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Question How can I tell if my air gun can kill a rabit?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by verycurlyo, Jul 25, 2014.

  1. verycurlyo

    verycurlyo Newbie

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    Hi there, I'm aware of the laws on rabbit hunting so no need to go into that!

    I was wondering if there is a piece of material I can get that is a good representation of a rabbit. I.e. if my gun can shoot through this it will shoot through a rabbit!

    For example a piece of wood, a slab of meat etc?

    Thanks!

    Oscar
     
  2. Ganton Gunner

    Ganton Gunner Super Duper Moderator Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    if you use a chronograph and find what power the gun is doing that's a good start as you can work it all out from that
     
  3. Alex.B

    Alex.B Keyboard Hero

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    I think a bit of non live target practice first would be good , then a bit of reading on here to learn kill zones, then a trip out with a more experienced air gunner to teach you the basics :D .

    Oh and check your guns power .
     
  4. mattyts

    mattyts Donator

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    shoot a dead rabbit? :laff:
     
  5. TORNADOS7

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    What gun?

    For instance if it's an ancient BSA Meteor that your dad passed down to you it's unlikely to be able to produce enough power anymore to guarantee a clean kill but if it's a modern Springer/PCP say an HW95k or HW100 it should be more than capable but I would advise a check over a chrono first just to be sure !

    10.5+ fpe should see you rite !...
     
  6. r10hunter

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    Obviously the best way is to use a chrono ask on here if someone in your area can help.

    But a rough way to tell your power is in still conditions to take a shot at your zero range say 30 yards, then back off to 55 yards and take a shot again with no hold over.

    Do this a few times and decide what your average pellet drop is. Then play with chairgun to work out you rough power output.
    Cheers Andy
     
  7. stevemandm

    stevemandm Honorary Member

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    a pellet energy of 5 ftlbs at impact is enough to kill a rabbit, if the pellet is in the right place. chrono your rifle, then download chairgun to calculate the pellets energy at range, then practice on your shooting to make sure you can hit the target at your hunting range. you should be confident of hitting a 25mm target, each and every time to effect a clean and humane kill on your quarry. that's the theory , and it works.
    our rifles retain enough energy to kill a rabbit at 70 yards, but the limiting factor is me - I can only repeatedly hit a 25mm target out to 35 yards, so that's my hunting limit.
     
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    Don't we use the turnip test anymore?





    I'll get me coat, even though it's warm out. :(
     
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    I have tried the turnip test several times and no matter how careful i am i just can't hit the rabbit with one at 40 yards.
     
  10. Sir Oscar

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    Your test is different to mine.
    I used to shoot a turnip at 40yards. If it was still breathing or managed to dig itself back to safety, I knew my gun was no good.
     
  11. Patrick

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    An air rifle developing 10 F.P.E or more will kill a rabbit out to about 40 yds providing it's accurate enough and you hit it in the correct place ,that's the brain.You must be a competent enough shot before attempting to shoot rabbits which means you should be able to consistently hit a 2p piece, at what ever range you're shooting at and remember every missed shot would potentially mean a wounded rabbit,possibly something very nasty like a shattered jaw,not a pleasant thought.
     
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