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General Airgun Forum Discussion / Re: The goofiest thing you’ve done...
« Last post by Steelhead on May 23, 2018, 06:50:09 AM »
At about 10 years old I had my trusty Daisy 1994 and 600 acres of dairy farm to create mayhem. I was fascinated by the little discs of glass that would sometimes be made when striking bottles, windows, etc. with a bb gun. My stepfather had a 55 Chevy parked in a field (which I assumed was trash)  I put the barrel of the gun up to the rear window (all glass is of course intact on this car) and tried to knock out one of those neat little discs. Of course that didn't happen; the whole window spider webbed and fell into the back seat.

I hosed down the staging corral at the milk barn for 25 straight days before school.
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General Airgun Forum Discussion / Re: The goofiest thing you’ve done...
« Last post by Gerard on May 22, 2018, 10:27:20 PM »
No thanks, I can visualize it well enough. Ouch!

Let's see, confessions...

- When I was 7 and the very proud owner of a lever action, 300 shot BB gun (the fat barrel shroud was a reservoir for BBs around the soda straw barrel - a baby rattle of a rifle every time I'd load a shot), I had a bully of an older 'friend' who was always finding ways to get me into trouble. One sunny afternoon a female cousin the same age as me wandered up to where we were standing around, me with my Daisy. 'Friend' convinced me to shoot my cousin in the butt. I took some convincing. Argued for a couple of minutes. Really didn't want to get in trouble. But I was a softie and ended up doing it, and got in a LOT of trouble. She had a little blood blister on her backside.

- A few years later I'd graduated to a break-barrel Czechoslovakian .22", which was somewhat accurate. At age 10 I was trying to become something of a hunter with the thing, practised a lot of standing shots. One chilly winter day I was in the yard, trying out different holds with my left hand, and noticed that the further out I held the rifle, the steadier my sight picture became. So I just kept going... and eventually fired a shot just as the web of my finger and thumb slipped up part way in front of the muzzle. Heck of a blood blister for me, but luckily that rifle wasn't all that powerful, so didn't quite break the skin. Told my mother it was a ricochet off the steel pipe on at the end of the clothesline. Don't think she bought it.

- When I was 14 I'd become quite a good shot, had upgraded to a more powerful Diana in .177", and could pretty well hit whatever I meant to hit. Was hanging around with my younger brother, both of us looking for things to shoot at, when a little yellow finch landed atop our tall pine tree about 25' away and 25' up. Singing its heart out, stupid teenaged me only saw a target. So I turned to my brother and said 'Hey, watch this!' and turned back towards the bird, rifle hanging by my side. I swung it up and shot from the hip, grabbing the thing with my left an instant before pulling the trigger. That little bird dropped lazily down through the pine needles and sang no more. Not a goofy thing really. More an awful thing. And I was deeply ashamed, and I called a friend who I knew wanted that rifle badly and offered it to him for $13. He came over right away and I didn't shoot any sort of gun outside an amusement park arcade for about 35 years. Back into it for some years now and greatly enjoy shooting, but I'm careful about it in my middle age. Wouldn't want to hit anything I'd regret.
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Airgun Ammo / Re: .458 Choices
« Last post by steveoh on May 22, 2018, 09:02:44 PM »
Thanks Bob, this is awesome.

I have had this poweritus thing where I want big numbers for FPE. Now I see the errors of my way.

What I really want is accuracy at distance. I will not be happy until I’m whacking a 3” round target at a 100yards at will. 200 yards would be mighty awesome also. But getting two, three or more goods shots is a desire also.

I think my particular DAQ .458 maybe wants a long pointy bullet, or a long flat point bullet would make it happy also. The short fat squatty ones are not making it happy. Well at least with me behind the trigger.

I got an extra spring for the .58 DAQ. With the intention of having a spare so I could mess with one as you are suggesting.

Anyway, good stuff!

I had a DAQ .308 Exile, and it was WAYYYYYYYYYY oversprung.... Stock it got 3 shots of 836, 786, 742 on 1200 psi of air with 120 gr..... I compressed the hammer spring fully to "set" it, which shortened the LOA from 5.44" to 4.50" and reduced the cocking force from 28 lbs. to 20 lbs.... After ONLY than change I could get 5 shots of 833, 832, 824, 811, 792 on 1000 psi of air.... Both were with 3000 psi fills.... Note that my 5th shot was faster than the 2nd shot stock.... Efficiency went from 0.38 FPE/CI to 0.88.... It looks like your .458 suffers from the same problem.... Try setting the spring a bit at a time, check your shots, and if necessary keep going until it is completely compressed (coil bound).... Record the LOA each time in case you go too far, you can always stretch it out again.... If after setting the spring completely you still have a descending shot string, then shorten it a coil at a time....

I have never used my Hayabusa other than just in my shop during initial testing.... It has a 500 cc 250 bar bottle feeding a 140 cc plenum, so the total volume available is 640 cc (39 CI).... When tuned for a 7 shot string from 3620 psi I get 901-939-904 with a 216 gr. bullet, for an average of 408 FPE at 0.96 FPE/CI, ending at 2510 psi.... For 5 shots, same bullet, I can average 437 FPE (954 fps), for 0.86 FPE/CI, ending at 2680 psi.... With a 336 gr. bullet I can get 7 shots averaging 800 fps (477 FPE).... All strings with 4% ES.... It peaks at 551 FPE with the 336 gr., with a declining shot string....

Bob
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General Airgun Forum Discussion / The goofiest thing you’ve done...
« Last post by steveoh on May 22, 2018, 08:53:13 PM »
Name the goofiest thing you’ve ever done with an airgun that made you slap your own head, avoid mentioning it for all the embarrassment it would cause you, or make you laugh at your own silliness.

Time to confess.

When I was a kid I came close to closing my Diana break barrel on the web of my hand many times, until I finally actually did it. And yep it hurt like hell, and yep I hollered, and yep 50 years later I still have the scar. Wanna see?
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Dana's Webb / Re: Airgun Varmint Hunt
« Last post by steveoh on May 22, 2018, 08:39:57 PM »
Ohhhh this is the good stuff. And what Hajimoto said!
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Airgun Ammo / Re: .458 Choices
« Last post by rsterne on May 22, 2018, 07:06:39 PM »
I had a DAQ .308 Exile, and it was WAYYYYYYYYYY oversprung.... Stock it got 3 shots of 836, 786, 742 on 1200 psi of air with 120 gr..... I compressed the hammer spring fully to "set" it, which shortened the LOA from 5.44" to 4.50" and reduced the cocking force from 28 lbs. to 20 lbs.... After ONLY than change I could get 5 shots of 833, 832, 824, 811, 792 on 1000 psi of air.... Both were with 3000 psi fills.... Note that my 5th shot was faster than the 2nd shot stock.... Efficiency went from 0.38 FPE/CI to 0.88.... It looks like your .458 suffers from the same problem.... Try setting the spring a bit at a time, check your shots, and if necessary keep going until it is completely compressed (coil bound).... Record the LOA each time in case you go too far, you can always stretch it out again.... If after setting the spring completely you still have a descending shot string, then shorten it a coil at a time....

I have never used my Hayabusa other than just in my shop during initial testing.... It has a 500 cc 250 bar bottle feeding a 140 cc plenum, so the total volume available is 640 cc (39 CI).... When tuned for a 7 shot string from 3620 psi I get 901-939-904 with a 216 gr. bullet, for an average of 408 FPE at 0.96 FPE/CI, ending at 2510 psi.... For 5 shots, same bullet, I can average 437 FPE (954 fps), for 0.86 FPE/CI, ending at 2680 psi.... With a 336 gr. bullet I can get 7 shots averaging 800 fps (477 FPE).... All strings with 4% ES.... It peaks at 551 FPE with the 336 gr., with a declining shot string....

Bob
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General Airgun Forum Discussion / Re: A great shot witnessed
« Last post by Steelhead on May 22, 2018, 04:13:24 PM »
In response to Alan's inquiry about the familiarity with the shooting area; yes, I do hunt that ranch. However, the area we chose to shoot was selected due to being able to have 200+ yards of range that was a) being safe with a good backstop, and b) not much elevation so that we could walk to the targets without having to use an oxygen tank. Those variables can be hard to come by on a hilly piece of property.

I had trouble finding the bull's eye right out of the gate because the conditions were slightly more random than I'm used to at home. We were talking about that when we were setting up; that things are much easier in the controlled conditions of a familiar range. I did have a range finder for setting up the distances, but that's all. As far as exactly where we hunt, no it's not right there where we were shooting. Whitetail hunters might get away with parking it in one spot (tree stand, elevated blind, etc.) but that really doesn't cut it 99% of the time blacktail hunting. You have to move a lot, glass, spot-and-stalk, or do organized drives with a numerous hunters to make them move out of the canyons and thick brush.

If you look closely at that steel target hanging on the fence post, you'll see a bunch of shots through the wood just below it. That's because I was using the 200 holdover that I use at home and that target was 221 yards on the r.f.  As soon as I quit being bullheaded and made the adjustment I started center punching it. So to Alan's point, a 200 yard shot at the range is a chip shot until you throw in the factors and variables of being in the field.

 
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Dana's Webb / Re: Airgun Varmint Hunt
« Last post by Hajimoto on May 22, 2018, 03:16:50 PM »
Awesome video and equally good shootification!
That last hit...... DAAAAAAYUUUM!
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Airgun Ammo / Re: .458 Choices
« Last post by steveoh on May 22, 2018, 12:00:45 PM »
I only have a couple of choices in .457 cal.... The Lee 457-340-F and 452-228-1R (which casts at 0.456" but only 216 gr.).... plus a .457" Lee roundball.... My Hayabusa can hit 550 FPE with the 336 gr. (860 fps) maxed out.... or I can tune it for 5 shots at 950 with the 216 gr. (450 FPE)....

Bob

Bob, what kind of distances do you shoot with your Hayabusa?

What is your air consumption per shot?

My .458 DAQ is sucking down somewhere between 800-900 psi per shot. I get two shots. Wondering if this is typical air consumption, and if I can't get this thing to be a little more efficient, while still shooting reasonably at 100yards. So far my best bullet is around 230 grains in terms of accuracy. It's a short fat flat point bullet that I'm casting from a Noe Mold I mention earlier.

230 grain @3200 psi is traveling at 921 fps for an FPE of 433.31.

Erik Henderson was shooting this gun at 3600psi, and that makes me nervous. I did make one shot at 3600psi and it made 957fps for an FPE of 468.14. I'm way more comfortable shooting at 3200 psi, as okayed by Dennis to keep the gun from dumping all the air on the second shot.

Anyway, I appreciate your feedback.
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Dana's Webb / Re: Airgun Varmint Hunt
« Last post by Alan on May 22, 2018, 11:37:10 AM »
Great video Dana. We don't have ground squirrels in my area of New Mexico. The nearest area is about 3 hours away. But... I do have pigeons and collared doves! Still, you're luckier than I.
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