December 8, 2020 at 2:37 pm #31458
December 8, 2020 at 3:40 pm #31459Matt In OklahomaModerator
Yeah I’ve seen a lot of Keith Warren vids of him hunting with airgun. It’s impressive. A lot of states have yet to address it in game hunting regs though
December 8, 2020 at 4:49 pm #31460namelusParticipant
Up here it’s in same category as regular rifle it started as same as black powder and bows.
50 cal is one big impact. Seen air gun take down a Cape buffalo at around 100 yards. I dont know if I would go anything bigger than that rhino or hippo might be getting into seriously unsafe stopping power.
We have 2 air guns here for pest control the kids love them to take out rats,ravens and magpies .22 cal and a 30 cal that takes 30 cal rifle projectiles. It’s good for up to deer and coyote. The best part is it is fairly quiet and cheap to shoot. We use a compressor to fill. One has a hand fill… holy crap that’s a chore.
December 8, 2020 at 5:11 pm #31461
Our state was taking in public comments about using air for hunting big game.
But we can hunt up to about woodchuck/coyote size legally.
PA has a good interactive site on it: https://www.pyramydair.com/airgun-map/?hunting=Big_Game
Yeah, I use a hand pump. Pumping up from 0psi, that is a chore. I usually pump up to 3kpsi, shot about 50 pellets, or down to the 2kpsi mark and then pump up again. Not nearly as much work from 0.
December 8, 2020 at 5:58 pm #31462Matt In OklahomaModerator
Yeah we are limiting small game only for now. I know air archery has come up but I haven’t attended meetings in years.
I got burned out on trying to reason with guys who didn’t hunt or actually shoot. It’s gotten better as have the laws though.
So in a grid down how useful will these be truthfully?
Airing up, parts and maintenance etc.
December 9, 2020 at 8:31 am #31465
The big caliber guns have more a report than .25 and smaller. But they can be quiet down using moderators. Still loud enough to need ears, but quieter than a high power PB.
O-rings might need replaced every so often. I just replaced mine, but more out of me than it needed it. That is after 6 years, and easily several thousand of pellet put through it.
I have a hand pump. So airing up is the same: Again, O-rings. But they are cheap and dont go bad as long as you keep them in a cool dry place. And a bottle of silicon grease.
I filled mine to 3kpsi and left it over the winter with no leaking or other ill effects.
There are a few newer models PCPs that have built in hand pumps.
Even pre-COVID crazy, a bunch of guys were casting their own, both pellets and boolits for air.
I dont see it as much a difference as PB. Granted, unless I have a full armory, replacing the barrel and setting the correct head space is a bit more a chore than on a pellet rifle, i.e. requiring more specialized parts/tools.
And, still a cheap, easy way to quietly train new comers to marksmanship, vs using up whatever ammo you have in a post-SHTF world.
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