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What's your Crow Shooting Rifle?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by makdaddy03, Jun 22, 2003.

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  1. makdaddy03

    makdaddy03 member

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    Mine are the Marlin .17cal bolt action and the Marlin 25MN 22 mag.
    Both have Tasco 3x9x40mm scopes. Very nice outfit for Crow Shooting.
     
  2. cdbeaver

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    Mine's a Ruger No. 1V in .22-250 with a Leupold VX-II 6-18 target scope.

    Unfortunately, around here the crow is a protected bird during most of the year. But that Ruger does equally good work on prairie dogs!
     
  3. Cosmoline

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    Why are you shooting crows?

    Crow shooting is bad luck. Not as bad as raven shooting, but still bad. Corvids are best left alone. In the afterlife they will tear out your spleen if you make them angry

    :D
     
  4. wun_8_seven

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    contender carbine 223. 187
     
  5. Soap

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    Kimber .22 Hunter or Remington 700P for longer shots.
     
  6. Mannlicher

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    Back when I hunted crows in North Florida, the rifle was a Remington 788 in .222 Rem. Scope was a 6 X Weaver. Not much of a rig, as things to now, but in it's day, I took a lot of crows with it. Shots out to 250 yards on a calm day.

    My other crow gun was a Browning Sweet 16. We would lay under a cover of burlap bags, and call them in. When close, you would uncover,and catch them in flight. Great sport indeed.
     
  7. Gordon

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    Not worrying about having a spleen in after life: Martini Cadet in .17 K hornet with 15X Lyman supertargetspot.:evil:
     
  8. bad_dad_brad

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    Marlin .17HMR as well. With a Weaver Rimfire scope. Good, cheap, robust, very accurate gun. Glad I saved the $300 instead of buying the Ruger during the initial .17 frenzy.
     
  9. makdaddy03

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    Cosmoline, I shoot Crows to watch the feathers fly.:evil:
    Bad Luck? I dont believe in luck.:D

    Every now and then, I usually take out a cat or two.:evil:
     
  10. waynzwld

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    10/22, at 30 yards. :D

    I'm planning on being buried with it, that way i can fend off any spleensucking demon crows.:scrutiny:
     
  12. Omaha-BeenGlockin

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    No rifles for game birds in this state---shotgun only here :(.
     
  13. George Hill

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    Many moons ago when I was in Idaho, I had a Benelli M1 and a case of Fletchet rounds. The combination worked great on crows.
     
  14. makdaddy03

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    Fletchet Rounds? Cool!!!!!!!!!
     
  15. ShaiVong

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    You know, i've heard and seen those things, flechette rounds.

    I've never heard how well they do for stopping power vs buckshot.

    Any input?
     
  16. Art Eatman

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    Now, Cosmoline, you know it's bad luck to be superstitious!

    Don't have crows in the SW Texas desert. Got ravens, though, which are easily twice as large. They're just too neat to shoot, law or no law. I have a pair that hangs around my general area and are happy to help dispose of leftovers from the table.

    :), Art
     
  17. Jaywalker

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    There's a season on them here in Virginia, but that doesn't do much good. Where you can hunt them, they aren't a problem. There was a roost of, what, 10,000 birds, in one area just outside of DC, but "No Shooting Allowed."

    They're predators, of course, and that's really too high a concentration of them. They killed off many of the songbirds im my neighborhood for a couple of years, until West Nile Virus evened out the population. We don't see so many around anymore.

    Were it legal to shoot these protected animals in close proximity to people who might feel compelled to notify the authorities, I suppose a Beeman R-7 .20 cal pellet rifle with a Simmons 4x scope and a B-Square mount would probably work. Hypothetically speaking, of course, that would be the ticket out to 35 yards.

    Jaywalker
     
  18. waynzwld

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    and I would use........

    pointed field pellets to get through the feathers!
     
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    I Don't expect to have spleen in afterlife neither;

    I use:
    Ruger M77/22 Hornet KBZ (stainless 24"bbl) with 35gr V-max over 11.2gr H110 or 40gr Sierra HP/12.5 Lil-gun (also taken quite a few whitetails too!)
    Remington 597 .22mag. w/Win Supreme 35gr.
    Remington 1187 w/1.25oz #6's
    AR-15 w/ M&A parts 20" H-Bar match flattop over "Bushy" lower,
    w/23.5gr H-/IMR4198 and 40gr Bal.Tip.

    After I'm gone, someone's going to have one heck of a gun collection and the messiest "ammo factory" to sort through.

    And if'n crows are a peckin' at me, I dun "messed up here!", and I'd rather be swatt'in crows than boil'in in brim-stone !!!!

    John 3:16
    Mark 16:16
    John 14:1-
     
  20. Snaps

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    I've got a Marilin .22 (can't remember the model No.) with a cheap bushnell trophy 3-9 scope that I use to knock 'em down:evil:
     
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    6mm Ackley Improved.

    Remington 700 - Pillar bedded - Shilen SS # 7 contour "select Match"with a 11 degree target crown, 273 neck - 1 & 8 twist - Action Tuned - [bolt face squared - lugs laped]

    Harris Bi-pod, Nylon sling.

    Springfield Armory Goverment model scope [ 1st generation]
    4 by 14 power - Reticle set for 308 match.

    @ moa with handloads .05.

    Favorite crow load = Prepped Winchester brass - 47.5 grains Varget - CCI benchrest primers - 58 grain Hornaday V -max. Specs out right at 4000fps.

    Deadly out to 400 yards. Futher than that = go up to 95 to 107 grain projectiles.
     

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  22. digex

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    I don't shoot crows either, but I spend many hours in the pasture dropping prairie dogs. I use a Ruger M77/22wrm. Very nice varminter.
     
  23. firestar

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    Instead of shooting crows, you guys should switch to shooting Starlings. Starlings are imported pests from Europe and they have gotten out of control. Many of our native birds are being displaced by imported birds like the Starling and the English Sparrow.

    I don't think you need a hunting permit to kill Starlings. As far as I know, you can shoot them all day long if you want. Kill them all! Maybe if the Starlings were gone, we would have a little more diversity in bird species in North America again.

    Why are people killing native species like Crows and Prairie Dogs when we have an abundance of non-native pests that need killing? You could help the ecosystem if you killed the pests that are out producing our native species. Rats, Starlings, English Sparrows, and feral cats are all fine to shoot. Killing these animals will benefit the environment.

    A pellet rifle is not really humane on a Crow. I know people have killed Crows with magnum pellet rifles but a Beeman R-7 would just wound them more often than not.
     
  24. digex

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    Native or not, prairie dogs are pests. I don't live in the city where they're sold as pets, I live in a very rural area and they are absolute pests. They cause problems with farmers' livestock as well as destroy the land they inhabit. They provide a huge breeding area for parasite insects and carry disease quite easily. They are the reason for the "v-max" round and I use a lot of them. I'm not worried about the eco-system so much as the local economy. Out here, farmers are the economy. If I can help them out and still have a fun day in the field, all the better.
    Tommy
     
  25. ShaiVong

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    Fire, your absolutely right. The reason i hate starlings beyond the above is that they nest in the eves of your house, or buildings, and proceed to create a ****-waterfall out of the opening, which gracefully spreads down the exterior of your building.

    I visit my parents farm once or twice a month, and I always make sure to blast atleast one of those little craps before i go home.

    Its nice to find cover (because they bug out when they see me), and wait for two of them to sit on top of the barn, then give them a 12ga round. Two, DRT.
     
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