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Air gun people,
I am looking for a suggestion or two. I have owned a FW45 and a few others in the past. Now I am looking for a good quality air gun for backyard practice and possibly some local vermin-roof rats and such. Not looking for CO2 or pre charged (at least I do not think so. And I shoot lefty.
Any suggestions will be appreciated.
Thanks
Steve
 

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Wish I knew something about air rifles. I'm lefthanded, too. Am thinking that because there is no ejected case, the stocks will be very much like those on hunting rifles that have no cheekpiece. Is there any concern that offers individual parts, such that a man could assemble his own rifle from parts chosen from a multiplicity of sources? I think such a thing would be awesome. A man could assemble an air rifle to his exact desires just as we who burn nitrocellulose pick and choose the parts for our custom rifles.
 
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I have an Umarex Octane and love it. I pop a lot of rabbits, birds and ground squirrels with it. It's a break barrel and very accurate with the right pellets. It comes with an ok scope.
 
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Thanks for the hint on the Octane. Seems an older gun, some searches show it out of stock.
I was impressed at the speed, 1450.
For those that want to know
Approved species for airgun hunting in Arizona *

  • Badger .22 caliber and larger and PCP
  • Bighorn Sheep .35 caliber or larger and PCP
  • Bison .40 caliber and larger, PCP only capable of generating 500 foot pounds of energy at muzzle.
  • Black Bear .35 caliber or larger and PCP
  • Blue Grouse
  • Bobcat .22 caliber and larger and PCP
  • Cottontail Rabbit
  • Coues Deer .35 caliber or larger and PCP
  • Coyote .22 caliber and larger and PCP
  • Elk .40 caliber and larger, PCP only capable of generating 500 foot pounds of energy at muzzle.
  • Fox .22 caliber and larger and PCP
  • Furbearers .22 caliber and larger and PCP
  • Javelina .35 caliber or larger and PCP
  • Mountain Lion .35 caliber or larger and PCP
  • Mule Deer .35 caliber or larger and PCP
  • Pheasant
  • Predators .22 caliber and larger and PCP
  • Pronghorn Antelope
  • Quail
  • Raccoon .22 caliber and larger and PCP
  • Reptiles
  • Ringtailed Cat .22 caliber and larger and PCP
  • Skunk .22 caliber and larger and PCP
  • Squirrel
  • Tree Squirrel
  • Turkey Arrow shooting airguns, PCP only. Arrows or air bolts with broadheads only.
  • Weasel .22 caliber and larger and PCP
  • Whitetail Deer .35 caliber or larger and PCP

PCP === Pre charged pneumatic
 

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I wouldn't go after a Mountain Lion or a Black Bear with an airgun. What if you needed a second shot in about the time it would take to bring another metallic cartridge into battery? Maybe that's the challenge of airgun hunting...
 
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Thanks for the hint on the Octane. Seems an older gun, some searches show it out of stock.
I was impressed at the speed, 1450.
For those that want to know
Approved species for airgun hunting in Arizona *

  • Badger .22 caliber and larger and PCP
  • Bighorn Sheep .35 caliber or larger and PCP
  • Bison .40 caliber and larger, PCP only capable of generating 500 foot pounds of energy at muzzle.
  • Black Bear .35 caliber or larger and PCP
  • Blue Grouse
  • Bobcat .22 caliber and larger and PCP
  • Cottontail Rabbit
  • Coues Deer .35 caliber or larger and PCP
  • Coyote .22 caliber and larger and PCP
  • Elk .40 caliber and larger, PCP only capable of generating 500 foot pounds of energy at muzzle.
  • Fox .22 caliber and larger and PCP
  • Furbearers .22 caliber and larger and PCP
  • Javelina .35 caliber or larger and PCP
  • Mountain Lion .35 caliber or larger and PCP
  • Mule Deer .35 caliber or larger and PCP
  • Pheasant
  • Predators .22 caliber and larger and PCP
  • Pronghorn Antelope
  • Quail
  • Raccoon .22 caliber and larger and PCP
  • Reptiles
  • Ringtailed Cat .22 caliber and larger and PCP
  • Skunk .22 caliber and larger and PCP
  • Squirrel
  • Tree Squirrel
  • Turkey Arrow shooting airguns, PCP only. Arrows or air bolts with broadheads only.
  • Weasel .22 caliber and larger and PCP
  • Whitetail Deer .35 caliber or larger and PCP

PCP === Pre charged pneumatic
I've had my Octane for several years now. I'm sure it's either been upgraded and called something else or it's out of production.
 
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I wouldn't go after a Mountain Lion or a Black Bear with an airgun. What if you needed a second shot in about the time it would take to bring another metallic cartridge into battery? Maybe that's the challenge of airgun hunting...
I believe you will notice, Large animal hunting requires a, "PCP" Rifle. Most of these are magazine fed and operate as a bolt action, allowing follow up shots. Personally I would use my .458S

For, "Tree Rats" and small varmints, I use a .22 GAMO Swarm, Magazine fed break barrel. It's accurate and hard hitting.
 
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