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Old 08-10-2016, 09:44 PM   #1
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So, i have a new gamo air rifle, and my plans are using it to discourage cows at my feeders. Upon this plan, i found myself wondering what all could be taken with it. Oviously not a cow, but what could i expect to kill with it, and what size/type pellets?
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Old 08-10-2016, 09:50 PM   #2
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Apparently it's all about shot placement.
Don't give up on the cows yet.
Collared doves are fun targets.


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Old 08-10-2016, 09:50 PM   #3
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I've seen a lot of criticism on here about shooting cows with air rifles (especially landowners cows) ... J/s... I killed a foxand a raccoon last year at my place with a gamo ..177 pellet


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I don't use the air rifle because of noise--I use a flipper/slingshot with 1/4 or 5/16 nuts from the bulk hardware aisle at Tractor Supply. Killed a few cottontails with them too.
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Believe me, ive tried almost EVERYTHING to deter the cows. Ive even gone as far as buying salt licks to draw the cows away from my area. I own my own heard, and personally, have no issues shooting them in the rear w/a pellet gun.
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Old 08-10-2016, 09:56 PM   #6
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keith warren host of " the high road" has video of him hog hunting with them. dont know that i would try it but its cool to watch on you tube.
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Sling shot and glass marbles 3/8" or larger. You can shootem a pretty good distance with the right rig. Mine will shootem 70-80 yards. And it don't break the cattle skin. Very quiet too, except for the cow running off.
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That pellet will penetrate a cow hide, I would suggest sling shot. They are easier to carry also.
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That pellet will penetrate a cow hide, I would suggest sling shot. They are easier to carry also.
^^This^^ I wouldn't shoot someone else's cattle with a Gamo. It will probably break the skin and an infection could set in causing all sorts of grief for all involved.
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Old 08-10-2016, 10:49 PM   #10
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Lord I hope you're shooting your own cows.


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They're your cows. Shoot away and let us know the results!
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Looks like sling shot instead
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Old 08-10-2016, 11:30 PM   #13
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We use those .22 calibres, has a bb instead of the actual round for javelinas and it sounds like your gun just misfires. Doesn't seem to hurt them, but they will leave. Or take a bunch of rocks and chunk it at them.
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Old 08-10-2016, 11:35 PM   #14
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I carried several blunt tips with me. One good shot to the rear!!

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Shooting another man's cattle with a pellet gun like Gamo will likely end bad for you. Good luck.


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Old 08-10-2016, 11:47 PM   #16
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I carried several blunt tips with me. One good shot to the rear!!

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Popped a crazy free ranging horse one season with one of these at 40 yards. Mad a huge whack. I know it hurt. Got rid of his *** though haha
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Old 08-11-2016, 06:42 AM   #17
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Have you thought about a cheap CO2 bb pistol
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Old 08-11-2016, 07:17 AM   #18
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Have you thought about a cheap CO2 bb pistol
Have you ever shot one of those at something? CO2 canister will push a pellet quite a bit faster then a normal bb gun and will definitely break skin. Definitely don't go this route. At least not with the first shot from a fresh CO2 canister.
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Old 08-11-2016, 07:20 AM   #19
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not the one I have just barely breaks rat skin
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Old 08-11-2016, 07:24 AM   #20
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just get a $30 red ryder from walmart.. Has enough sting and is accurate. Should do the trick.
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Old 08-11-2016, 08:17 AM   #21
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...what could i expect to kill with it, and what size/type pellets?
English Sparrows, European Starlings, Rats, Mice, Rabbits, Squirrels, just to name a few. As for pellets, there are differing opinions, but here's a link to some that are used for hunting...
http://www.airgundepot.com/top-hunti...#caliber=0.177

Another thing you can do is get a sampler pack and test them through your air rifle. Usually you will find some pellets are more accurate through your particular gun than others. It can help you choose a pellet...

http://www.straightshooters.com/stra...pler-.177.html

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Old 08-11-2016, 08:37 AM   #22
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Get a cheap BB gun to get cows away, or a slingshot. Why shoot them with a pellet gun?
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Old 08-11-2016, 08:40 AM   #23
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I've HEARD of a dude killing a trapped hog with a pellet gun.....HEARD of course
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Old 08-11-2016, 08:41 AM   #24
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big old round bail of hay set away from any set works most of the time.
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Old 08-11-2016, 09:02 AM   #25
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Your cows so shoot them if you want

haas0311 has the right idea, cheapo BB gun

Rubber blunt out of a recurve is fine but out of a compound can be bad
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Old 08-11-2016, 09:06 AM   #26
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Red Ryder to the rear not a gamo. I kill nutria out to 50 yards with mine. No way I would shoot something like a cow.
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This is what we use with good results on my lease.
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Old 08-11-2016, 09:11 AM   #28
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So, i have a new gamo air rifle, and my plans are using it to discourage cows at my feeders. Upon this plan, i found myself wondering what all could be taken with it. Oviously not a cow, but what could i expect to kill with it, and what size/type pellets?
This is what I use to keep cows off my feeders...

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Old 08-11-2016, 09:45 AM   #29
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land owner finds out I shot his cows with a pellet gun Id be gone in 1 sec. even after 27 years
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Old 08-11-2016, 09:47 AM   #30
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I've HEARD of a dude killing a trapped hog with a pellet gun.....HEARD of course
Lmao! How about a house edit feral cat
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Old 08-11-2016, 09:52 AM   #31
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Lmao! How about a house edit feral cat
Never heard of that. But I HEARD of a dude back in HS that shot a bunch of pigeons at the Ag barn, then the pigs ate them and crapped everywhere. Heard the 4H teacher said " i dont know who shot all those pigeons, and I dont condone it, but at least the pigs arent being crapped on all day :winks:"

Did you know, a .22 caliber pellet gun will put a heck of a dent in a stop sign? I heard that too.
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Old 08-11-2016, 09:52 AM   #32
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It's no wonder some people around here are always looking for a new lease. Shooting someone elses cattle with anything should get you kicked off and probably a good *** whoopin. Most of those ranchers work pretty hard at keeping those cattle from being wild, and getting hit with pellet guns and slingshots sure doesn't help. It's not that hard to build a pen around your feeder if the cattle really are causing you problems.

Now if it is your own cattle, shoot away. Still seems smarter to build a pen to me.
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Old 08-11-2016, 09:59 AM   #33
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I use a slingshot with those chisel tip erasers to discourage horses and cows (not owned by me); cows are harder to scare unless you hit em in the face. Have hit em out to almost 40 yards.

Whatever you do, don't shoot blunts out of a 98-lb recurve....
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Guys... THEY ARE MY COWS! No a** woopin comin from no one. No loosing lease coming, its my 500 acres.
I get the picture, thanks. My point of this thread was not shooting cows, but asking what game had been taking w/a pellet gun. Some how that question was missed
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I really enjoyed shooting cows with blunts. They buck and fuss plenty with an arrow to the buttocks. They still come back and eat my corn but I feel better.
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Old 08-11-2016, 10:03 AM   #36
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i use a sling shot and 5/8" - 3/4" ball bearing to deter the moo moo's. doesnt hurt em much i dont think, but it makes a satisfying thud and they take off upon impact
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Seen Keith Warren take a hog with a gamo
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Guys... THEY ARE MY COWS! No a** woopin comin from no one. No loosing lease coming, its my 500 acres.
I get the picture, thanks. My point of this thread was not shooting cows, but asking what game had been taking w/a pellet gun. Some how that question was missed
My mistake
I have killed rabbits and tree rats. But im certain I could kill dogs and bob cats with it if I had a chance to shoot one. It's a powerful weapon.

My boy shoots at an old Dish network dish I have hung on a tree. I shot at that dish from 100 yds the other day just to see if I could hit it and I heard it chime

I believe a Gamo would be to powerful to move your cows along
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I have killed rabbits and tree rats. But im certain I could kill dogs and bob cats with it if I had a chance to shoot one. It's a powerful weapon.

My boy shoots at an old Dish network dish I have hung on a tree. I shot at that dish from 100 yds the other day just to see if I could hit it and I heard it chime

I believe a Gamo would be to powerful to move your cows along
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We use those .22 calibres, has a bb instead of the actual round for javelinas and it sounds like your gun just misfires. Doesn't seem to hurt them, but they will leave. Or take a bunch of rocks and chunk it at them.
22caliber bb??????? Never saw those....a bb is a 177 cal.
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just get a $30 red ryder from walmart.. Has enough sting and is accurate. Should do the trick.
I have yet to see an accurate Red Ryder haha i think they test them from the factory to make sure every shot flies different. I used to get so pi$$ed at scout camp way back when. You know you can shoot and line her up perfect and doesnt even hit the paper...but yes i too bought some of the blunt tips as mentioned and they pack a good bunch and are fun to shoot at anything else that gets in the way of a good hunt
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Old 08-11-2016, 11:04 AM   #42
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I have yet to see an accurate Red Ryder haha i think they test them from the factory to make sure every shot flies different. I used to get so pi$$ed at scout camp way back when. You know you can shoot and line her up perfect and doesnt even hit the paper...but yes i too bought some of the blunt tips as mentioned and they pack a good bunch and are fun to shoot at anything else that gets in the way of a good hunt


Well you have a point but, you are shooting at bovine.. Lol, I hope you are a better shot than that, lol!!!


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I have shot cows and horses to get them away from feeders but it was with a red rider bb gun. The air rifles of today are a bit to powerful to shoot them with. 1200 fps and up is way too much for that purpose.
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Old 08-11-2016, 11:14 AM   #44
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we shoot animals up to raccoons with a gamo 1200 fps. I let my boy bring his red ryder for the goats and sheep and cattle and horses and............
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Believe me, ive tried almost EVERYTHING to deter the cows. Ive even gone as far as buying salt licks to draw the cows away from my area. I own my own heard, and personally, have no issues shooting them in the rear w/a pellet gun.
I guess you've never heard of the Beef Quality Assurance Program?

Deliberately putting lead into cattle or any other livestock is stupid. Metal detectors at processing plants cannot detect it. It is the number one reason that carcasses are condemned for foreign matter. It kinda' says you really don't care about your livestock, too.

Get a sling shot and some rocks. Or, build a fence.

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Who ever closes threads, PLEASE CLOSE THIS ONE!
Its ovious my topic of the lost was over looked. I was interested in knowing the potential of a gun, not focusing on my livetock, as many seem to have done.
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BTW, looks like trophies from air rifles include everything from 2,000-lb buffalo to bears, hogs, even mountain lions. Not sure about your specific model.

So it would, for sure, bag a cow...
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So, i have a new gamo air rifle, and my plans are using it to discourage cows at my feeders. Upon this plan, i found myself wondering what all could be taken with it. Oviously not a cow, but what could i expect to kill with it, and what size/type pellets?
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Its ovious my topic of the lost was over looked. I was interested in knowing the potential of a gun, not focusing on my livetock, as many seem to have done.
Well, the way you put it, originally, and the mad face that you put in front of your thread makes it seem like you are intentionally shooting cows because they are eating your corn or trying to "discourage" them from coming to feeders. It does not seem that you are asking a legitimate question about the effectiveness of a GAMO air rifle. Honestly, the first sentence of your "question" made me a little ****** off. I mean, seriously, what adult shoots cows because they are eating at your feeder? A fence, a hay bale, cottonseed, range cubes, and many other ways to keep the cows away from the feeders than shooting them with a dang gun. I know, because the cows still come around my feeders, but I have not once thought about shoothing them with with anything to make them move along. My dad whipped my *** when I was younger for shooting his cows with a bb gun that when you shot it, you could literally see the bb coming out of the barrel, so shooting a cow with a pellet that can travel 900-1200 fps is crazy to me.

Secondly, most air rifles will shoot 900-1200 fps. That is faster than or equal to some pistol cartridges. Would you shoot a cow with a 9mm, .25 acp, or others? It is astonishing to me that someone would even think about shooting a cow with anything, even if they are your cows. That is not justification for aiming and firing a firearm at something that you dont intend to kill. Maybe I was taught gun safety differently than you, but I am not shooting at something and just hope it "discourages" the thing that I am shooting at. Hell, if you want to discourage, throw a rock or do something other than shoot at it.

Some people's way of thinking wears me out and the justification behind that thinking is ludicrous.
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Old 08-11-2016, 12:45 PM   #49
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Try using marbles. You can buy them at the Dollar Store.
Marbles fly like straight and they're cheap.
I've killed rabbits and collared doves with them.
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So, i have a new gamo air rifle, and my plans are using it to discourage cows at my feeders. Upon this plan, i found myself wondering what all could be taken with it. Oviously not a cow, but what could i expect to kill with it, and what size/type pellets?
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Guys... THEY ARE MY COWS! No a** woopin comin from no one. No loosing lease coming, its my 500 acres.
I get the picture, thanks. My point of this thread was not shooting cows, but asking what game had been taking w/a pellet gun. Some how that question was missed
I see you were asking about shooting "other" game or varmits with your pellet rifle, but for the guys talking about shooting cows, you did say to "discourage cows". I just let the cows come and go, they eventually leave and the deer are used to cows being around, it won't scare them off completely....they usually don't run off very far and come right back.

As for shooting stuff with your pellet rifle....my neighbor has killed deer with his.....shoots'em right behind the ear.
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