Oooooooo?.. Some people get the Shiva?s when someone mentions that name?.
I would just like to express my opinion on the high power story. More towards Arnold as we spoke about this matter in a different thread.
When everyone starts this game, most of us want a high power if Im not mistaken, well I did anyway, especially since I hunted a lot?. Now I have had two high power rifles, and they were both shot on 12ft/lbs.
On high power, you use a lot of air, you can?t group nearly as well as on 12ft/lbs or so. Some might say the speed gives you a better trajectory, which is true, but how will that help you if you going to hit the bird through the arse?. I found that if I take my rifle and shoot it in a dead rest, it can group on high power, but if you out in the field, it doesn?t perform?. Shots fly off if you don?t follow through 100% (I think has to do with the recoil of the rifle on the higher power setting). Pellets get unstable at high speed too?.
On 12ft/lbs, you get a lot more shots, you can group very very well, at the same time you are shooting at field target standards, and this will help with your field target shooting, i.e. learning your trajectory and what your pellet does (for those of us doing FT). Now if you had two guns, one high power for hunting and a standard power for FT, you would have to learn two guns, and what each guns pellet trajectory does?..
Ok but here comes the comment from the high power people, ?But the pellet has a lot more stopping power at that speed?. But it?s not like that?. If your pellet goes through a dove, it can?t do any more damage by it travelling faster? If it goes through, the rest is just excess energy?. And at 12ft/lbs, it still goes through a dove at 50 meters. So a high power is not going to do anything more, once you have penetrated through something, the energy is sufficient?. Anything more is excessive?.
So you have two choices,
1: Have a high power, and limit your self?s to body shots. Lets think about a guinee fowl in this example. Which will probably still probably run away?.
2: Have a standard power, take head shots and knock prey down in their tracks? At the same time practicing for FT, learing the trajectory?.
On 12ft/lbs, you still have enough energy to penetrate a rabbit, dassie head?
The only time a high power would be neccesory, will be when hunting for something bigger, like a jackle?
And tell me, those of you that hunt, how many of you do this?
Maybe 2 or 3 percent of our hunting career will we do this?
So we have had a high power rifle for however long and only needed the true power of it 2/3 percent of our hunting?.. Think it?s a waste of air?. (Energy).
I think it?s a good sales gimmick?. ?HIGH POWER? wow?..
Basically at the end of the day, the accuracy is very important in my eyes?. You can be shooting at 1200 fps, but hitting the vitals is the next challenge?.
Anyway thats my opinion.... :boo: