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Airgun Guild Forum Announcements / Re: All you lurkers
« on: Today at 04:54:04 PM »
There you go. That wasn't so bad now, was it?  8)

Rodents: all I'm seeing these days is an occasional mouse. No rats. Squirrels have even slowed down pigging out on peanut butter.

Leishy: Interesting looking airgun. But I keep telling myself I don't need another airgun. (right. keep on dreaming.)

Torrey Pines: I think I want night vision, but it's supposed to be illegal in California, or so several folks have told me. At the same time I can't see dropping $600+ on a scope I'd use for rats and mice only.  Still... it would be fun. Till then I'll just keep using my cheap LED's on a feed station, and watch the security cameras, and use my ding donger for letting me know when the rodents are back.  Spring will be here before we know it!

Not a lot to contribute. My various airguns are all working well, each tuned nicely for its job. Haven't had any time lately to get out to HFT meets, nor any sort of shooting, and my rodent situation seems to be under control as I've seen zero grey squirrels and zero rats since October. When I do take the odd shot just to make sure things still work... they still work. Boring, not really worth sharing. No need for another build, as again, everything works.

I'd like a Leshiy, but being in Canada that seems unlikely to happen.

Whenever Torrey Pines brings outntheir newest product - a compact thermal scope with a 1" tube and optical zoom - I'll be grabbing not be of those and will undoubtedly post some stuff about how well it works, but they say "early 2018" which probably means early 2019 or later... Their T12N which I have now is nice as a thermal spotter, but pathetic as a targeting device, just not at all good for that. The specs for the scope should be more than adequate once they get it built.

Airgun Guild Forum Announcements / All you lurkers
« on: Today at 04:33:38 PM »
Hello there all you lurkers. Cat got your tongue?

Come on in, join up, and contribute to the discussion. 

Benefits: you meet a lot of nice folks with a shared interest. You also meet a lot of good folks who really know their way around everything airgun related. Ask your questions! Share your expertise! And coming soon, as a member you'll be able to get some pretty sweet deals on things like a custom Marauder, hand tuned by Travis Whitney. That's some pretty hifalutin stuff.

So, in short, join up, come on in, and sit a spell. Take your shoes off!

Airgun Classifieds / Re: Foster - Probe Adapter
« on: December 08, 2017, 03:31:17 PM »
The Super Sonic was awesome.  When burned around active fish the strikes were arm wrenching.  No I don't make a mold for it.  I may at some time make a mold similar to it.  I think it would take a lot of experimentation to get that fish maddening buzz just right.

Some folks would tell me that a Rattletrap was a good substitute. I don't think so. Those little Sonics were so awesome on an ultralight outfit with 4lb test.

Back a few years ago I contacted Heddon, and asked about them re-introducing both flavors of Sonics, and the guy said, nope, the molds are worn out, and new molds would cost too much. That's a crying shame.  Seems like every time I went into a tackle store I'd leave with a half dozen new Sonics. Now I can buy them on eBay at $10 a pop or WAY More...

Airgun Classifieds / Re: Foster - Probe Adapter
« on: December 07, 2017, 12:11:06 PM »
I badgered Heddon Fishing Lures for years trying to get them to start producing the Heddon Sonic and Super Sonics again. It was my go to lure in Florida for Blue Gills, Speckled Perch, and Large Mouth Bass for Fresh Water, and I used to catch a good amount Salt Water Trout with them too. You make a mold for those?

This was the first foster probe adapter I made for my old Cricket.  Its made of 416 Stainless.  Its not perfect.  Its a hair too long.  That means if you push it in firmly all the way the o-ring is to close to the other side and it will not fill.  Just stop a little short of all the way and it fills fine.  I used as it is for months until I misplaced it.  Then I made another one that I passed along with the gun when I sold it.  The other day I found this one on my design desk. 

I don't know if the Cricket probe is the same as any other probe or not.  Sorry.  The Cricket is the only gun I have owned that didn't have the Foster style quick connect. 

Make an offer if you think you can use it. There is a guy selling adapters on Ebay made out of brass if you prefer.  Your offer must be more than shipping in a priority mail envelope.  I am not going to pay you to take it.  LOL. 

If you ask me to pack it some other way in some other packaging your offer is automatically rejected.  I have priority mail envelopes handy in the shop and its easy to ship that way for me. 

First image is of the probe.  The other image is just for fun.  You do not get a crankbait mold with the probe.  LOL.

Welcome to the Airgun Guild Forum - New Members / Re: Hi From 24hrairgunner
« on: December 06, 2017, 08:49:41 PM »
Welcome aboard!

Airgun Hunting / Mieces to pieces.
« on: December 01, 2017, 10:19:17 PM »
Have seen one rat in the past two weeks and that was on the surveillance camera video. But I do see mice. This one is at ground level 25yards away. When that .25 JSB hits a mouse, it is lights out.

I have to say this Marauder is accurate. I hit what I point at. It sips air and is pretty quiet even without LDC. Thank you for the tune Travis!

Airgun Hunting / Rat and Mouse Hunting Feed Stations FAQ
« on: November 26, 2017, 11:50:27 AM »
I've been killing off Rats and Mice at a pretty good clip all summer long. Thought I'd share a few things I've learned.

Goals: Eliminate as many  Rats and Mice on my property that I can.

Location: San Francisco Bay Area. We are close to grasslands, and get more than our share of mice, and rats. Our weather is moderate all year round. It never gets really cold, though it does get hot in the summer. This summer was sweltering at times. Lowest temperatures will be in low 30's but it seldom stays cold for long.

Bait: Rodents love Peanut Butter. It is a perfect bait for these varmints whether you use it at a feed station or for a trap. Sun Flower seeds work also, but they attract too many birds during the day. I have taken the lid or bottom of pellet tins, and screwed them on the shelf, and filled with peanut butter. But that uses too much, and the rats tend to run in, get peanut butter on their noses and dart out. Hard to shoot. But if you smear a thin layer of peanut butter on a rough textured fence board, they tend to stick around and use their teeth to scrape the peanut butter out of the grooves and rough areas.

Feed Station: I have built a bunch of feed stations, and some work better than others.  They are all wood, and made from scraps I have laying around. Old fence boards are my favorite, as they look and smell pretty natural to the critters I think.  The simplest feed station is just a shelf I screw to a tree at about 4-6' off the ground.  Other more complex designs include a substantial rubber mulch filled box made from 2x4's that weighs almost 75lbs. Other designs use a simple wooden box filled with clay like duct seal.

Feed Station Location: My best results have been from the simple shelf screwed to a cotton wood tree about 5' off the ground. I am currently experimenting with feed stations directly on the ground, and they work fine for mice.  All stations border with good cover for the rodents. The trees have foliage right up to the station, and the ground stations are close to a lot of English Ivy. I think the rodents do better with plenty of cover.

Lighting: All of my feed stations now have battery powered LED lights I purchased from Amazon. They use rechargeable AAA batteries that I work hard. This has been an well worth investment, both for the lights, the batteries and chargers.  I drill holes through the backs of the lights and hang them above each feed station from 12-18" above the peanut butter location. These LED lights are remote controlled, though the range is only a few feet.  I also have a plugin LED flood light that lights a large area, and helps me detect other varmints such as raccoons, possums, and skunks.

Varmints: I have had fits with skunks and possums eating up my peanut butter, and chasing away the rats. When the possum is around the rats vanish. I don't want to shoot either the skunks or possums since I think they are beneficial. Both tend to carry away the dead rats and mice, and for that I am grateful. But I've had to experiment with a variety of techniques to keep the critters at bay.

Skunks: Skunks don't climb very well, and if you raise your stations off the ground, the peanut butter generally gets a pass. I have strewn around blackberry branches, and installed bristly wire fencing around my stations, and this also helps.

Possums: Have a young possum grow up before my eyes over the summer, and it has been a total pain in the neck. I've wrapped blackberry branches around the feed stations and the trees the stations are screwed to. Have installed galvanized fencing with individual wires cut and bent so as to cause pain. Have made the feed station shelf so it is spring hinged so as to not supply sure footing for the possum. Added carpet nail strips all over the place. All of these help but do not completely hinder the possum. I may just have to give in, and find a recipe for possum. Sigh.

Distance: I have stations at 25 and 35 yards away, up on the slope of my backyard. It's pretty steep, and I think adds to the difficulty in shooting. If they were on flat ground it would be and easier situation.

Shooting Setup: I shoot from the corner of my house, and am mostly hidden. A camera tripod is setup with a rice filled bag to help with support. I shoot standing up. Early on I sat on a saw horse, and shot from the tripod, but I kicked the sawhorse by accident too many times, so I scrapped it.

Rifles: I started out using my .25 Sumatra Carbine, and at one point used a QB78 in .22. Now I am using a tuned by Travis Whitney .25 Gen 1 Marauder.

Scopes: Started with a Leapers 3x12 scope. Switched to a SWFA 10x, but am now using a 4 x 16 BSA. (more details to come).

Rattus Rattus: is the black rat, also know as the ship rat, roof rat, house rat is an introduced species to California. It prefers living in buildings, the ground, trees etc. It is an omnivore.  It is a carrier of several pathogens including the Bubonic Plague via the rat flea. You do not want these varmints in your living space. I am convinced I need to remain vigilant and kill them as often as I can.
First Installment - more to come, pictures and other findings.

General Airgun Forum Discussion / Happy Thanksgiving!
« on: November 23, 2017, 06:31:13 AM »
Happy Thanksgiving to all!


Airgun Hunting / Re: We WON!
« on: November 16, 2017, 09:44:26 PM »
Now that’s good news!

Come on California!

Welcome aboard!

All AirGuns are fun!

Congrats Scott!

Airgun Optics and Accessories / Re: Having scope issues due to inexperience
« on: November 06, 2017, 09:14:53 PM »
I hate openers. Launch ramps are insane, then there are those folks in tiny boats in rough seas, and dipsticks who use Clorox bottles for floats and floating line on their pots set in the channel. Ugh

How did you do on opening? We skipped opening this year as last year we almost took out a kayaker leaving out of Bodega Harbor and my buddy didn't want to have to go through that again. Shook him up pretty good.  USCG should have been patrolling the channel AFAIC.
We're going out starting this coming Sunday. Off time we'll try for some Cabezon or lings then pull traps, rebait and come back the next day, then repeat almost daily for a few weeks providing the ocean and wind cooperates. Missed the salmon run as his boat was in Puget Sound at the time.

Ask Bob / Re: A Decade Passes
« on: November 03, 2017, 04:10:48 PM »
10 years ago today I made my first post on the Canadian Airgun Forum.... When I got back into airguns I had no idea how all-consuming the Hobby would be.... or what I would be doing a decade later.... It has been a pleasure to be a part of all the Forums and I hope to continue contributing, and learning, here for a long time to come....


Thanks for all the sharing you do. You've made the airgun world a better place.

Airgun Hunting / Hello Micey My Old Friend
« on: November 03, 2017, 07:26:05 AM »
Hello Micey My Old Friend

Rats come out when I’m sleeping or trying to sleep, but the mieces and mices come out early evening and right at day break.

This morning I look at Arlo and see one of my old friends munching on the Rodent Elixer, peanut butter. I grab the Travis tuned Marauder and head out the back door trying to be quiet as... well...  a mouse.  8)

I set the Mrod on the tripod and damn, I can barely make out the feed station, much less a mouse. But I calm down and concentrate and I can just make out the mouse outline. I squeeze the trigger and yup the JSB pellet makes more sound impacting the mouse and back drop than the sound at the rifle. Sweet!

35 yards, top of the hill. .25 Super tuned Mrod, with a BSA scope I’m not sure I like.

Youtube is stripping out frames. Bah. Here's the original video after Arlo compressed the heck out of it. And a few images.

Airgun Hunting / Re: Pigeon question
« on: October 30, 2017, 05:00:10 AM »
Could be that pigeon has been stealing peanut butter from my rat feeding stations. I know the possum, squirrels, rats and mice are all getting fat as hell.

Thank goodness for Costco  peanut butter. Even if I don’t shoot em they’ll all die from their pudginess.

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