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    I am thinking of buying a few packs of the 44 mag bird shot rounds and takeing it out and trying it, see how they work on rabbits and birds. I will let you all know how it works when I do go, but for now anyone who has tried it I would like your opinion as I have never shot those rounds before. Would be a blast if they put out enough.

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    used it a few times, not much luck, semed like you had o be right on top of the bird to kill it

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    Better to make head shots with a solid bullet.
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    ya that birdshot in pistol calibers is for the birds.. i like solid .22 slug.
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    I remember a grouse I shot with my 44 bird shot, very close in a tree......feathers flew everywhere and he flew off like nothing happened....
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    Your range and kill zone will be greatly reduced. Go to the range and pattern that shot in your gun before hunting with it.
    I shot several 10 round box's of the shotshells through my 44 mag BH w/ 7.5 inch barrel and my 45 LC BH w/ 4 5/8 inch barrel.

    I found that beyond 10 measured yards very few pellets would land inside a ten inch circle, if any. I found I had to be within 5 yards in order to place enough pellets inside the ten inch circle to consider it capable of a quick kill.

    I tried the rounds in the field with horrible results in those two guns. The longest shot I was able to make with the shotshells was 7-8 yards, and that was not a clean kill. I had to grab the birds and finish them by hand. Although another member here did screw up and somehow hit a ptarmigan as it was rising off the ground about 15 yards away from him. Since he couldn't duplicate the shot, I marked it as luck. It was pretty cool to watch. And yes, he still had to finish that bird by hand as well.

    In hind sight, I would have been better off buying something esle with the money I put into the shot shells.

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    Their more of a snake load 3-5 foot shot than a bird shot. iofteaiga nailed it, make a head shot with a solid bullet. You can also take it in the legs for birds, chances are the breast will be fine. For rabbits, the entire front end is a target since all the meat is in the back and rear legs. I suggest just carry a 22 pistol like a ruger or buckmark. Lot of fun and cheap to shoot compaired to a box of bird shot. My son uses a crossman pump action pistol .177 cal. Now, that is sporty.

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    Well I got the answers I wanted to hear. I guess ill buy a box and play around with them for fun I do need to pick up a nice pellet pistol wich from the sounds would be the cost of the shot shells before you actualy did hit something well with them. The 44 I was thinking of useing is my ruger srh alaskan so im sure it wont shoot worth a darn if you guys havent had great luck in a long barrel. Thanks for saveing me alot of heart ache and money guys.

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    Out of a TC Contender it works a little bit. Of course there is a screw in choke that shreds the plastic in my barrel. Out of my .44 Smith, I'd be better throwing it.

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    My son and I each have one of these. Can't go wrong with the price either, and plenty of power for birds and Hare.

    http://www.amazon.com/Crossman-Ameri...man+pellet+gun

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    I have got a few birds at very close range with 44mag shot shells, I think I have got more bird by throwing rocks or with a slingshot. I have however done very well with a single shot 410 pistol that my Grandfather has. I killed many birds as a child out four wheeling and camping with my Grandfather. I have been looking a getting either the Taurus Judge or a S&W Governor because they both can shoot 410. I think they would be a great option to take a long snowmachining or hiking for the occasional bird I come across during the season when I am not specifically hunting.

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