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General Airgun Forum Discussion / Duct Seal Pellet Trap Looking Sad
« on: July 04, 2016, 01:40:28 PM »
I think my duct seal pellet trap is maybe three years old now. It's got quite a bit of .177 and .22 pellets in it that have been driven deep by the later action of the .25 Sumatra pellets. Then the even later acquisition of the .45 Sam Yang 909s drove the whole mess way back to the point where the back 2x12 was penetrated and broken.  I put in a few .58 cal round balls and they did their share of damage.

So I decide to pick out some lead today, then leave it in the sun with the hope I could massage it all back together and fill in the big cavernous holes.

Here's what found:

Big Bore Airguns / 5 shots and can't cock D.A.Q.
« on: July 03, 2016, 05:37:00 PM »
Yep, grand total of 5 shots and can no longer cock my brand spanking new Quackenbush .58 Pistol.

From what I can tell, these things are super simple. Cocking handle screws into hammer. Hammer is in tube. Behind hammer is a spring that has an internal nylon guide. I see no broken parts though it's a mighty small hole I'm looking at. I'd think a broken spring or or internal nylon guide is about the only thing that would hang up.

Anyone ever had a DAQ apart?

Here's an image I found one a DAQ taken apart.

I'm scratching my head as usual. Hate to take it apart already, and I hate to have to send this back to Dennis. Took forever to get here in the first place.

Big Bore Airguns / Quackenbush .58 cal Pistol is here
« on: June 29, 2016, 08:35:58 PM »
Quackenbush .58 cal Pistol is here, and man is it YUGE! Purty too!

Don't have time to mess with it now, but will post a review as soon as I get some quality time. Already thinking of fabricating a stock for it and turn it into a carbine.

I'm excited!

Welcome aboard Extreme Big Bore Air Rifles!


Ask Bob / What if lead round ball ammo had dimples like a golf ball?
« on: June 21, 2016, 08:22:54 AM »
I was staring at that photo of round balls this morning and wondering, what if lead round ball ammo had dimples like a golf ball?

Would dimpling increase or decrease speed and distance?

How would dimples affect accuracy?


Airgun Ammo / .58 cal vs .45, .25, .22, .177
« on: June 20, 2016, 08:00:46 PM »
Yuge! I tells yas. Yuge!

OFF TOPIC / Happy Father's Day!
« on: June 19, 2016, 09:01:14 AM »
Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there!

General Airgun Forum Discussion / Getting Comfortable
« on: June 13, 2016, 07:09:22 AM »
I actually got to spend a couple hours fiddling and shooting my airguns yesterday.

The QB79 .177 got a barrel cleaning as it's been throwing pellets all over. That worked, now it's back ito it's old accurate self. This little air rifle is perhaps the easiest and most fun to shoot. Why? Lightness, number of shots before switching out the co2 tank, and Henry my 10 year old can muscle it around.

The RWS / Diana .22 350 Magnum Compact Pro got a cleaning and I shot it for a while till I tired of cocking that beast. This springer has a flinch factor none of the others have. It's heavy, long and kicks. It wears me out.

Only gun I didn't shoot was the Sumatra Carbine. I did give it a good barrel cleaning and predictably it was pretty filthy. I shoot this gun the most often. Wish they made it in .308 or .357.

The 909s got a few rounds put through it and it was all good.

But what is bothering me is I can't seem to get comfortable while shooting. Just don't have the right combination seating and shooting bench. Often I use an old saw horse and a boating chair, but I find myself struggling to find a happy non fatiguing setup.

What is your favorite and comfortable shooting bench setup?

Airgun Ammo / Getting Started on Casting
« on: June 08, 2016, 11:18:08 AM »
I'm beginning to think I need to join in on the fun of casting my own airgun ammo. Certainly ordering up that .575 Quackenbush has me noticing that the pickins are slim for .575 bullets and round balls.

So before I jump off that cliff of casting, any wise words or recommendations on molds, lead sources, lead furnaces etc? Ventilation? I'm a little nervous about melting lead and breathing fumes and contaminating any work spaces.  Me thinks working outside with a fan blowing fumes away from me might be sufficient.

So... I have use for molds of the following calibers:

.25 for my Sumatra
.457 for my 909s
.575 for the DAQ soon to land on my doorstep.

And I do a bit of offshore fishing, so some lead weight molds might be in store for me.

Accurate makes an interesting mold:

Lee makes round ball molds:


Big Bore Airguns / Quackenbush .575 Pistol - Oh what have I done?
« on: June 07, 2016, 12:02:56 PM »
I go by Mister Quackenbush's website daily to try and get on his list. Well, no rifle list but he did have these offered:

Sending a check in the morning...

Who has .575 round balls or other bullets? Oh, what have I done?


Here's what Mister Quackenbush says:

58 cal. (.575) pistol
This pre-charge pistol shoots a 283 gr. round ball.  Why .575?  Because that's the size of the ball as it comes out of the mold.  This pistol is a breech loader so the ball engages the rifling; no patch is used.

Over 170 foot pounds of energy.  Shoot the pistol 3 times, then top it off with air again.  When I tested this pistol on a 52 degree day, the first shot was approx. 530 fps;  the second was 490 fps;  and the third 440 fps.

It has a 14" barrel and Weaver scope bases for mounting a red dot sight.

I'm short of grip frames so the pistols available do not have the grip frame.  If you have a Crosman 2240, 1377, or the like, you can put your own grip frame on it.  The price is $525. plus shipping.

Quackenbush .575 PCP Pistol

Just picked up my AirHog tank from Vallejo Fire Extinguisher.  It's the big tank, and so far since October of last year has treated me right.  I'm much happier not pumping up my 909 and Sumatra, thank you very much.

The gauges on the 909, Sumatra and AirHog all seem to disagree. The owner of the Vallejo Fire Extinguisher told me this morning that the gauge on the AirHog is 200psi too low.  ???   This means I've been potentially overfilling my air guns. This does not at all make me happy.

Any thoughts about what is a reasonable amount of accuracy the AirHog gauge should be giving vs the accuracy of the gauges of the Sam Yang-a-do-dah-day airguns?

I'm willing to upgrade to better quality and accuracy gauges, especially in the AirHog. I'd thought that out of the three it would be the most accurate, but I now have doubts.


OFF TOPIC / Hot Peppers!
« on: April 17, 2016, 01:04:59 PM »
I have another interest and that is growing hot peppers, and making hot sauce, and smoking them to make ground up Magic Dust.

I have two grocery bags packed full in the freezer of mustard habanero, orange habanero, yellow and red scotch bonnet, jalapeño, Tabasco, chile de Arbol and even some ghost peppers.

The sauce I make is naturally fermented for a few months and has only hot peppers, salt and water for ingredients. It blows me away in the aroma and flavor departments. And yes it has quite a kick.

Airgun Hunting / Chickens Making a Fuss
« on: April 14, 2016, 10:18:30 AM »
Chickens have been making a fuss in the wee hours of the morning, and waking us up and making me cranky. They are giving their warning sounds as opposed to their "I just laid a big one" chatter.

I value my sleep, and didn't feel like setting up the ding dong, so I just set up two electronic rat traps. One was baited with peanut butter on a cracker, and the other with dry cat food. Cat Food worked, and they ignored the peanut butter.

One down, who knows how many to go.

Maybe this weekend I'll set up the ding donger and have my Sumatra ready to go with low power and lighter pellets, and green led flashlight.

R.I.P. CharlieDaTuna!

Sitting here drinking my morning cup of joe and contemplating life and airguns. Thought I'd like to see a directory of currently made in America airguns.

As usual a little help goes a long way. So I appreciate any help folks can spare.

Why a directory? Well, I like to share free information with the world, and the web is a perfect place to do this. It maybe can help folks sell their American Airguns and maybe help pass on the word. And with free information the Airgun Guild becomes more of a destination as it provides good will to the community.

What I envision is something like this:

Name of Company
Years in business
Description of company, products, key people and their roles, etc
An image or images of facilities, products etc.

Going forward I imagine we can build additional directories for tuners, accessories makers, machinists etc.

I'd rather not see marketing language such as, "best this, best that, number one". Rather just the facts...


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