It's October - Which caliber for Pumpkins?


October 10, 2006, 12:31 PM
Anyone shoot pumpkins after holloween? I know you can pickup old pumpkins at the grocery store for next to nothing after Oct 31. I'm thinking about having a "lineup" for a firing squad. Here's the callibers I have at my disposal:

.44 magnum
12 guage

I'm thinking the 7.62x54r with HP or SP ammo or 12 ga. slugs would be the most destructive. :D

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October 10, 2006, 12:32 PM
Which caliber for pumpkins?

All of them.

October 10, 2006, 12:34 PM
Drill a hole in the top of the pumpkins and fill them up with water (red food coloring is a nice touch too).


October 10, 2006, 01:14 PM
12ga birdshot from about 8 feet using a short barrel.
Trust me.
For one surreal moment, I was inside this amazing orange haze.
Do wear glasses.

October 10, 2006, 01:19 PM
I bayonetted a pumpkin last year... I used a 1903-A3 Springfield.

Want a real challenge? Use pumpkins AS ammo.

October 10, 2006, 01:19 PM

October 10, 2006, 01:23 PM
Drill a hole in the top of the pumpkins and fill them up with water (red food coloring is a nice touch too).

no food coloring, though. I went to my friend's uncle's farm in PA. He has one of thoes pick your own places, and what ever is left on the ground on Nov first was ours. High velosity is best (you dont need to worry too much about penetration with pumpkins) for explosive results.:D

His 7mm rem mag threw pumpkin guts over 20 yards. 12ga with slugs was fun too.

October 10, 2006, 01:26 PM
7.62x54R is quite fun. So is 12 gauge birdshot.

October 10, 2006, 01:40 PM
44 mag does a number on pumpkins.

October 10, 2006, 01:58 PM
If they are smaller, a 22-250 will make a BIG mess out of a pumpkin.:D

October 10, 2006, 02:00 PM
I have used 7.62x39 Russian manufacture hollow points, and it was fun, but nothing special.

October 10, 2006, 02:01 PM
The 12ga or any of the others (with HP ammo) will make for a very nice display.

October 10, 2006, 02:03 PM
It depends on if the pumpkin is dried or not. Fast bullets on "wet" pumpkins big slugs on dry ones. No water, no hdrostatic shock...

October 10, 2006, 02:05 PM
00Buck. Works every time! :)

October 10, 2006, 02:20 PM
Shrike Missile :D

Oh...Pumpkin. :o

Well...anything will work! :neener:

October 10, 2006, 02:36 PM
Hmm, maybe I can get a hold of some tannerite too :D

October 10, 2006, 02:45 PM
.50bmg from a barrett 600yds away...

Pumpkin?....what pumpkin? where?

Eleven Mike
October 10, 2006, 02:48 PM
What caliber for overly-realistic halloween costumes?

"Your honor, my client saw a large mutant advancing on him, snarling and armed with a butcher knife."

October 10, 2006, 02:50 PM
12 gauge at close range works great!!!!

October 10, 2006, 03:02 PM
Gotta say that a 110gr JHP from a Rossi 92 does a really nice job on a water filled pumpkin <grin>

October 10, 2006, 03:06 PM
+1 on the 12 gauge. Seriously, anytime you need to explode, destory, or otherwise make a huge mess out of something , a shotgun is the way to go. Birdshot, buckshot, and slugs all are useful toys to maximize your carnage :evil:

October 10, 2006, 03:08 PM
I went to a pumpkin shoot over the weekend. My caliber of choice was 12 gauge (slugs):

October 10, 2006, 03:21 PM
Was joking the other day about making a sheet-steel stencil for a jack-o-lantern, then just putting it in front of a pumpkin and shooting it with a shotgun... instant carving?

Eleven Mike
October 10, 2006, 03:47 PM
Eddie, what kind is that? The gun, not the pumpkin.

October 10, 2006, 03:48 PM
EddieCoyle forgot to tell you he also used a .50 on them, too.

In a world where hundreds of evil orange devils come at you and you fear for your life..what do you do?

You get 40 brave men and women and you shoot handguns, high powered rifles, buffalo guns and shotguns at them:

You use scoped rifles for the ones still way out but who relentlessly keep coming at you:

Some are so determined to keep coming that you need to turn loose a .50 cal on them:

After a half an hour or so, with thousands of rounds expended, you tiptoe thru the bodies to check for survivors:

You show them no mercy.

Will your town be safe from these evil orange monsters for another year?


October 10, 2006, 04:03 PM
Eddie, what kind is that? The gun, not the pumpkin.

That's a Saiga 12 with an Aimshot laser. Those pumpkins didn't stand a chance.

EddieCoyle forgot to tell you he also used a .50 on them, too.

And that's me with the Serbu .50 BMG (which belongs to another THR member).

DF357 = Pilgrim? I didn't know you came here too.

October 10, 2006, 04:09 PM
There's a good argument for those green lazers instead of red...

October 10, 2006, 04:16 PM
Pumpkin + tannerite.

October 10, 2006, 04:19 PM
Looks like I'm gonna need alot of pumpkins.

Taurus 66
October 10, 2006, 04:19 PM
It's October - Which caliber for Pumpkins?

The pumpkin is a caliber in itself. You gotta ask yourself, "Hmm, pneumatic or trebuchet?" :D

October 10, 2006, 04:19 PM
I am so turned on right now...:D

October 10, 2006, 04:49 PM
There's a good argument for those green lazers instead of red...

Yup. I have one on order.

Mr White
October 10, 2006, 05:08 PM
Wow! Whod'a thought you could have so much fun with guns in the Peoples Republic of Massachusetts? I didn't know you could even buy ammo in there anymore, let alone pumpkins. :)

Do Senators Kerry and Kennedy know about this terrible carnage?

October 10, 2006, 05:29 PM
Yeah, you guys are kidding around here ... but ... I hope you take into consideration the pumpkin's feelings!

Last year my wife and I were talking about what we were going to do with our pumpkin ... and it involved my 4" S&W .500.

We were far enough away from the pumpkin - we thought - that he couldn't overhear our conversation. We forgot that out intercom had been left on during that week ... by accident, of course.

Tragically, we left him home alone while we were out. Somehow he got into one of our safes as well as our liquor cabinet.

It didn't take long - we were only out trick or treating for about an hour, or so.

As we approached our home we saw the blinking red lights out front.

A neighbor had apparently heard the shot!

This horrible scene is what greeted us when we entered our house!:what:

... I have not been able to erase that horrible image from my mind.:banghead:

So, I'm warning all of you to be very careful about discussing the means of how you plan to dispose of your pumpkin! Don't let this happen to YOUR pumpkin!

Sorry guys, someone had to warn you!


October 10, 2006, 05:54 PM
Do Senators Kerry and Kennedy know about this terrible carnage?

Ted Kennedy has killed more pumpkins with his car than I have with my Saiga.

October 10, 2006, 07:03 PM
I like the 12 ga. with sabots at 100 yards, keeps the deer hunting skills honed...the 7.62x54R is fun, also. I'll have to try water in them this year.

October 10, 2006, 07:35 PM
This is a great thread! Now I'm all excited to go get some pumpkins.
P.S.- Is it wrong that the Saiga 12 pics turned me on? haha. Someday...

October 10, 2006, 07:42 PM
DF357 = Pilgrim? I didn't know you came here too.

I've been here 3 1/2 years ! Someone got the Pilgrim moniker before me.

Wes Janson
October 10, 2006, 07:50 PM
Shooting pumpkins is a terrible, senseless waste of valuable resources.

If you're not putting Tannerite in them, you're wasting your time. Just be sure to wear goggles, and stand WAAAY back (far enough so that you can dodge the bigger chunks).

It's truly frightening how far pumpkin chunks can go.

October 10, 2006, 07:54 PM
Now THIS is what you gotta do:

Cut open the pumpkins and fill them with settliene (cant spell :mad: ) and oxygen in tiny bottles. Put them inside of the pumpkins and shoot them, and you have exploding pumpkins. Make sure you use plastic and dont hurt yourself.

Mr White
October 10, 2006, 08:11 PM
Hmmm. Acetylene-filled pumpkins and tracers. Never thought of that variation.

October 10, 2006, 08:27 PM
This is a great thread! Now I'm all excited to go get some pumpkins.
P.S.- Is it wrong that the Saiga 12 pics turned me on? haha. Someday...

As you've probably figured out, a group of us from Northeast Shooters ( had a pumpkin shoot last Saturday. It was the most fun I've had with my clothes on, and all it took was a couple of hundred pumpkins, 50 shooters, about 500 guns, and a few thousand rounds of ammo. Go figure.

Oh and DTD, I recommend eating nothing but Ramen noodles until you can get the Saiga. It's worth it.

Manedwolf: I like the idea of Tannerite-filled pumpkins. Not all of them, just a few and let them surprise people. I'm going to do it. Believe it or not, Tannerite is still legal in Mass. :neener:

October 10, 2006, 09:54 PM
slug gun or a 30-30

October 10, 2006, 10:08 PM
So, I'm warning all of you to be very careful about discussing the means of how you plan to dispose of your pumpkin! Don't let this happen to YOUR pumpkin!

The horror, the horror!:eek:

Great post:) :)

October 11, 2006, 06:22 PM
I'm planning to try Tannerite on pumpkins this year. How much do you usually use in a pumpkin?

October 11, 2006, 06:45 PM
Please clarify your question. Do you refer to the punkin' as a target or as a projectile? Two entirely different answers.

October 11, 2006, 06:59 PM
I've tried shooting at pumpkins with a 12 gauge before. Just left big holes in them, but they didn't "explode."

Now, rotten cantaloupe with a .223 is fun! I've even got some video lying somewhere around here...

I'll have to try the water-filled pumpkins this year!

October 11, 2006, 07:14 PM
You dont need much. lol:D

October 11, 2006, 08:16 PM
WOW... After reading this thread I think I'm starting to support Gun Control:eek:

Just kidding ofcorse:)

October 11, 2006, 08:50 PM
.357 SJHP...better than a .30-30!

October 11, 2006, 09:03 PM
This thread makes me so God dang proud


October 11, 2006, 09:10 PM
I haven't figured out how you get the pumpkin in a shot gun, much less a .357. Does one brand of pumpkin give tighter groups? How many in a bulk pack?

Trebouchet, of course. All else is giving in to encroaching technology.

October 11, 2006, 09:16 PM
id like to see a 17hmr.

October 11, 2006, 10:01 PM
Every year for the past 5 or so we have a muzzleloader pumpkin shoot when the weather cools off. See, the thing is that I really can't clean the muzzleloader in the house, and before this it's too hot to do it outside, so just when it's starting to be ML weather, these nifty orange targets show up in stores...:D :D :D

So, for me it's .50 patched round ball.


Dave R
October 11, 2006, 10:02 PM
I'll have to remember this thread when its time to vote for the annual "best threads" awards.

chris in va
October 11, 2006, 10:08 PM
I have two cases of Tannerite sitting in the corner. I also have a whole bag of those 35mm film cannisters from the photo lab.

Should be some pure entertainment.:D

October 11, 2006, 10:27 PM
12 gauge superfull turkey shooter with 3' buffered BB shot

October 11, 2006, 10:45 PM
How far would you like them shot?

October 11, 2006, 10:51 PM
Guess I need to pick up some pumpkins before I go to the range this weekend. Wonder how much water a pumpkin holds.

Open pumpkin
pour water in
place top back on pumpkin and tape shut
engage with weapon of choice

Is that how it goes.

October 11, 2006, 10:53 PM
Pumpkins are fun but usually only take one shot...I like the effects of my 12 gauge :cool:

Eleven Mike
October 11, 2006, 10:59 PM
Billlllllll, what is that thing?

October 11, 2006, 11:14 PM
That is what happens when people get bored with potato guns.

So do I scoop the guts out first before I fill with water or put a canister of tannerite? Or do I leave the guts in?

October 11, 2006, 11:21 PM
This year it will be a .270 150 grainer. Looks like that's all I will be shooting with it anyway. Happy Halloween.

October 11, 2006, 11:58 PM

I'am having trouble typing thisbecause I'am laughing so hard and trying to clean coffee off my monitor and keyboard but I will be careful when it comes time to dispose of my pumpkin.thanks for the warning.

Prince Yamato
October 12, 2006, 12:04 AM
The pumpkins are being smashed when shot and are in turn fertilizing the range. Yay for composting! See gun owners do their part to help the environment! :D

October 12, 2006, 09:06 AM
Another Tannerite fan.

Tannerite vs Pumpkin (

October 12, 2006, 09:31 AM
What about freezing a pumpkin, will it shatter upon getting hit with a .308 round? :D

October 12, 2006, 11:59 AM
Oh my this looks too fun! I must begin scouting locations immediately!

October 12, 2006, 05:46 PM
If you want to go out with a bang use a case and a long gun. i preferr the M1 Garand D love the 30-06. Use the blue tip. lol:what:

October 12, 2006, 06:40 PM
If you are asking what you should use to stop charging pumpkins, then this is a question of stopping power.
Should you use small mass and high velocity (9 mm, 40 S&W) or high mass and slower (45 ACP)?
Frankly, I would suggest that handgun calibers are not marauding pumpkin stoppers (except for the S&W 500). I would use, at minimum, a 223, and at maximum, a 458 Winmag.
If faced by an attack by the Great Pumpkin and his minions, then all bets are off unless you have access to a 155 mm cannon.

Just trying to help.


October 13, 2006, 12:26 PM
I've found .22 work well on pumpkins before haloween.

October 13, 2006, 02:16 PM
If you feel bigger is better when it comes to killing punkins, you're wrong, at least when it comes to rifles.

This is what happens to a punkin when hit with a .50bmg round at 100 yards (actually about 6 rounds):

going in side:

coming out side:

As a contrast, my .30 carbine would blow one all to heck.

October 13, 2006, 03:04 PM
.308 generally seems to do a nice job. But of course, it depends on pumpkin composition. The smaller pie pumpkins are neatly exploded.

October 13, 2006, 03:19 PM
This is where you want to be to see pumpkins used as a caliber.

October 13, 2006, 08:41 PM
Well, the first pumpkin I ever shot was with a .338 Remington Ultra Mag, but anymore, I have more choices, so I suppose I could just shoot it with all the calibers I have...
Lets see:
lots of .22LR
12 guage
.22LR (again...)
.40 (and then again...)
.45 ACP
and for the exotic in all of us...

.30 Luger

Yep, I guess that covers everything I'd shoot it with. I guess I need more guns, the caliber spectrum is not yet covered.

October 13, 2006, 10:55 PM
Hmm I just got a great idea on how to carve my jack o lanterns this year too! The 30rd AR mags are ready to go. Exit wounds will make it a nice two-sided lantern :D

October 13, 2006, 11:11 PM
DF357, this is a cool picture. When I first saw it, I mistook the beer bottles for tiny people which fit perfectly with your caption.:)

October 14, 2006, 02:22 AM
One of these would work pretty well...
Anybody know where to pick up some 20x110mm Hispano ammo?

October 14, 2006, 02:46 AM
first you guys want to wage war on the zombies and now pumpkins

"First they came for the zombies but I didn't speak up because I wasn't a zombie.

Then they came for the pumpkins but I didn't speak up because I wasn't a pumpkin

And when they came for handsome, charming, witty and urbane men, there was no one left to speak up for me...":(

October 14, 2006, 10:25 AM
I don't want to take out ALL the pumpkins....

just the pumpkins that have non-sporting uses. :D

(this is a joke btw) I support the RKSP - right to keep and shoot pumpkins :neener:

October 14, 2006, 12:52 PM
Actually; I thought that I was the only idiot with such a passion for shooting pumpkins. A Marlin Goose Gun in ten guage with 3 1/2 inch magnums with # 4 buck takes care of those little rascals quite well. my preference however is a 220 swift with 45 grain Hornady bullets loaded to 4200 fps is quite impressive.

October 14, 2006, 01:08 PM
Not all pumpkins are bad. It's the the insurgent fundamentalist ones you must beware of.

October 14, 2006, 01:17 PM
Problem is Sisco ya just can't tell one from another and they don't where uniforms; kill them all and let God sort them out.!! Hell Yes!!

October 15, 2006, 09:24 AM
Yea I know; I didn't spell wair right

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