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    Quote Originally Posted by Ballistics in Scotland View Post
    In the .410 a full case of pearl barley should work well, and give a better pattern than rice. Watch out it doesn't get anywhere it will be a weed, though.
    Hard plan for me....Feels like feeding the buggers shootin Food!!!!

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    Thank you! I will have to try that out!

    Quote Originally Posted by racepres View Post
    In the 32S&W?? Not much...not enough in fact. In the 32S&W long? I'll weigh it...Seems effective enough, but I believe smaller shot will be more so!!
    Went and weighed just now, because I get busy this time of year... from 46 to 48 grains of Shot in the 32S&W long... That's about a tenth of an Ounce by my Calculations

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    Quinoa would work better. And it's healthier!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ballistics in Scotland View Post
    In the .410 a full case of pearl barley should work well, and give a better pattern than rice. Watch out it doesn't get anywhere it will be a weed, though.

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    Milo might work

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    You could cram a lot of Chia seeds in a 32 S&W Long.

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    We solved our mouse problem in the garage with a real black snake a little over six feet long. He took to sleeping in the corner and in a few months time the mice were all gone. Before that we could catch 4-6 a day.

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    They may reach a maximum speed rate of 200 mph but I'll wager my bank account you can not actually find one that can fly 200 miles in one hour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBinMN View Post
    If ya don't want to shoot them, put a fake owl in the rafters or somewhere nearby. That should do it.


    Here ya go: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Dalen-Gre...d-Owl/16213264
    I remember seeing one of those outside of a Sam's Club awhile back. The birds that were supposed to be scared away by it were actually sitting on its head.

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    Another thing to consider is that you can make a muzzle loader out of a firearm by just loading your cartridges with powder something to seal it (1" square of paper towel and a bit of wax?) and then once you have loaded the cartridge in your firearm, pour a measured amount of whatever you are wanting to use for shot down the barrel with another wad of paper towel rammed down on top of the shot. A rifled barrel will might make a donut pattern though. I've done this with a .22 rifle and using the .22 blanks (power loads) as propellant charges.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BAGTIC View Post
    We solved our mouse problem in the garage with a real black snake a little over six feet long. He took to sleeping in the corner and in a few months time the mice were all gone. Before that we could catch 4-6 a day.
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    Glad the snake helped you out. I wish we had black snakes around here. All we have in western WA are garter snakes, which do not seem to do much to control rodents.

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    We had chipmunks in an attic and put a road flasher in the attic hoping to scare them off. worked for 3 days then they got used to it and were not bothered by it at all. Stuffed birds and decoys work for awhile but with no movement, calls or attacks they animals become used to it and ignore it. A decoy with wings that laps or move in a breeze or on a string that allows easy movement and repositioning helps also. Otherwise the sparrows and other rodents ignore it in a short time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by country gent View Post
    We had chipmunks in an attic and put a road flasher in the attic hoping to scare them off. worked for 3 days then they got used to it and were not bothered by it at all. Stuffed birds and decoys work for awhile but with no movement, calls or attacks they animals become used to it and ignore it. A decoy with wings that laps or move in a breeze or on a string that allows easy movement and repositioning helps also. Otherwise the sparrows and other rodents ignore it in a short time.
    They have not been ignoring the little 32!!!
    And, Thanks to triggerhappy243 the smaller shot is even more effective...Sadly, I only get up to the barn about every 3rd day or so...But..The "droppings" have subsided considerably!!! To me...that is a Success!!!

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    glad to hear you are happy with it.

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    Years back I worked for a man that rebuilt horse drawn carriages for a living. It was interesting work and fun. One day he had had enough of the goldfinches crapping all over his freshly painted carriages in the shop. He came to me and told me to get my Benjamin and a tin of pellets and "wear 'em out". I sat out in front of the shop for a few hours and shot and shot and shot. I would shoot and they would fly off (except the ones I hit of course) and they would come right back. I did this all afternoon. The ground was literally yellow all under the tree where the were hanging out. I killed a bunch that day.

    Another time when I was on base working we had a problem with pigeons. They would **** all over everything and dive bomb every time you walked through the back warehouse. A co-worker told me to bring in my pellet gun (Crossman). I told him I wasn't getting caught dead on base with a "gun", and beside the animal control folks already came and couldn't hit the pigeons with their pellet rifle. I brought my wrist rocket in with a baggy of Lee cast buckshot. I got both of the birds after a while of walking and stalking the warehouse. I was finding lead buckshot for a while back there after that.
    You can miss fast & you can miss a lot, but only hits count.

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    Quote Originally Posted by country gent View Post
    We had chipmunks in an attic and put a road flasher in the attic hoping to scare them off. worked for 3 days then they got used to it and were not bothered by it at all. Stuffed birds and decoys work for awhile but with no movement, calls or attacks they animals become used to it and ignore it. A decoy with wings that laps or move in a breeze or on a string that allows easy movement and repositioning helps also. Otherwise the sparrows and other rodents ignore it in a short time.
    get old fashioned moth balls .. throw a sizeable amount in every corner and some in the middle .. no chipmunks, squirrels or snakes in the attic
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smoke4320 View Post
    get old fashioned moth balls .. throw a sizeable amount in every corner and some in the middle .. no chipmunks, squirrels or snakes in the attic
    also...No Mice, no Woodchucks, no critters basically...even Skunks don't tolerate Moth Balls!!!
    Birds???? Don't seem affected!!

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    The day after I posted about swallows in my workshop, two flew in, through a domestic sized door from bright sunlight, while I was at work there. This time I saw them early enough to usher them out under their own power. Here is another leaving the kitchen as prisoner under escort. At least I think he is another. I don't think swallows are the type to learn from experience. The general rule with wildlife, among others, is that if you are fast, armoured or ferocious, you can afford to be dumb.

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    Maybe it is the early and mild spring, but the birds this year are acting like they have seen the Hitchcock movie. Here is a herring gull in the seafront carpark, with the house where I was born in the background. Ask anybody who was torpedoed and spent time watching them waiting around the lifeboat if they are beautiful, graceful birds. They nested on someone's car while he was away at sea, and though I approve in many cases of the law against destroying a wild bird's nest, there is no big shortage of herring gulls. I wouldn't be surprised if our old friend person or persons unknown does it.

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    ^^ The Walmart in Morgan City Louisiana has the most aggressive..Insistent Gulls I have ever Encountered..
    I think they were the very ones in the "Birds" movie!!!! I don' particularly care for Gulls...Have hit one with my Street bike, and one on my dragbike at about a buck 35!! Unpleasant Critters!!!

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    I learned very quickly in boot camp that pigeons and seagulls are just garbage eating flying rats. They would wait until you were standing out on the grinder waiting for inspection and then bomb you.

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    This thread got me thinking. Around here Mud Daubers have been working 24\7 building, at least 200 so far and multiplying. Made some 357mag with rice and wheat berries, put in 3.5gr B-Eye covered with an aluminum gc filled them with rice and another aluminum gc.

    Virtually no recoil to speak of, and found out a person can go through rounds at a rapid rate. Also.....those suckers have some good eye sight and when a person gets close they scatter. With that lite of a load range is limited but it sure makes short work of depleting the population pretty well. Went through 100 rounds already and need to make more.
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