Thanks lads. Surely a pellet from an air rifle could do a fair amount of damage if shot towards the sky?
Is there any chance you guys could give me a few tips on safety and maintenance of a .22? I will google it too but would also like to get your opinions.
The main thing that comes to mind with regard to safety is while shooting in fields, not to shoot straight ahead unless there is a mound of earth or something that will have a good chance at stopping a bullet. I know this is always the case but anyway!
Never aim the gun at anything unless you intend on killing it.
Never load the gun until you are in the hunting area.
Keep bullets secure in a bag and not in a pants pocket or anywhere on your person.
Always be aware of ricochets and don't aim at something that the bullet has any chance of ricocheting off i.e. a tree.
Never run with a loaded gun
Always carry the gun "broken" until you get to the hunting area.
These are all off the top of my head, some are obvious, yes but safe nonetheless.