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8/25/11 4:26 PM
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surfin joe
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... for small game hunting. I want one with good range that can also take out a blue jay from a good distance. Normally I wouldn't kill something that I'm not going to eat. Part of my deal with Mother Earth. But these things are horrible to listen to. <br /><br />I'm just looking for the cheapest or best value rifle that can do the job and is easy to obtain. I live in NorCal. <br /><br />Thanks in advance.<br /><br />SJ
8/26/11 10:37 AM
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What do you consider a "good distance"?

If 50 yards would cut it, consider options such as the following:
http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/89111-55.html

http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/70280-55.html

http://www.impactguns.com/henry-arms-ar-7-survival-rifle-black-h002b-619835002006.aspx

If closer to 100, consider things like .17HMR/.22Mag rimfire calibers. Examples:


http://www.impactguns.com/stevens-310-17hmr-96309.aspx

http://www.impactguns.com/henry-acu-bolt-22-mag-wscope-h007m-619835072009.aspx

Out beyond even 100, probably worth selecting a flat shooting center-fire cartridge to be hitting something as small as a bird:

http://www.impactguns.com/savage-11fxp3-package-22-250-17668.aspx

http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/41768-55.html

http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/89142-55.html




8/26/11 5:04 PM
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surfin joe
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Thank you Dehoc. I appreciate the advice. Will check those out. Hopefully one will shoot well with a silencer.

9/11/11 7:55 AM
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Up to 100yds, look at 22lr rimfires like the winchester wildcat(made in russia by toz), whick is already tapped to accept a "muzzle break" up to 150, look at a 17hmr, both

good for bunny sized game.

Else, go a 204 or a 223.


223 is good for anything from hares to goat/small pig.
9/12/11 5:28 AM
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thanks bud. I'll check it out.


9/13/11 11:08 PM
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lol @ a bluebird being hit with a .223
9/14/11 2:36 AM
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would it be sort of like an exploding big puff of feathers?

maybe the bird would just vaporize.


9/14/11 8:48 PM
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surfin joe - would it be sort of like an exploding big puff of feathers?

maybe the bird would just vaporize.




puff of feathers I imagine.
3/17/12 4:34 PM
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This sounds like the perfect job for an airgun, what sort of range would you be taking shots at?

This man is the master pest bird hunter. Awesome vids.

http://www.youtube.com/user/EdgunUSA?ob=0&feature=results_main
3/22/12 12:10 AM
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gregbrady - lol @ a bluebird being hit with a .223


He did say small game as well.
5/24/12 9:41 PM
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I own the Henry Survival rifle listed above(the former AR7) and would not recommend it for a 50 yard shot.

It's a neat little toy and gets a bit of attention at the gun range, but a tack driver it is not. I've even tried mounting a scope on it, but it just isn't a very accurate rifle. It will do the trick inside 15 yards, but I rarely even try longer shots with it.

My old Cooey 600 and newer Norinco JW-15(I know, not available in US)are both far superior shooters.

5/25/12 12:56 AM
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Loiosh - I own the Henry Survival rifle listed above(the former AR7) and would not recommend it for a 50 yard shot.

It's a neat little toy and gets a bit of attention at the gun range, but a tack driver it is not. I've even tried mounting a scope on it, but it just isn't a very accurate rifle. It will do the trick inside 15 yards, but I rarely even try longer shots with it.

My old Cooey 600 and newer Norinco JW-15(I know, not available in US)are both far superior shooters.




JW-15 is one of the best bang for buck 22's out there. They've rebranded it as the "puma" over here(Australia) for some reason.

Does the cooey 600 have a rabbit engraved on the stock or buttplate?
5/25/12 11:53 PM
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Yup, the cooey has the rabbit on the stock. I bought it secondhand in the late 80's. It's a great little shooter.

I was at the range today and put 400 or so rounds through the JW-15. I love it, it is far more accurate then I am.

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