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When I was a kid, a buddy of mine had a Sheridan Blue Streak. Used .20 cal. pellets, which I think is, or was, exclusive to Sheridan. We were messing around out behind his house one day a shot a woodpecker with that thing. It literally tore the bird's head off, which surprised the shit out of me!My buddy took the gun back, reloaded it and pumped it 11 or 12 times, and said, "That's nothin'. Watch this." He swung around and fired a pellet through both sides of an old galvanized steel garbage can.Pellet guns ain't toys.
I know that there are some very notable trade offs, lead pellets weigh generally about 10gr, with alloy pellets at about 5gr(weights for .177 pellets). Naturally .20,.22,.25 caliber pellets weigh more and have more energy. .22 caliber is in my opinion ideal, fairly good sized projectile, good velocity 850fps is typical with break barrel guns.
Of course these would not be effective against large game, though I have heard of deer being dropped by idiots with air guns, these are most effective on small game such as rabbit and squirrel, and sometimes predators such as coyote.
I don't know about the deer. We've shot several of the scrawny things in our area with the pellet gun and they aren't affected that much. Small game would easily be dropped though.
The Mrs really likes it because we can shoot on our 5 acre property without nosy neighbors complaining, and I like it because I didn't have to buy her a Circuit Judge in .410/.45long.
OK, I have to correct that statement. I did manage to take a deer with the pellet gun. Chest shot at 20 meters. It walked 30 ft and dropped.Yeah, well........the Mrs DID get that Circuit Judge after all.
My father-in-law owns a christmas tree farm. On the farm last summer, a small herd of deer moved in. All summer long, he worked in close proximity of them, eventually they got closer and closer to him without worrying.Come deer season, he was walking with his air rifle. A doe was feeding ~15ft away. He took aim, and took it down with a single shot to the neck.Lucky shot? Probably. But still impressive.
In MA, ~50 miles west of Boston.
What sort of gun and pellet did you use?BTW, How is the Circuit Judge?