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And then there were 3 and a broken magazine

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    Blackpaw
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    Accuracy: +26

    First, I had a chance to run out to my permission, but the birds were much scarcer than the last couple of times.  Weather was overcast inversion, no wind.  And the pigeons know me by name now.

    I went to both locations, the main dairy and the stockyard, and spent around 2.5 hours.  

    When I arrived the pigeons were roosting on the far fence.  So I got Glimmer ready, and then when trying to load the magazine it spun freely.  Upon investigation I saw the little pin that held the magazine locked when you insert the first pellet broke.  No I need a replacement.  I was able to single load, but it is a pain in the ass when it is cold out.

    Well, the pigeons must have some how sabotaged my magazine, because then when I did get situated they took a hike.

    So I drove over to he dairy and had better luck.  I was able to get 3 starlings in about 30 minutes, still looking for the clouds of starlings the dairyman keeps telling me frequent the dairy.  The first starling was a 50 yard shot through the lungs based off the tissue, and it fell into the feeding bowl of the calf, blood all in there, so I get a cloth clean it out, the calf lapped up all the blood.  Now does that mean the cow is a meat eater not a vegan? 😒 The other two starlings were taken at 40 and 25 yards respectfully.

    Also, I was able to get a dove at 72 yards, again a flyer that tumbled about 400 yards later, can’t wait for the 22 cal barrel kit for more anchor power.  Then one pigeon stock on a 15 foot high roof.  One thing, on the second starling the local magpies took no time in making it lunch.

    Next week I have 5 interviews with 3 companies, plus my two jobs, so pretty much no shooting time for the next week.  One job, the I want is a glorified over payed field safety guy, I create my own schedule and just make the director’s agenda work, dream job for me, wish me luck.

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    L.Leon
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    Sucks that your magazine broke, single loading .177 can be a pain, especially with cold hands. You need a minimum of two magazines for pesting so that you can keep at it if the pests are plentiful. Good job on the starling, what pellets are you using on them? Good luck with your interviews… 

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    cahil_2
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    This time of the year the birds disappear at all my permissions. And yes the pigeons know me by name also. It is amazing how smart they are. 

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    Ranchibi
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    Nice shooting and pics…hope you get the job you want!

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    Blackpaw
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    @l.Leon I was using the hades. I might order some nsa 12.5 grain slugs for a trial. 
     

    @ranchibi looks like the deck is being stacked in my favor that way. Let’s see. 

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    JungleShooter
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    cahil_2

    This time of the year the birds disappear at all my permissions.

     

     

    Blackpaw

     …still looking for the clouds of starlings the dairyman keeps telling me frequent the dairy.

     

    Pest scarcity — where can I file my complaint?!? 😡

     

    Last year in my permission in the Lima area the pigeons where standing (or roosting) in line — waiting to be picked off.

    Every day. Again and again. For around three months this phenomenon lasted.

     

    This year I eagerly expected the same!! 

    No dice. No joy. No beef. No pigeons. 😧

    Well, I might get one every couple of days. But the golden (or crimson) times are over….

     

    Matthias

     

     

     

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    Blackpaw
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    Well a few days ago things were different but I’ve hit the permission pretty hard over the last 3 weeks. Glimmer already has 35-40 kills to its name, six of those are starlings. 😑

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    Smaug
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    A pigeon at 72 yards with .177 is an amazing shot; well done! Probably only had four FPE by the time it hit home, but it was enough. 
     

    Good luck with the interview next week. If you get it, will you be able to with the other two jobs?

     

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