I have an admission. I am addicted to Big Bore Airguns. My addiction runs the gamut from a .257 AirForce Texan to a .58 Quackenbush LA Outlaw Short Rifle.
What is it about Big Bore Airguns that have me strung out? Well, I think it’s the challenge of shooting these rifles, and achieving accuracy. The largest of my rifles have substantial recoil, and noise, and prove to be a handful when target shooting and hunting.
The Born Wild Shooting Chair is designed for precision and comfortable hunting and target shooting. The Born Wild Shooting Chair is made in Northern California one at a time by talented craftsmen. It was designed for folks who shoot and hunt with rifles, both airgun, center fire, rim fire and even shotguns. It works well for the range, or out in the field. It will make any shooter improve on accuracy and comfort.
Personally, I use the Born Wild Shooting Chair for varmint and pest hunting in my backyard at night with my .25 caliber air rifles. I also use the Born Wild Shooting Chair for banging steel gongs at a farm at 50, 100, and 200 yards away with my .458 and .58 Quackenbush Big Bore Air Rifles. Those things kick like a center fire powder burner, and I have developed a serious flinch. Using the shooting chair helps remove my flinch and I can sit comfortably, line up my shots and squeeze. Because the shooting chair swivels 360 degrees around, and up and down, it’s easy for me to target a gong to my right and quickly shift way to my left and at a farther distance.
Turkey Hunting Chair
While I haven’t used it for serious hunting yet, it is on my bucket list to take it Turkey hunting this fall with the intention of taking head shots only. I think that the shooting chair or perhaps turkey hunting chair will steady my shots, and allow me smaller targets at greater distances. The tan color of the chair helps it blend in to the background. Turkeys have excellent eyesight, and so I will end up setting up a camouflaged blind, set up the hunting chair, and wait for the Turkey’s to come on by.
Ground Squirrel Hunting Chair
Next on my list is ground squirrel hunting at a beef cow farm in the valley. The California ground squirrel is a serious pest for farmers, whether it be hay, vegetable crops, dairy, meat cow, horses etc. They dig deep burrows that will break a critter’s leg, and break equipment come harvest and plowing time. They can decimate a nut crop, or just bring disease onto a farm. The nasty ground squirrel carries fleas, and diseases such as bubonic plague. Farmers hate them. So I’ll drive to a farm I know of and set up my squirrel chair and blast squirrels all day. Can’t think of a better use for a Born Wild Ground Squirrel Hunting Chair.
Range Shooting Chair
When I head to the range it’s to sight in my rifles, to blow off some steam and just have fun. I do hate the typical concrete benches and steel stools. My fanny ends up aching, and my neck gets out of whack since I can’t quite move things around to my liking. I often carry my Lead Sled to the range, weight it with 25lbs of steel, and strap my flinch inducing DAQ .58 Short Rifle or the DAQ .458 LA Outlaw. It is so uncomfortable to shoot though. It’s just one of the things I love about the Born Wild Shooting Chair. Plop your rifle in, strap it in or not, sit down, and adjust height, or angle to make yourself comfortable, and shoot away. It really is like night an day in terms of comfort. Plus, I shoot much better since I’m comfortable, I am stable, the rifle is stable, and fatigue sets in much, much later.
Portable Shooting Chair
A shooting chair ain’t worth a squat if you can’t get it to where you want to do your shooting or hunting. The Born Wild Portable Shooting Chair shines in this feature. It is reasonably light, and you can pack it in your backpack, or in a duffle that Born Wild will be offering. It takes just a minute to assemble and disassemble, so you have more time to shoot. Make a shooting chair a portable shooting chair, and hunters and shooters will fall in love with it, and treat it as indispensable as any other hunting and shooting gear.
Prairie Dog Shooting Chair
Out on the rolling plains you’ll find massive numbers of Prairie Dogs, and a gaggle of Prairie Dog hunters, all taking a different approach to setting up and shooting these pests. Some folks use a shooting bench, others lay on the ground with the bugs and deal with itching. Others use fabricated hunting chairs. I think the Born Wild Shooting Chair is perhaps a perfect solution. It swivels up and down and side to side, and allows you to quickly target prairie dogs on a wide field.
Best Shooting Chair
What features make the Born Wild Shooting Chair the best shooting chair for hunting, plinking, and target shooting?
Our friends over at the Airgun Guild are doing a Benjamin Fortitude Airgun Giveaway & Contest!
Check it out!
Giveaway: Benjamin Fortitude PCP Air Rifle
10 round rotary magazine
Ambidextrous synthetic stock
Regulated 3000 PSI cylinder
On board pressure gauge
11mm Dovetail mount
Male Quick Disconnect fill fitting
Includes sling mounts
The Benjamin Fortitude is a new affordable PCP or PreCharged Pneumatic air rifle offering from Crosman.
It features a bolt action, rotary magazine, pressure gauge, ambidextrous synthetic stock, dovetail scope mount, shrouded barrel, sling mounts, and is fully regulated. At a suggested retail of $300, it looks to be a game changer. It will be available in .177 and .22 Calibers.
Go to the AirgunGuild.com and register. But hurry, because you have to be a member in good standing and have a minimum of posts to qualify for this and upcoming airgun giveaways and contests.
A Pairing of Quackenbush Airguns might sound silly, as it suggests a similar gastronomical pairing such as wine and cheese, or eggs and bacon. But perhaps it’s not so silly after all. In this case I have paired a .58 caliber Quackenbush Pistol with my latest airgun purchase, a .58 Quackenbush Outlaw Short Rifle. It made sense because I’ve started casting my own lead bullets and roundball for .58 caliber (actually .575 cal).
I recently got the bug to cast my own big bore airgun ammo and bullets. I had been sitting on the fence for a couple months, and dodged the urge to buy a melter, lead, bullet or boolit molds, .45 and .58 lead round ball molds, sizers, etc. But I fell off that fence in a moment of weakness, and ordered the whole mess up.
Primary reason for getting into big bore airgun bullet casting is that it is difficult to find big bore ammo in sizes such as .45 or .58. When you do find big bore ammo you have few options to choose from, and it generally is cost prohibitive. Read that if you may as Expensive to shoot your big bore airguns.
Big Bore Airgun Ammo Bullet Casting Equipment:
Lee Pro 4 20lb bottom pour lead melting pot or furnace
In the two previous installments on A New Idea For A Silent Pellet Trap, I talked about using rubber mulch as a pellet trap filler. I over built that trap to accommodate the biggest and most powerful of AirGuns.
I aim to build a Silent pellet and slug trap that will accommodate all my air rifles including, up to and beyond the latest big bore AirGun in my arsenal, the mighty Dennis A. Quackenbush .58 cal Outlaw Short Rifle. We are talking serious power, designed for hunting deer and other large critters.
So what construction to build
1. A quiet trap 2. A safe trap that can stop .58 lead round balls and bullets as well as all the smaller pellets I fling at it. 3. A Silent trap that makes recycling the lead a much easier and complete chore. 4. A Silent pellet, slug and bullet trap that doesn’t weigh a hundred pounds.
I looked at non-hardening clay since it was fairly inexpensive and would be as Silent as duct seal. But this medium had the same issue of not being easy to recycle the lead from. Hmmm.
I suddenly had an epiphany and realized a perfect medium to use might be simple candle wax melted down in a big cube or cylinder. I got excited and started looking for cheap wax. Found a place on the web that sold old unused candles as scrap. $16 bough me 40 pounds of old funky candles!
In our previous installment I outline experiences I have had with my duct seal filled pellet trap. It is indeed pretty silent, however there is difficulty in removing pellets from the duct seal and I’ve yet to come up with a reasonable method of recycling all that lead. Now that I have several big bore AirGuns I am chewing through a lot of lead.
I have also toyed with an Uber Silent pellet trap framed in wood and filed with rubber mulch. This works but given the size and weight of this thing, once placed I am unlikely to want to move it. I haven’t used it all that much and so haven’t actually tried to retrieve the lead, so I’m not sure how easy it will be. I imagine I can dump the whole mess into a tub of water with the lead dropping to the bottom and the rubber floating. We’ll just have to see.
Fast forward to the new idea.
WAX! Yep, I had a brain fart. What if I had a metal container filled with melted candle wax? I’d shoot and shoot until the surface got too broken up, then put this container in pot of hot water, melt the wax and then easily strain out the lead bits which I can then melt down and mold into more pellets. I like the idea. So up next is to try to make this happen.
I ordered up a bunch of used and old funky candles from a place on the internets called All Montana. These good folks sold me the wax at a good price though it required a lot of melting, and straining since the candles were in their cheesy Christmas, Easter and other holiday forms. Lot of Santy Claus Candles. Ugh.
I’ve been chewing on a new idea for a silent pellet trap for a quite a while. That is I’ve been contemplating an update to the design of my old silent pellet trap. That design is essentially a wooden box filled up with duct seal putty I got at Lowes or Home Depot.
I’ve filled that thing up with lead and have painstakingly pulled out pellets and round balls until my fingers screamed at me. And I ended up having to add another layer for the big bore beasts I have including a Sam Yang 909s, and a DAQ .58 caliber Outlaw Pistol. Those two airguns along with the Sumatra Carbine in .25 lay waste to the duct seal. I’m now up to three layers deep of duct seal since the big bores laid waste to the previous two layers of duct seal.
Did I mention that pulling pellets out of duct seal is a pain in the behind? It is. And so I had a brain fart the other day, and came up with a way to easily clear out the old pellets, and recycle the medium that catches and holds the pellets.
But you’re gonna have to sit tight while I do some experiments, and see if my theory works out.