Rock Hunting?

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    dormitionskete
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    If I shoot a rock, I get a nice, bright, shiny indicator exactly where the pellet hits — or if I miss, I can usually see pretty much where it hit in the dirt.  If I hit the rock with a 7.4 or 7.9 grain .177 pellet, is it likely to ricochet, like a bullet might, or will it pretty much just disintegrate? 

    Does anyone know?

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    Dansker
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    Smack on – my .30 50grain pretty much crumble and bounce back a bit – on an angle surface, they ricochet into the desert with a delightful sound

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    JohnL57
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    Like Dansker said-straight on the pellet will fragment, a glancing hit will ricochet so be careful about what's behind your target. Also make sure the rocks you're hunting are in season and legal to take with an airgun. (Just kidding!)

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    Diamondback
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    Yup, might richochet & might not. Depends how you hit it.

    Remember to clean ‘em right away or they’ll spoil. Don’t shoot more than you can eat, & eat what you shoot. 😃

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    dormitionskete
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    You know, I never thought about that second thing.  Colorado's become very liberal these past 25 years or so.  They might have a law about that.  But the fairies would have to fly pretty high to catch me rock hunting on the top of this here mountain I live on!  LOL

    Thanks, guys!

    It's pretty much what I thought.  I just thought I should ask for other's experience.  Better safe than sorry.

    I haven't heard a ricochet in decades!!!  Too many years of playing with things that go BOOM!!!

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    Kgphotos
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    Rock hunting? This must be how you get the ingredients for “ Stone Soup”!

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    donwalk
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    the ones i shoot at rocks usually disintegrate with an audible "SMACK"!

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