crazyhorse

Springer hunting trick...

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When I first hunted with my Beeman R9, I never liked walking around with a pellet loaded/rifle cocked....so that was a disadvantage if I came up on a rabbit, (I'd have to load/cock,then shoot....)But there is a little trick I think you can do with most spring guns...just open breech part way without cocking,insert pellet and close breech.Works on my R9..as breech opens just enough to pre-load a pellet....then,when ready to shoot,all I have to do is cock the rifle and fire without having to load a pellet...TargetJacumba016.jpgWatcha think...??? :smiley_kewlpics:

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I think that's my secret and you stole it! :smiley_kewlpics: I hate carrying them cocked too. I know it won't hurt them but just something I grew up doing. :1rock1oo:

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I haven't hunted with a springer in years but when I did, I would do the same thing. I never liked the idea of walking around for a long period of time with the spring compressed. It wasn't from a safety stand point, just didn't want to ruin the spring in my gun. Many times I would spot a rabbit then cock the gun, put the cross hairs on em and they would move away before I could shoot. When this happens you can de cock a spring piston rifle by breaking open the barrel all the way down until it stops, just like you do when cocking it. Then take the safety off. Make sure that you are holding the barrel firmly because you are going to release the cocked spring and you need to control the barrel or it will slam shut. Now with a good grip on the barrel pull the barrel down just a bit more and squeeze the trigger. You will feel the spring release and the barrel will now be under pressure just like if you were cocking it. Just ride the barrel up and close it. Now you can go find another rabbit with out leaving the gun cocked. If you all ready knew this sorry, I just thought I share.

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Matt, I always cringed doing that. I have a nasty scare on my right little finger where a Daisey Red Ryder almost chopped the tip of my finger off when a friend pulled the trigger while I was cocking the gun. I've always been squeamish doing that with a break barrel. I thought it might jump out of my hands and bite me! :harhar1[1]:

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I here you on that one ShooterJohn. I don"t want anyone to get hurt trying something I recommended. Just to clarify don't put your fingers anywhere near the loading port and the trigger at the same time. When you de cock an air rifle one hand will be at the end of the barrel, and the other around the pistol grip. If you do it this way its very safe. Its a one man operation. Don't have anyone else hold the rifle or pull the trigger. I'm sorry if this confuses the issue. If so dont attempt and just disregard what I'm saying.

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No you had it right. Just being once bitten I'm chicken it will happen again. I've had my hands caught in animal traps and they didn't hurt as much as the Red Ryder did when it put the smack down on my finger. :harhar1[1]:

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Thats one thing that I have always liked about hunting with my Theoben Eleminator is that I don't have to worry about it take a spring set and can keep it loaded and cocked for a quick shot. I've been toying with the idea of getting a Beeman RX2 in .22 so I can have the best of all worlds, rekord trigger, power, and gas piston power plant. Maybe with the $$$ I just saved on refinancing my house. :D

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Yeh I think I will order one through Tim over at Mac 1 in the next month or two and have him install a LDC on the muzzle. I like quiet... :D

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Crazyhorse, that's a good tip. Pre-loading a pellet without cocking is definitely helpful when hunting. I was preloading constantly on a hunt with my R7 yesterday and the main thing I liked is that once you spot your quarry, you don't have to take your eyes off it to load a pellet and cock the rifle. You can just cock it while at all times watching your prey. We were shooting English sparrows and they're pretty darn small and easy to lose in the trees if you take your eyes off them to load a pellet. RA

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That's the idea...keeping your eyes on the prey...plus less hand movement,the better....!!

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What's the big deal just fire it into the ground thier you go un cocked . If I am pigeon hunting and walking a long barn I will walk around with it cocked.

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True..but depends on the game... walking around for hours with it cocked is another matter...over time,the spring can be compromised...

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I've been watching posts here on these airguns..I never imagined how much they've changed or have gotten better & more intricate over the years...sheesh, I was thought the Daisy air rifles were it! and the multi-pump models were for the rich kids!!

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