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Air rifle for practice

05 Jun 2020
@ 05:46 pm (GMT)

Scott Struif

In his LR hunting book, Nathan recommends an air rifle, .22, or even a .223, for practice. Offhand, sitting, kneeling, etc., require a great degree of confidence, born of practice, according to the book. Your skill level from these positions can only be ascertained/developed by starting out at 25 yards, and then stretching out to the distance where you can maintain a 6" group, per the book. My standards are much more stringent. I need to be able to shoot a .5" group at 10 yards . . . at night. Why? I live in a town with a population of 200,000. All the restaurants are closed due to Covid-19. I have 4 apple trees and 2 pear trees in my backyard. The restaurant dumpster rats have taken up residence in my fruit trees. I need an air rifle. Preferably one that has a low report. I want one I can use for practice after this is all over, too. Any suggestions? Thanks.


06 Jun 2020
@ 12:15 am (GMT)

Paul Leverman

Re: Air rifle for practice
Scott, this works well. Scroll down to the rat part.
06 Jun 2020
@ 05:07 am (GMT)

Scott Struif

Re: Air rifle for practice
Paul, Thanks. How ingenious! I will try it. The Gamo Whisper Fusion Elite .22 caliber is on sale from the mfr for $189. It's subsonic, 970 fps. My question is, Is it suitable for practice? According to Nathan, it's a matter of "timing" in the various shooting positions, other than prone with a rest. Seems like any gun capable of accuracy at 25 yards would be fine.


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