When are you likely to see pigeons out feeding?
Q: Is it harder to shoot a woodpigeon with a crop full of food than one which hasn’t fed and is empty?
A: This is one of many fanciful ideas about pigeon shooting that’s given rise to the idea of big pellets being needed to kill them cleanly.
The theory here is that the larger shot can punch through a heavy crop and reach a bird’s vital organs more easily.
I’ve shot enough woodies in my time to not worry about tales of this kind and find that – no matter how much food is being carried – enough of my favourite 7.1/2s get through to kill pigeons clean as a whistle. I certainly don’t feel the need to change my cartridge for something bigger or heavier.