I recently posted about the importance of practicing different real world shooting positions when heading into the field to hunt. In this post I’m going to discuss getting a gun ready for a hunt. I’d received the Hatsan Hercules and was going to take it with me on a hunt down in Texas, to use as my pig gun. My first activity was to take the rifle to my indoor range and zero it at 20 yards, just to get a feel for it with the JSB .35 cal pellets I intended to feed it. I was happy with the way it grouped on paper at close range, so after mapping a shot string across the chrony to assess the power profile, I took it a friends farm for some field shooting After setting the zero at 50 yards, I was ready to get started. I spent a morning shooting the Herc offhand and off sticks, and also shifted between sitting, kneeling, and standing positions. I knew there wasn’t much chance of a prone shot, so didn’t spend much time on my belly. I figured that I wouldn’t take more than five shots on an outing, so didn’t really worry about dialing in the POI throughout an entire shot string, and topped off after the 5th shot. After putting a tin of pellets through the rifle, I felt pretty comfortable with this Hatsan and was ready to go! When I arrived on-site, I quickly checked zero (set at 50 yards),Read More →

Out in Texas after feral hogs with this powerfulair rifle from Airgun Depot. The Badger .40 caliber rifle has proven to be a great field gun, providing accuracy, power, and shootability enhanced by the custom Richards Microfit laminate thumb hole stock I retrofitted on it. Feral hogs are spreading across North America, but you’d be hard pressed to find a region that has been impacted more than Texas. Huge populations, open land, livestock operations to raid and an abundance of natural food sources, hogs are out of control here. This is a large pest species that you can hunt in Texas at reasonable prices, unlike deer hunting, which can run into the thousands of dollars.Read More →