Anyone Ever Do Any Backyard Plinking?


January 22, 2003, 05:47 PM
Take one AR15 type rifle, in this case a Cavalry Arms Lightweight Carbine. One Colt .22 conversion kit and several boxes of Colibri "No Gunpowder" ammo and voila.*uybz8*AdBDYh1mxEQo7N!njsIDCX223EfJATj9XZeKsfXlRUSf25WyKVGBWEab57AUT1jcySGd3tuOmYoKxoDCzTSQ/001ar21.JPG

Instant backyard range. Quieter than my pellet gun. You only hear the hammer drop and the round hitting the target. I built a little mini gong and put it on the other side of my yard about 25m away.*J5LPLJ!hWeiOJB6Yp7oHY8W3vssUdijC6vKhtcowmwpucKXRuXcq!mqS7gr04FJ0UVIO!kbaLGsq*Iye7K5HSjU/001ar9.JPG

Nice to be able to get a moment of zen without driving a hour and paying range fees. :)

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January 22, 2003, 05:51 PM
Am planning to do a lot of backyard plinking in a few weeks.

Going to sign a contract on 40 acres tomorrow. :)

January 22, 2003, 06:40 PM
'bout the only kind of shooting I do!

Let's hear it for N.H. and twenty+ acres.

Not to mention the neighbors....

Last testing period, we did around 3K of full auto M4 stuff, and while I did notify the local cops that I'd be doing so, I forgot about one of my neighbors, three doors, or about a quarter mile away.

Half way through the mess, up he walks to find out what newbie I've got that sounded so interesting.

I'll skip the gong, though, much prefering a full load of 748 behind a 165 in 7.62x51.

January 22, 2003, 07:27 PM
Takes me back to my days of sniping little green army men with a pellet rifle.

January 22, 2003, 07:48 PM
sounds like a pellet rifle

Admiral Thrawn
January 22, 2003, 07:49 PM
Well, not only do I have nothing to shoot at, but the noise would soon invoke a visit from LE and i'd have my license revoked.

January 22, 2003, 07:53 PM
Good to have you with us. Would love to shake your flipper. I sympathize, being from California. I am confined to pellet guns in the back yard.

January 22, 2003, 08:00 PM
Just set up a pellet range in the basement, and now AUG has to make me jealous...
Living in the middle of suburbia, I've never tried that. Don't want to have Cpl Friendly hear about some teenager with a machinegun (do you honestly think my neighbors would see the diff between a AR converted to .22 and an M16??), drive over here and become Cpl What-the-hell-are-you-doing-you're-under-arrest lol.

January 22, 2003, 08:02 PM
Jmurman, if you like CB Caps, you'll love Colibris.

Absolutely ZERO discharge sound.

January 22, 2003, 08:03 PM
A number of years ago, I would turn the sprinklers off and take target practice on the snails crawling up the wet cinder block wall.
(about 12 to 15 meters)
I suppose the animal rights folk would take me to task today.
After all, snails are people too. :rolleyes:

January 22, 2003, 08:14 PM
where do you get them? How much? Are they the same size as a CB cap or are they like a .22LR?

January 22, 2003, 08:23 PM
They are about the same size as a cap but with No Gunpowder.

January 22, 2003, 09:05 PM
almost every day...but I live in the country.:cool: :D :neener:

January 22, 2003, 09:17 PM
Sure. I have a number or air guns. I have also tried the CB caps. I also have worked up "silent" loads for most of my centerfire rifles using charges of powder just heavy enough so that you don't stick the bullet in the barrel. The real fun however is going to come when I finally get my suppressed .22s. I have a suppressed Ruger 10/22 and a suppressed Ruger Mk. II ordered and paid for.

January 22, 2003, 09:26 PM
I shoot in my backyard all the time, but like Carbon_15 I live in the country.

January 22, 2003, 09:50 PM
Nope...not far enough from the city to even think about it :(

January 22, 2003, 10:14 PM
You see, my neighbor has this garden, and a groundhog problem. Being the good sport that I am, I offered to help. Over the years I battled with them in the backyard. My best was the 30 yard shot with my Ruger P90 to dispatch one of the satanic little buggers.

Being the computer geek type, I worked from home all summer and had my computer next to a window overlooking the backyard. Well wouldn't ya know, groundhogs decide to move back in on my turf. So, out went my screen window and in its place sat my 10/22 or a .223 varmit rig. *sigh* poor guys didn't know what hit em.

Unfortunately, I have to severely limit my backyard range activities lest I scare the sheeple.

January 22, 2003, 10:19 PM
Yup! :)

January 22, 2003, 10:24 PM
I live just outside of town, on a ridge overlooking the second fairway of a golf course. Ground squirrels abound and threaten to overrun my wife's flower garden.

My Winchester Model 62A slide action .22 has done wonders to keep the GS population under control. I must, however, be very alert to check for golfers and let them play through before continuing the assassination routine.

I DO NOT hunt when golfers are present. Most of them are in enough agony attempting to reach the green without having to have me molest them.

January 22, 2003, 10:28 PM
Steyr , Do they actually cycle the action ?

Greg L
January 22, 2003, 10:42 PM
Colibri's are great for quiet fun. Where I'm at I could probably (and have :D ) gotten away with a .22 lr for a while but with those I can shoot off a box and my neighbor who was washing his truck didn't even notice. They don't cycle the action so a bolt action rifle or a revolver is the best to use them in.


January 22, 2003, 10:58 PM
Do some plinkin' out the glass slider with the old single six 6.5".
Colibris pack a good punch for 20 grains @ 350 fps.

January 23, 2003, 12:13 AM
Count me in. I've been known to shoot some targets with my .22 and some Super Colibris. Those suckers penetrated a 3/8" piece of plywood (albeit somewhat old). And they're super quiet.

I actually took out a possum with some Super Colibris. The varmint had been eating my outdoor cat's food for about two weeks. I treed it one night, had my wife hold the flashlight, and administered a Super Colibri to the head at fairly close range (less than 7 yards). Dead possum.

January 23, 2003, 12:29 AM
Anyone Ever Do Any Backyard Plinking?

A couple of times a week. Anything from busting caps with my latest wheelgun to dialing in the gas system on my .223 FAL...

January 23, 2003, 12:35 AM
On 20+ acres of Suburban hills in Central Ca. I used to shoot the discHarrow Gongs on the back hillside 200yds away. Those days are gone pretty much although a few rounds are OK. I can shoot varmints like pigs and cats(wild) and coyotes if I want. But no continued blastin as I got nieghbors within 1/4 mile (300yds) . Soooo I now like Remington "low noise .22 LR subsonic H.P. s as they function S.A. pistols and rifles and are very little louder than CB's. Colibri's are like old RWS BB caps and are like air guns. Hell I have air guns that are ALOT more powerful than 20 grains at 350fps. What I really like (like 444 alluded too) is my Stevens favorite rechambered to .32S&W long with 90grain SWC at 700fps or less they sound like CB's and pack a wallop!I also have a .303 Martini SS with chamber insert to take .32acp it is like the sub sonic .22's in a rifle-real quiet and 73 grains at 900fps is nothing to be sneezed at. When I shoot that one shot at occasional ground squirrel at 150 yds or so (outside the 75 yd range of .32 favorite) I use a .17 K hornet in a Martini HB with a 15 power Lyman Super targetspot, it isn't much loader than a "stinger" .22lr out of a pistol.:cool:

January 23, 2003, 12:37 AM
As my siggy says, Livin in the country does have it's perks.:cool:

Jesse H
January 23, 2003, 12:38 AM
I used to do the colibri thing w/the Ruger 22/45...but at the new house the neighbors also have 2 story houses so they can see what's going on in the backyard.

Bruce H
January 23, 2003, 07:43 AM
Back yard, front yard, and side yards. Have targets to three hundred yards off back porch.

January 23, 2003, 12:26 PM
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Steyr , Do they actually cycle the action ?

No they do not. You have to hand cycle the action. Also being a bit short you can only reliable load 5 in the mag at a time. But who cares?

Carlos Cabeza
January 23, 2003, 12:33 PM
It is possible that the really low powered colibri's bullet can become lodged in the bore of a rifle due to insufficient pressures required for the projectile to fully exit the bbl. I have only used them in a revo pistol and occasionally in a target mkII

Carlos Cabeza
January 23, 2003, 12:36 PM
And YES I live on 3.5 ac with a huge lake as my backyard so I do get in some .22 action. Lately I've been shootin' at them big ol' black birds that eat my dog Boomers food.

January 23, 2003, 12:39 PM
Does taking squirrels to grill for the dog count?:D

January 23, 2003, 12:59 PM
After all, snails are people too

Sometimes it goes the other way around :D

(with apologies to the snails)

Larry Ashcraft
January 23, 2003, 01:13 PM
All the time. I have a berm in the backyard with 4 pepper poppers and a target holder. I only shoot handguns at home ( and maybe my .30 Carbine). I prefer the range for high power stuff.

We live in the country on 35 acres but have many neighbors within a 1/2 mile.

January 23, 2003, 01:27 PM
Would love to do that, but it wouldn't take to long for the Local Constabulary to show up....Guy next door is retired City Detective.


January 23, 2003, 01:57 PM
I bought 500 rounds of Super Colibris's and decided after one box that I prefer CB's. Trades and offers will be given fair consideration.

I have taken out several raccoons and possums with CB rounds. Best shots have been through heart or lungs. CB lung shots result in a screaming mad beast for about 30 seconds--don't do this if your outside with them. Heart shot drops them right there.

I have a .22 lever action with a streamlight scorpion and a beamshot laser mounted on it. Very quiet, feeds any length cartridge, even CB's. Much quieter than a pistol, revolver or semi-auto rifle--the only noise comes out the end of the barrel.

On the other hand, you probably get more velocity out of a CB round through a shorter barrel. Since there's no powder, I'm sure a long barrel slows the bullet down some.

January 23, 2003, 04:54 PM
Colibri's and pellet gun. I live in the burbs in MD. I did stop around the time of the 'sniper' attacks and now it's too damn cold.

Carlos - I've used the Colibri's in an 18" 10/22 and a 24" Romanian 69 with no problems. The manufacturer warns you about using them in a rifle now, but didn't used to. Someone may have gotten one stuck. I don't use them in the Ruger anymore because the lack of cycling is a pain. Can't hear them from the Romanian.

January 23, 2003, 08:41 PM
I too prefer the CB's . They have a little more *** and not much louder out of my Remington 512 . I have shot many crows , a few jacks , and some quail with the CB's . The crows will jump up and get in the air a bit but then they make a crash landing . I haven't tried the super colibries on animals and doubt I will as they seem to light . Also have shot 45 acp ,223( killed two coyotes with the AR out the back door), 12ga and 22lr out the back yard but the town is growing and I have more neighbors now so I limit it to CB's anymore .

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