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Old 03-08-2012, 05:21 AM
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Default Air rifle suggestion - killing birds

Got a bit of an issue at my place. Old italian lady across the road likes to feed the birds.

With daylight savings about to end here , i am not looking forward to being woken up by rats with wings cukooing outside my bedroom window.

Have spoken with her about this on numerous occasions. The birds sit on the power lines and in the trees on the street. They shit every where. She has stopped the 5 am feed for the local parrot population (i am not shooting a parrot even though they are noisy) however the 6.30 am - 7 am feed for the pigeons and meat for the magpies are still too noisy.

One part of my house is right on the street. I have a protected (no one can really see me) position shooting from an upstairs window onto the street. Its about 10 meters to the area where the birds feed. If i drop grass seed on my back lawn i can attract the birds there and shoot them from my kitchen table however this area is much more open to the wind.

Any way can you suggest a decent mid tier air rifle that is easy to shoot (never shot a gun myself) not to loud and will kill a bird from 10 meters or so.

Sorry to all the people who think i am a pussy for not getting a real gun however air rifles are treated the same as real guns where i live and i all ready have to get a license and store it properly and allow the cops to inspect (they do) storage facilities etc. Plus the fact that i want to take out animals in my inner city NIMBY neighborhood might get me into trouble with LEO.


I am all ears.
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If guns are that much of a hassle to own (I couldn't live there!) and you know nothing about them, there are other options. Killing one bird won't do anything to dis-courage the others. Instead, they make these crazy loud/obnoxious sounding motion detectors that scare everything for hundreds of yards. The birds have formed a habit of coming and it will take some time to get them to stop. Unless your willing to display the dead birds to the old lady she's not going to stop either.


or........get a cat
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Personal experience with birds and food sources here- if there is food, the birds will keep coming and they are too stupid to realize someone is killing them one-by-one. It's a losing battle and, if your neighborhood is like mine, some bunny-hugger is likely to catch on to what you are doing and you'll get a visit from the police. One of my neighbors learned that the hard way.

If you are not familiar with guns and live in a neighborhood with other houses nearby, I'd advise against shooting any firearm there, including a BB gun. Instead, go to a local lawn/garden store and look for an electronic device that makes squawking noises like a bird in distress. That seems to work on the birds, but the neighbors are likely to complain.
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Ask Granny to move the feeding time and if she won't, file a complaint with your town, she is creating a public nuisance/health hazard with all the bird doo-doo.
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Try Pyramydair.com good site with experts to talk to about air guns. I agree with others, probably a losing battle.
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Check your local ordinances...if you live inside the city limits, many forbid killing any bird.
Get a couple of outside cats-spay or neuter them, and let nature take it's course...they'll thin the bird population out.
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on EBay you can but a pistol and have it delived to the house for 10 bucks. Look up beretta airsoft.. I think. If that doesn't work I'll go find it. 200 fps ought to take down a bird and reduce the risk of damage if you miss and hit your house.
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Get a hawk! I have one outside my office that's more than entertaining to watch. He has the pigeons on alert 24-7. I've seen him knock one out of the sky at mach speed, and never miss a beat.
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I heard if you switch your car insurance you can get a FALCON!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7ZpWFTUz34
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you would be surprised at how loud a pellet gun really is when you shoot it in a quit neighborhood. I know a few of the guys here might lend you there new airsoft machine guns that they just built.
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I have a remington vantage for ground hog control. This F'r is louder then my 22 magnum. I setup a back drop. 3/4 foam board with target. Behind that 1 inch pine board. Behind that igloo cooler. This f'r shot through ALL at 25 yards.

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You might want to go with a 10 pump air gun. You should be able to pump 2or 3 times to keep the noise at a minimum.if you go with a high performance its going to be loud and you might get caught and we will be reading about you in a not so positive way. Good luck
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I don't think your a pussy for not getting a real gun. I think your a jerk for shooting the birds.

You can't tell me it's any different than living besides a RR track, people that live besides RR tracks never hear the train pass. And you gonna say, you can't get used to or ignore birds chirping.

Besides that, an air rifle ain't that quiet. I recently purchased two Gamo Big Cat 1200 air rifles and I can tell you they are louder than a .22.
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if you live inside the city limits, many forbid killing any bird.

I think he's already established he knows he'd be violating several laws, and thinks what he wishes to do is righteous. What a douche!
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Originally Posted by twentynine View Post
I don't think your a pussy for not getting a real gun. I think your a jerk for shooting the birds.
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I bought my son a crossman semi automatic CO2 air rifle. To be honest I didn't have very high expectations for the gun. I figured CO2 would not be great. However, we have really enjoyed it. It is more powerful then I expected and more accurate then the 10 pump crossman. It doesn't make too much noice either. We have even taken out some squirrels with it. The cool part is the 12 shot clip. You can rattle off twelve shots pretty quickly.

http://www.amazon.com/Crosman-1077-R.../dp/B001BS3YW6

.......or, when I was a kid a couple of farmers put some type of poison on their barn roofs to kill the birds. Man, there were dead birds everywhere! If you can find that poison and put it in the right location, your problem will be solved.
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The Raji neighbors behind me HATE me because I feed the birds. They don't like anything living anyway - their whole back yard is pavers, no grass, no nothing, just concrete pavers. My yard, on the other hand, is a greenbelt of trees, shrubs, grass, and plants. The Raji lady has put every manner of bird prevention imaginable on her house and yard - bird spikes and a mechanical owl on the roof, a huge hawk kite, a big threatening mylar balloon with eyes, etc.

The birds don't care. They're waiting for me every day to fill that feeder. I could live without the pigeons that show up, but they're my trained, grain-fed, fly-in food source for when the apocalypse happens. The rest are really cool songbirds, like towhees, curved billed thrashers, red-breasted finches, and the occasional peach-faced love bird or other oddball.

The red-tail hawks always seem to know where to find a nice fat pigeon for dinner, too. My yard.

Don't shoot the birds.
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I would look for prevention methods. Personally if the old bird wouldn't work with me I'd get the motion siren and point it above the feeding area. If anything it'll piss her off with the noise. When she comes over to you ask if she will negotiate feeding times like you had originally suggested or this and more will continue.
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Originally Posted by mikeloew View Post
you would be surprised at how loud a pellet gun really is when you shoot it in a quit neighborhood. I know a few of the guys here might lend you there new airsoft machine guns that they just built.
I have no idea what you are talking about, got a link?

I don't think it'd kill them but a few 1000 rds will run them off, he needs to look and see if air soft bb guns are legal and get the biodegradable ammo.
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I (dry) fired a break barrell gamo pellet gun at dicks yesterday and was shocked at how loud it was.

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