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#61 little jon

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 11:42 AM

it took me 2 yr to get on top of the magpie infestation around here, but now there managed , the song birds thrive :)


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Posted 21 July 2014 - 10:26 PM

There have been a lot of magpies around the farm this year but I have only had one so far, far too crafty for me. I've spent hours sat with rifle looking over shot rabbits as bait but they stayed well away. I went for a walk this evening with my wife and our terrier and decided after working at the game fair to take my shotgun along to. Couldn't believe my luck when two magpies dropped over the hedge in front of me to fly off again. Right and left put them both back on the deck. Two pigeon and a rabbit later and I was 5 for 5. All good things come to an end though, missed a pigeon with both barrels on the way home. Pigeon stir fry was pretty good tonight, rabbit and mustard sandwich for lunch tomorrow.

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Posted 16 June 2015 - 10:20 PM

Well guess who got 3 magpies today and 6 other corvids today ? Mememe But the 3rd magpie smashed my pb on magpies @380 yard head-shot too :)  ! In a valley with almost still wind . This shot was made a whole lot easier as looking down the line of flight , i was blessed with those light fluffy things in the air , out to 200 ish they were coming head on but from there onwards and at target they were sliiightly right to left . So i aimed 1" right - sweet when i seen him tumble out the tree  . Think my previous was 278 yard .

but two of the other corvids were also 373 and 351 yards , missed my first clean cold bore at 170 odd , but after that hit everything dead !  


Edited by gunner, 23 June 2015 - 05:22 PM.

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Posted 21 July 2015 - 08:46 AM

I must say, it's nice taking them with my 22.250. Longest one yet or should say 2 was 375yds,,, just love the challenge. Will be out Friday that's if the forecast is true.. 
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Posted 22 July 2015 - 06:33 AM

Used a Larson trap for years and I'm over 40plus magpies this year, but I've never fought a fox cub before!! My father checked the trap and found a young dog fox in the Larson trap. Soon got delt with I won't ad it to my tally for the year though.

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Posted 28 July 2015 - 08:04 PM

no more satisfying shot than magpies!!

 

have a one man vendetta on the population behind my house

as a result we now have a plethora of small bird species

 

the bastards still get a few chicks when I drop my watch though!

 

shot one the other day, left it out to bring in some more and was astounded when a herring gull dropped on it within 30 seconds and ripped it to shreds!!



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Posted 08 August 2015 - 02:07 PM

I counted 11 of the little b*****ds in a tree in my garden yesterday. They were only 10 yards from the kitchen window and sat that close together that one shot with a skeet choked 12guage would have possibly done the lot of them. 11 with one shot would certainly have been an unbeatable record.
Although hugely tempting, having the armed Police knocking on the door 10 mins later would have put a dampener on things. I can't wait to move back to no neighbourville!

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Posted 08 August 2015 - 06:54 PM

Opportunistic little ba××tuds , skeet lol , you mite as well use a punt gun on em , an ARV may be there pretty soon lol. May need tree surgeon for tree they were in . Im on the hunt tomorrow for our black and white feathered quarry ! Will post if i have decent results  :)

 

Todays hunt / Sunday , ok i didn't manage any magpie , but i managed to down 3 woodies and 4 carrion, all but 1 crow was taken from the top of 2 or 3 trees in my valley shoot , - Perfect backstop etc , its only 120 acres but perfect rifle sniping ground . Wind was strong and variable and wasn't 90 degree either , all shots between 260-280 apart from the last shot .

I spotted and decided to try and stalk a magpie , using a large bush to conceal my approach . When i got down and sighted in heed gone . But not 5 minutes had passed and a young carrion was near the same spot but a little futher out . Ranged @329yards . Steep downhill / cosine effect etc i knew it would be about  1"/½  to  2" high impact . So dialled 2moa - kept cheaking grass / tree tops / sheeps wool on fencing all giving me a better idea what wind was upto , it paid off ,i shot , he momentarily jumped and landed on his back wings open but now still.

  Funny thing was when i got there id got him in the head but aimed for body , in my hast to shoot id aimed centre mass but still impact seemed too high so i cheak my zero , 1 " high @200 !!! Then headed home , good shot i thought  :)


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Posted 13 December 2015 - 07:12 PM

Went out early afternoon to do some magpie culling , on 1 farm . Using my 20 practical ranges were relativeley short around 200 yards . I park up in farm yard and set up just under barn , shooting off top of van / i regularly do this . So got magpie #1 in first field about 180 something , waited a while and heard another chattering up in tree above its comrade untill it decided to come down - pissh-smack ! Waited a bit longer and another eventually came along - pissh-smack again ! Tidy 3 in bag . Spotted a 4th but a long way out , i ranged it at 550 so decided to pull out the 6br , dialled the 10 odd moa wind acounted for , shot and it went just over its back ! Bugger , but from a clean bore so , had it been a fox , different outcome . Never mind , the best shot i switched back to the practical as a carrion crow @370 was skulking around a field to the right 3¼ moa dialled aimed a hint right -no wind in barn ! but it was about 1mph in field , waited for right moment , sent it and he went down - luvlee jublee , i absolutely love this 20 it hardly ever missis !  


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Posted 16 December 2015 - 03:59 PM

what do you use for bait gunner?



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Posted 16 December 2015 - 04:58 PM

what do you use for bait gunner?

I dont , on that farm anyway , they love to skulk around the farm near barns , farmers house is just to left , a small caravan park to the right and sheep almost every where else in the small field in between it all . There are alot more field futher out . However many i shoot there more replace them , i do cringe sometimes when caravaners are sat out in summer reading paper then my 2o prac goes off lol there only 150-200 away , hence i need a hmr replacement ! ( 17 squirrel  ) should be the perfect 150-200 yard magpie basher , quieter than the .20 id imagine  - but thats another story . Back to bait , rabbit normally works , theyl have the eye out fast and sometimes be gone , did that in summer in this farmyard thinking on it , only had to wait 10 minutes for the first ! That day i used air 177 - finished with 3 i think . 


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Posted 17 December 2015 - 09:54 AM

well good luck with your squirrel project , pl let us know how it goes for you



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Posted 08 January 2016 - 11:19 AM

What is this mythical black and white feathered beast of which you talk? We dont get magpies round my neck of the woods. Although you only need to go ten miles or so before you do see them.....

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Posted 16 January 2016 - 10:36 PM

I dont , on that farm anyway , they love to skulk around the farm near barns , farmers house is just to left , a small caravan park to the right and sheep almost every where else in the small field in between it all . There are alot more field futher out . However many i shoot there more replace them , i do cringe sometimes when caravaners are sat out in summer reading paper then my 2o prac goes off lol there only 150-200 away , hence i need a hmr replacement ! ( 17 squirrel  ) should be the perfect 200 yard magpie basher , quieter id imagine  - but thats another story . Back to bait , rabbit normally works , theyl have the eye out fast and sometimes be gone , did that in summer in this farmyard thinking on it , only had to wait 10 minutes for the first ! That day i used air 177 - finished with 3 i think . 

 

Just go 17AH ( or 17HH) rather than 17 Squirrel.   200 yards is a fair way for 17AH let alone a short case variant.     17Sq will have a zero resale value,  17HH will be far better.  

 

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Posted 17 January 2016 - 03:26 PM

 

Just go 17AH ( or 17HH) rather than 17 Squirrel.   200 yards is a fair way for 17AH let alone a short case variant.     17Sq will have a zero resale value,  17HH will be far better.  

 

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Hi ally , i considered the 17 hornet a while back , but its too much like my 20 practical trajectory and speed wise , the squirrel will suit two of my shoots well , have an edge on hmr , and be reloadable , using the hornet parent case . Apparently QL recons firing 20 grain Vmax at upto and over 3100 , not too far from the 17 hornet , but quiter slightly . Resale value ? Its being built to keep and could allways be rebarreled back to 17 / 22 hornet . If you could see what im planning to build , its a little beauty .  ;)


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Posted 11 June 2017 - 07:09 AM

Hi all , it's been a while. I managed to get out last weekend with the 20 , and visited a Small shoot I'd not been to for a while. Most of the fields were in crop so no chance of a shot there but the farmer leaves 2 fields for sheep or cows and it's nice and easy , drive in shoot from vehicle window over bait! I seen a few rabbit and took one for bait for the magpies . After driving around the border of the 2 fields to help the magpies not get spooked, I dropped the bait and headed over to park up and wait. 2 minutes went by and Maggie#1 was downed. I'd set up at 200 . Drove over collected it and headed back.
The next one came after about 10 minutes. I missed high? Because on my initial drive round I'd taken a shot at one 405 yards on the far bank.it was a clean bore and windy and I'd prematurely pulled and missed to the right ! Oops! Been using my BR too much and this jewel is very light! BUT luckily it only moved 10 yards , i realised and rezeroed the turret and sent again to see feather flying- happy days . That was the last magpie of the day . That visit was overdue and the farmer wants rid of them so another trip will come next weekend once back from work...could not upload pics shame...


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Posted 19 June 2017 - 09:20 PM

2 more today , seen another pair on leaving the farm , there time will come ... Also seen a family of adult and juvenile jays messing around . With a well placed rabbit for bait should get 1 or 2 . There such a stunning bird just wish they would leave songbird alone .


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Posted 19 June 2017 - 09:37 PM

Personally I find Larsen traps work best,  just shoot the ones that wont go in.

 

This year has been v quiet, only had about 15 maggies in top entry traps and maybe 25 crows in side entry traps.   Got 2 maggies that wont go into a trap though so they need the fast lead treatment.

 

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Posted 20 June 2017 - 09:54 AM

I'd love to use larsens but am limited to time . I understand they work very well. But in a way I just enjoy blitzing them with fast lead too!

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