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Monday, May 01, 2006

Single-shot or repeater: Which is better?

by Tex Force

This post should start some arguments, because this subject has been discussed since the first repeaters were made. I could do a review of the good and bad points of each type of system, but I already have a favorite, so I'll try to defend it for you. In my opinion, a single-shot rifle is always better than a repeater for a hunting gun. Allow me to explain.

Mindset!
This is the No. 1 reason for choosing a single-shot. You decide to make every shot count. This mindset is accurately portrayed in two movies - Quigley Down Under and Patriot. If a shooter has just one shot, he'll make it a good one. If he has a repeater, he may get caught up in the "spray and pray" routine of shooting fast, multiple shots with the belief that one or more is bound to connect. There is a very famous analogy to explain what I mean by mindset.

Working without a net!
If you work without a net, everything has to go right or there will be disaster. I recently stayed at Circus-Circus casino in Las Vegas and saw several trapeze and acrobatic acts. In one of the acrobatic acts, one of the tumblers was thrown nearly 20 feet in the air and landed on his feet on a flexible balance beam held by the throwers. There was no net. The trapeze act had several performers who were performing much higher above the floor, but they had a net. I watched both acts a couple of times and the acrobat never missed his landing. The trapeze act, however, did suffer a missed catch on a double flip and the guy fell into the net. The same guy hit a triple flip the next evening, so he was no slouch! But his focus may have been affected by the presence of the net.

When I hunt, I learn the anatomy of my quarry and where a shot will be most effective. If I can't make that shot, I don't take it. My goal is not to just hit the game, but to have it fall immediately and not move for long. That's why anatomy is important.

Know your gun
I also know my rifle. If I am not certain of placing my shot inside the area of a quarter (with a pellet rifle), I don't take the shot. That means being sighted-in BEFORE going hunting! It also means knowing the trajectory of the pellet at all ranges AND the ability of determining range accurately. If I need a rangefinder to determine the range for a shot, I wouldn't take that shot. That's for pellet-gun distances. For long-range firearms distances, it's a different story. I have passed up many shots that other riflemen have taken. But when I do take a shot, I expect the results just described.

One pellet per gun
I shoot only one type of pellet in each of my hunting guns - be they firearms or airguns. The fact that there are numerous loads available in every caliber and numerous pellets only means there are a lot to choose from. I reload nearly all my firearms ammo because the factories don't make the loads I want, and I hand-sort my pellets by weight when the ultimate accuracy is required. Hand-sorting can mean the difference between a group that can be covered by a quarter and one that can be covered by a dime.

I know there will be different opinions on this issue, and I welcome them.

13 Comments:

  • I agree, but you must be patient if you are going to use a single shot. I have shot only single shot pellet rifles and found that if you cant take the shot don't even try. I have only shot a pistol that was a repeater(pellet pistol). I have killed many animals with it and they only needed 2 shots at the most. If you take your time you will take more game than rushing to take a shot. I have shot both 17 and 22 cal singles and prefer 22 for larger game. The 17 doesent slow down as fast, but can't hit with as much muzzle energy. Shooting single shots will help you atchieve more because you have to focuse and take the right shot. Just remember it takes patients and time.
    sav300

    By Blogger sav300, at 8:43 PM, May 08, 2006  

  • Is there a review on the Tech Force 99 magnum? If not I would apriciate if someone did one(if it is not to much to ask. I orderd one and would like to know a little more info on it.
    Thanks,
    sav300

    By Blogger sav300, at 9:01 PM, May 08, 2006  

  • sav300,

    I have a TF 99, but I can't get it to shoot accurately enough for a report.

    Why don't you tell me about yours? What size groups do you get at 30 yards, and with which pellet?

    Tex

    By Anonymous Tex Force, at 5:03 AM, May 09, 2006  

  • Tex,
    I havent got it yet and it should arrive around Friday aor monday at the latest. I orderd RWS pionted and will try others to find the best. When I get it I will play aroun with it and see if I can find your problem. I'll see if I can even do an review with it while I'm at it. As soon as I get it I'll start and fill you in.
    sav300
    P.S. Do you have a scope on it?

    By Blogger sav300, at 4:05 PM, May 09, 2006  

  • sav300,

    Yes, I have a Tech Force 3 to 12 by 40 on it.

    Tex

    By Anonymous Tex Force, at 5:14 AM, May 10, 2006  

  • Tex,
    How are the TF scopes? I thought about buying one, but went with a Famous Maker 3-12x40 AO MIL-DOT. It sure is a sweet scope. Are you going to target shoot with your TF 99 or hint with it? What exactly is it doing? You might check to make sure none of the screws are lose. I have had bad performance with a few loose screws on spring guns. Before I go I have one more question, is it 22 or 17 cal?
    sav300

    By Blogger sav300, at 4:01 PM, May 10, 2006  

  • sav300,

    Tech Force scopes are some of the best scope buys available. Compasseco has worked for years with a top military scope and optics maker, and they specify better materials than the competition.

    In fact, I believe you have just made a good suggestion for a report. Be watching next Monday.

    Tex

    By Anonymous Tex Force, at 4:46 AM, May 11, 2006  

  • Tex,
    Thats sounds like a plan. If you can help me with the question I had about your rifle that would help a lot. Are you hunting or targeting with it? Also, is it 22 or 17? Finally, did you check the screws?

    sav300

    By Blogger sav300, at 4:09 PM, May 11, 2006  

  • Tex,
    Do you know of anyone wanting to sell a condor or talon for around $300 or want to trade? If you do please let me know. It does not need to be new just in working condition(scope,rings are not needed).
    Thanks,
    sav300

    By Blogger sav300, at 10:13 PM, May 11, 2006  

  • sav300,

    My 99 is a .177. I've been shooting targets with it.

    All AirForce guns are pretty hot right now. Since they released the MicroMeter valve and people can get an additional rifle out of their guns they don't want to sell them.

    Tex

    By Anonymous Tex Force, at 5:06 AM, May 12, 2006  

  • Tex,
    Thats fine about the condor. I was just wondering.Anyways, I will have to work a little harder to find your problem. I am not sure why it isn't gouping well @ 30yds, but will look into it. Usually the 17s are a little better in grouping than 22s. I will do an experiment when it FINALY gets here. One more thing, hae you chronographed it? The velocity could be to high. If it is supersonic thats why.
    sav300

    By Blogger sav300, at 7:57 PM, May 14, 2006  

  • sav300,

    No, it's not supersonic. It's in the 800s and low 900s.

    Tex

    By Anonymous Tex Force, at 3:34 AM, May 15, 2006  

  • Tex,
    thats good. I was hoping that that wasn't the factor. This has me a little puzzled, but when my tech 99 gets here I'm sure I can find your problem. What kind of pellets do you use? Smetimes the pellet is to hard and a softer one is needed. I can't say to much because my 99 mag hasn't arrived. I'll let you know when it does.
    sav300

    By Blogger sav300, at 3:53 PM, May 15, 2006  

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