Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

.22 skyline shots?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by cowmeateater, May 27, 2009.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. cowmeateater

    cowmeateater Member

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2009
    Messages:
    25
    There are millions of grackles and starlings flying about the trees and the urge to shoot them out of the tree with my .22 lr is close to irresistable. So how deadly are these little bullets? The nearest neighbors are 5 miles away at least. Its in a big valley enclosed by huge hills im pretty sure they wont ever go over the skyline. What im worried about is a bullet dropping down on top of livestock (bovines). Will the falling lead hurt them? Im thinking it will just bounce off them cause it probably wouldnt penetrate them if you shot right at them from that kind of distance. I try not to shoot in their direction but they pretty much surround the place.
     
  2. lipadj46

    lipadj46 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2008
    Messages:
    1,884
    Pellet rifle instead?
     
  3. Arbor

    Arbor Member

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2006
    Messages:
    217
    Location:
    Lowell, Oregon
    .22LR will not go 5 miles. It is dangerous around 2, though.
     
  4. Uncle Mike

    Uncle Mike Member

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2008
    Messages:
    3,129
    Location:
    never never land...never land here!
    ... Hope someone isn't poking around closer than 5 miles on that day. :D
     
  5. Maverick223

    Maverick223 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2008
    Messages:
    11,269
    Location:
    28078
    Do live in Huntersville, NC? If you answered no to this question then you will be fine, otherwise no. :D Of course others may have a differing opinion on this. At 5mi. you will be fine, but there is always a chance that someone could stumble out there and inadvertently get shot. Why not use a shotgun (or pellet-gun) instead?
     
  6. Uncle Mike

    Uncle Mike Member

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2008
    Messages:
    3,129
    Location:
    never never land...never land here!
    I know what this guy means, we did this very nonsense as kids, but we lived waaaay out in the country.

    Our only neighbors were way far away, and even if they did stray close....
    oh well, dude still owes me cash.....:neener:

    Please be careful! :D
     
  7. longdayjake

    longdayjake Member

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2008
    Messages:
    2,650
    Location:
    Genesee, ID
    If youre going to use a .22 then buy the birdshot loads. I shot pest birds for my grandma all the time out on her farm with .22 birdshot. It works really well.
     
  8. Clifford

    Clifford Member

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2009
    Messages:
    628
    Location:
    Arizona
    You can buy new a .410 single shot for about $110. I would think that would be a safer way to go.
     
  9. Maverick223

    Maverick223 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2008
    Messages:
    11,269
    Location:
    28078
    King G. that is definitely a interesting way to remedy the situation, but I can't say that I have tried it. I'll give you points for originality though.
     
  10. Uncle Mike

    Uncle Mike Member

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2008
    Messages:
    3,129
    Location:
    never never land...never land here!
    Aint nothin' like blowin' up a crackle with a high speed 40gr. hollow point!:what:
     
  11. woof

    woof Member

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2007
    Messages:
    1,571
    Location:
    central Ohio
    A .22 at that distance will do more damage than a similar size piece of sleet or hail. Google terminal velocity.
     
  12. LAK

    LAK Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2004
    Messages:
    2,487
    High angle shots only will mean your bullets are free falling on the way down. That, and use tree trunks for backstops with careful shooting, and low angled shots with good visible backgrounds over the distance to ground. Air rifle pellets are much cheaper than any .22 cartridges though.
     
  13. Iansstud

    Iansstud Member

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2008
    Messages:
    336
    Get some Agula Super Colibri sp? you can get a brick of 500 for about 25$.... they are also almost silent.... make sure you get the "super" ones @500fps, as they make a non-super that is only 250fps
     
  14. Maverick223

    Maverick223 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2008
    Messages:
    11,269
    Location:
    28078
    That's not a bad idea either, good stuff, and dead silent.
     
  15. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2007
    Messages:
    59,082
    Location:
    Eastern KS
    Don't take the chance.

    A .22 LR shot at about 45 degrees or less will remain ballistically stable and fly point first until it hits something. It will go about 1 mile at 45 degree departure.
    It will have enough remaining velocity to injure a cow at that range or less.

    The Aguila Super Colbri is the best recommendation so far.
    Deadly on starlings as far as you can hit them and very little danger of collateral damage past a couple hundred yards at most.

    http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/t...200103&cm_ite=0029401214245a&_requestid=47330

    CCI CB caps are also excellent.
    http://www.midwayusa.com/eproductpage.exe/showproduct?saleitemid=638772

    Don't even bother trying .22RF bird or snake shot.
    They will not kill a starling beyond 5-10 yards at most.

    rc
     
  16. Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow

    Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow member

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2007
    Messages:
    13,146
    Nearest house is 5 miles away? Use a .338 lapua on them.

    Seriously, the .410 shotgun is a great idea. But a .22lr is a good one too.

    I would be extremely unlikely that a cow would be hurt.
     
  17. Sniper X

    Sniper X Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2007
    Messages:
    2,635
    Location:
    New Mexico
    Colibre .22 in .30gr....no powder, but will whack a bird or rabbit at less than a couple hundred feet, and will never go more than about 500M even if held at a 45 degree angle. I shot at a VW bus shell way out in the country a few shots that was about 200M away and had to hold about 20ft over. I did hit it but the bullet took a while to get there, I could finish half my sandwhich before i heard it hit the MicroBus.
     
  18. ghoster

    ghoster Member

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2009
    Messages:
    147
    grew up on a dairy farm.

    had .22 since i was 11.:)

    shot grackels by the hundreds.:D

    only injured 1 cow, damn #9 liked to knock the fence down and wander off.
    i just plain shot her from about 400 yd after the millionth time i had to go look for her, raised a welt but didnt even bleed.:eek:

    the lump on my head dad gave me took longer to heal than her welt.:evil:

    shoot the bejesus out of them.
     
  19. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2002
    Messages:
    14,886
    Location:
    Centennial, CO
    Ever try a stuffed owl?

    I hear they work wonders.
     
  20. gunsandreligion

    gunsandreligion Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2009
    Messages:
    435
    Location:
    West Michigan
    Around where I live last I checked a box of 25 410 rounds was $12 and 25 12 gauge rounds was like $6.50 so Its probebly cheaper to use a 12 than a 410. and you can get a brand new rossi single 12 for $100 or $90 on sale
     
  21. Maverick223

    Maverick223 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2008
    Messages:
    11,269
    Location:
    28078
    RC, I agree with everything you said. The CBs are good, the colibris are better, and the snake shot wont do anything at all. The best route IMO is to use a good old scattergun though. Easy to hit a small bird with, and past a few hundred feet won't harm a thing.
     
  22. Mike U.

    Mike U. Member

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2007
    Messages:
    690
    Location:
    Oz, right next door to The Lollipop Guild HQ
    And, where's the fun in putting up a stuffed owl?!:p:)
    If you have no one within 5 miles of you and your cows aren't tripping over each from huge herd numbers, have fun. Try some Velocitors. Try some Winchester HV Xperts or 333's on those starlings.

    Might wanna locate all the ranch hands before ya do go shooting, though.

    Pics if you have them, please!:D
     
  23. Uncle Mike

    Uncle Mike Member

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2008
    Messages:
    3,129
    Location:
    never never land...never land here!
    H3!! yea... Blast those grackles!

    But you really should try to minimize your collateral damage.... you could hit one of those cows in the eye...
    What if that goes in your dads eye... then what? :evil:

    BE CAREFUL!
     
  24. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2007
    Messages:
    59,082
    Location:
    Eastern KS
    I'm amazed at how many THR members are blowing off one of the basic rules of gun safety.

    Know your target, and beyond.

    For all we know, the Wood Nymphs girls soccer team is playing rugby in the woods 3/4 mile away when you pot at the starling in the tree with a .22 LR.

    You might shoot their eye out!

    BTW: A one-eyed Wood Nymph is a pitiful sight.

    rc
     
  25. Maverick223

    Maverick223 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2008
    Messages:
    11,269
    Location:
    28078
    LOL, but RC you have it easy...all you have to do is go in a steep dive after em' with one of your planes. :D
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page