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Question by firstdeer. Uploaded on May 06, 2010
Sam Yang Big Bore 44.
Shoote a 180 grain bullet at 700 fps.
I would not use an air rifle for deer hunting. I feel that the animal would die eventually however it may take a day or two depending on the shot. You would not have a blood trail to fallow to recover it. The smallest gun that I would use for a deer would be a 223 or a 22-250. If your are going to hunt use a gun that can ethically kill the animal you are hunting. Air guns are for rabbits and smaller game not big game.
NO!!! Shooting a deer with an air rifle is like killing a pig with a club. You could, but why would you? It is much more humane to put a big bullet in them.
I have to agree with bat4bab and Panyfry101. Using an air rifle for deer in my state would also be illegal and I would guess that it is also illegal in most, if not all, of the other states
No, and people should stop trying to use the least fire power possible. Whether it's coyotes, turkey, deer, or anything else...why would you want to take the likely chance of just wounding or not recovering an animal by using a air rifle or .22 rather than going with a legal and ethical firearm? You owe it to the animal to hunt ethically.
NO!!!!!! In some states it's NOT-LEGAL. what's next dear hunting with a Blow Gun???
I try to take these questions as I believe they are, from younger folk.
There's kids out there who are deprived, by our standards. Their family doesn't hunt, or they are too young for a more expensive rifle.
I give them credit for asking. Rather than go out and go deer hunting with a .22, they at least ask first.
But no, you can't do that. Whether or not it may or not be legal, the best you would probably do is poison the deer slowly by lodging a lead pellet under it's hide. It's not very ethical thinking.
Very well said, Jeff4066. I don't think I'll try to add to that. +1
Great answer Jeff4066 and A + 1 for you sir...I think I'll stick to a regular rifles for hunting Deer..I do like an airgun for plinking at targets but other than that my son shot a whole bunch of birds when he's out there in the open field!!!
After Jeff4066I can think of nothing to add. +1 for you.
He asked if they make an air rifle FOR deer hunting not if he should hunt a deer with a .177 caliber crossman pump gun. They do make large caliber big game air rifles as Ed J said in the first post.
very much against it.
Just to answer, people build air guns big enough to shoot frozen chickens at airplane windshields. Are they practical? Well if you need to shoot an airplane with a frozen chicken, I guess so. Should you consider shooting deer with one? Well please just use common sense. I like to think that we have advanced past the age where we had to throw sharpe sticks at dinosaurs, but not enough to hunt rabbits with computer controlled unmaned aircraft armed with lazer guided rockets.
not to go against the grain here but the answer is yes they do make a airgun capable of effectively killing a deer.bigbore airguns have been in production for some time,in many calibers.just because it doesnt use gunpowder as a propellant does not make it any less efficient.lewis and clark used air rifles as they traveled west many years ago.if that doesnt give you a hint as to the years of development that have went into them i dont know what to tell you.they are expensive.
The world record pump chunkin is held by an air gun. Air guns work off expanding compressed gas pushing an object (bullit/pellet/pumpkin/bowling ball,etc.). A bullit propelled by gun powder is is still being pushed by VERY rapidly expanding gas. What we need to know from firstdeer is the reason for asking the question in the first place. Is it from curiosity that it could be possible, yes. Is it because someone has restricted them to only using air guns? Maybe to set a world record? Or maybe to get us in an answering mood. Whatever the reason, you cannot learn without asking questions. You can also never be too young to learn or for that matter too old to learn either.
okay,they make air rifles that are supposed to be for big game,the suggestion in the first post is use 180 grain bullet at 700 feet per second.
I do not think that there would be enough foot pounds of energy from that to humanely kill a deer.
It might kill a coyote,or other small/medium sized game.
Arrows at 300 feet per second kill deer because they have more weight,and more foot pounds of energy.
Even though they make air rifles for big game,I don't think they should be used,technically,you could kill a deer with a slinshot,but should you try? No.
If you check out the sam yang big bore 44,it IS a very powerful air rifle.It also costs $600.00.
For that kind of money,you can get a decent rifle,or slug gun.
The big bore 44 may be okay for predators like coyotes,or shooting groundhogs,ect. Still not a deer gun.
I think maybe where this comes from is a hunting show on versus tv that was sponsored by Gamo and a pellet maker I can't recall. The hunter, a very ethical guy, actually shot a big hog in the forehead with a pellet gun and knocked it dead. I wouldn't recommend it however.
jim in mo,,,gamo isnt even in the same class as bigbore.check out some vids on youtube if u find time.gamo=.177 cal bigbore =44
You all might want to take a look at this video. While this rifle is about 200 years old, it's an interesting set-up.
And yes, I'd would totally buy a more modernized version of such a rifle.
.45 caliber air rifle at 20 yds shot right thru the 10pointers and the deer lost. Personally, I think any modern PCP large caliber high power air rifle can take down a deer like any other firearms can if it's under 40 yds.
Longer range, yes, I agree you'd need a conventional deer rifle. Also, bear in mind, some covert military ops also use high powered air rifle for taking humans down with just a single shot in the skull. Sound level is lower than a conventional weapon on a silencer.
Come on people, check the internet! http://www.quackenbushairguns.com/outlaws.htmln Is a great site to show you what airguns will do. We're not talking pellet rifles here! Granted your yardage will be reduced, there are plenty of air rifles that will kill a deer sized animal (or bear sized) humanely.
We are well aware that the internet exists.
That's a rich person's toy. With a 'cheap' model at $600 plus shipping, one could buy a nice .308 with scope for that.
seems there are a lot of idiots that think a bow launching an arrow at 300 fps is more effective than a .50 cal lead round traveling at 750-900 fps (better impact and range than a .45 acp)some of the modern air rifles can EFFECTIVELY kill a deer past 100 yards...or about the same as a black powder rifle.the blood trail from the sam yang .50 after a 560-75 yard hit looks like a blood highway!and they usually don't make it that far after the shot!
the people that have a problem with air rifle hunting is because THEY feel they have to rely on the massive impact of something like a .270 mag to kill the deer because they themselves are not good enough to kill a deer with an accurate shot!it's all about how good YOU are not the gun!if you are a good shot and know your game and gun a deer can be dropped with a .177 pump gun, although no REAL airgunner would use a .177 to hunt deer it is still possible to do with a well placed shot...seen it done on a mule deer at 10 yards...one shot base of the skull ,deer didn't even run,just fell down dead!but this is an exception not the norm!
airgunners are just naturally better shots and better hunters...we have to be because we rely on OUR skill not our equipment.
I hunt in Missouri, both rifle and muzzle loading seasons. This year, for the first time, Missouri is allowing air powered rifles to be used during the 'Alternative Weapons', formerly known as 'Muzzle Loading season'. For you 'deer hunters' that feel you need a high powered rifle with several bullets in the clip to kill a deer, think of us that limit our advantage, to improve our marksmanship by using One bullet. Missouri has also allowed spears during that season, too. The reason is that the Conservation Dept is trying to bring the number of deer population down, due to CWD.
Because someone asks "Is there any air rifle for deer hunting?" doesn't make him an idiot. I didn't know about these special air rifles till I did some research, which was prompted by looking over this year's season regulations. Upon reading that air rifles are allowed during my coveted muzzle loading season, I started looking up what I could about them.
Little do most of you know there is a 50 cal air rifle that will take down deer. You can actually hunt and humanely kill deer with the 50 cal Sam yang dragon claw in some states legally
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