Air Rifle Thread

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by GordonFreeman, Jul 3, 2011.

  1. Zecatfish

    Zecatfish XTique Rider

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    Skin em out, toss em in the pressure cooker and let it cook them off the bone and then pull the meat off the bones and pour in your favorite BBQ sauce, let it simmer on low heat and serve.
    You would be surprised just how tasty it is.

    I grew up in my Uncles house and he was the proverbial redneck before the term was coined, we ate nearly anything. He drew the line at Possums or so he claimed I wouldn't bet he didn't mix one into a coon pot once or twice. :lol3

    No more feeling bad you are the apex predator. Rule at our house, if you shoot it, you better plan on eating it. The wife will cook nearly anything! :deal
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  2. Bun-bun

    Bun-bun Been here awhile

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    I picked up a really nice Beeman Tempest yesterday. I had one when I was younger, and always enjoyed firing it.
    It was part of a package deal, along with a Beretta 92f compact and a couple of AR-15's. I'm certain I'll be putting more rounds through the Beeman than through any of the others.:D
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  3. Warney

    Warney Been here awhile

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    Is there a concensus on "bang for buck" in this thread? Is there a KLR of Air rifles? My only exposure was 40 years ago with a Crosman 760 and 30 years ago with a Crosman 454 CO2 pistol. Sure those German ones look great but are priced accordingly.
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  4. Bun-bun

    Bun-bun Been here awhile

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    IMO, the Crosman 760 or the Benjamin 3xx series would qualify as the KLR of air rifles. Both are cheap, reliable, and versatile.
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  5. lewismedlock

    lewismedlock Also available in sober.

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    It's been my experience that an air rifle can't drive a hollow-point fast enough to make it expand.
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  6. UnderNewOwnership

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    The thing about hollowpoints and airguns isn't projectile expansion, but, rather, tumbling. Pointed pellets have a lower chance to tumble through whatever critter you're shootin' at. OTOH, bluntheads of all types (hollowpoints, wadcutters) are more vulnerable to crosswinds.
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  7. jbcaddy

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    I made a lucky buy years ago at Beeman when it was in Santa Rosa, CA. bought a scratched FWB300 for an amazingly low price. still loving it after all these years. shoot paper mainly, but worked several years at a resort that had horses and the resulting ground squirrel problem. Did lots of population control with wadcullters at close range. couldn't shoot a firearm due to the politics of horse owners, but they loved the quiet report of an airgun and the rodent control.
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  8. 4ad

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    as far as pellets go...one should pick one which is most accurate in their gun. I find the wads and the h-points to generally be better due to more weight forward....brainshot or no-shot on tree rats or larger is my deal.
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  9. DC950

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    don't feel bad - they were wrecking your garden and rose bushes. Your dog wouldn't have killed them as cleanly as you did.
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  10. Mr. B

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  11. groundrules

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    Anyone care to comment about gas spring vs. steel spring? I've been doing a bit of research, and I'm not seeing any downside to the gas spring technology, but several negatives about steel. Am I missing anything?
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  12. UnderNewOwnership

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    Inert gas pistons have, as far as I've researched, no downsides compared to metal springs. Pretty much every airgun forum recommends replacing the metal spring in one's break-open with an IGP. The only snag is cost, but it isn't a big one.
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  13. davsato

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    steel springers have been around for a long time, if they were that bad they wouldnt have survived this long? but gas rams are better.
    i dont know if you have power limits where you are, but here in the UK if you put a gas ram meant for a .177 into a .22 rifle it'll push it way over the 12ft/lb legal limit. if you have no limits or the correct permit, go for it!
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  14. NikonsAndVStroms

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    Even here in commie MA our only restriction is we can't shoot one across a street.
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  15. Hay Ewe

    Hay Ewe Just a Wannabe

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    Theoben in the UK used to make gas rams of good reputation. They still exist but I don't know what they make any more, been 12 years or so since I was involved in air rifles.

    I used to have one of these in .22. the Bees knees, the duck guts, REALLY good. sold to by moto x boots and where I was moving too it would be too hard to bring it.
    http://www.air-arms.co.uk/products_prosport.html
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  16. BHW

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    I have no idea what the different pellet shapes do inside of an animal, I've never gone looking for the pellet. But my experience has shown to me, that the pointed tip pellets tend to pass through and don't have as much "knock down", or they tend to wound more than kill. The flatter front pellets like wadcutters and "destroyers" will usually render a much quicker kill in small squirrel sized animals! I shoot into a sheet of plywood when sighting in or practicing on targets, and those pellets are usually flattened or severely deformed in the wood. But wood isn't meat either, I understand that much. I actually shot about 25 pellets this morning to sight in a scope, and play around, and most all of those pellets just barely penetrate the plywood, flattening out into decent sized wads. None fully penetrated a 3/8" sheet of ply wood though. Most stop in the first two or three layers.
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  17. galute

    galute are we there yet?

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    In my opinion the KLR of air rifles would be either a Ruger Blackhawk or Airhawk. They can be had new for around a hundred bucks. They are Chinese copy's of the diana 34's and are good quality for the money. I've got one of each and they are dead nuts accurate. My Blackhawk is my truck gun and has had thousands of trouble free rounds thru it. Plus it's cheap enough that I don't worry bout it getting knocked around a little.
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  18. lewismedlock

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    I agree.
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  19. 4ad

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    I've got to try this...make your own exploding pellets

    <iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/-otXTGPejGM" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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  20. Mr. B

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    That's interesting, but when would you use an exploding pellet? Would it need to hit something as hard as a concrete wall to detonate? Also, it seems like a perfect way to reverse-fire the BB at the shooter:eek1

    (I don't expect you to have the answers to those questions, I'm just thinking out loud).