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antscozz

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Newbie fron NY ... Question on quietest big bore?
« on: January 13, 2018, 09:20:48 AM »
Hello all ... thanks for the add!    I'm a prospective PCP owner.   Live in eastern NY on 20+ acres.   I deer hunt the property with bow, crossbow, shotgun and muzzleloader.   I need to reduce the coyote/fox population and would like to night hunt but don't want to freak out neighbors with gunshots at night.   Was hoping to find a suppressed .45 or .50 (want a large enough caliber to handle deer ... NY is currently looking at legalizing big bore).   Can anyone help with recommendations?  Price is a not an issue  ... looking for accuracy to at least 100 yards and quiet as possible  ... custom built is an option.   Thanks in advance, looking forward to some good advice!


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Re: Newbie fron NY ... Question on quietest big bore?
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2018, 09:51:25 AM »
Seems the AF Texan is the best bet:

https://www.airgundepot.com/airforce-texan-ss.html
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Re: Newbie fron NY ... Question on quietest big bore?
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2018, 11:10:31 AM »
The Texan isn't quiet. When shrouded it's a little better, but if that is a deal breaker stay away from it. I think asking for a powerful big bore and super quiet is like asking a funny car to go fast but be fuel efficient. Range is great however with 200 yards being no problem at all with practice and knowing how to use your scope. The Texan is a high maintenance gun, so be warned. It's prone to lead fouling, having a fickle personality with tuning, and is cumbersome. I use mine as a recreational bench shooter and for that it's fun. It should be noted that my coking lever has now broken twice on it as well (at roughly the same shot count...fatigue issue?)

Maybe a suppressed 30 cal. pellet shooter for coyotes at night, but that won't hold muster for deer. If you seek quiet for night and power for seer IMO you are looking at two different guns.

The one that comes to mind that might fill the need for both is the Benjamin Bulldog. It's suppressed so its pretty quiet for a .357, easy to shoot/carry, and has a lot of pic rail for night accessories.
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Re: Newbie fron NY ... Question on quietest big bore?
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2018, 11:17:31 AM »
Thanks, I have been searching the AF Texan SS but no too impressed.   I agree there is a conflict between power and quietness ... perhaps a custom shroud or LDC is a better alternative?
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Re: Newbie fron NY ... Question on quietest big bore?
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2018, 03:20:56 PM »
Here is a group that I just shot this afternoon. My phone was ringing and lost count (hence six shots), but this is pretty typical for me NOW. It took a lot of bullets, tears, frustration, etc. to even get the slightest bit of consistency. The wind came up just a bit today and I'm no expert marksman so I'll take this group. The first two were on the lower right of the bull and the next four all in a row. Maybe wind, slightly different hold, whatever.
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Re: Newbie fron NY ... Question on quietest big bore?
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2018, 06:16:37 PM »
Steelhead not sure how your grouping answers my question but .... thanks???
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Re: Newbie fron NY ... Question on quietest big bore?
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2018, 06:39:13 PM »
Sorry...I was a little out of it last night. Cold medicine and lack of sleep. I was only using the example of what the stock-internals Texan is capable of. That accuracy and energy at distance is hard to match with other airguns. Didn't mean to high jack your thread! ;)
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Re: Newbie fron NY ... Question on quietest big bore?
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2018, 04:41:23 AM »
Quietest? You don't want a  9mm Korean gun (Freedom 202) that's for sure! I can't complain as the gun was given to me repeat with scope, but it is louder than my .38 special. And, it has a decent suppressor (8 inches long with 7 baffles). I took the suppressor off once, just to see how much noise it made. That was a mistake as I didn't have my amplified muffs on!
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