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1 minute ago, London Best said:

A clever person could work out the residual energy left in a 40 grain .22 bullet fired vertically at 1050 FPS when it returns to ground. 
I’m not clever enough, but I’m not stupid enough to fire one vertically and stand under it either!

Neither am I; by the time they’ve punched their way through the young rook they’re deformed to a greater or lesser extent I imagine, and pretty well spent. Either way, each to their own. 👍

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It all depends on the size and layout of your land, I have areas where it’s “beyond reasonable doubt” safe to fire a rimfire upwards and I don’t even have to be directly under them. 

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Lol the upwards velocity matters not to the falling energy because it stopped at one point. :yay:

Edited by Dave-G

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Technically the initial upwards velocity will (alongside BC etc) determine the height at the apogee. From the instantaneous moment that the projectile is motionless (assuming 90° angle and no wind) it will start falling, accelerating towards the ground faster and faster until it reaches its terminal velocity. It depends as to whether the terminal velocity in free fall is already reached in the fall as to if an increase in velocity leaving the gun will correspond to an increase in speed of the projectile upon impact with the ground.
 

But for any projectile from a standard firearm at normal speed I would imagine that you are correct in practice. 

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I have no idea what the terminal velocity of a vertically falling object would be, but I don’t fancy 40 grains weight falling and hitting me on the head from 1000/1500 yards up.

That is gonna smart a bit.

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The lady hit in the neck died bled to death, infront of two small children sitting having a picnic. I would never ever take that chance. There are a number of alternatives available.

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I know a bloke who uses ballistic tips in his 22-250 to ‘sort out’ grey squirrel dreys, directly from below. He says they are much more effective than any shotgun cartridge.

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About 30 years ago myself & a relative were asked to deal with problem rooks in the grounds of a country house hotel,the rookery was in a stand of pine trees & was well established,growing year upon year until it got too big to ignore,the noise & the amount of cr#p being constantly splattered all over the buildings & guests vehicles got to a level where it was affecting business so action had to be taken,our first outing was in time for the branchers,a good majority of them were dealt with using air rifles,afterwards,any that had made it back into the nests & quite a number of adult birds circling above the trees were dealt with using a Marlin goose gun & Baikal Record cartridges!,the rookery was considerably reduced in size by the end of the day,pollarding trees with a shotgun,sore on the neck & shoulder but bloody effective! 🤣🤣🤣

Edited by 51/50

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I shot 10 bells out of a bunch of nests last year just before branching time.

I checked it out again about a week ago while walking the dog and there is no sign there were ever any nests there. The rooks have moved to a new location a few hundred yards away and appear to have taken what was left of their nests for building materials unless high winds finished them off.

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Rooks can still be shot in Wales but on a special license,which you have too jump through hoops to get.They make it so difficult I fear most people would be put off applying.

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They can also still be shot in Scotland under GL 02/2020 from (1st April to 31st December) for the prevention of serious damage to livestock,feedstuffs for livestock,crops,vegetables and fruit.

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i shot branchers as a lad first with catapults then air rifles slug guns we called them then would still do it now if needed to how ever rooks in my area have had a massive decline in the 50 years ive been shooting so i for one will leave them alone 

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one farm i shoot has a lot. i can stand by the building and shoot them all day,farmer dont mined.

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