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“Alan”My first thought is, who cares? I shoot a lot of pigeons dead in the body. Sometimes they just drop, and sometimes they fly away for a few yards, and then drop. A few I have nailed 3 times complete with red mist, feathers, and a bunch of dust on their far side, yet, they fly and disappear into the distance. I assume they die within a few minutes.

Where I shoot pigeons, is on a dairy feed lot. We’re not talking dozens, or hundreds, but thousands up on thousands! I could care less where I hit them, because I have in the back of my mind, that each and everyone of those birds eats about 150 times their weight each year. For an average pigeon, than it nearly 80 pounds of cattle feed per year EACH!!!

Shooting in the UK I’m limited to 12ftlb without a fire arm certificate so I would tend to agree with Genuine1969, and err on the side of a head shot for a humane kill. If you miss a head shot you’re far less likely to cause unintended injuries. What I would say @Genuine1969, is that at 30ftlb+ the energy on impact is significantly higher, particularly at higher calibres. While it would be very poor form to shoot indiscriminately at 12ftlb, given similar distances almost any body shot is lethal at 30ftlb. The trauma to the body is so destructive in small quarry, that the kill is very quick.

I shoot .22 diabolo @ 16gr, and at 12ftlb (well, 11.2ftlb at peak on my power curve), and I find 35 yards to be at the outer limits of my ability to produce well placed shots. I’ll consider a heart and lungs shot, or a shot into the spinal column where neck meets the body if I can get to within 20 yards. Anything between 20 and 35 yards is a head shot – my personal preference at 12ftlbs is that I’d rather miss completely, than risk injury, and prolonged suffering.