and left unfired.
Empty of coarse.

June 4, 2014, 09:35 PM
Yep Dad's 40 year old Begiman still shoots clean through spray paint cans and 3/4 pine boards. Your seals are dryed out.

June 8, 2014, 08:36 AM
Shooting clogged paint cans can be pretty neat.

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