.30 Flex Shreds an Armadillo

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    Bullfrog
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    This is a nuisance armadillo that has been damaging my grandparents’ yard for months. I finally caught up with him last night. The Flex is shooting 50 grain JSBs at or around 865fps. Shot distance was approximately 50 yards (53 long steps). 

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    Dcorvino
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    Nice shooting Sir
    those things look tough. 

    Dave 

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    Berky
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    Nice! The .30cal Flex sure puts the smack down on them varmints!

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    FunGun
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    In case you didn’t know and this is good info to all of us hunters, be aware that 9 banded armadillos can carry and transmit the LEPROSY bacterium, Mycobacterium Leprae.  We humans can contract the bacteria by handling them and by consuming their meat.  Just a little FYI for anyone that might have not been aware of this little factoid.  Happy Hunting.

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    Bwalton
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    Looks like that pellet has a little corkscrew in it, the 50gr to me just are not as true as the 44gr. Did you do a 50y group with them?

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    Bullfrog
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    “Bwalton”Looks like that pellet has a little corkscrew in it, the 50gr to me just are not as true as the 44gr. Did you do a 50y group with them?

    
Yes, turbonama (from GTA) and I shot several groups with the 50 grs at 50 yards a few weekends ago. In both our hands they grouped just as well at 50 as the 45 grs (one hole groups). In the video the POI on the armadillo matches my POA thru the scope cross hairs. What you might be seeing is me pulling the gun to the left after the shot is squeezed off and also the fact that the camcorder I’m using is only recording at 30 frames a second interlaced. When I artificially slow the shot down in my editing software it creates more distortion in what is already a distorted and fuzzy picture due to the lower quality of the camcorder, the fact that the camera is in motion right after the shot, and the range I’m trying to film at. 50 yards is really the usable limit of this NV system and 30 yards is the limit for clear, bright video. At this range the camera was struggling to keep everything in focus and I imagine that the IR reflecting off the pellet as it speeds away quickly would be something the camera would struggle with. 

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    “Bullfrog”

    “Bwalton”Looks like that pellet has a little corkscrew in it, the 50gr to me just are not as true as the 44gr. Did you do a 50y group with them?

    
Yes, turbonama (from GTA) and I shot several groups with the 50 grs at 50 yards a few weekends ago. In both our hands they grouped just as well at 50 as the 45 grs (one hole groups). In the video the POI on the armadillo matches my POA thru the scope cross hairs. What you might be seeing is me pulling the gun to the left after the shot is squeezed off and also the fact that the camcorder I’m using is only recording at 30 frames a second interlaced. When I artificially slow the shot down in my editing software it creates more distortion in what is already a distorted and fuzzy picture due to the lower quality of the camcorder, the fact that the camera is in motion right after the shot, and the range I’m trying to film at. 50 yards is really the usable limit of this NV system and 30 yards is the limit for clear, bright video. At this range the camera was struggling to keep everything in focus and I imagine that the IR reflecting off the pellet as it speeds away quickly would be something the camera would struggle with. 

    
I need to amend my observations. Normally I site my Flex in at 50 yards with the 50 grain JSBs and check groups at 20 (as most of my hunting is at 20-30 yards). Today I instead shot groups at 40 and 60 yards. At 40 yards the 50 grns were grouping tight as expected, but at 60 yards they shot all over the place, while the 45 grns will still giving me tight groups. So you may be right Baxter about them spiraling at longer range. 

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    Auronotcs
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    “FunGun”In case you didn’t know and this is good info to all of us hunters, be aware that 9 banded armadillos can carry and transmit the LEPROSY bacterium, Mycobacterium Leprae.  We humans can contract the bacteria by handling them and by consuming their meat.  Just a little FYI for anyone that might have not been aware of this little factoid.  Happy Hunting.

    
From what I’ve heard, almost all the armadillos that test positive for leprosy come from Louisiana and and Mississippi. 

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    Smaug
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    Nice shot and after-shot analysis. The first one would’ve been a kill shot too; it just would’ve taken a little longer. Your follow-up was more of a mercy shot.

    I tend to think .30 cal is overkill for animals this size, but if you want any kind of shot options on a ‘dilla, the extra punch is surely welcome.

    Do you think .22 or .25 would have done it, at 25+ FPE? I don’t know how hard their little shells are.

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    Bullfrog
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    Yes, I believe a .22 or .25 at a lower fpe will kill an armadillo just fine, but not at the range I was at in the video. The first armadillo I ever killed with an airgun was with a Gamo Whisper in .22. I can’t remember the pellet I was using but it penetrated his shell broadside just fine. Distance was around 15-20 yards. 

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    Monkyshine
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    Nice shooting, thanks for the video.

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