Best plinker / Pester caliber?



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Re: Best plinker / Pester caliber?
« Reply #20 on: May 18, 2018, 08:08:51 AM »
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Re: Best plinker / Pester caliber?
« Reply #21 on: May 18, 2018, 08:11:05 AM »
Just put NT (no text) in the field.
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Re: Best plinker / Pester caliber?
« Reply #22 on: May 18, 2018, 12:58:58 PM »
I vote for .22 as well,  great all around calibre and depending on the gun you can get tight groups at 100.  Pellets are cheap and great selection.
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Re: Best plinker / Pester caliber?
« Reply #23 on: May 18, 2018, 01:21:43 PM »
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Re: Best plinker / Pester caliber?
« Reply #24 on: May 18, 2018, 06:17:31 PM »
OK...you asked for an HW 30-ish type airgun (And as you adked it on this forum, we' addumed it was more of a DarkSide question than a springer question).

Already have a .25 M-Rod, so you could certainly lean that besides the back door of toss it in the back of the pick-up, and it would kill those little critters just fine.

Some of the other options expressed have been for a .22.  While I do NOT think having two well tuned power PCP's are going to expand your uses, it would work.   HAving shot a .22 and a .25, both making about the same energy, there really isn't a lot to recommend one over the other.

Think they would over-lap more than extend the airgun usefullness.



Although it's too late for me...too many already piled up...I could live with 4 PCP's (and a couple of springers).  A .177 "match speed" PCP (say something in the 5-6 foot pound range), a 12-14 foot pound .177 for most of the small critter pesting, a .22 in the 25-30 foot pound range, and a .25 in the 50 foot pound range.

Past that, with big bores, wouldn't get shot enough to really earn a place in the things I do.
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Re: Best plinker / Pester caliber?
« Reply #25 on: May 18, 2018, 06:40:11 PM »
To bad your not in Ohio. I'd set you up with a nice .22 Discovery including a SCUBA tank.
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Re: Best plinker / Pester caliber?
« Reply #26 on: May 18, 2018, 10:03:12 PM »
I'm with Ribbonstone, but I need 5 PCP's - I need a .177 hard hitter 20-30 fpe for small pesting work.  I need a .22 at 30 to 40 fpe for small to medium pesting work and plinking work.  I need a .25 at 60-70 footpounds for medium pesting and longer distance pesting - neither the .177 nor .22 are much up to the task past 30-40 yards in a any type of wind.  Need the extra horsepower for those 50 to 70 yard shots.  AND I need a .357 PCP in the 130 to 160 range for medium to larger hunting (boar, deer) at distances between 50-60 yards.  I don't feel confident yet as I haven't practiced enough with the .357 to extend my hunting range past 100 yards but feel this is the gun to do it...  Lastly, I need a PRod - a small .177 or .22 carbine for backyard pesting in the 12 to 14 pound range....

But that's just me...
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Re: Best plinker / Pester caliber?
« Reply #27 on: May 18, 2018, 10:37:00 PM »
Thanks for the great replies. Just feel like I need another PvP, you all know the feeling. I have a QB78 all ready to convert in pieces right now on the bench. Just deciding whether I should go ahead and order block and tank. Thanks again for the replies. If I had to pick just one my Marauder would be it. Told my wife and kids this one is going in the box with me.    Mike
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Re: Best plinker / Pester caliber?
« Reply #28 on: May 19, 2018, 01:05:04 PM »
I would not over do it on the qb78. I only got so much power out of mine that was good for fun shooting plinking. I take small birds with it time to time. But that is about it. Id go for something bigger better faster stronger. If I were you.
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Re: Best plinker / Pester caliber?
« Reply #29 on: May 19, 2018, 04:38:06 PM »
Id go for something bigger better faster stronger.
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Re: Best plinker / Pester caliber?
« Reply #30 on: May 19, 2018, 05:34:40 PM »
Thanks for the great replies. Just feel like I need another PvP, you all know the feeling. I have a QB78 all ready to convert in pieces right now on the bench. Just deciding whether I should go ahead and order block and tank. Thanks again for the replies. If I had to pick just one my Marauder would be it. Told my wife and kids this one is going in the box with me.    Mike

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The front sling stud is structural, holds the forend on, is only half way up the forend, and right in the way if your trying to use the gun off a rest. hey!? Really? You can't make it up.

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Re: Best plinker / Pester caliber?
« Reply #31 on: May 19, 2018, 06:19:40 PM »
Prod makes a heck of a back yard gun, recently I've been using mine a lot in the field but the way I have it tuned right now I'm getting about 13 good shots before it starts dropping off drastically.  They're super easy to top off too cause they do have a small airtube.  I think I could easily get three clips at about 20fpe with some hammer adjustment, thank goodness for the fine JSAR SS valve that is my most recent upgrade.  Right now I've got it tuned for a little over 30fpe.
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Re: Best plinker / Pester caliber?
« Reply #32 on: May 21, 2018, 02:13:34 PM »
PRod +1 - love mine.  A quiet backyard pester AND plinker.  You get a great amount of shots.  I touch almost 40 full power accurate shots in .22 all between 12 and 14 fpe stock.  Incredibly accurate for such a short gun.  And stupid quiet outta the box.  +1 +1 +1 +1
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Re: Best plinker / Pester caliber?
« Reply #33 on: May 21, 2018, 04:31:15 PM »
Skimpy, your Gauntlet has a sister. Her name is Stormrider! I didnt expect a Daystate, or an FX for the money I paid. However, its a very sad looking little PCP. That is acceptable, however feeding via single shot tray or magazine is horrible. Before buying it, I asked if the feeding problem had been cleaned up. I was assured that it was just fine now, so I bought one. The harder Crosman dome pellets would feed with a very firm push on the bolt. perhaps 1 in 10 would jam up and refude to chamber.They shot patterns, not groups. So I tried my favorite: JSB. They are a softer pellet and hung up during the feeding cycle very badly. In fact, the 13 grain JSB would hang and jam; I was afraid of bending the bolt handle! So, now its back in Salon, Ohio and I'm waiting for my refund.

Based on my experience, dont even consider a Stromrider. Cheap Chinese quality with a German label.
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Re: Best plinker / Pester caliber?
« Reply #34 on: May 21, 2018, 08:42:25 PM »
 Ok now my vote best all around toss in truck/ keep by the door pesting gun the P-rod is it.
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Re: Best plinker / Pester caliber?
« Reply #35 on: May 21, 2018, 11:12:40 PM »
Do have a P-Rod...but I'm still a bit PO'ed about it.

Not really a viable pistol used as a pistol, but it makes a pretty decent carbine (why set it on bench bags and hold it as if you had a"pretend" you have a butt stock when you can have a "real" buttstock?).

My eraly version needed a barrel change...so I got an LW barrel.



Was pretty loud, even at it's best settings, so added an extent6ion-LDC to the shroud.


All totaled up...new pistol....LW barrel...shoud extention...it wasn't a "cheap" choice for what it can do.  Probably my LEAST "thriffty" buy all in all.
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