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Wicked Air Rifles (WAR) / Re: Cobra Reg video
« on: October 12, 2017, 08:20:47 PM »
I concur, turn it s-l-o-w.

BULLFROGS BACKWOODS / Re: .30 Flex Video Review
« on: September 20, 2017, 08:28:03 PM »
Here is my 3 part review of the .30 WAR Flex (mostly 1st Gen).

BULLFROGS BACKWOODS / .30 Flex Video Review
« on: September 16, 2017, 04:39:09 PM »
I got a video review coming for the .30 Flex. I've owned the gun for over a year now, so I know its ins and outs. I'll get the video edited and posted ASAP. Until then, here's what the gun regularly does at 100 yards:

BULLFROGS BACKWOODS / Bullfrog's Paradise!
« on: September 16, 2017, 04:35:27 PM »
It took the better part of the summer, but Mrs. Bullfrog and I got settled into our new farm. Here's some videos from the homestead:

General Airgun Forum Discussion / Re: Why Airguns?
« on: August 30, 2017, 07:50:12 PM »
I wrote an article about what airguns mean to me up in my subgate (yes, I know its time for more videos!)

When I got into PCPs, they were and are about quiet hunting and I felt like they gave me an advantage against animals and (to some degree) other hunters. Florida used to have a loophole in its night hunting regulations that allowed all non-game animals to be hunted at night with any weapon of one's chosing so long as one did not use a light. Enter my first .25 Marauder and a digital night scope. I intended that rig to be used for quiet control of hogs, coons, and coyotes on my deer hunting properties. I then got hooked. To this day I've killed few hogs with an airgun and no coyotes (still kill a lot of coyotes with powderburners because that's usually what's in my hand when I see one), but I've had a heck of a time blasting pest coons with my Mrod and now my Flex. To the point I've come to love ambushing coons more than any other kind of hunting I do. If only Florida allowed deer and turkey hunting with an airgun, an airgun would be all I'd use outside of archery season.

So at some point I've come to enjoy airguns as a more satisfying way to hunt, not just a more efficient way.

I'm not that into plinking. Its fun, and I like to set up in my yard (now that I have a lot of space to safely shoot on). But its always more about getting out there and popping off some prey with it. More recently I have come to enjoy 100 yard shooting with both my .25 Mrod and .30 Flex.

I did find a lot of fulfillment in modifying my Mrod for high power. I learned a lot about how airguns work and the principles of tuning. But at the end of the day, when I rebuilt Uglrod this year, I ended up setting my Mrod back up at a regulated 40fpe for several clips on a stock tank and regulating my Flex down to 74fpe for near 60 shots on a 3600psi fill. I've learned that efficiency and quietness please me more than uber power on most of my setups, and that the uber power doesn't kill any better on many animals than 75% or so of that power. So I'm not into modding anymore as a hobby to itself. I do have the confidence that if one of my guns breaks down, I can do what I need to fix it given the right parts. But otherwise I'm content to set my guns up and then leave them be once I come to a power, efficiency, and quietness level I'm content with.

I'm several years into the hobby, and so far its not getting old with me. In fact I'm finding that my friends and family are getting the airgun bug after they play with mine and there's a joy in spreading my addiction to others. My brother and I recently spent a great Saturday plinking with his Texan and my Flex and Mrod. We had matching Benjamin pumpers as kids, and I think those childhood memories of those very fun times with our pumpers tie into the joy we get with airgunning now.

I also recommend the R&L. Makes the gun super quiet, and the way its built it seems like it adds stability to the barrel, or at least adds some tension.

Do check the barrel set screws. There should be 8 on the gun. On my brother's .45 Texan they come loose every so often.

OFF TOPIC / Re: Aside from airguns, what are your other hobbies?
« on: August 20, 2017, 11:29:52 AM »
I used to be pretty hard core into aquariums, both fresh and salt water. I broke my tanks down about 10 years ago after a move and gave away my livestock and never got back into it. I still have my two largest tanks. I've been thinking about setting them up in my workshop 

Airgunning for me has always been a means to the end of quiet hunting. Although hunting for me is more of a lifestyle than a hobby.

Airgun Ammo / Re: 300 cal 68 gr. BBT Group Buy bullet performance
« on: August 14, 2017, 07:14:22 AM »
I do have good success with them in my .30 Flex. I size them to .300. I've also found that getting the hardness right is also important. Most of my groups give me pellet-like accuracy, with a flier about every 5 shots or so, which I chalk to errors in my casting techique. Which reminds me, I know someone who wants to test some I got to get a batch shipped to...

I'm actually going to build a .30 with a TJ's barrel just for the slugs. I'm tired of constantly resetting my Flex. I have my Flex regged now and I prefer it as a pellet shooter around 74fpe for a good balance between power, shot count, and quietness. I get best results with the bullets shooting them at 110fpe and filling the gun to 3600psi. I've got a Conthran power valve but never could get a TP to work for it and never could get one from Don. I'm going to try to build this new .30 around it.

Hey Bullfrog, Welcome back! We are all eagerly awaiting a new Florida hunting adventure. When can we get a new video? ;D

Don't know. I went hog hunting for the first time in 8 or 9 months last Saturday but didn't see anything. I've been that busy with the move. I've got feeders going on my farm now. We'll see what starts coming in.

I cast them myself from the NOE Bob's Boattails mold. I size them to .300. Accuracy is pellet-like, with the occational flier. I blame my own casting flaws for the fliers.

Airgun Hunting / Re: Identify this Critter Please
« on: July 14, 2017, 04:50:39 PM »
That's good video. What trail cam?

OFF TOPIC / Re: Photobucket dogging us out.
« on: July 03, 2017, 06:20:48 AM »
I'm puzzled by these Photobucket reports, as images I've put on their servers for use on a couple of US-based forums are still working just fine. Videos aren't, however. I only have a few very small video files there, nothing over 5MB, but it seems they've discontinued allowing linking for those. I'll keep checking on the images, and if they stop working I'll simply delete my Photobucket account for the useless thing it is. Mostly I host my own images on a private domain for forum use in Canada, as it gives me more control of my property. Guess I can just switch to that for foreign forums as well...

I think Photobucket backed down a bit. For a few days last week, all pictures linked to forums from Photobucket libraries were cut off and Photobucket was demanding a $300 a year subscription to make the links work. Now the links seem to be working again.

Unfortunately most of the pictures that I've linked over the years are thru Photobucket. I'm going to stop using Photobucket, whether they stick with their new subscription policies or not. The site runs very slow as it is and is a headache to navigate.

IMO, we are in a period of evolution, not revolution, in PCPs.... There are many improvements that can be made, but the steps seem to be occurring gradually.... Here are some things where I believe improvements are on the way.... Most are already here, just not commonplace yet.... and almost no use by major manufacturers....

1. Lighter materials, such as Aluminum and Titanium, and more extensive use of Carbon Fibre, for bottles, and barrel sleeves and shrouds, even stocks....
2. More powerful regulated guns, which means higher setpoint pressures and larger plenums.... and externally adjustable regulators....
3. Balanced valves to enable more FPE without the large increase in cocking force that is required without them....
4. Bullets instead of pellets, to drastically improve downrange velocity and energy....
5. Greater standardization of calibers, regarding barrel dimensions and twist rates....

I may think of more later....


I'm new to having regulators on my guns. All my guns have one now, and I'm not going back. My two Huma regulators for my Mrods are internally adjusted, but as I've dedicated each Mrod to a set power level, that's no big deal.

I've also been testing one of Travis' Cobra regulators on my .30 Flex. I love how much quieter it makes the gun at a given power level and how easy it is to tune on a regulator. Each shot feels and sounds like its taking just a quick sip of air. I also like knowing I can shift between FPE levels by just a turn on the regulator's screw and some tightening or loosening of the hammer spring.

I would say externally adjustable regulators ought to be the next big thing.

General Airgun Forum Discussion / Re: Another Airgun!
« on: June 24, 2017, 02:52:46 PM »
Alan, did you ever own a Flex? If so, how do they compare?

Airgun Hunting / Re: Airgun hunting legality
« on: April 21, 2017, 09:21:49 PM »
Crosman also has a table of legal critters to hunt with AirGuns. I stole their PDF and converted to HTML. Posted it and attempted to update with help from folks on GTA. It however became very clear that it is a full time job maintaining such a list.

Here in California we have a variety of critters we can hunt with AirGuns, including quite a variety of introduced exotic deer and goats. But introduced wild pigs are considered Game and fall outside of the list of animals you can hunt with an AirGun. Funny, they are considered an invasive pest at the same time.

Also curious to me is why can you hunt some animals such as exotic invasive deer with AirGuns but not native deer?

I suspect it's all due to politics and perhaps due to other circumstances such as ranch owners who sell hunting packages for exotics and native species. Money talks eh?

In Florida it has a lot to do with exotics being treated as personal livestock instead of a public resource to be managed by the State. If you own a cow, and you want to put it down for slaughtering via airgun, who is the State to say you can't? The cow is your property. So then too is the axis deer you bought. Concerning feral exotics, the State just wants them gone thru whatever means. They don't care what happens to the animal so long as its removed from the ecosystem. That's how Florida has always reasoned it out anyhow.

Florida has recently changed the definition of game mammals to include "Deer, gray squirrel, bear, rabbits, and non-native species generally considered game such as elk, antelope and buffalo."

That new definition of game would possibly stop one from using airguns on exotic animals that would fall under that definition of "game." Airguns aren't legal for "game." If "game" now includes some non-native animals, those non-native animals would now off limits to airguns. I do notice that the non-native animals they give as examples are all native to north America and were once native to Florida. The regulation may be contemplating a distinction between those game animals that are simply "non-native" vs those that are "exotic" from other countries.

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