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Dart Gun's

Postby AC Diesel » Fri Aug 05, 2016 5:32 pm

Can those of you that have dart guns give me a recommendation on what brand and style works best. Co2 vs pump or 22cal blanks.
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Re: Dart Gun's

Postby Denny » Fri Aug 05, 2016 7:41 pm

www.pneudart.com

Mine is the CO2 version works very well get quite a few shots off one co2 cartridge. The darts are a one shot a done projectile. We got ours thru Stockmans Suppley in Fargo ND I live 2 hours from there and go thru quite often so I can pick up supplies when needed. Have ordered from both places.
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Re: Dart Gun's

Postby Haytrucker » Fri Aug 05, 2016 9:56 pm

I've only used one and that uses 22 blanks thru an adapter that converted a .50 cal muzzleloader to fire darts. We use the Pneu-Dart type U darts. Needs cleaned every 5 shots or less but if you can shoot, it's good at 25 yards or better. I can't throw a loop 75 feet. Gets pasture, outside lot and corn stalk usage here. Won't treat everything, but saves a bunch of time. Don't try to treat a young calf at less than 50 feet. This style has one velocity and will be effective on a mature bull at 30 yards.

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Re: Dart Gun's

Postby Big Muddy rancher » Fri Aug 05, 2016 10:49 pm

Ours is a Pneu dart Pump action. Haven't used it a lot but it does work pretty good/
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Re: Dart Gun's

Postby DejaVu » Sun Aug 07, 2016 2:50 pm

I have a PneuDart. Bought it through my Veterinarian. It's a pump. I've been happy with it and it's had a workout this summer. I think every animal I own has had pinkeye at least twice. :cry2: :cry2: If you get one, make sure you go through PneuDart's website with a fine tooth comb. There's a lot of good information on it that will save you grief and $$$. Sign up for and read the eBook entitled Shooting the Bull.

The PneuDart darts are single use. I like not having to buy .22 blanks or Co2.

My cows react harder to the dart than calves do. Calves will make a loop and go right back into the cows and it's over. The cows bawl, jump around and get the others worried.

Number of pumps on the rifle are determined by the size of the dart. Draxxin is all I have used in my darts. 10cc is as big of a dart as they make. Aluminum body-you can't see the contents. I have had 3-4 bounce off the intended animal which I didn't appreciate and I don't have an answer as to why it happened.

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Re: Dart Gun's

Postby Haytrucker » Sun Aug 07, 2016 9:46 pm

In my experience, the darts that bounce off deliver the goods 2/3rds of the time. The others, who knows? Clean the gun will fix that usually.

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Re: Dart Gun's

Postby DejaVu » Mon Aug 08, 2016 7:29 am

Thanks Haytrucker...I asked PneuDart about it and was told I was too close to the animal or needed fewer pumps. Guess it's not an exact science.

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Re: Dart Gun's

Postby Haytrucker » Mon Aug 08, 2016 7:01 pm

I've made shots in windy conditions that shouldn't have landed, and missed at 15 yards by 3 feet. Exact science would not come to mind. Clean the bore, aim true and hope. 85 percent of first shots right is my ratio. Coming up on 50 attempts. I'm no expert.

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Re: Dart Gun's

Postby Big Muddy rancher » Mon Aug 08, 2016 9:00 pm

Are you guys using the Red dot scope?
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Re: Dart Gun's

Postby DejaVu » Tue Aug 09, 2016 11:29 am

open sights on mine...just the way it came out of the box....

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Re: Dart Gun's

Postby AC Diesel » Tue Aug 09, 2016 6:39 pm

DejaVu how far can you shoot a 10cc dart? I like the idea of not needing 22 blanks or CO2, my luck I'd run out and forget to replace. We've got some pretty tame cattle but I want to be sure I have a dart gun that will be effective at long range if needed. Thank's for your help guy's I will definitely order a PneuDart brand gun.

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Re: Dart Gun's

Postby DejaVu » Tue Aug 09, 2016 6:55 pm

AC-here's a chart from PneuDart's website.
http://www.pneudart.com/wp-content/uplo ... 015web.pdf
25-30 feet would be as far as I've shot a 10cc dart. The chart shows up to 45 feet for a 10cc but that sure seems like a gamble.
It's primarily calves I've darted with my rifle. It doesn't take much to shoot a 3 or 5cc dart. The heifer I tried to dart a couple evenings ago deflected a 7cc dart. I brought her in and put her in the chute. It was surprising how tough her hide was. No wonder the dart bounced off. You'll be surprised how hard it is to pump the air rifle. 5 pumps and you'll need more wheaties! I've never used more than 5 pumps--mostly cause I'm not sure I could get 6 or 7!


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