How do you feel about using an air rifle for big game animals?

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    How do you feel about using an air rifle for big game animals?

    No, i'm not trolling.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0o0XVa5oyMU
    I can't even recommend a 9mm for med-big game animals although it may work and this dude is using an air rifle for big game animals? I just wouldn't feel so good about this. There's a reason why we have those .30+ caliber high powered rifles.

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    Huh? Guy was using a Ruger NO. 1

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    Meriwether Lewis (Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery Expedition 1804–1806), did it back in 1804, isn't anything really new.
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    Right, I think they had a 50 caliber on their expedition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ctr View Post
    Right, I think they had a 50 caliber on their expedition.
    I believe you are correct, but it's been awhile.



    ETA: .46 cal.
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    There is a guy in Missouri that makes a .50 caliber air rifle designed for big game. I forget his name at the moment.

    I am not going to go buy a crossman and try it, but as long as the rifle is designed for the purpose, why not?
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    Quote Originally Posted by buckeye .45 View Post
    There is a guy in Missouri that makes a .50 caliber air rifle designed for big game. I forget his name at the moment.

    I am not going to go buy a crossman and try it, but as long as the rifle is designed for the purpose, why not?
    but why when you have better choices and readily available? It's like riding a bicycle to your friend's house a mile down the road when you can drive a car instead. Both will do the job, but the latter is just more efficient and faster.

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    The big airguns have comparable ballistics to equal Black powder muzzle loaders. they are very similar in range and pressures. DR

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    Quote Originally Posted by 02R1 View Post
    but why when you have better choices and readily available? It's like riding a bicycle to your friend's house a mile down the road when you can drive a car instead. Both will do the job, but the latter is just more efficient and faster.
    Why would I want to black powder or bow or pistol hunt? I could just use a high powered rifle.

    I would imagine that some people view it as more of a challenge, and that is the appeal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 02R1 View Post
    but why when you have better choices and readily available? It's like riding a bicycle to your friend's house a mile down the road when you can drive a car instead. Both will do the job, but the latter is just more efficient and faster.
    Near the end of the video the shooters examine the damage. Looks like it quite a bit more than the old Daisy Powerline. I suppose people just like to do things differntly. As the previous poster noted, some bow hunt, some do black powder, etc.

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    Why is it that some people worry about what other people do is what I can't figure.
    I had a couple of snobby Brits with 375 H&H Holland Mags treat me the same way on an African big game hunt.

    But they shut the hell up when the hammer on a Ruger Black Hawk dropped and the animal hit the ground dead after a short sprint.
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    How do you feel about using an air rifle for big game animals?
    If it's got the ballistics and penetration (on-target force) necessary for "clean" kills, then IMO it doesn't really matter what propels the projectile. I'm good with it.
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    I am hoping my new Red Rider will show up under the tree in a few weeks. Paaaalesse Santa I need to get me a lion..

    In all seriousness why would you want to take the risk of injuring an animal instead of killing it. I don't hunt for the thrill of confronting the "beast" I hunt to eat wild game.

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    Last thing I wanta hear when I just pulled the trigger on a dangerous critter is "Boy you really made him mad RUN"
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