Hey folks, was just wondering if any of you used an air rifle for small game hunting, specifically hares, or perhaps grouse. If so, what successes have you had and what caliber are you using?
With the 22 ammo situation as it is, I'm seriously considering buying an entry level adult air rifle to partially replace my rimfire. This will diversify the tools to put food on the table (if I could actually ever find a hare to shoot), and it would take some of the pressure off of my limited and non renewable rimfire ammo supply.
I'm a bit torn between buying a 177 or 22 cal air rifle. I know the 22 will be more versatile, but 177 ammo is probably more available and cheaper. I've read that 12 ft lbs at the muzzle is the key number for hunting, and I can buy air rifles in both calibers that do that. I'll be honest here and say that I am trying to avoid paying the price of a 22 air rifle. (Here is where AGL4now comes in and says I'm cheap.) I'm not sure about this endeavor and don't want to plunk $200 plus on a project about which I'm unsure. So I'm leaning towards a lower end 177 air gun that puts out about 14 ft lbs.