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 threaded at the muzzle for accessories.
This gun is a real handful with an overall Length of 42 inches and weighs in at a bit over seven pounds. The two piece stock and forestock are a nice Asian hardwood with decent checkering, and for me at least, a fairly good ergonomic fit. The length of pull is a little short for me, but I intend to add a slip on butt pad. The gun comes equipped with sling swivels mounted
The Big Bore 909 has a double tube reservoir that fills to 3000 PSI using a male probe (included with the gun) for charging. Unlike many of the other Korean guns the 909 does not have an onboard pressure gauge, which is too bad as I find this a useful feature. My gun is set up to deliver 5 full power shots in the 670 fps range with 180gr cast lead pellets. This yields a power output near 200 fpe, which makes it a viable large game gun.
There is a varied selection of bullet weights and shapes available. Pyramyd Airguns, the store I ordered my gun through, makes pellets to order for this gun; I tried the 170, 180, 190, and 200 grain versions but settled on the 170 grain pellet. This pellet produced velocities of around 700 fps and proved to be fairly flat shooting.