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jagermeister

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Jim,

It's just a different tool. You are correct in everything you said. Larger and more forgiving pattern and the ability to shoot inside of a barn without putting holes in the roof. Effective range is not that far, probably 30-40 feet, I'm guessing. It is not as loud as a .22 long rifle and the new pellet guns are pretty loud anyhow. Plus we have a few of those and I wanted something different. I actually still have the my original Winchester .177 caliber I got when I was about 10 years old and killed a chipmunk with it last year.

Another cool thing about this Henry smoothbore, is that I will be able to shoot those big bumblebees when they are flying around the barn. Also someone makes a Ritz cracker thrower that would be a fun time with this gun. Maybe even flying grasshoppers?

Check out some of the YouTube videos and you will see why I wanted a smoothbore.
You had me at "Ritz cracker thrower." I gotta get one. lol
 

Big H

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Got my first carpenter bee
 

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Big H

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One week review:

1. It shoots the Federal crimped shells and the CCI shotshells equally well as far as I can see.
2. The sparrow I thought I missed the other day didn't go far (found it laying in the yard), so I actually didn't miss.
3. It is deadly on chipmunks.
4. I was giving red squirrels a pass until I saw them going into my barn and up into the soffit.
5. So, it is deadly on red squirrels.
6. I am seeing a few starlings, but no shot opportunities.

Overall, I really like this gun, it is fun to shoot, and I would recommend it for taking care of yard pests.
 

jagermeister

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One week review:

1. It shoots the Federal crimped shells and the CCI shotshells equally well as far as I can see.
2. The sparrow I thought I missed the other day didn't go far (found it laying in the yard), so I actually didn't miss.
3. It is deadly on chipmunks.
4. I was giving red squirrels a pass until I saw them going into my barn and up into the soffit.
5. So, it is deadly on red squirrels.
6. I am seeing a few starlings, but no shot opportunities.

Overall, I really like this gun, it is fun to shoot, and I would recommend it for taking care of yard pests.
Great update, Ron.

One question that keeps running through my mind about this gun... At what distance is the threshold for damaging steel sheet siding and roofs? Say, I'm inside one of my barns, and I wanna shoot at a house sparrow on the inside... How far of a shot does it need to be in order to not visually damage, dent, or put holes in the steel?
 

"J"

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Great update, Ron.

One question that keeps running through my mind about this gun... At what distance is the threshold for damaging steel sheet siding and roofs? Say, I'm inside one of my barns, and I wanna shoot at a house sparrow on the inside... How far of a shot does it need to be in order to not visually damage, dent, or put holes in the steel?
We shot beer cans with my buddies Henry garden gun. Inside 20’ it was poking holes. Over 30’ it was just denting and rolling them.
 
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Big H

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Great update, Ron.

One question that keeps running through my mind about this gun... At what distance is the threshold for damaging steel sheet siding and roofs? Say, I'm inside one of my barns, and I wanna shoot at a house sparrow on the inside... How far of a shot does it need to be in order to not visually damage, dent, or put holes in the steel?
I will have to test that out. I have some metal roofing around here.
 

Big H

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UPDATE:
I am now in double figures on the red squirrels. I don’t know where they keep coming from? 2 more this morning and I know one of my neighbors down the street is shooting them TOO. Also Storm likes bringing them to me after I shoot them LOL
 

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