Our Big Bore Notes

Here we wanted to mention a few things on the shooting experience with Big Bore Air Rifles .357  caliber; in this case the Bulldog and Recluse. Later on we may also add information related to other .357 airguns; thus, we may periodically append to this writing as we find the time.

As we pointed in another page any .357 caliber air rifles can use these Big Bore Pellets. There are even some more powerful (and expensive) air-rifles like the Texans and other which actually can push-out better off these kind of slugs, due to their capacity, barrels, and brainy design. Others have a more efficient trigger group, together with an air flow pattern that regulates the shooting experience to the point that it is not needed a regulator. 

Normally, and in general terms for people new to any kind of guns, we talk about all .35 as 9 mm because initially for a bullet purpose if you expand the mouth of the cartridge they should fit, as you can work with it; however, we will refrain from calling it that way anymore, because in reality for air rifles--as slugs--it is a little bit different. 9 mm will be more a .355 slug, and for the air rifles usually is either .357 or .358, some time even up to .360. Our Bulldog for instance has more or less between .357 and .357.4. It can shoot .357 fine and even very much accurate a well sized .358 when the rifle is full with power (air); however the .358 cal. can get stuck sometimes. Air is like gun-powder in an air-rifle, with no detonation.

Talking about the mostly light weight but capable Benjamin Bulldog, in previous page we mentioned that pellet's tightness ensures accuracy's reward, firmly closing any gap for pressure-air to escape, and that we surely advise to use the .358 cal. pellets only as a single shot, despite they fit into the Bulldog's .357 magazine, it is very tight. We think that the 95 gr, .357 cal is a  much better choice if using the magazine.

Why?

Well, it is very simple. The Bulldog .357 is not a regular pellet gun, it is a big bore air rifle. In small caliber air guns, and due to operator mistake, you can load two pellets at the same time, then you just push them back easily, or shoot both of them if there is no time; then start clean again, ready for the real shot.

For a better understanding check please some specific notes related to casting the big bore slugs here in our site: http://www.drilldogbigborepellets.com/p/resizing-o.html

I myself shoot the Bulldog as a single shot air-rifle almost all the time, except with the smaller DrillDog pellet .357 cal, 95 gr.; hence I have installed an aftermarket single shot tray in it. Of course, it is your own choice, but take in consideration that you need to be very careful when charging your side lever by bringing it all the way back till you feel like a kind of click; otherwise, when you least imagine you will load two pellets at the same time. If that is your sudden case, do not force it forward. The Bulldog's lever could get easily broken because of that, as its material is not stainless still or iron. Believe me, I have seen it bend in circumstances like such, in front of my eyes. 

If you notice, many manufacturers of big bore air rifles do not use magazines, and that's not a disadvantage as many could guess. If you are in the middle of nowhere trying to hunt with a big bore air-gun, and you in a rush load two pellets at the same time.. it is over... your pray is gone with the wind. You will need to stop all your adventure for which you have been preparing maybe for months and with a special soft wooden rod--if having it at hand--begin trying to push them out which always is not an easy task. On the other hand, with a single shot, that headache will never come or happen at all. It is a secured shot.

Again... in case of loading two DrillDog Big Bore Pellets at the same time because of using the magazine and the human error of no paying attention when charging the rifle; do not panic, just turn the rifle facing north and introduce the DrillDog Pellet Pusher 36 inches long for .357 cal. through the barrel, then very gently hammer it down with a wooden mallet and short intervals till the last loaded pellet comes back to its place in the magazine, then remove it. Remember, you are not hammering a nail; otherwise, the pellet could go all the way to the other side of the magazine, where the hammer is located, giving you a second headache; and this one, irreversible; prompting you to completely destroy the plastic magazine.

We have added a detailed page showing the relation between fps [feet per second] vs fpe [foot pound energy] in the Benjamin Bulldog .357 cal. and for the Sam Yang Recuse .357 cal. as well; both when using our DrillDog Big Bore Pellets.

Bulldog:
http://www.drilldogbigborepellets.com/p/bulldog357aliberspeedpressureenergy.html
Recluse:
http://www.drilldogbigborepellets.com/p/sam-speedpressureenergy.html

These demonstrations and tests were taken using the rifles in their factory condition; that is, we have not made any inside’s aftermarket upgrade, be drilling any port or replacing original parts.

When casting our big bore pellets or slugs, every mold we use for casting carries an official proposed weight for the slug to be made; however, the reality is that once casted it always weights more than what it supposes to; which anyway is not bad because it gives you more fpe, but you should be aware of that, as it is normal. In case it is important to you the need to know exactly and precise how much energy you could get, then you must weight each one of the big bore pellets separately.

As here we are going to also include some thoughts concerning accuracy, and before continuing, I wanted to caution you with something most people new to the sport of air-guns do not pay attention as should be; and it is that you must be careful with every Youtube video of people proclaiming supper-fantastic-terrific-barbarous long range accurate shots with air rifles. Videos are edited. Again, air rifles accomplish a purpose for short and medium distances, but they are not firearms. As in Nascar Cup Series the automobiles do not compete using air or electric motors, and space rockets neither use air or electricity to burn up towards high altitudes, but using fuel; same with rifles=> only firearms can achieve outstanding performance at long distances while conserving enough deadly energy. Thus, do not become yourself a booby-boob by listening to those wannabe aspiring actors claiming hitting the stars with an air rifle.


In order to obtain good accuracy the shooter requires frequent practice with many trying and errors. It is not the same shooting while seating or standing; breathing or holding your breath; squeezing the rifle or letting it loose; with front wind or side wind; quality of the scope or training with open sights;  visibility with good or bad weather; day or night; hot or cold conditions; scilicet is not just a wanting thingummy, but much effort and time spent; however, it certainly can be achieved, and you do not need to be Superman, Sherlock Holmes or Sir Victorino Papefu for such accomplishment.

Big bore air rifles are not varmint matadors, albeit you want to use it as such. Air rifles like these ones can take a useful shot up to a hundred yards; however, we always advise that for hunting, never use it beyond 50-70 yards. The generated energy at longer ranges do not provide for a certain humane hunting and you can, with no sense, make an animal suffer just to indulge yourself with the boosting news that you were able to hit a walking target over 70-100 yards, like if for such hazardous venture now fame and acquaintanceship among air gunners have empowered your ego.

There is more interesting, absorbing and refreshing challenges and attainments that you can experience with air devices; so, do not waste your self-importance by risking and doing unsafe experiments.

September, 2017.


DrillDog ©