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Old 05-05-2010, 04:06 PM   #1
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I wanted to share my adventures this past weekend on a hog hunt with my brand new .458 Quackenbush air rifle. I bought it on Friday, scoped it on Saturday and killed the boar on Sunday.

I got into PCP(precharged pneumatics) airguns last year when I bought a .22 Korean made Sumarta capable of producing 50 to 70 foot pounds with a 21 or 32 grain pellet. That's 22 short ballistics and 100 yard shots on squirrels makes for great pest control.

Now I've moved up to the big boys and bought a .458 Quackenbush LA Outlaw air rifle capable of producing 500 foot pounds using 3000 psi of air. Be it powder or air, this gun produces .45Colt ballistics that has a proven track record for the last 100 years.

Here's what a .458 Quackenbush air rifle can do with a 265 grain BHD ammo at 38 yards on a 330 lbs. wild boar.







I was able to get close and shadow a large group of 15 to 20 for 75 yards until I was able to tree hop and get withing 30 yards of them. I ended up being pinned down as they moved all around me and getting within 20-25 yards of me at times for over an hour. There was an even larger boar than this one that I never could get a shot at. Half the group was positioned on top of a small mound blocking my view and my chance of approaching closer for a shot at the ones just behind them.

This one that I killed moved into view and I took a 38 yard shot. He went about 30 yards to lay up. I ended up pushing him another 30 yards. I was able to get within 10 yards to take a finishing shot. Then the fun began of trying to drag him out. That should be a sight since my friends came to help drag and filmed me trying to drag the hog by myself. I got about 5 yards. What a beast this hog was!!!




BHD makes some DANDY BOOLITS!!!! I'm lucky enough that he lives in my town and he talked me into getting a big bore air rifle.

Trophy Photos - Big Bore Airgun Ammo

There are other photos on his website.

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Damn! You did that with an air rifle?? At 500 foot pounds, what kind of noise does that thing make when you fire it?

That is pretty damn impressive for an "air gun". I had no idea.

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what kind of noise does that thing make when you fire it?

That is pretty damn impressive for an "air gun". I had no idea.
It's pretty load and more of a boom than a crack from breaking the sound barrier.
I had no idea either until I was selling a crossbow last year and a guy wanted to trade his PCP air gun and cash for it. I said PCP what?
Once I read up on it, I had to have it.

It's the green beast. You only need some way of getting 3000 psi of compressed air and lead. Most people use scuba tanks or compressors able to do 3000psi. I went the hand pump route for now. It takes a little longer, but it travels well. I can get 3 good shots and a 4th finishing shot on a fill.
It uses a lot more air than my .22 caliber where a hand pump was enough.
I could get 50 shots with the .22 cal.
If I was to recommend someone starting out and they wanted a .22 caliber the Crosman Marauder .22 cal has a 10 shot mag and a fully shrouded barrel for $460. The Hill Hand pump is $205 from Plinkguns.
The Marauder does around 30 foot pounds and 50-75 shots on squirrels would be it's range.
My big bore cost me $715 from Dennis Quackenbush and he usually makes around 50 a year. He holds a lottery once a year to get one of his guns.
There are others out there making these big bores too. There's also the Korean 909s that very affordable and can be power tuned into a very respectable deer gun at 250-300 foot pound range.
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Wow, I had no idea air guns came in anything bigger than a .22. Thats awesome!

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Thats pretty impressive to do with a BB gun. Certainly a different method of hunting.

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Wow, I had no idea air guns came in anything bigger than a .22. Thats awesome!
yeah thats pretty cool. Never heard of big bore air guns either!
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OMG...thats to awesome!!...

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NIZE piggy! And a very nice rifle.

FWIW, serious power air guns have been around for a LONG time- Banned as an instrument of war at one time in Europe- quiet, deadly repeater in the era of single shot smoothbores.

This is a link to story about the airgun carried on the Lewis & Clark expedition: New Page 1

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