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If you are wanting a shotgun pattern from your blowgun, here's how to do it. (For a .625 Big Bore) You need BBs, 18. ga. cloth patches, and some 18.ga muzzle loading cardboard wads (with the felt base, called cushion wads...), or you can trim 12 ga. patches and wads to size. You'll also need something long enough for a ramrod. Start by loading one of the wads. Next, measure out 15 or so BBs, and pour them down the barrel. Place another over-shot wad on top of the BBs, using the ramrod. Next, place the cloth patch over the barrel, and ease it all the way to the BBs with the ram rod. Push it in snugly so you get a good, tight air seal.

Now, when your ready, just fire it as normal. You'll get a decent pattern out to around 10-15 yards. You can adjust the pattern by how many BBs you load. Less = tighter pattern. More = wider pattern. I hunt quail like this all the time (during the season, of course...). Quail usually fly up right under your feet, so by the time you get your blowgun up and aimed, it's only about a 5-7 yard shot. It takes a little practice, but it's loads of fun (and feeds you as well..).

For a .40 cal, just use .410 patches and wads, and trim them slightly to fit. For a .50 cal, use 28 ga patches and wads, and trim them slightly to fit.

Always check your local game laws to be sure this is legal in your area.
 

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New to the forum and just stumbled on this post. I've got a new 5' CS blowgun and was wondering what length blowgun you are getting 'terminal' velocities at that range on quail. I'm highly impressed with the power of these BG, but had no idea they had enough power to accomplish that.
 

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Interesting. I'll give it a whirl in the near future just for some different fun on targets.
 

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I got some of the 18 gauge patches and wads. Following instruction it worked as advertised. I next tried with 10 of my lead BBs. They worked also. Only had 20 foot to the target and got a nice 6 to 8 inch pattern and recover the wads and patches on top of that. Thank you gigmaster. 18 and 28 gauge is hard to find near me.
 

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20 gauge wads work well with Cold Steel's Big Bores or half inch conduit. 16 gauge wads are a good fit for a larger bore like the .64" bores of Macklenberg-Dunkin's 3/4" aluminum "brite round tubing." You can get an eight foot stick of the 3/4" at many hardware stores for under twenty bucks and the Cold Steel Magnum mouthpieces fit it like a glove.
 

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Thanks for the lead on 20 gauge - much easier to find. A bit undersized but gotta think that can be tried up with the overshot wad.
 

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This is interesting. I wouldn't think it would have the force required for a "kill shot" I'll have to give it a go, thanks for sharing
 
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