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Jeff

Buffalo with Air rifle

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I saw this over on The High Road.

Pretty large caliber air rifles that seem to "do the trick."

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That's pretty amazing. Still, I prefer something with a little more kick for large game that size unless I'm in a sturdy, tall tree.

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These days?How about 1803?
I stand corrected. Thats pretty interesting reading.I grew up w/ a "Red Ryder" & thought I was the shiz on the block. lol

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Some years ago the American Rifleman ran an article on that air rifle. And the internet, being what it has evolved to, had more history than I remembered about it. :) Two hundred years ago they had a repeating air rifle that could be used for deer hunting.

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Supposedly someone has the Lewis & Clark gun somewhere.I think it was a 44 cal 10 shot repeater that amazed the indians and was one of the main reasons they didnt kill them.

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Air rifles can cream cottontails, bullfrogs, and squirrels at up to fifty yards. A .25 caliber air rifle with groin-ripping cocking effort can kill a crow at seventy-five yards in low wind if its feathers are ruffled. Gunpowder is actually more potent than air power. Air rifle hunting represents an artform in stalking and creates a sport of its own. A .223 Remington takes the sport out of using a seventy-five air-powered hail Mary shot at a crow. Vaporization and fluttering black feathers will seldom if ever be witnessed by airgunners. Air rifles have their distinct value within the confines of a barn filled with livestock, or on an English countryside where firearms are illegal. I'm pro air-power, except where it isn't necessary or illegal.

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