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Old 12-04-2012, 09:29 PM   #11
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I prefer the crosman premiere pellets to the destroyers. My pellet rifle might shoot the destroyers to fast for their design. I bought 2 cans of destroyers when I first saw them. I gave the second can away unopened. I have a Crosman phantom pellet gun. The pump assembly has been polished and it shoots the same all the time. If it starts shooting low it needs new rubber.
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I have a few airguns on the way to me now.
Never got into airguns, but now seemed like a good time. I'll be checking out different ammo.

Some good info here so far.


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I'll never understand why there isn't more talk about air rifles on here (yes it is FireArms talk I know), but with all the survivalist/SHTF folks here you'd think it would get more attention. I'd certainly be thinking of mine in a bad situation (unlimited ammo, a million uses, quiet), of course we all know how useful they are on bright sunny peaceful days too.
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I learned the value of quality air guns years ago as a young survivalist reading the dissertations of Mel Tappan.

Before then I wasn't even aware air rifles other than the inexpensive toy-like box store offerings.

I have two good quality air rifles, one mildly tuned, in my kit now and a stash of tested pellets. Along with property tree rat control, I hunt cottontails with them once or twice each year. I must admit it took me a while before I became adequately proficient with them given their different shooting nature as compared to conventional firearms.
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I recently received a couple tins of the Predator Polymag pellets. The .177 pellets are 8 gr. and look quite interesting. I'm hoping they'll shoot well and perform as hoped terminally. They are expensive little boogers.

Here is a Polymag alongside a Destroyer:

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I have a case & 1/2 of RWS Hobby .177 pellets that I inherited. They were originally purchased in 1980-81. They a great general use pellets. Light enough for good velocity, and plenty accurate in most guns. At my current rate of consumption, my supply will probably outlive me too.
For squirrels and other vermin RWS Superpoints are quite good . Again, accurate and light enough for good velocity.
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What got me started with quality pellet rifles is my great grandfather had a Benjamin pump. He would take me rabbit hunting when I was to young to hit a rabbit. Every full moon we would slip into the woods late at night. Without a light for anything but to get out of a tangle or cross a creek we would kill several rabbits. Law enforcement is to much now days to hunt like that but I still go for a walk in the woods to see how many rabbits I can see.

The game wardens work in tandem these days. One game warden will sit in a fire tower and direct the game warden on the ground to where he sees a light flashing on and off. Every couple years I run into a game warden in the woods.

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Ive gotten 14 squirrels and 1 rabbit (only rabbit ive seen with an air rifle handy) with the crossman premier pointed pellets. I didnt lime the crossman destroyers. Felt real "cheap" compared to the latter. Just weighed less i guess maybe not cheap. And as far as squirrels go i couldnt get one shot kills with em. So i too gave my second tin away. As much as im not really a moral guy when it comes to squirrels i couldnt just keep doin that. Eventually my crappypellet gun wasnt doin the job any more so i tossed that out too. Gettin a new one soon.
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I have used the gamo hollow points. I havent shot paper with them to know how they group. But my son and I were very consistantly hitting pop cans at 25 or 30 yards with them. I was using a pump up pistol. It is an old crossman. Quite powerful for a cheap gun.

I think an air gun would be very useful in a shtf situation. Hunting with an almost silent rifle has its advantages.
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