.22 Bird shot in Ruger 10/22

Discussion in 'Rifle Talk' started by Anonymous, Dec 16, 2004.

  1. Anonymous

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    Anyone know if i can shoot .22 bird shot threw my Ruger 10/22? And if so do you think it will have enough power to kill large crows? I was looking at the cci bird shot from bass pro. I can't use the .22 round because the neighbors are to close.
     
  2. gwp4ever

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    That crap isn't even strong enough to cycle the action much less kill a crow... or a fly for that matter. You'd be far better off with a pellet gun, especially around neighbors.
     

  3. Anonymous

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    Been there, done that with respect to trying .22 LR "shot loads"
    in a Ruger 10/22. The only ones I tried were made by CCI and had an opaque, blue-colored plastic cup containing shot where the bullet would have been.

    My 10/22 wouldn't feed the the stuff from the magazine into the chamber, so my experiment stopped right there.

    I have shot feral pigeons with a Webly and Scott Omega spring piston pellet rifle in.177 and the Sussex Sabot pellets I used would shoot right through them at 25 yards.

    I suspect that it worked just as well for crows, too.

    -JP
     
  4. wwb

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    If you want to shoot .22 shot at anything much over 5 feet away, you need to use a smoothbore gun. With the shot charge spinning as it exits from a rifled barrel, centrifugal force sprays it all over the map.

    I don't know if anyone currently makes a smoothbore .22, but they can be had at gun shows. You will have about a 15 yard effective range with a smoothbore gun.

    A 10/22 with a rifled barrel, though? Fuggedaboudit.
     
  5. Anonymous

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  6. claycrusher

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    I have used the CCI .22 lr shot shells, and the bbs did not even go through an empty milk jug at about 10 yds!

    Jonathan
     
  7. wudjalike2no

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    ratshot in a 10/22 is extremely ineffective, it makes you cycle the gun manually and it does no damage to the target, stick to the bullets or get a .410
     
  8. Logjam

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    The .22 shot shell won't cycle the action (as someone else mentioned). You can use it to shoot snakes, I guess; at 10 feet, but why shoot a snake? I let them go; I like them. I don't even kill rattlers.

    If you shoot that little shot shell it'll jam in your 10/22. If you have to shoot one use a single shot.

    BTW: They used to make smooth bore 22's to shoot those baby shotgun shells in. There used to be a sheet system called Mosquito. It used one of those smooth bore 22's and a little skeet. I shot Mosquito at the Boy Scout Jamboree in Colorado Springs, in 1960. Those little skeet were hard to hit, as I recall.

    Truthfully, I'd suggest you leave those little shot shells along. Shoot CCI mini-caps instead.
     
  9. harold50

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    Back when I was much younger and wanted to be ready for anything in season I carried a Ruger single-six loaded with CCI "shot" while deer hunting.This was before I learned that one must always first pattern one's shotgun, however small.

    While on a stand I saw a partridge land on a limb about 30' in front of me. I laid down the rifle, placed the Ruger in both hands, rested my forearms over my knees, drew a careful and fine bead, squeeeeezed the trigger and fired.

    The damn grouse sniffed, fluttered its wings a little...and after thinking about it some, flew off!

    Cripes.

    Best wishes, Harold
     
  10. Logjam

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    Hal: that sounds about right! :lol:
     
  11. bbanbury

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    I would use a .177 pelet gun as someone else suggested. The relatively inexpensive pump-up ones will work far better than the 22 bird shot...even in a smooth bore 22. I have an old Crosemen .177 pump and out to ~25 yrds it's both deadly and accurate.
     
  12. Logjam

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    I like the top break, one pump pellet guns better than the old multipul pump types. The top break guns shoot very straight and you can get some that shoot at 1,000 fps. Which is fast enough.

    They are not cheap though. Lots cost in the $300 range.
     
  13. marine one

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    I saw this ammo at walmar the other day! Some kid was in there telling me about how it was used to kill snakes! I really thought to myself. why would i want to kill a snake any ways!
     
  14. stimpylu32

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    If the noise of a 22 shot round is not a problem for the neighbors then why not just use 22 Shorts they will kill a crow just fine out to about 20 yards . a lot better than a Shot round .
     
  15. hodgeman

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    I've used the 22 shot shells manually cycled through a 10/22 to kill rats in my well house. I think the effective range is probably 8-10 feet and I'm not sure I'd try to shoot something the size of as crow. If I had a .22 and needed some safer/ quieter way to dispatch pests in the neighborhood I'd try CB caps. They'd certainly dispatch a crow with aplomb and make about the same noise as a pellet rifle. Be sure to check any local laws and ordanances as the cops get pretty sticky about people shooting in neighborhoods (I know, stating the obvious here). I think I paid about $4.00 for 100 rounds. They'll have to be manually cycled through an automatic however but that is generally not a hard trick.
     
  16. Logjam

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    Remington and Winchester used to make CB caps, loaded in a long rifle shell. I bought them by the brick. Would shoot at least 500 rds a day. For targets about 25 feet away they were wonderful. My ears are very tender, and the little "pop" report made them very easy for me to plink with.

    Then, all of a sudden they stopped making them.

    Sure, CCI still makes them, but they are about twice as expensive as were the Reminton's and Winchester rounds.

    If you use them, I suggest that you use the CB Longs. The shorts will gum up the cylinder of a pistol.
     
  17. APEXDUCK

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    Those 22 cal shot shells have #12 shot in them and it is very affective on rats at about 5 paces. Not sure it it could even break a clay target at 10 yards (but will try this this weekend). Over all these are not the greatest shell for anything but close range rats or snakes. Cotton mouths around here are VERY aggressive and I have no bones about dispatching them. other snakes (including eastern rattlers and copper heads) I let alone. But still for a big snake would rather a well placed 22lr, 32HR mag or 45 is a better choice.

    22 shot shells = perfect for rats in the barn.

    Love those rat safaris !

    APEXDUCK
     
  18. jeepinjakear15

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    i have mixed feelings about spring pistn airgun in my opinion they are not very accurate the most accurate one i shot could produce 2'' groups at 33 feet this was an rws model 34 i had a crossman and a gamo and they were horrible but my benjamin sheridan which cost me $120 and with the scope and the mounts another $65 it will shoot 2'' groups 50 yards get a sheridan and put a decent scope on it you wont be disappointed get the .177 caliber model the main reason is ammo avaliabiliy .20 cal and .22 cal is harder to come buy my favorite pellets are beeman kodiak match they are a round nose so they dont over penetrate and they weigh a little more than 3 grams more than copperheads and the like i take back yard bird shooting probably too seriously :D