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Old 02-04-2008, 11:27 AM
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Air Rifle for Deer Hunting


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This is from the Missouri Conservationist magazine.

**Starting this fall, firearms deer hunters will be able to use air-powered guns, .40 caliber or larger, charged only from an external high compression power source (external hand pump, air tank or air compressor). This change was the result of a suggestion from the public. Before it was passed, staff members tested large bore air rifles powered by compressed air and found them suitable for hunting deer.**

Just curious to hear everyones thoughts. I did not know that air rifles like this exsisted.

Quick google search found this - http://www.airgunsbbguns.com/Career_...-dragon-50.htm
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Old 02-04-2008, 01:25 PM
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http://www.beemans.net/images/Austrian%20airguns.htm

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Old 02-04-2008, 01:31 PM
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seeing would tell me more.. but id always feel undergunned..if the anti gun folks,, ever succeed..
i cant imagine they would let this loop hole get by..
but they are not gonna succeed.. the laid back silent majority ,understands the significants of the coming elections..or they better..
at the range the other day i was listening to a fellow talk about how he wasnt gonna vote,, cause he didnt like any ofum..translation.... i never vote cause i never have even registered.
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he doesnt deserve..sooner or later we may lose most of our individual rights,because of this attitude.jmo
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Old 02-04-2008, 01:41 PM
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Well Pyramidair sells air rifles up to .50 cal. People in the phillipeans have been using them for years.

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Old 02-04-2008, 03:02 PM
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I think I'll stick to regular rifles for that duty. I do like an airgun for plinking at targets, but other than kill a bunch of birds when I was a youngster I couldn't wait til I graduated to a 22 rifle.
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Old 02-04-2008, 05:54 PM
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back in the days of WWII the US GOV. experimented with air rifles. They had a 50 cal that could shoot thru a buffalo at several hundred yards, problem was the air compressor was so heavy it required rails for transport.
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Bullet doesn't know where it comes from, neither does the deer...but even the best air guns (50cal.) is well under a muzzle loader in power. More like the power of a Kentucky pistol.

...make that a "Belt Pistol".

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Old 02-04-2008, 06:48 PM
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I recently read an article about a .45 air rifle that will fire a 300 gr. bullet at velocities of up to 1000 fps. Knowing for a personal fact that a ,45 Colt pushing a 255 gr. swc at 900 fps will do quite well on deer, I'd have to say that's a serious deer-hunting proposition.
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Old 02-04-2008, 06:55 PM
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This should do it:
http://www.americanairgunhunter.com/agquart.html
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Old 02-04-2008, 06:59 PM
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This is a joke right? $620 and 8.8lbs? I fail to see any advantage in an air rifle.
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Rest assured, that's one of the CHEAP ones....coughing up $1200-$2000 for a custom isn't uncommon.
Thee is a under-wrold of airgunning out there, and the folks deep into it are not opposed to spending $:
http://www.glbarnes.com/index2.html

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Old 02-04-2008, 08:38 PM
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That wouldn't go over well in my state. We are more anti so-called BB guns (air rifles) then we are firearms. More municipal ordinances against air guns with few regulation of firearms other than Federal and state laws.
In fact my dad would not let me have a BB gun but bought me a single shot .22 which I still own!

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Old 02-05-2008, 02:35 PM
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Air Rifle For Deer?

I looked at several and decided on the one in 9mm because it had the best overall performance and could also use regular bullets! The 44 can shoot 185-200 grain cast bullets normally used in the 45 ACP, but the 50 caliber uses a very short bullet that I'd tend to think is just way too light for deer!
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Old 02-06-2008, 04:24 PM
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The Swiss army adopted an air rifle as their primary rifle back in the 1800's. But, they abandoned it when repeating rifles could out shoot them. They were competitive against muzzleloaders, tho.

Liberal timeline:

1 Make air rifles legal for hunting.
2 Ban propellant guns - they have no "sporting purpose" since air rifles are available.
3 Ban hunting.
4 Ban air rifles, since they have no further "sporting purpose"
5 Ban hunting knives.

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Old 02-08-2008, 04:47 AM
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Pretty sure it was Austria-Hungarian Empire with a unit of troops armed with airguns, not the Swiss.

Airguns are a not legal method of taking game animals in Texas. they can be used for non-game animals.

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Old 06-22-2009, 02:31 PM
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.50 tranq gun for hunting deer.

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Quackenbush custom air rifles are frequently touted as top shelf. Long wait for a gun. Two VERY high powered shots per fill. Pricey.
I have had a .45 cal PCP rifle for a couple of years. It shoots the same slugs that I cast for my .45s. If your only experience with air guns is with .177s and .22s, these big bores are a step beyond - really not in the same class.
That being said, I'd think twice about using the one that I have for big game like deer. Could it work? For sure, yes but one has to pick the shot and the situation very carefully ( like all effective hunting).
The rifle that I have chrono'd a .45 cal round ball at 705 fps and a 200 grain .45 slug at 603 fps. The gun will give me five shots like that and still be half full.
The one advantage to an gun of this type is that one can have a fairly powerful gun and be independent of every thing else - as long as you can cast your own lead balls and bullets. NO primers, no powder, no brass (not as much power and range either). Oh, and...they are LOUD.
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I agree Pete d.I have one that i have used for a couple yrs.I use it for culling crop damage control.Yep,its lode,but,so is a gun of any type used for hunting.Mine is the 45 cal,also.I have killed does out to 90 yds and have had complete pass throughs,4 of them,and two that hit the sholder bone,and found the slug,pellet in the hide on the far side.!!
Fellas please dont knock these air guns unless you have seen them do the job of killing,just like any other gun.They are legal for a reason.pan.
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Old 01-16-2011, 07:12 AM
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if it launches a heavy enough bullet at an appropriate velocity I don't see what the problem is. Why would there be any opposition from any of us? That's just being opinioniated and ignorant.
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Old 01-18-2011, 04:21 AM
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Wow...this thread came back to life after 18 months. Nice to see people still interested.

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That's just being opinioniated and ignorant.
I'm not sure that is entirely so - at least not in a bad way. "Ignorant" may apply in the sense that many people are just not aware of the larger bore air guns and the pressures involved in loading and shooting them.
Y'know....we pretty much all grew up with BB guns and the image is iconic. So, I believe, that even when some one says that they have a .45 or .50 cal airgun, many folk still register "air gun" as "BB" gun or "pellet" gun.
In any case, even the gun that I have would cause me to have second thoughts about any larger game - though I know it can be done.
The Quackenbush guns are a whole 'nother shelf. A .458 bullet and 500 fpe for one.
http://www.quackenbushairguns.com/index.html
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