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    Big Bore Air Guns

    I came across this site yesterday and was impressed with these big bore air guns. The come in .30, .357, .45 and .50 calibers. The .45 can shoot a 180 grain round nose bullet about 700 fps for a whopping almost 200 ft-lbs. That is just a little bit less than a mild .45acp out of a 1911.

    Sam Yang Big Bore 909S, .45 cal | Airgun Depot

    If that link doesn't work here is another of a page of many different air rifles.

    Big Bore Airguns | Airgun Depot
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    It's about time I see high powered air rifles get the attention they deserve.

    Quieter as to not scare away game or give away your location.

    The potential for free ammo...if you can repressurize your tank you can make slugs....gun powder not so easy. Also gun powder storage shelf life not as forgiving as an air rifle.
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    Yes, a return to 18th century technology. Lewis and Clark carried a repeating shot air rifle on their famous trip. It was about .45 cal. and the used it to kill deer and impress indians.
    They learned to not shoot bear with it as it only pissed the bear off. Pumping up the air resevoir was a chore though although when full it gave about 15 lethal shots.
    They never told the indians that they only had one of these, the indians assumed that they had more. It was a tactic that helped deter possibly aggressive behavior.
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    Tony, I watch a show called "American Airgunner" on cable TV.

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    It's amazing to see them bring down a full size deer or hog with an airgun.

    I started shooting airguns (.177 and .22 CO2) a few years ago when the .22 powder cartridges were hard to find.

    It surprised me that they were not quiet. One of mine is louder than a .22 rimfire.

    I'm looking at one of the new models with surpressors built in.

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    How about versatility of a .50 caliber pre charged pneumatic shotgun or slug rifle?
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    I built this one to shoot t-shirts into the stadium at football games.
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    Since then my kids and I have made a bunch of different bore ends for a variety of "ammo"
    The little shapened one was for a variety of vegtables. The long one is for pool noodle giant "nerf" darts. and 2 liter bottle water rockets.
    Good fun.
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    Aye like that! It could be used to shoot arrows for larger game It could probably shoot an arrow at almost 500 FPS. Nearly double the speed of the best Archery, Even the best of crossbows is only about 350 FPS.
    I used to have a single shot 20 guage with an 18 inch barrel that I shot arrows with. I would cut the end off of a number 8 trap load cartridge and empty the shot. Then I would pull out the plastic wad and remove half the powder and put the wad back in. The arrow used plastic fletching and was rotated as it was muzzle loaded down the bore until it was against the wadding of the shell. A pair of paper wads at the muzzle held the arrow centered until shot. It was more accurate than archery and much more powerful. It made a dull "pung" sound when fired making it a very quiet fire arm. It could be reloaded more quickly than a black powder muzzle loader, and was easier to carry in thick brush than archery.
    You could use the full amount of powder to shoot the arrow but the weapon was noisier that way albiet more powerful. Oh, I forgot to mention, it's best if you remove the plastic nock from the arrow. It is a whole lot cheaper than an Air rifle and more lethal.
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    Phelonius, check out the Benjamin Pioneer Airbow or the FX Verminator
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbfla View Post
    I started shooting airguns (.177 and .22 CO2) a few years ago when the .22 powder cartridges were hard to find.
    When I was a kid I had a Benjamin Model 310 BB gun. Three pumps and it put a steel BB through both sides of a tin can. Man, that was a real step up from my Daisy Red Ryder that only put a dent in one side.

    I was in Bass Pro about a week ago looking at suppressed air rifles. For about $200 it looked interesting but then I decide I probably wouldn't use it very much if at all once the novelty wore off, so I passed. However, if you get one report back how well it works. I can always change my mind.

    BTW, the local Bass Pro had zero rimfire ammo on the shelf. I guess people are hoarding afraid of the uncertain future and the anti gun government we now have, especially here in California.
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    Those are some really slow arrows.
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