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Advice New to shooting? Some frequently asked questions and their answers...

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Jackroadkill, Mar 30, 2013.

  1. Marky_P

    Marky_P Newbie

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    Ok thanks I'll give that a try :)

    I read that the .177s are better for target shooting, but if I ever decided to go hunting are there any advantages to a .22? The guy who sold me the gun swore on the "ghosts of a thousand dead rabbits" that the .177 is just as effective, but does the .22 have more stopping power?
     
  2. SteveO

    SteveO Top Poster

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    They both have the same power, the .177 travels faster to achieve the same power as the .22 and has a flatter trajectory so is easier to shoot and hit the mark at longer ranges with less hold over, the larger calibre releases its energy better causing more damage.

    A well placed shot in the kill zone from either calibre does the job nicely, both are capable of doing the job required. Horses for courses!
     
  3. GardenPlinker

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    I'm curious about the term "muzzle flip". Could someone explain this please as I don't understand the terminology.
     
  4. Jackroadkill

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    Muzzle flip is the lifting of the muzzle as the firing cycle taking place. Unlike in powder burning rifles, which are also subject to muzzle flip, in air rifles this affects accuracy because the pellet is still in the barrel when the flip takes place. Holds such as the artillery hold are intended to nullify the consequences of muzzle flip by ensuring that the movement caused by the piston's movements and impacts is consistent between shots, allowing predictability and accuracy of shot placement.
     
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    brilliant yet again, great for the newcomer
     
  6. robpowdrill

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    as a newbie i found this very informative. Good right up mate!!:up:
     
  7. Deadeye

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    Yep, great write up, just what I needed all in one post. Cheers mate
     
  8. endure

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    Thanks. Very useful and informative. Is there anywhere on the BB that explains the relationship between FPS, FTLBE and Joules please?
     
  9. stevemandm

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    calculator here mate http://www.pyramydair.com/article/What_is_Muzzle_Energy_August_2003/5
    enter your pellet weight in grains, enter your velocity in ft/sec (pellet speed) and click on energy. this will calculate power in ftlb and joules.
    there is a formulae for longhanded calculations, but this is easier
     
  10. robbo5412

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    one of the easiest tips I've read
     
  11. Dante

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    Really informative thanks really appreciate all the info from you guys.
     
  12. Katli1

    Katli1 Newbie

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    Thanks for the top FAQ, very helpful.
     
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    Thanks, copied and pasted to a file on p.c. for quick reference
     
  14. John Mackenzie

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    This info is excellent. Thanks. Not a newcomer to shooting, but it has been 20-30 yrs since the last efforts. Scottish Law is a bit different however. It is causing problems for eveyone. Resposible shooters are being penalised in a silly attempt to stop idiots doing harm.
     
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    I may or may not have missed the answer to my question on this or another thread however I recently bought a PCP air rifle after owning a spring rifle for about a year, what is the best way of keeping the PCP rifle clean in terms of the barrel? I have an oil to use on the trigger (not quite sure why but that's why I'm here) any help and advice is greatly appreciated
     
  16. Stevie Darling

    Stevie Darling Sexual tyrannosaurus

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    The action just needs a wipe down with an oily rag after every use, 3-1 will do.

    The barrel will only need cleaned if the rifle is new, or the grouping is starting to open up:)
     
  17. Parsec

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    Great advice. These stickies are saving me asking questions which have probably been asked time and time again.
     
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    thanks for this
     
  19. Chisel Chops

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    Great write up, cleared a few things up for me :up:
     
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    Thank you. Great advice I am sure will be useful to everyone.
     

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