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Old 12-16-2012, 02:32 AM
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A local farmer gave me a call and said he had a problem with crows digging up his recently planted corn again. I was just a little tired after a big day shooting pheasants/partridges and woodcock yesterday (137 head) but this small farm provides me with all year round sport, so it was a must that I responded. Got there just before first light and set out my decoys. Withihn a few minutes I had one on the deck and things slowly took shape over the next two hours before they decided to go and eat elsewhere. My old 870 pumper still does the job. I would be flying private jet if I had $5 for every crow and pigeon that old gun has shot. Apart from one extractor claw it has never failed. Normally shoot a skeet barrel for hide work but have a 30 inch full choke barrel when I need to get out to 50 /60yrds on crows and waterfowl. Didn't pick every one because the ground was just too marshy to get across. The area you see behind the birds was a 300yrd wide lake just ten days ago!!! I counted at least sixty down, some making it to the far edge of the field before collapsing. Started at 8am and decided at 10am it was time for breakfast and a well earned cup of coffee.
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Old 12-16-2012, 04:58 AM
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I bet you are glad you went. Good Job! I may have got as many shots as you but the black pile would be much smaller. Good shooting.
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Old 12-16-2012, 07:15 AM
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It looks like you did an exceptional job ingratiating yourself to the farmer. Good work!
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:12 AM
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I shoot crow CAWS its fun. Looks like you put a dent in your local crow population and helped a neighbor out.
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Old 12-16-2012, 09:58 AM
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I bet you are glad you went. Good Job! I may have got as many shots as you but the black pile would be much smaller. Good shooting.
I did not divulge how MANY shots I fired in that time Chief. Let's say the cartridge box was much lighter walking back to the truck

Finished the day of this evening with a very big dog fox which has been causing trouble sneeking into another farmers yard and stealing the odd chicken ..it did not appreciate the projectile from the 22BR at all

It's a dirty business but someone has to do it
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Old 12-16-2012, 01:48 PM
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Indeed, a good job on thinning down the crows.



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I did not divulge how MANY shots I fired in that time Chief. Let's say the cartridge box was much lighter walking back to the truck

Finished the day of this evening with a very big dog fox which has been causing trouble sneeking into another farmers yard and stealing the odd chicken ..it did not appreciate the projectile from the 22BR at all

It's a dirty business but someone has to do it

Mr. Scrofa: I think you are first man I've ever heard that used a .22BR for any game shooting. I'll bet that gun is quite deadly. I wished I had a Rem. 700 chambered for the .22Br, but in a custom chamber/tight barrel so the accuracy would be brought out of that magnificiant little round.

May I ask what is the largest creasture you've ever killed with just one or two shots?
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That looks like a lot of fun, Sus! You kind of made it sound like a job, though.
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Old 12-17-2012, 12:52 PM
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Shawn ...... definitely serious stuff, didn't enjoy myself one bit :-)

Jimbo .... I really do like the 22BR. You may not have read my piece on here, on shooting two roe bucks on the 'public highway' in Scotland ...well thats what I thought at the time. We can use a 22 centre fire in Scotland for roe deer and for that I use a 60grn Nosler Partition. I use a 40gr V max/ 32grns of VIHT N136/ 3500fps for foxes and niether bullets take prisoners. I have a 16" barrel on the Encore with an old Husher silencer . The silencer does knock some speed off the bullet but does not effect accuracy. I have also shot a number of muntjac with it as well, legal in England. Roe bucks run about 50lb body weight and Muntjac 30lb about the same as the big dog fox shot last night.
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