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Does anyone have nay good experience in home building an air rifle powerful enough to hunt medium sized game with? I know you can buy the 9mm, 45, and 50 caliber air rifles online but I was looking more at building one of my own. I reload my own ammo so I would perfer to be able to use my existing bullets or mold my own using my bullet molds. I was thinking about a nice .30 caliber. Any ideas??????
 

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AIR Rifles?


Can't say I've ever seen one in .50 cal. Holy crap, you'd have to pump that thing a million times just to get the projectile to fall out the other end of the barrel.
 

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AIR Rifles?


Can't say I've ever seen one in .50 cal. Holy crap, you'd have to pump that thing a million times just to get the projectile to fall out the other end of the barrel.
They run on compressed air(bicycle pump,etc) and they take deer with them on a regular basis.
 

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I knew about the quackenbush website. There are a couple of other good manufacturers of VERY powerful repeating air rifles. I have been researching these for a while and have just about talked myself into buying one. Then I was browsing youtube and came across a video of a guy with a homemade air rifle made out of a mix of PVC, Copper tubing, a modified valve as a trigger, and a SCUBA tank. The thing shot 9mm ammo and he had it rigged like a bolt action to load the next round. The post said he could get about 20 shots out of one 3000psi SCUBA tank. The rounds went through the chronograph at 1500 fps!!! that's better than a 9mm subgun!! I doubt it was very accurate cause it would just about have to be a smoothbore but still. That's when I decided I could build one. Problem is, I can't find any plans for one that would up size the 9mm to oh say, a 45 caliber. Anybody out there have any experience building air guns or even potato guns that could lend some guidance???
 

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I dont have a problem hunting small game with a 755fps or 725 fps with pellets.
A break barrel [1000fps] is good enough and very inexpensive.
 

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Lewis and Clark had a .36 caliber. The stock was the airtank I think it took quite a while to pump up.
The really cool thing about the Lewis and Clark rifle was that it was a multi shot rifle. It had a tube magazine beside the barrel and a spring loaded slider at the chamber. To load the next round, all you had to do was slide the slider over and it picked up the next round and when you let it go, the spring action moved the round into the chamber. The most impressive thing was the air pressure. The Girandoni air rifle they used stored 900 PSI in the reservoir and shot a .31 caliber bullet. Modern "high pressure" .177 and .22 rifles are considered magnum if they hit 150 PSI. They could get an estimated 12-18 shots per tank of air off of the Girandoni. In one record, it was reported that all you need is lead, a bullet mold, and a few hundred pumps and you were ready for hunting. Really interesting rifle. Those old air rifles were reportedly as powerful as the blackpowders of the era but were kind of on the fragile side. Still think about it, a powerful semi auto rifle way back in 1803... wonder if it would make the assault rifle ban list???:D:
 

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I dont have a problem hunting small game with a 755fps or 725 fps with pellets.
A break barrel [1000fps] is good enough and very inexpensive.
I agree but I wanted something that could be used to take larger game like a white tail deer or if it came down to it, defend me and my family if all else had failed. Besides, right now the antigunners and the politicians see air rifles as toys of youth. They are likely not gonna ban air rifles unless they catch wind of how powerful some of them really are. See where I'm going with this??
 

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I'm thinking it might be worthwhile developing an interest in crossbows instead. Good take-down power and accuracy. Good luck with it. Cheers, Herne
 

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I would likely take up archery.

Currently, if legislators tried to propose bow&arrow bans I think they would get laughed back to their seats.

If our citizens start adopting the opinions of most UK citizens, then say goodbye to anything metal, sharp and/or pointy.
 
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My air rifle is .22 and only suitable for small game. But you can buy larger springs that compress the air even more and give out more power. This combined with a larger calibar should be able to take down larger game.
But it depends on the type of gun.
 

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I'm sorry, Jester, but I'm not going to answer your question. I would just like to state my surprise (and irritation) that a community such as this is so closed minded toward things that aren't completely mainstream.

Air rifles are a totally viable alternative to standard combustion weapons. All you have to do is look at the statistics and do a little research and maybe look at things from a slightly different perspective. After all isn't that what we (collectively) do here? Isn't that why we are preparing? Isn't that what separates us from the rest of the sheeple out there? So I say this, any of you who are unwilling to accept that a .50 cal projectile hurtling toward you at speeds over 1000 fps is going to kill you, regardless of what system of propulsion it uses, you are just as blinded by commercialism and the mass media as everyone else.

I think everyone should have a big bore air rifle just in case. They can't take them away from you.
 

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Yes. A big bore air rifle will take out a deer very easily. Its been shown and proven several times, and not with a headshot. These guns your talking about though cost several thousand dollars. A decent crossbow can be had for 500 bucks, is quiter, lighter, smaller, and more versitile.
 

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It takes alot of intestinal fortitude to take on a buffalo with an air rifle.
I wasn't planning on taking on a buffalo with it, that's what the 45-70 is for. While I understand your hesitancy about this idea, you have to look beyond the daisey red ryder and wrap your head around what the end goal is here. put lead down range with enough velocity to revoke your targets birth certificate. Now you would definitely have to have your fecal matter consolidated before you took it into battle, but I ain't after that. I am looking for ideas on a hunting rifle.
 

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Yes. A big bore air rifle will take out a deer very easily. Its been shown and proven several times, and not with a headshot. These guns your talking about though cost several thousand dollars. A decent crossbow can be had for 500 bucks, is quiter, lighter, smaller, and more versitile.
I have a crossbow and was very happy with it but, the range is limited and follow up shots are slow. While I am not knocking you with the crossbow idea because it is a good idea, it simply isn't what I am after here. I also have a recurve bow a Cherokee Indian friend made for me and a newer, fancy cam action bow with fiber optic sights and a kung foo grip.... I like the old recurve better. Anyway, thanks for the post.
 
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