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New Member - Ben NZ (graphic)

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Ben NZ, May 6, 2008.

  1. Ben NZ

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    Hey Guys, names Ben, I'm 15, and living out in the sticks in New Zealand!

    Ive got several air rifles, all used for hunting, from pest birds ravaging the local perciman orchard to the HUGE hares, possums, and turkeys that I have locally.

    My most used air rifle is a Gamo Shadow 1000, topped with a 4-16x50 Leapers Scope. It runs at about 15ft/lbs with Rws superdome pellets, which are its most accurate pellet. I know the holdover and holdunder perfectly from 10 metres out to 80 metres!! Furtherest kill so far is a unsuspecting bunny at 65m (71 yards) open sighted with a neck shot, instant kill! That was a bit of a fluke. But I have taken many rabbits past the 50m mark with this rifle, even before I mounted the scope.

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    For the record My rifle is in .177 and I vastly prefer it over a .22 cal carrying the same muzzle energy, simply because of the flat shooting aspect! I have NEVER had any problems with the killing power of my .177s, the majority of my kills do not need follow up shots. Its all about placing your shot right. Any one who thinks the bigger the calibre the better is over compensating for something..............




    Im talking about poor shooting, what the hell were half of you guys thinking??

    Cheers
     
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  2. sharpshooterpete

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    good shooting mate and welcome to the forum!:up:
     
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    welcome m8
     
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    Do you have to hold over less when your upside down in NZ. :lol:
     
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    Hello and welcome:up:
     
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    looks like you're a good shot:up:
     
  7. Bodhisdad

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    Nice shooting, if you like flat shooting try a .20 sometime if you can. I have read good things about this under rated/used calibur. Seems to be the best of both .177 and .22.
     
  8. a1gunner

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    .20 is an odd cal. you can say its best of both worlds but you can also say its the worst of both worlds.:confused:

    just me being awkward:p
     
  9. Ben NZ

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    Hey guys, cheers for the welcome!

    .20 is a completely dead and unused calibre here in NZ. Pellets are hard to come by, and very expensive. There is also a very small range of pellets for them here, so basically if you have a .20 and cant get pellets that your barrel likes, too bad!!!

    Also, in 15ft/lbs rifles I presonally would not go bigger than .177. I just cant be bothered with the huge trajectory difference. And for the likes of a Gamo Shadow, they are designed to be used with .177 cal. .22 cal of this model have their springs snap and/or wear down faster because the rifle is shooting pellets that are too heavy for its powerplant. And im pretty sure they dont come in .20

    .177 does the job fine for me, you really don't need a big pellet to do the job humanely. Shot placement, as always, is key.

    In New Zealand, its pretty much Gamo dominated. As far as springers go anyway. There is some really nice rifles lurking around, but not alot!! My area is .177 dominated too. Im in a rural area, and the only pellets that can be bought locally are .177. Its a bit of a drive to get .22 cal!

    If I didn't like this place so much I would say its a hole!!!

    Is it all BSA's etc over there?
     
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  10. Ben NZ

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    Haha a funny man! Hmm I might just have to come to the UK and find out :D Y'no, i think the pellets might be going up?? :)

    I think its bed time, I dont know what time it is there but its 1am here!
     
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  11. a1gunner

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    well i'm not moving to NZ i like .22:D
     
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    Hello and welcome mate,nice pictures.Glad to see you use .177.....nice.Stay tuned in catch you later :up:
     
  13. a1gunner

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    promoting .177 and joining a .22 social group:rolleyes:
    why does two faced come to mind:p
     
  14. andyhawkx3

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    Nice shooting, Ben and with the best cal. .177 (now you will get a visit from, a1, telling you how good .22 is :blabla: :crazy::yawn:)..Lol...nice picture's keep em coming, there arnt many turkeys ( none) in the neck of the woods, l have dropped a good many hares, and rabbit, with my .177:up::D....beat me to the post, a1
     
  15. a1gunner

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    do you use the .177 to slow them down so you can run after them to finnish them off:D

    .177 is fine if you wear knickers:up:
     
  16. steve410

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    I am a spy in the camp :cool:
     
  17. a1gunner

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    well done blow your cover:rolleyes::D
     
  18. Ben NZ

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    Lol i would say that nearly half of the airgunners in Nz use .22, and the FT and sillouette national shoots are .22 dominated. Its just in my area that are aren't alot around.
     
  19. a1gunner

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    ok then your part of NZ sucks:up::p
     
  20. Ben NZ

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    Haha funny guy :D,

    .177 is only 1mm smaller diameter and I dont think from my experiences that if the pellets are carrying the same amount of energy It makes that much difference with .22. For close shots 25m or less I use H&N crow magnums anyways, and they expand to .25 cal on impact, they mushroom really well. Usually no overpenetration and maximum energy transfer. :cool:
     

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