Bear with Air
David Lloydlee takes a great black bear with his .457 Quackenbush PCP airirifle. One of the great airgunning trophys.
Intro by J. Chapman
The only North American species that I really want to shoot with my big bore airguns are the mountain lion and the black bear. So it was great interest that I read the following story by David Lloydlee, a long time big bore airgunner, recounting his recent hunt for black bear.

The rifle David used is his  DAQ .457 that has been modified to shoot just under 700 fpe from a charge of  3600psi. The rifle was converted to a Muzzle Loader for the seasons hunt to conform to his State Regulations. The bullets used were the 425gr Flat nose solid from Seth Rowland @ 855fps.

David  Lloydlee tells the story:
I was literally only 10 ft off the ground, (from the 30ft I was hunting from.)
Suddenly I saw a large adult bear running straight towards me, My heart was beating out my chest. I prayed for the shot I needed, as I knew that I only had one chance, he was big, and fast. This was no caged, farm animal, he was a Dangerous Big Game in the full meaning of the term, and he was running towards me. And I am only one leap away from the ground.

OK, as few quick breaths, and "Thank you Lord", he suddenly turns, slowed down, and began to walk across in front of me. I then realize that he was only running to keep momentum up the steep mountain side, and that he didn't even see me.

Now my heart is calm enough to cock the Heavily modified.457 DAQ that already has the 425gr Flat nose solid Muzzle loaded. He hears the sear click, paused and looks back at me. now my old Heart is ready to explode. No time to second guess, PULL THE TRIGGER RAPIDLY. OK so I was slightly excited. BOOM, THWACK.

He lets out an amazingly load Raw, lifts off the ground on his hind legs with his left arm above his head, takes a couple staggering steps while still vertical, then he charges into several trees, bouncing from one to another as if he was drunk. 23 second later he crashes head first, body flips over the top of head and he lays motionless against a tree facing towards me, with his back leg still up the tree. He was completely shut down in 23 seconds. WOW it is amazing what almost 700 fpe will do.

David has once of the coolest trophies in the airgunning world, and I think this is the extreme for airgun hunting, dangerous game with little margin of error .. well done David!!!
David with his Quackenbush .457 and the fairchase bear anchored with it.
The bear was double lunged and dropped in about 20 seeonds.
the 425 grain bullet punched right through the 300 lb animal.
David id one happy hunter, he'd been planning and working long and hard to get this bruin, and he has a hunt to remember!