Texas Man Learns the Hard Way: When You Shoot an Armadillo, Bring Enough Gun

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Texas Man Learns the Hard Way: When You Shoot an Armadillo, Bring Enough Gun

Postby Pawpaw » Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:46 pm

Tough way to learn a lesson.

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Years ago, my father shot one with a 30-30. Their travel trailer was parked about 5 feet from an aluminum storage building and the armadillo was right between them. The 'diller was DRT all right, but that soft point spattered and left tiny little holes in both the trailer and building.
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Re: Texas Man Learns the Hard Way: When You Shoot an Armadillo, Bring Enough Gun

Postby bblhd672 » Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:29 pm

I was squirrel hunting many years ago with a 20 gauge. Creeping along a train in the woods behind me came a terrible noise, sounded like a huge creature crashing through the brush in my direction. Readying my shotgun in anticipation of possibility of defending myself I waited as the noise grew closer. Suddenly, the noise stopped as an armadillo jumped onto a log close by and stared at me. I yelled at it to go away but it just sat there. So I blasted it. Apparently a 20 gauge is enough gun to handle an armadillo. :biggrinjester:
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Re: Texas Man Learns the Hard Way: When You Shoot an Armadillo, Bring Enough Gun

Postby SA-TX » Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:54 pm

A .22 rifle round apparently will penetrate their armor and kill them but not immediately. You still get the show of it pinballing off of whatever is around as it jumps higher than expected and runs with surprising speed. Ask me how I know. :totap: On the bright side I didn't have to clean up what I have read is a very smelly mess. That said, I think I'll go with the AR15 next time and know for sure.

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Re: Texas Man Learns the Hard Way: When You Shoot an Armadillo, Bring Enough Gun

Postby nimravus01 » Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:54 am

I shot one a couple weeks ago with a 9mm from about 10 feet distance. It died right away.


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Re: Texas Man Learns the Hard Way: When You Shoot an Armadillo, Bring Enough Gun

Postby flechero » Fri Oct 06, 2017 8:09 pm

The bullet ricocheted off the rock under or behind the dillo, not the shell. He just missed.

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Re: Texas Man Learns the Hard Way: When You Shoot an Armadillo, Bring Enough Gun

Postby Commander Cody » Sat Oct 07, 2017 5:14 am

Why do you shoot them?
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Re: Texas Man Learns the Hard Way: When You Shoot an Armadillo, Bring Enough Gun

Postby TxRVer » Sat Oct 07, 2017 8:03 am

When I was a kid, I shot a lot of armadillos with .22LRHP. Never had a problem penetrating the shell.
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Re: Texas Man Learns the Hard Way: When You Shoot an Armadillo, Bring Enough Gun

Postby Pawpaw » Sat Oct 07, 2017 8:05 am

Commander Cody wrote:Why do you shoot them?

1. They carry disease.

2. They will tear the heck out of your yard, digging for grubs.

3. Where do you think speed bumps come from? ;-)
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Re: Texas Man Learns the Hard Way: When You Shoot an Armadillo, Bring Enough Gun

Postby flechero » Sat Oct 07, 2017 8:29 am

Commander Cody wrote:Why do you shoot them?


Have you ever seen the effects of a cluster bomb, on a runway? Substitute your lawn for runway, and you'll get the idea. :lol:

I'd much prefer to let them walk... but they aren't content with the acreage, just the manicured 3/4 acre surrounding the house. :grumble


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Re: Texas Man Learns the Hard Way: When You Shoot an Armadillo, Bring Enough Gun

Postby rotor » Sat Oct 07, 2017 10:36 am

Pawpaw wrote:
Commander Cody wrote:Why do you shoot them?

1. They carry disease.

2. They will tear the heck out of your yard, digging for grubs.

3. Where do you think speed bumps come from? ;-)

They do carry disease. Hansen's disease, otherwise known as leprosy. Don't handle the carcass. Skunks and armadillo at one time were tearing up my yard but for whatever reason I don't see as many.

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Re: Texas Man Learns the Hard Way: When You Shoot an Armadillo, Bring Enough Gun

Postby threoh8 » Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:41 pm

The last one I remember shooting fell to a .36 cap-and-ball revolver. Not much pumpkin compared to even plain-jane .38 Special loads.

I have to wonder if he didn't hit something else with one of the rounds.
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