On the Road to Texas! Getting ready for the trip from Indianapolis to Midland Odessa I confronted the perennial challenge, how to get all my gear onsite without spending more in excess baggage than the cost of the airfare. I wanted to take three guns on this trip, but outside of the massive safari case used for long overseas trips, none of my cases would conveniently fit three full sized rifles. I finally settled on disassembling the guns removing the actions from stocks and demounting the scopes so that they’d fit into a standard two rifle case. I’d originally planned to carry a couple of small tanks and a hand pump for keeping the guns charged. But while doing some advanced ground work, I went online to look for a paintball shop where I could get the tanks filled, and lo and behold found a dive shop…. In the middle of Texas, go figure! Calling to see if they could fill my tanks, the owner asked if I just wanted to rent tanks instead of hauling my own cross country. He arranged to have three bottles filled and ready, so all I had to carry along was the yoke and fill probes. I was a bit apprehensive without the safety net of even a handpump, but the shop owner had done business with airgunners in the past and assured me they would have everything I’d need. So in the end I got all the gear required packed into my duffleRead More →

I do most of my big bore airgun hunting with DAQs (in .308, .457, and .50 calibers), and more recently the Career Dragonslayer. I like all these guns; and while the DAQ .457 has become my primary big game gun, I have found the Dragonslayer a fantastic shooter and a great medium game gun. The Dragonslayer did come up to its limit on some big pigs I shot a while back, but was all I could want when hunting smaller antelope. Many people have asked me what gun I’d recommend in addition to the DAQs for larger animals, and I’ve been shooting all the big bores I can get my hands on so that I can offer and informed opinion. The Sam Yang Big Bore 909 .45 caliber air rifle is one of the powerful production guns out of Korea. I recently ordered one to take out deer hunting to see how it would perform on larger game. I’ve now had a chance to use it quite a bit for target shooting and in the field for hunting. The Big bore 909 is a single shot .45 caliber rifle, loaded via a port in the receiver that is accessed by a sliding cover that is slipped forward to open, then slid back to close after the bullet is loaded. Cocking is achieved using a separate bolt action, making this a two step procedure to cock and load. The 21 barrel has an internal diameter of 0.454 inches and is threadedRead More →

Is the .30 the new .25? When I first started airguning many, many years ago, the .25 was considered something of a novelty caliber. It was said to be inaccurate, ineffective, too expensive, limited to too few models of guns, and too expensive.. Today it’s many airgun hunters favorite caliber, and I have to say if not my favorite it’s very high on my list. A favorite topic of airgunners in general, and airgun hunters in particular is what constitutes the best hunting caliber and projectile. Back in the day, the discussion was the benefits of .177 as opposed to .22 caliber, which often came down to flat shooting vs knock down power and such axioms as .177 for feather and .22 for fur. This debate continued on, while the .25 slowly worked its way onto the scene. My initial experience with .25 some thirty years back was that the accuracy I was getting was only OK, and the spring piston guns that shot them well tended to be giant pieces of hardware. But as I started shooting more pcps that were slowly coming to market with .25 caliber options, concurrent with a wider selection of quality pellets, I started to find myself gravitating towards this caliber. I wasn’t the only one noticing these improved results, and I think it’s safe to say that over the least few years the .25 caliber has earned it’s place as the rightful king of the “standard” calibers. In the modern big bore calibers,Read More →

As I finished working on the second edition of The Practical Guide to Airgun Hunting, I thought back to why I sat down to write the book in the first place. My primary motivation was to help increase the awareness of the sport, and to provide some guidance for those that would like to give it a try. While the books have met with some degree of success, I wanted to reach a broader audience. And with this goal in mind, I decided to make the book available to all that want it, free of charge. If you’d like to get information on the guns, gear, game, and techniques used to hunt with airguns, this book will put you on the right path. The contents cover everything you need to get started, and if you’re already an experienced airgunner or hunter, there may still be some hints that will be useful. We’re very lucky in the USA, we don’t have many restrictions on airguns, we have a lot of species to hunt, and a lot of opportunities to take to the field. To make the download a bit more manageable the book has been split into two parts; the first focuses on general airgun information and the second part on field applications of this gear. This book will discuss pest control, small game hunting, predator hunting, and big game hunting with many different spring piston and precharged pneumatic airguns. Pass this link around, share it with your friends, and getRead More →

When most of us think about airguns, we think about those built to shoot .177 or .22 caliber pellets. And as a point of fact, the vast majority of guns sold around the world are one of the two, though there are a couple of other ‘standard’ calibers to choose from. The .20, which possesses many of the attributes of both the small calibers it sits between, and the .25 which is the ‘major caliber’ of the standard airgun lineup. Historically, mainstream acceptance of the .25 has been limited by several factors; lack of guns designed and chambered for the caliber, lack of ammunition and limited availability, and often times less than stellar accuracy depending on the gun / pellet pairing. In countries with severe restrictions on the power an airgun is permitted to generate, the .25 caliber might not be a viable option. In the UK for instance, keeping the power under 12 fpe would require such a low velocity, at thirty yards the trajectory would look more like a shot put than an airgun projectile. But in countries without these Draconian restrictions on their citizens, this has been changing over the last few years. There is an ever expanding selection of .25 caliber spring piston and PCP hunting rifles and a wider selection of .25 projectiles becoming available. In this article I’ll take a look at the state of affairs related to the big twenty five, at least from my perspective. As an airgun hunter the first questionRead More →