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Not uncommon at all to hear shooting at certain times of the year where we sail, but its hunters with shotguns, which as I said earlier poses little danger to other boaters, since they are generally shooting upward and shot doesn't carry far or return to earth with a lot of energy.

Rifle calibers fired horizontally over the water up the ante considerably.
Very true - I guess it depends on where and when you sail. I doubt you get a lot of hunters 12 miles out - at least not in the conventional sense.
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BeeJ,

10/22's are fun little toys, mile to a mile and a half range, cheap to shoot.

They are very "modular" with tons of add ons.

Here is mine, looks bad ass but still a big bb gun.





On the lake I sail on, it would be unprudent to fire mine, but 12 miles out ( in ocean) go for it.
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as someone already said, cruise ships shoot skeet...

just watch your cartridges. those 22's are pretty small... bad if they clog up your drains.
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You'll be fine way out there...

Just watch this safety video first:

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Shotguns wont be a problem. Steel shot is least harmful to the environment. Shooting a rifle or handgun would of course not be that great of an idea due to the long distances the bullet can travel and they can skip on the water. You need a proper backstop for hand guns and rifles.
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I'd jump on ch16 if I heard gunshots from the vicinity of another boat.


Good call - check the top right corner
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Lets not get crazy here. If I put a beer bottle in a sock and hit it with a hammer over and over I get sand. Do that with a spent fuel rod and you get radiation poisoning.
Actually, you DON'T get sand, you get crushed glass.
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Call me a pinko pu$$y, but shooting guns and sailboats seem like an odd combination. I kind of think of blasting away at any old thing at sea as more of a powerboat kind of activity. Shotgun or handgun blasts sort of mar the peace of a day spent sailing. They fit right in with the unmuffled rumble of a couple of blown big blocks though.
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Actually, you DON'T get sand, you get crushed glass.
Depends on how long you smash it.

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I kind of think of blasting away at any old thing at sea as more of a powerboat kind of activity.
I think of shooting beer bottles off fence posts as a farming activity. I think of farming as an environmental sustainability exercise. I think of sailboats as environmentally sustainable.

I also think if someone here had a farm outside Atlanta on which they'd let me shoot bottles off fence posts I'd bring bring a case of beer and some ammo.

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I get so fed up with all this liberal vs conservative bull****.

Wanting to keep health hazards out of the environment has nothing to do political leanings - we all have to breath the same air, swim in the same water, eat food from the same sources, walk on the same beaches. It doesn't matter whether the pollutants get there from shooting bottles or throwing garbage overboard or industrial sources or... As sailors and users of the ocean we should be try to preserve it. And for those who think otherwise, let me come and take a sh*t on your doorstep and then ask you how you like someone polluting your environment.

Funny. I won't go into "political leanings" but think a bit. A sunk sailboat in the ocean has what, 5,000 lbs of lead in it plus fuel, oil, plastic. etc. etc? While of course it's not planned to sink a sailboat in the middle of the ocean, it happens. As a sailor and a user of the ocean, maybe you should think about that and "properly" dispose of your boat before it happens to sink.


Then, and only then, feel free to come by and **** on my doorstep.

As a side note, what is the ecological effect of adding a few ounces of lead in the ocean? I don't know (as I suspect you don't either) but I'm guessing..... NOTHING!

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