reply to post by RickGrimes
I think that an air gun is a good idea. You may not have take down large game or fend off looters regularly but you will probably have to take small
game on a daily basis.
One of the things that I learned while checking out what would work best is that people hunt large game with handguns.
Pistol Hunting For Whitetails
is a story of someone who has had better luck than many with a
rifle. He uses normal .357 Mag rounds and keeps the shots under 20 yards.
I started looking around for what that meant and this is what I came up with: CCI .357 has a 158 grain bullet and a muzzle velocity of 1150.This is
around 456.5 fpe at the muzzle and at 20 yards it has 449 fpe. That is less than half of the 1000 fpe cited as the least for a humane kill. This
gentleman says that all but one of the deer he has hunted dropped on the spot. The runner got to 60 yards and dropped.
Having a S&W .40 I was interested what its numbers would be. I went to ballisticsbytheinch.com
a Trajectory plotter
I figured that the handgun I have could be called upon to do the same, as
long as I do my part. A .40 hunting round out of a gun with a 6 inch barrel has 450 fpe at 145 yards.
I also came across a guide for modding a Crosman 1322. A $55 dollar multipump pellet gun. Modded and using heavy pellets it can put out 13 fpe.
According to Field use of an airgun
8 fpe at the target will take jackrabbits. That would be 60
yards with the modded 1322.
A Crosman 1322 with 2000 25gr pellets weighs 9 lbs. The ruger 22/10 alone weighs 9.5 lbs and with the same number of rounds would weigh 24.5 lbs
I think a large caliber handgun with 50 rounds and an air pistol would cover both small and large game. Finding a way to shoot arrows with the airgun
would cover mid sized game without wasting handgun ammo.
edit on 19-4-2012 by daskakik because: (no reason given)