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I have been target shooting for a while now, and want to get into hunting with blowguns. As of now, I only shoot a 5' 50cal blowgun, and I do not think that it is suitable for hunting. Therefore, I am looking to build one in a larger calibre- a .75cal. Would this work well to take small game such as rabbits and squirrels? How much power am I looking at If I push a 5g dart through a 5' .75cal bg?
 

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.62 cal is more than likely optimal bore for most people . Math will show .75 cal requires enormous air volume . Nobody can tell what power you will get without knowing the velocity of the dart and your ability /lung capacity .
 

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I agree with above. I think a person would be hard pressed to get 100% efficiency out of a cold steel 5 ft. .62 but if you do put a .75 together I would love to see it in action.
 

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I use 50cal, 6 footer with 3g darts for hunting rats. No issue with penetration, flies straight. Practice your blowing technique. .75 is too big to blow effectively, at least for me anyway.

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I have made a .80 cal but have not hunted with it yet. would be devastating close range. mine tears up the Styrofoam targets I use.. One good thing about a .80 cal is that you can have many projectile options. used co2 cartridge stun darts that hit very hard up close,7 ounce spike darts/cut down 3 bladed archery heads and more. I have not tried it much outdoors yet. more of a novelty than anything at this point but it is very fun to shoot indoors. may set up a blind and try hunting with it eventually.
 
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