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Two that I can remember, both with Benjamin 392s with iron sights.  I must have been about 12 years old and was at our city lake shooting at turtles.  One head popped up way beyond any distance I had ever shot.  My first shot was way short so I reloaded and my second shot was a little closer.  The turtle didn’t submerge so I reloaded, held over a bunch and a half, and lobbed that 3rd pellet dead on and it didn’t even make a splash, just a thud when it hit the target.  

The second time was about 40 years later.  I had a couple of squirrels that had chewed a hole in the eave of the house and were nesting in the attic.  I took my new Benjamin out to shoot them but they scampered through the trees to the back of the yard.  One squirrel disappeared but the other one went up a pine tree and hid on the back side of the tree.  I waited for a while but the squirrel would not come back out.  I finally got tired of waiting and decided to just shoot the tree to see if I could make the squirrel move.  There was a limb near where the squirrel went into hiding and there was a knot on that limb so I decided to see if I could hit the knot, about a 50 or 60 foot shot.  I hit the knot which turned out to be another squirrel that was hugging the limb and killed him with a perfect, though accidental, head shot.

EDIT:  I did some research and found my memory has gotten a little faulty in my old age.  My first Benjamin was likely a 312.  I am not sure but since it was bought in 1957 it couldn’t have been a 392.  This past weekend I got my present Benjamin out of the closet and it is a 342.  I still made the shots but not with the rifles I thought I had used.