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Posted: 9/24/2005 7:00:10 PM EDT
I shot the head off of a bird at 75 yards with a .375. Thats what I was trying to do. I had the gun rested on an uprighted railroad tie. I guess it was sighted on right after all!

I've also seen 7x57 at 15 feet do the same thing.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:02:09 PM EDT
12 ga. loaded with 6 shot, point blank on a field rat.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:02:16 PM EDT
Nope. The closest I've come is wasting a metal bucket with a .45-70 from ten feet away.

For the record, the bucket was utterly annihilated.

My best friend's dad once shot a pheasant with a .30-06. It disintegrated and flying pheasant debris stunned another pheasant, knocking it from the sky. He walked over and wrung its neck before it recovered. The largest piece of the one he shot was the foot.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:03:18 PM EDT
I have killed many a crow with a 45 grain JHP from my AR. Looks like a hand grenade detonating in a feather pillow. I once put a wounded possum out of its misery with a 150 grain ballistic tip from a .308.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:03:19 PM EDT
I once blasted an armadillo with 7x57 FN mauser from about 20ft away.......his shell did not save him
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:03:28 PM EDT
Headshot a rabbit at 30 yards with a .303 brit. Boy was I surprised.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:04:13 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/24/2005 7:06:02 PM EDT by kindstranger]
Squirrel, 12 GA slug. Squirrel was for dinner after a frustrating shotgun-only deer hunt.

Squirrel, broadhead. Squirrel was for dinner.

Edit, and this relates... Did anyone see the GATECH VATECH game?

(BTW: I am a huge fan of not GATECH.)
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:04:51 PM EDT



Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:06:49 PM EDT
When I was around 12 years old I shot a dove with a .410 slug.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:06:59 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:07:10 PM EDT
Shot a Partridge at about 25 yards with my lever action 30-30. Made a nice big explosion of feathers.

I was able to find the tail and the head. Everything in between had turned into a nice red mist
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:07:25 PM EDT

Originally Posted By lippo:






You forgot a cartoon of five gallons of kerosine. Dynamite doesn't produce that fireball all by its lonesome!
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:08:43 PM EDT

Bullfrog with a 44 magnum. Was about 3 feet from it. Got sprayed with little bits of frog, mud and water.

Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:09:21 PM EDT
Squirrels with a 12 gauge loaded with 7.5 shot. Nuthin left but a red mist. . .
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:10:18 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/24/2005 7:11:19 PM EDT by limaxray]
Ever wonder what a .300 Win Mag will do to a chipmunk at 20 yards? Quite the mess......

Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:10:32 PM EDT
A Squirrel.

Combined it was an AR-180B, an AR-15, and a MAC-10.
Small creatures should avoid the rifle range.

Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:10:35 PM EDT

Sparrow at 10 yards with a M60 Machinegun. Bird flew in front of MG as bullets were going down range. Bird was a puff of feathers. This was back in the summer 1983 or 1984. Doing Machinegun quals. How's that?
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:11:15 PM EDT
Shot a squirrel with #4 buck with my 12 gauge Winnie Defender.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:11:29 PM EDT
Yep, my first wife.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:13:52 PM EDT
Turtle with a .45 FMJ. Looked like a submarine getting hit by a depth charge.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:14:26 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/24/2005 7:15:30 PM EDT by CSM]
My grandfather shot a duck, in the head, on the water, at 250(yes, I checked) yards. Very lucky shot. He used my .300win mag. There was a wing, half of a head, and some skin left after I paddled out there.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:14:48 PM EDT
120 lb ferel hog with a .416 Rigby 400gn softpoint at 30 yards.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:15:38 PM EDT

Originally Posted By DPeacher:
120 lb ferel hog with a .416 Rigby 400gn softpoint at 30 yards.

GOOD GOD MAN!!! That wins the prize!
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:16:08 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/24/2005 7:16:33 PM EDT by cduarte]
4.2" mortar on a deer at Fort Drum... direct lay at about 1500 meters with an HE round set to superquick, it disappeared.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:19:22 PM EDT
tree rat with an AR varmint round
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:19:52 PM EDT
I almost hit a deer with an M2HB .50BMG in Germany...........course they started screaming CEASE FUCKING FIRE...........and I never even noticed the deer - it was dark and I was in my zone........they say .50BMG rounds were dancing around the deer though
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:22:28 PM EDT
I shot a small rabbit with my .460 weatherby magnum.

Also shot a rattlesnake with handloaded shotshells in my freedom arms .454. Devastating (was using #12 shot)
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:23:04 PM EDT
45acp on a little mouse in my garage, nothing left but the tail and a few drops of blood.

my ears hurt the worst though
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:28:46 PM EDT
The closest I can get is a 53 grn Vmax from a .243 into a crow at 200 yds.

Turned him around 180 degrees and the exit wound was bigger than my fist and the backside wing was blown off. But that's what we expect a varmint round to do
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:31:51 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Combat_Jack:
I shot the head off of a bird at 75 yards with a .375. Thats what I was trying to do. I had the gun rested on an uprighted railroad tie. I guess it was sighted on right after all!

I've also seen 7x57 at 15 feet do the same thing.

Probably doesn't qualify as grossly exorbitant but starlings with a 22-250 is damned dramatic anyway!
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:32:03 PM EDT
My wife used the 870 to dispatch a spider on the back deck --3.5in magnum buckshot round at approx 4 feet .
My wife really REALLY hates spiders.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:34:07 PM EDT
Squirrel with a 30-30. Nice little mist.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:36:36 PM EDT
Yes, after a fashion.

17-year Cicada + 8-pound logsplitting maul = big chunk taken out of my driveway.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:36:46 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Combat_Jack:

Originally Posted By DPeacher:
120 lb ferel hog with a .416 Rigby 400gn softpoint at 30 yards.

GOOD GOD MAN!!! That wins the prize!

I think that if we divide the amount of kinetic energy delivered to the target by the live weight of the target, then your .375/bird combo wins hands down.

While shooting my M1, a monarch butterfly flew about two feet infront of the muzzle and about 2 inches below my line of sight. At the shot, all I saw was 'stuff' flying down range, and I thought I had burst the barrel. My buddy Art was sitting on the bench right next to the one I was shooting from and he just ERUPTED into a fit of laughter at the shot. He saw the whole event unfolding and knew it was a butterfly. I thought my rifle had just been FUBARed, and became very pissed because I thought he was howling at the destruction of my VERY expensive ( to a Corporal) rifle, but Art was laughing so hard that he couldn't explain what happend, and MY reaction caused him to laugh even harder!!! We were the only ones at this range, and it was the 8th round, so the weapon was clear. Art walked down range and picked up the now wingless thorax of the butterfly and handed it to me. Then we both sat there laughing so hard we couldn't speak for the next several minnutes.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:42:59 PM EDT
As kids, we use to chase down jack rabbits in the hay field and blast 'em with 180 gr. 30-06. Sore shoulders but not much left of the rabbit. Ah....to be a kid again.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:44:18 PM EDT
44 mag on bunny, no need to gut.

Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:46:58 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/24/2005 7:48:47 PM EDT by jbombelli]
I have a Stoeger Coach Gun. I fired both barrels, #7 shot, 2 3/4". loads, at a bee buzzing around a wildflower. All I can say is I didn't see the bee anymore.

eta: There wasn't much left of the flower, either.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:49:14 PM EDT
120 lb whitetail, 15 yards, 7mm rem mag, 3x scope. All i saw through the scope was brown fur up close.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:50:34 PM EDT
One afternoon, both a snake and a mouse with a 17HRM. It does not soud like overkill but the mouse was just "pink mist and small parts" The snake became a "two piece snake" about and inch of head separarted from the rest. Both were about sixty feet away. The most over kill was a ground Squirrel with a 270 Win, 130 Nosler ST @3200fps about 80 yds.

I have a sealed 8oz bottle of Tannerite sitting on a hay bale about 150yds out in the field behind my house. The crows feeding usually have a scout up on that hay bale. When the time comes he is going to get "Tannerited" with my heavy barrelled AR-15 and it's 6X24 Burris. I will take pics and Post.

Would that be Grossly Exorbitant?
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 7:52:37 PM EDT

Originally Posted By bologna:
120 lb whitetail, 15 yards, 7mm rem mag, 3x scope. All i saw through the scope was brown fur up close.

I did that same thing once, except it wasa 7mm Mauser and it was 15 FEET.

Big exit hole and a lot of blood. The 175gr 7mm bullet entered the front of its chest and traveled through the animal lengthwise.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 8:06:18 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 8:15:23 PM EDT
A 155 Howitzer and a dog. "And alot of splening lucy".
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 8:15:46 PM EDT
Center mass hit on a rabbit with a 30-30.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 8:20:20 PM EDT
when i used to reload i took some 170 grain flat point bullets ( for a 30/30), melted out the lead and filled them with number 8 bird shot held in place with wax. the weighed in at about 80 grains, and would crono at 3400 fps with a full load. i hit a rabbit with one found its heads and one leg
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 8:25:15 PM EDT
i killed a teal with a ten guage from like 10 feet away when he came into the goose deeks. i found a leg and guts.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 8:35:23 PM EDT
male white tail deer 120lbs stopped instantly and thrown for the front end of a dodge caravan at 75mph filled with gear and 6 people.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 8:38:40 PM EDT
I used my AR to shoot a magpie once and I used my 340 weatherby to kill a coyote. Both were a bit of an over kill.

Link Posted: 9/24/2005 8:41:03 PM EDT
308 on groundhogs works wonders.
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 8:47:03 PM EDT
.300 WinMag and .300WSM on Praire dogs ........nothing left but a crater

M2 .50 BMG on Sharks when I was in the Navy
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 8:48:09 PM EDT

308 on groundhogs works wonders.

Groundhogs are my number one enemy on my property. Latest one i popped was with a Smith&Wesson 500 magnum. McM
Link Posted: 9/24/2005 8:48:20 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/24/2005 8:48:59 PM EDT by talbalos]
In May of 2004 I was with a group of 30 people camping and shooting in the Nevada desert just South of the Black Rock Desert. Around dusk we noticed a swarm(?) of Mormon Crickets marching on our campsite. These things are flightless and get to be about 2" long.


A group of us went out and started blasting them with everything we had: 12 gauages, M1A's SKS's, AK's and AR's.

We managed to divert their march away from our camp.
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