Air Rifle Hunter

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  1. Nicely built Bob! Making things, especially useful ones, is always fun. Great job!
  2. Awesome job Steph! Makes me miss getting out myself. Glad you had a great time and got a fantastic stringer of fish.
  3. Glad you found a pellet your barrel likes. The 22-M-Rods are great PCP pest eliminators, and small game takers.
  4. I don't know about the two point slings; I just use a typical sling with the padded shoulder pad so that it doesn't cut into my shoulder, or skin. It still gets heavy (it is a .25 Marauder with a large scope), and I have to switch it from one side to the other. The only time I have it on my shoulder though, is if I'm carrying my shotgun or .22 rimfire with me as well. Typically I'd just carry it if it is the only one I have with me. I hope someone else chimes in that may know about the sling your are referring to.
  5. I am like many others. I love my Toyota trucks. Mine have taken a ton of abuse and asked little back in care and maintenance. I know I should take better care of them, but sometimes I procrastinate. Anyway, I own two pick-ups. A 1992 Toyota standard cab 4WD and a 2006 Tacoma Pre-Runner. The 1992 Toyota pick-up that has over 400,000 miles on it. Some of the work I've had done wasn't the truck's fault (catalytic converter stolen from under truck), but I did have the radiator replaced and finally a couple of years ago had the timing chain (its an R22 engine, they are awesome), but other than routine oil, filter and such it has been a great truck and still running. I'm finally getting it worked on this coming January because at the ripe old age of 23, this truck needs a little extra love to keep it running for another 10 to 15 years or more . The older trucks with the R22 engine in them are durable (at least all the guys I know that own one). If you are looking for an older truck that can take a beating you are looking in the right place. I hope you are able to find one that someone has taken care of. It will take a lickin' and keep on tickin'!
  6. Most of the .22 M-Rods prefer the 18.1 Grain JSB Diabolo Exact Heavy Pellets in 5.53mm Diameter. I purchase mine from Pyramyd Air because you can order them specifically in a few different (though minute) diameters. Plus they offer the buy 3 get one free offer that makes the cost a little better. The barrels on the .22 are extremely finicky when it comes to pellets. Before I sold mine I had it tuned to shoot with a starting fill of 2900 PSI and after 30 shots it would be at 2200 PSI. The starting velocity was around 865FPS at the peak (around shots 15-20) it would be shooting around 885 FPS or so, and then at the 30th shot it would be back down around 860FPS. Using the 5.53 diameter JSB 18.1 pellets I could get nickle sized patterns out to 75 yards, and I actually head shot a cottontail out at 88 yards with it one morning. Now, keep in mind that we have to do our part in keeping the air rifle steady and taking our time with the shot to get those types of shots and groupings; But by using the 18.1 grain JSB 5.53 diameter pellets you'll be able to bring in those groupings to a tighter pattern. I've tried the 15.9's in that rifle and it didn't shoot them well at all. Almost every .22 M-Rod owner I've met or spoken with that gets good groups with their .22 M-Rod uses the 18.1 in 5.53. It might be a good idea to make sure the barrel is free of debris. Make sure the rifle is unloaded and shine a light down the barrel (with the safety on, since an eye full of high pressure air can do some damage also ). Take a look and see if the barrel looks clean and shiny, or if you see any grime, imperfections or imperfections in the barrel. If there is an imperfection or piece of debris in the barrel, this can cause damage to the pellet which will make the flight of the pellet inconsistent, and cause poor shot patterns. Another thing that can cause poor patterns at longer yardages are bent pellet skirts. If the pellet skirt is damaged or bent the air flow around the pellet is affected, which can cause the pellet to tumble, or spiral in a wobbling trajectory, causing poor shot patterns. I hope you are able to get your M-Rod shooting to your liking. I miss my .22 M-Rod, but I use my .25 M-Rod more and so I let the .22 go. Let us know if your patterns improve, or if you find anything else that might be causing the issue.
  7. I haven't read through the regulations to look strictly for air gun hunting in a couple of years, but I remembered posting about what I had found out in past searches through the regulations when I first started around 3 plus years ago. You can find that information in my post here: http://www.californiapredatorsclub.com/index.php?showtopic=24240 There may be more updated information. But it takes allot of research to dig through the regulations, filter through all the info and get to the facts you are looking for. I hope this helps a little.
  8. Yep. Those Marauder cylinders can be pretty grungy inside. One I rebuilt even had some rust starting to form in it. Guess the previous owner's fill method let some moisture inside. Used some 00 (superfine) steel wool and cleaned it out at the problem location, replace the o-rings on the exterior of the valve, slathered the o-rings with silicone, and reassembled it. Didn't leak anymore. Sorry to hear about your shroud getting demolished by an air blast. I hate when that happens!
  9. I used to get mine filled at a place near Santee/El Cajon. It was a paintball shop. Call a paintball shop in your area and ask if they have the ability to fill a carbon fiber HPA tank around 4000-4500PSI.
  10. Nice job, and nice to see another fellow air gunner out there. I have switched back and forth between hunting with air guns and fire arms since I started hunting about 4 years ago. You can't beat the air rifles (at least the ones with baffling) for taking down small game quietly. I hope you get your first rabbit soon. You'll do the happy dance when that happens.
  11. I have owned both the .22 Disco and the .22 M-Rod. I used the 18.1 grain JSB pellet in both of them. The M-Rod shoots faster/harder than the Disco by about 100 to 140 FPS when both are tuned up, which will give you greater accuracy at a further distance. Accuracy for both is about the same at 50 yards. The main thing for accuracy with them is steady aim, knowing your velocity and distances, and using the right pellet for the air gun. Not all pellets and, or barrels are made equally. A quarter sized group at 50 yards is pretty nice. With the M-rod with some practice you should be able to get similar groups at 75 yards. I no longer have either of those air guns, but I do have my .25 M-rod and .22 P-rod. I kept the .25 M-rod for its take-down power at longer distances. I love rabbit hunting with the .25 M-rod. It has taken jack rabbits down with head shots (shots were off-hand) up to 130 yards. Jacks would go down with just a few kicks and it was lights out. If you are thinking of getting another air rifle, I might consider the .25; That is unless you have your heart set on the .22. Since you already have a .22 it might be nice to have the larger caliber air rifle. Just a thought.
  12. A look into the mind and thoughts of a condor... Condor #1: "Hey! Look there! It's another one of those really heavy but little not-moving bugs that are easy prey for us." Condor #2: "Looks like it is Snack Time!" Condor #1: "Oh, and look over there! There's some shiny hard things too laying all over the place!" Condor #2: "We are eating good tonight!" Condor #1: "Wow! This stuff does not taste good, and hurts like the dickens as it goes down!" Condor #2: "But it sure is filling!" Days Later at the wildlife examination table... Assistant: "So why did this Condor die?" Examiner: "It appears it has ingested a few pounds of glass and other metals that cut it's insides to ribbons as it passed through it's digestive system." Assistant: "Are you sure it wasn't lead poisoning?" Examiner: "Well, while it did have a very small piece of lead in it's digestive tract, I can positively say that it died from the glass, wire, plastic, insulation and other items we found inside that tore up it's insides and poisoned it's body; Not allowing it to properly ingest the actual nutrients from the dead animals it did consume." Assistant: "Wow. I never would have imagined that. So what are you going list as the cause in your report?" Examiner: "Oh! It died from lead poisoning... for sure!"
  13. Pellets can have a large effect on how your air rifle shoots. What caliber is the air rifle, and what type of pellets are you using (manufacturer and type)? I know that Swiss Arms makes the TAC-1, which comes in .177. I would try a heavier pellet (around 10 grain or more if .177 caliber, and at least 14 to 16 grain if .22 caliber) and see if the rifle will shoot more accurately. Some barrels will shoot just about any pellet fairly well, while others take some trial and error to get a pellet that shoots accurately out of the barrel. Many times the lighter pellets start to tumble in the air because they are much too light for the velocity of the rifle (much like certain firearm rifles shoot certain types or weights of bullets better than others due to twist rates, etc.), and therefore shoot poorly. Many times using the heavier pellets (buy not too heavy) will allow for the pellet to maintain stability through its flight to the target. I prefer JSB and H&N pellets for my air rifles, personally. They tend to shoot well in my air guns. Some barrels will shoot just about any pellet fairly well, while others take some trial and error to get a pellet that shoots accurately out of the barrel. I'm not aware of your experience or knowledge or airguns, but how an air rifle barrel was cleaned can have a large effect on the condition of the barrel interior. If you are knowledgeable about them, then you can ignore the rest of this paragraph. If you are fairly new, then read on... You never want to use a wire barrel brush on a air rifle barrel. The metal is softer than true firearms. Simply use a bore snake with the wire brush portion removed with a very small amount of barrel cleaner, and this will be enough to take the grime out of the barrel and rifling. You can also use a "j" hook with a cleaning patch, pushing a new one through until they come out clean. Another thing is to make sure the scope is rated for air rifle use. Normal scopes will be destroyed by the double recoil from a spring, or gas piston type of air gun. An air gun rated scope will hold up under the recoil and keep the accuracy much better (as long as all fasteners are tightened properly (using blue Loctite on them is a good idea to keep them from slipping). I don't know how much you bought the air rifle for, but many times you get what you pay for and it takes allot of extra work to get the less expensive air rifles shooting well. I truly hope you are able to get your air rifle shooting well. I understand how frustrating it can be to have them spitting pellets in a shotgun pattern. Keep at it and you'll get it figured out eventually.
  14. Beautiful rifle! Can't wait to hear the post after you get a chance to shoot it!
  15. I just saw what possibly may be my next air rifle. It is the Air Venturi PCP shotgun. I say may be because it runs $750. Right now, it's just a dream; But if things fall together in the near future, who knows. Have any of you seen it?