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High powered air rifle
Sep 10th, 2018 at 6:16pm
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Hi guys. I've searched the forum but haven't found an answer.
Wanting to get into possum shooting.
I could get my fal but then I figured if a high powered air rifle would do then ide just go with that...
Will a good air rifle with a magazine satisfy or will I get sick of it quick??

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Reply #1 - Sep 10th, 2018 at 7:48pm
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a break open .177 WILL do the job...BUT you need to either head shoot or chest shoot and wait till they drop... the .22 version could well be better.
  
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Reply #2 - Sep 10th, 2018 at 8:20pm
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Agreed, both will suffice.

I got me and the wee lad a .177 to do possums and rabbits.
It was a Gamo Whisper and they say it shot 1000fps. 
No issues re head shots and clean kills 20-40m, but you need to be vigilant if humane kills are to be achieved consistently.  Just practice a lot and get to know the rifle well.
They are also great for other varmints around the property.
  

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Reply #3 - Sep 10th, 2018 at 9:28pm
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The pre-charge 22 air rifles will easily do a possum, but are quite expensive
  
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Reply #4 - Sep 10th, 2018 at 10:14pm
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Awesome fellas. Thanks.
That's all I needed to know.
  
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Reply #5 - Sep 11th, 2018 at 7:32am
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go see youngs air guns. They are in Auckland
  
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Reply #6 - Sep 11th, 2018 at 10:14am
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PJC wrote on Sep 10th, 2018 at 9:28pm:
The pre-charge 22 air rifles will easily do a possum, but are quite expensive

And also require a Firearms licence.
  
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Reply #7 - Sep 11th, 2018 at 5:01pm
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Cigar wrote on Sep 11th, 2018 at 10:14am:
PJC wrote on Sep 10th, 2018 at 9:28pm:
The pre-charge 22 air rifles will easily do a possum, but are quite expensive

And also require a Firearms licence.


And they are a lot heavier in comparison and best charged with a diving cylinder.

plus is that that they have 10 round mags and are very accurate with adjustable power setting. On a moderate setting you might get 40 shots or so out of one charge. Could also be a minus if your working away from your cylinder.
  

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headcase wrote on Sep 11th, 2018 at 5:01pm:
Cigar wrote on Sep 11th, 2018 at 10:14am:
PJC wrote on Sep 10th, 2018 at 9:28pm:
The pre-charge 22 air rifles will easily do a possum, but are quite expensive

And also require a Firearms licence.


And they are a lot heavier in comparison and best charged with a diving cylinder.

plus is that that they have 10 round mags and are very accurate with adjustable power setting. On a moderate setting you might get 40 shots or so out of one charge. Could also be a minus if your working away from your cylinder.

Wasn't the naughty one using one of those for his work?
  

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Reply #9 - Sep 12th, 2018 at 12:44pm
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EC wrote on Sep 12th, 2018 at 10:00am:
headcase wrote on Sep 11th, 2018 at 5:01pm:
Cigar wrote on Sep 11th, 2018 at 10:14am:
PJC wrote on Sep 10th, 2018 at 9:28pm:
The pre-charge 22 air rifles will easily do a possum, but are quite expensive

And also require a Firearms licence.


And they are a lot heavier in comparison and best charged with a diving cylinder.

plus is that that they have 10 round mags and are very accurate with adjustable power setting. On a moderate setting you might get 40 shots or so out of one charge. Could also be a minus if your working away from your cylinder.

Wasn't the naughty one using one of those for his work?


Yip, im using the same gun. .  Very nice piece of kit.
  

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Re: High powered air rifle
Reply #10 - Sep 12th, 2018 at 5:28pm
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In my opinion you shouldn't really sorry possums in trees with anything other than an air rifle or shotgun because you never know where the bullet is going to land.  You can buy a older model shotgun for $100 which is a lot of fun for the money.  If nose is a problem get a 410.

This is one of the few times i haven't recommended a ar15.
  

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Reply #11 - Sep 13th, 2018 at 2:22pm
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Nzairgun.com

Theres no where better for a kiwi wanting to know about airguns.

Other than that  any modern air rifle will kill a possum but use good pellets.

Cheapest but best is Cometa Fennix .22

Ive shot so many possums with airguns over the years i know a thing or 2 about it.
  
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Reply #12 - Sep 14th, 2018 at 8:53pm
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Thanks guys.
I have forgotten about Young's air guns. Will check email out some time
  
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Reply #13 - Sep 18th, 2018 at 4:09pm
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I've got an AirArms TC510. Impressive PCP air rifle.

Drops possums out of my gun tree at 20 m

Never regret quality.

  
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Reply #14 - Sep 18th, 2018 at 5:03pm
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Im using the same gun with a thermal on top.  Thought it a bit cumbersome at first but quickly built a lot of respect for  good design and accuracy.

Do you hand charge it or use a cylinder?

  

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