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Re: Trouble dispatching with captive bolt gun (graphic photo

Post Number:#16  Unread postby Ghost » Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:52 am


I watched the "Bunny Rancher" videos again and I noticed that (on both captive bolt models) the penetrating bolt stays extended after the firing. This can be significant, because the extended bolt can also be used to cause additional damage.

Just remember that the brain is very soft tissue and it can easily be destroyed. The force of any captive bolt is required to brake through the hard skull, but once penetrated, the brain inside is completely defenseless. There are not even any pain receptors inside it.

When I dispatched my guinea pigs, I would hold the skull and swishes it side-to-side then up-and-down raking through the soft tissue of the brain. I know this sounds gruesome, but it is a way to speed the death along for the poor creature that will be my lunch. This way, once the guinea pig's skull is penetrated, it will have no further experiences of anything.

I know the bolt gun is $60 and you don't want to bend the tip. You might need to take care not to use it like a pry-bar against bone fragments. But, if you just probe around inside the soft tissue, it should not damage the device. In one video produced by "Bunny Rancher", it did look to me that, the operator did sweep around a bit, while extracting the bolt from the rabbit's skull.
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Re: Trouble dispatching with captive bolt gun (graphic photo

Post Number:#17  Unread postby averydeadbird » Mon Feb 18, 2019 2:16 am


Thanks for your reply, Ghost. I actually forgot to give an update that a couple of weeks ago, I had an opportunity to use my bolt gun again, on an adult male rabbit. I double-checked my placement and made sure to point the bolt toward the occipital bun/supraniac fossa. This time it worked perfectly!! Instant death. I think the angle of the bolt was probably the problem on my first two tries - I had been holding it too vertically.

I remember reading about people using bent wires to swish around and destroy the brain in larger animals, after using a bolt gun. It does sound a bit gruesome... but considering that I already skinned the face off a rabbit, cut open its skull, and poked at its brain, I guess it's not really a big deal. I will keep that in mind for the future.

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Re: Trouble dispatching with captive bolt gun (graphic photo

Post Number:#18  Unread postby GBov » Thu Mar 14, 2019 9:45 pm


Having used many MANY dispatch methods I started using long-handled branch loppers for everything small enough to get the jaws around the neck.

It works fantastic for rabbits, duck, geese, turkeys, chickens, guinea pigs. I bet the bigger sizes would even work for goats.

The rabbit can stand on the table while I put the jaws round its neck, right behind the head and when I gently press down so the tips are on the table the rabbit just stands there. Then I close the handles which bring the jaws together and instant death. With no way to mess up or strength needed.

There is usually a bit of blood from right behind the head where the skin is the thinnest but the rest of the skin is so tough that only the bones cut through, the skin just moves through the lopper jaws.

I did design a bolt gun once years ago - found it again when sorting papers - but had no money to take it to the trial stage. Tossed it back in the box, one day, one day. :lol:

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Re: Trouble dispatching with captive bolt gun (graphic photo

Post Number:#19  Unread postby averydeadbird » Fri Mar 15, 2019 12:01 am


GBov, do you use loppers that have straight blades? I tried cutting off a chicken head with loppers that were curved (like this: https://smile.amazon.com/Fiskars-28-Inc ... 000BX1IB6/) and the curve pushed the neck away from the hinge, so I couldn't get the head off in one cut. I switched to hedge shears (like this: https://smile.amazon.com/Corona-HS-3244 ... 007GYOYJG/) and they work well, but I have to press hard with both hands - less leverage with the shorter handles.

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Re: Trouble dispatching with captive bolt gun (graphic photo

Post Number:#20  Unread postby GBov » Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:05 am


averydeadbird wrote:GBov, do you use loppers that have straight blades? I tried cutting off a chicken head with loppers that were curved (like this: https://smile.amazon.com/Fiskars-28-Inc ... 000BX1IB6/) and the curve pushed the neck away from the hinge, so I couldn't get the head off in one cut. I switched to hedge shears (like this: https://smile.amazon.com/Corona-HS-3244 ... 007GYOYJG/) and they work well, but I have to press hard with both hands - less leverage with the shorter handles.


Yep, just like that. I place the jaws round the neck and then press the tips of the jaws against the tabletop when doing rabbits (or tree trunk when doing turkeys outside) so no chance of the jaws slipping off or the animal twisting out.

The heads never come off as skin is both tough and flexible enough to just slip through the jaws but the neck bones are clean cut through so I can´t miss my kill.

Just like all of us, it is only the botched kills that remain in my mind, not the THOUSANDS of times I have gotten it right! :roll:

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Re: Trouble dispatching with captive bolt gun (graphic photo

Post Number:#21  Unread postby Ghost » Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:40 pm


GBov wrote:Just like all of us, it is only the botched kills that remain in my mind, not the THOUSANDS of times I have gotten it right! :roll:
so true :shock:
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