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I read Char­lie’s ar­ti­cle about springer ver­sus PCPs, and al­though I’m a rel­a­tive new­comer to airgunning, I feel that he might have some­thing. Where the va­garies and in­ef­fi­cien­cies of our equip­ment and our abil­i­ties are ac­cept­able in tar­get­ing inan­i­mate ob­jects, when it comes to dis­patch­ing a liv­ing crea­ture when hunt­ing, then surely it’s in­cum­bent upon the hunter to be as ef­fi­cient and hu­mane as pos­si­ble. As Char­lie states, the very best tool for the very best re­sult. Then again, skill is ev­ery­thing. I’m Sure Ron­nie O’Sul­li­van could use a broom han­dle and win at snooker, but if you have me and the finest cue money can buy, I would get nowhere. DAVE WIL­LIAMS

Hello Dave Like you, I agree with Char­lie’s as­sess­ment of the ques­tion and I’ll add a thought of my own. The way to as­sess your max­i­mum hunt­ing dis­tance is to shoot pa­per tar­gets. The bulls­eye must be 20mm and no big­ger, and as long as you can put every shot on that, then you can ef­fec­tively hunt at that range. Of course, you must shoot from the same po­si­tions you’d use out hunt­ing, not from a benchrest, and this test works for every type of ri­fle. In my ex­pe­ri­ence, peo­ple al­ways do bet­ter with a PCP and are there­fore able to hunt at longer ranges with them. Ed

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