Impact velocity on pigeons?

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    brent375hh
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    I have a variety of rifles to shoot pigeons with. The least powerful is a Diana 35 that is shooting 625 with 8.4 grain pellets. My shots are 35 yards. Should I leave this one at home?

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    Ginuwine1969
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    i’ve shot pigeons, starlings, and sparrows out to 50 yards with my s510 dial down to 12 FPE at the muzzle with is about 553 FPS with a 15.89 grain JSB.
     

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    Carpdogman
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    It would be ok on head shots and maybe between the shoulders facing away. From the side forget it.

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    bent
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    I’ve dropped pigeons with .177 caliber pellets, but they were typically faster and/or heavier than your Diana numbers.  I would opt for the most accurate rifle for that range in your cabinet.

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    MEC17670
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    I use a R7, pushing a .177 cal. 8.4 wad cutter while shooting pigeons inside a metal barn. Most shots are within 25 yards while spotlighting the pest at night. My preferred point of aim is the head, but the little R7 has dropped many a pigeon with a well placed chest shot.

    Shot placement is everything.

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    brent375hh
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    The minimum used on my last hunt was my HW35 shooting a 7.87 JSB @ 827 average. Most shots were at 30 yards. There were no pellets that failed to penetrate the 10 bagged birds from any angle. A gusting 15 mph wind was the biggest problem.

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    bill_dd97
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    The Diana is putting out 7.29fpe at the muzzle, plenty for we’ll placed shots to 40yards.

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    MEC17670
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    Good job Brent! A heck of alot of fun ! Have you tried a night hunt?

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    EMrider
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    “bill_dd97”The Diana is putting out 7.29fpe at the muzzle, plenty for we’ll placed shots to 40yards.

    
Exactly.  And at 35 yards the pellet still carries about 5fpe of energy. If the shot is accurate, that is more than enough to drop any pigeon.

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    Smaug
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    It kinda depends on where and how it hits. Hit the wing joint, and you’ll break his wing and help hop off after trying to take off a couple times. 

    The neck is tricky, because of how they curve. 

    Breast bone can also deflect a pellet. But if you hit the meat, spine, or head, you’re golden.

    I dropped a pigeon the other day with my HW30S, .177, 6 FPE to the chest. It just fell over, dead on the spot. 10 yards. Entered through the upper chest, through the body cavity, and out the belly. 

    Higher power is a good bet becAuse even a breast bone hit will mean lights-out. You just don’t have to be so careful.

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    brent375hh
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    I have shot them at night in a barn. I did use the Diana on that. I emptied the barn of them in 5 minutes flat, it was more like pest control than hunting. The place I have now has a silo with a steel cover 30 yards from the barn that they like to land on, then fly in and perch on the upper rim. I take them when they first land on the silo. I find it more like hunting than pure eradication. I have a friend that like to eat them so it’s good all the way around.

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    X27
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    Check this out.   

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