Reply To: Florida Wildlife Commission Approves PCPs for Deer and Turkey!
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All the .30 PCPs I’m aware of start around 74fpe and go up from there. That’s shooting JSB 44s and Polymags in the middle 800s. When I’ve turned my Flex down to that level, I’ve been able to shoot clean thru 3/4” pine and clean thru gallon jugs filled with water both at 100 yards and with Polymags. I have no doubt a 74fpe .30 will double lung a whitetail at 50 yards or less.
Now the .30 springers, on the other hand, may very well be sub 50fpe guns. Or maybe a short barreled pistol PCP. No offense to springer hunters. I know good and well a springer in the right hands can take whatever, but we felt that the best line to draw was between PCPs and all other types of airguns. As you stated, we want to err on the side of accessibility. We have some of the most permissive hunting laws in the country and we expect hunters to do their homework and use common sense. There’s no reason to ban capable weapons that our sister state has been having good results with. If a .30 pops up that isn’t up to snuff, its up to the hunter not to use it, just like its up to our hunters to not be using .17 centerfirs to lung shoot deer (while still giving them the freedom to brain shoot one with the same gun).