As a hunter, I’ve actually tried quite a few rifles out. I’ve fired short, medium, and long ranged guns for small to large game. Today I wanted to share my thoughts on a few of the short range hunting rifles that I’ve picked out. Now keep in mind these are just my opinions based on…
Believe it or not, there is a 50 caliber pellet rifle out on the market today, and that is the Sam Yang Dragon Claw. Not too long ago, I decided to pick up one of these because I wanted to see how powerful they were and if they could be used for hunting. The nice thing about pellet rifles is there are not nearly as many strict laws involved in the purchase on them, and because of that they’re much easier to get your hands on and use. Initially I started to use this gun as just a way to get some additional cheap shooting practice in (pellets are ridiculously cheap) and to work on my overall accuracy. While it’s true that it doesn’t fully simulate the power and recoil of a true 50 caliber gun, it still was successful at what I wanted it to do.
So I went out on a hunting trip and we were hunting some larger animals in the feral hog size and these we will usually hunt with a normal hunting rifle, but I wanted to see what this pellet gun was capable of and if it could be considered one of the best available air rifles on the market. We had finally setup up an ideal spot in a tree to allow us perfect vision out into the forest and I had charged the gun up to the full 3000 PSI maximum pressure (one of the downfalls of pellet guns is the need to pre-pump them). I hadn’t installed a scope on the gun yet because I wasn’t completely sure I was going to be using the gun for the long hall and I didn’t want to put a huge investment into it until I was sure. So I was using the sights that were already installed on the gun.
About 35 minutes after I had situated myself in the treestand, I caught site of my first target, and lined it up in my sights. I was using some hollow point pellets as they appear to be the best as far as pellet gun hunting was concerned. I finally got the hog to where I felt I could pull off a shot, and I squeezed the two-stage trigger. I was actually fairly surprised to see the animal fall to the ground with one shot. I guess the 230 ft/lbs muzzle energy and the top velocity of 679 FPS were more than enough to easily and humanely dispatch the hog.
Now, it’s important to fully understand this isn’t a typical 50 caliber rifle as those are some of the most powerful guns you can legally own, but these pellet guns use 50 caliber pellet and that’s really just the size of the pellet the gun shoots. But, that doesn’t mean this isn’t a powerful gun. Being able to take down a large feral hog with a single shot is definitely something to not shake your head at. Also, since it’s obviously a very powerful pellet gun, you want to treat it with the respect it deserved and treat it like a real fire arm as far as securing the rifle goes.
So overall my experience shooting a 50 cal pellet rifle was a very positive experience and I would suggest to other that it’s worth it to have this in your collection. You will be able to practice shoot with very cheap ammo and you won’t have to deal with the very strict gun laws that are placed on regular handguns.