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NZ Airgun Book / Re: 6th type of sight should be night vision.
« on: May 24, 2015, 11:20:48 PM »
Sorry, long time between drinks but when you say a laser pointer, do you mean an IR pointer?

I've only just noticed your question, sorry. I mean an IR laser sight. Needs to have a wavelength of no more than 850nm for use with a image intensifier goggle/monocular. I have used a similar set-up with a red laser sight mounted to my rimfire on rabbits. Some were spooked, and some sat and shot.

This set-up seemed a bit imprecise to me because I am used to using night scopes. However, we sold a Gen3+ goggle to a professional pest controller who had very good results against rabbits with a red laser sight whilst using his goggle. Probably the main difference between what he does and what I do, is he body shoots whilst I head shoot. He has since bought a thermal riflescope from us, which will undoubtedly increase his kill rate.
I'll be in touch soon regarding the demo Photon. Just deciding on which would be best for airgunning, 4.6x or 6.5x magnification. I've just fitted a 4.6x Photon to my Diana 31. Can,t wait to sight it in and go bunny worrying.

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If Im ever in a position to splash on NV gear, I will call to get your opinion on different products, already been selling the idea to the wahine.

I learnt a long time ago, its easier to ask for forgiveness than permission  ;D

It's a different experience! I really love been out in the dark, especially with our thermal imagers. I get to see so much from rats in trees to fallow fawns (not in trees though)  :)

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General Airgun Discussion / Re: Cool airgun T shirts
« on: March 29, 2015, 08:55:09 AM »
Just add "Airgunners have stiffer cocks than firearm owners"

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General Airgun Discussion / Re: BSA Mercury refurbish
« on: March 28, 2015, 08:26:34 PM »
Working on a Mercury is really easy. Unscrew the trigger block (anticlockwise), which releases mainspring tension. Remove spring guide, and half cock barrel to push piston back, then remove barrel. Remove piston, thoroughly clean chamber, lube with a little moly grease, clean piston and piston head before fitting new seal, moly greae on front and back of piston / cylinder surfaces, lube new washer, and carefully replace, making sure that the trigger block thread or the cocking slot doesn't damage new washer. Coat new mainspring with a mixture of moly grease and silicon grease (25% and 75%) liberally lube spring guide with same, and reassemble. I would check for sear wear on trigger at same time. This can be a problem with the Mercury if it's been used heaps. Clean and moly grease the trigger block before refitting. This takes a bit of pushing. Clean outside of transfer port. Clean and moly grease barrel and cylinder parts, and replace barrel making sure that the cocking lever goes back into it's slot. Check barrel pin for wear, lubricate with moly, and refit barrel. Change muzzle seal frequently for best results. Refit stock and shoot it lots and lots mmmmmmm.

That's from memory so I may have missed something.

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Email me ant@acad.co.nz or phone 03 9700 570. I use this gear myself  8)

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Pulsar Forward works well once set up. I used one on .308, .223, .22lr, and .17hmr. Useful being able to swap between rifles. A lower priced version based on the Yukon Photon CMOS sensor would be good.


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General Airgun Discussion / Re: Budget priced air rifle choice
« on: March 27, 2015, 10:45:25 PM »
I'm leaning towards the Cometa. I was going to get a .177, but I noticed you recommend the .22. There are a few for sale on TM.

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General Airgun Discussion / Re: Budget priced air rifle choice
« on: March 27, 2015, 12:44:47 PM »
Thanks for your replies, especially Vault's very comprehensive reply.

I need this air rifle for business purposes more than my own collection, and for that reason I would prefer to get a currently made model, one that is easily obtainable, and at a price that would suit lifestyle blockers, orchard owners etc, for pest control.

The Cometa Fenix or Fusion looks pretty nice, and the company has been around for a while. I also quite liked the look of the Benjamin Titan XS, it has a high comb, and a Weaver rail, which suits my needs to the Nth. Also, one of our dealers has one for $400, and we could do a contra, which is quite appealing.

I'll keep looking.

Ant

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NZ Airgun Book / Re: 6th type of sight should be night vision.
« on: March 27, 2015, 08:35:21 AM »
I have toyed with the idea of doing a diy NV. It would be used for pigeons and rabbits. Any advice on achievable results?

I'm sure I've seen cellphones attached to occular lenses and a powerful ir torch. Double up as a recorder.

A laser pointer and a budget nv monocular is another option, and one that I have used myself. More useful at closer distance or against larger animals though.

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General Airgun Discussion / Budget priced air rifle choice
« on: March 25, 2015, 01:18:53 AM »
What budget priced springers and gas ram systems are forum members using? Budget being less than $500 (upper budget), under $350 (medium budget), and under $200 (low budget). Rifle needs to generate 11 ft lbs min, (preferrebly 15 ish) and capable of 25mm group s at 25 metres.  :)

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NZ Airgun Book / 6th type of sight should be night vision.
« on: March 25, 2015, 01:03:44 AM »
I've used night vision scopes on air rifles for hunting and pest control. Let me know if you need any advice.

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Air Rifle v .22LR for night vision hunting and pest control.

Last night, I sighted-in a .22LR Baikal MP-161K and Yukon Sentinel 2.5x50 night vision scope for shooting possums and rabbits. The reason that I chose the .22LR, was because my Webley Raider PCP is currently inoperable. The distance at which I zeroed this .22LR rifle was only 30 metres, the exact distance that I would sight-in an air rifle, and the closest distance that I have ever sighted a .22LR, my normal sight-in range for .22LR is 50 metres.

The reasons for the above statement were fueled after comparing notes about kill ratios for night hunting with a Yukon Sentinel night scope on an air rifle, versus kill ratios with the same scope on a .22LR. The results were somewhat startling. With an air rifle, my kill ratio was around 90% overall, whilst with a .22LR, it dropped to below 70%. This is totally illogical, and got me thinking.

In a nutshell, I believe that the different kill ratios are due to the lower power output of an air weapon instinctively makes me get that bit closer to my target, and forces me to shoot with more care, in order to hit the kill zone with more precision.  This theory is re-enforced by notes of distances of shots that I measured when I began to hunt with night vision scopes, when compared to more recent missed 'sitters' with a .22LR. I began night vision hunting with a .22 Xisico BAM B-50 PCP, a lot of my shots were under 30 meters, and sometimes as close as 10 metres. With my .22LR, I was missing some shots out at 65 metres. At night I shoot freehand, without a rest.

One of the great advantages of using a night vision scope is its ability to enable the hunter to approach game to very close distances. I like to hunt on dark, moonless nights, when I cannot see my hand in front of my face.  The three rules to observe are silence, an upwind approach, and taking care not to break the skyline, the latter is important at close range. Take heed of these three rules, and the opportunity to take shots becomes almost limitless, until only the spookiest survivors remain.

In these dark conditions, there is no way to spot game without the use of a night vision optic. When I started night hunting, I would use my night vision riflescope to spot and shoot. This was successful, but extremely arduous, and uncomfortable. I now preach the use of a hand-held night vision monocular to spot game, whilst keeping the rifle safely slung over my shoulder. Once game is spotted, I use the monocular to approach to 'stalking' distance, then use the riflescope to maintain visual contact and shoot. However, relying solely on optics also means that distance is more challenging to estimate, and with a low velocity weapon like an air rifle or a .22LR, against a small target like a rabbit, requires a heightened degree of optical familiarization, and concentration.

My conclusion is that an air rifle is very bit as useful as a .22LR for night vision hunting small game on farmland, orchards, vineyards, and around crops, and actually far safer when hunting around livestock and dwellings. Also, it is best not to over-illuminate the target with a powerful IR torch on a night vision riflescope. I like to set my IR so that the target become difficult to see beyond the distance that I have sighted my rifle at. This forces me to get a bit closer to clearly see my target, and therefore acts as a defacto rangefinder.

Night vision hunting is fun, productive, and an excellent way to go hunting mid-week instead of blobbing out after work. I can't wait for the hour to go back!



This is where it all began for me. The first animals that I ever shot with a night vision scope, fitted on to my .22 Xisico BAM B-50. Two shots, two kills, without any white light. The scope is a Yukon Sentinel Gen1 HST 3x60.




A busy couple of nights mopping-up the exploding rabbit population around the farmers dwelling and outbuildings. The rabbits have not yet fully recovered from this onslaught. The rifle is a .22 Webley Raider 2-shot, the scope is a Yukon Sentinel Gen1 HST 2.5x50.

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General Airgun Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: March 07, 2015, 01:09:54 PM »
Hi, I'm Ant

I love air rifles and air pistols. My favourite air rifle is my .177 BSA Mercury that was given to me by my parents when I was 14 (1974!), and my favourite air pistol (CO2 actually), is my Röhm Twinmaster.

A couple of years ago I shot a lot of rabbits with my Webley Raider .22 and a Yukon Sentinel NV scope, but then the loading mechanism on my Raider broke, and I had to have open heart surgery, then became too busy working in our family business.

I really want to get back into my airgun hunting, plinking, perving and polishing them (the airguns of course), etc.

That's it really :-)

Ant

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