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“ztirffritz”I had a completely different take on the conclusions from that article.  I saw that if you put a hole in the right place, it didn’t much matter what size caliber or speed projectile made the hole.  If it was .25cal or bigger and it was in the right place the deer would bleed out about the same.  The article said it was about a 50/50 chance the deer would run, and if they did run it was an average of 62 yards.  There was no difference in that distance based on caliber.  Expanding bullets did perform better though as they created more bleeding surface area, ie a bigger hole. 

Looking at the existing regs for Washington, it looks like they were drafted when the Daisy Red Rider BB was the most popular and powerful air gun.  I think it is just a matter of exposing the right person to the increased performance of airguns and they’ll modify the rules.  My only concern is that these are the same people who created I-594, Washington’s background check requirement law.  If they realize that airguns are effective for hunting, they may re-write the wording for I-594 to include airguns.  I figure that will happen eventually anyway so I’m not going to worry about it.