How the Wildcat became my pet.

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    golfer70
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    Thanks Hitman. That would save me a lot of money I could put towards a tank. 👍

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    AnimalHitman
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    Rodeo:

    You've made a fine choice, my friend! I've owned a Daystate Pulsar .25, an FX Impact .30, and a RAW .357 (130 ft-lb); as well as my FX Wildcat .25 MK I. After all this experimenting and field-testing, I have come to the incontrovertible conclusion that the WC is the best platform for small game hunting :-).

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    Jim81
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    I have the Wildcat Mk II .25. To save you some $$ and reduce some frustration forget the Impact. If I had followed my own advice I would only own one expensive PCP instead of two. The Impact sits and the Wildcat is always out doing something. I have hole in hole at 50yds now. I am now working on 75 and 100. The gun will do it. I just can't…yet.

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    RM100GUY
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    When good enough is good enough!  These groups were shot with two different Wildcat Mk1"s box stock save trigger and HSA tweeks.  First shots of the day nothing special.  The .22 is a week old the .25 about six month. The .22 was JSB 18.13's the .25 was 33.95mk2's, I'm stocking up on both!!!  Three new cats have moved in with me ( the two Wildcats and a Bobcat Mk2 ) I will be feeding them regularly, and I honestly can't say which is my favorite I love 'em all!  Still waiting for one of the FX regs to screw up so I can try a Huma….

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    AnimalHitman
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    RM, I have my WC .25 Mk1 ranged out to 100yds using Chairgun. Here she is at 100 yds shooting H&N Sport Baracuda Hunter Extremes (28.24 gr), standing up off a Primos Trigger Stick tripod with a gusting breeze. (I'm sure I could produce your results if I had a sit-down shooting bench with a rifle rest in an indoor range.):

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    RM100GUY
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    Awesome 100yarder A.H.!  What was your mv and  your retained fps and fpe at 100yards?

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    AnimalHitman
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    Thanks, RM; I'm very pleased with my little honey! My average muzzle velocity was 878.0 fps @ 48.13 ft-lbf shooting .25 cal H&N Sport Baracuda Hunter Extremes. (I realize that the numbers don't crunch if using the manufacturer-listed pellet weight of 28.24 gr, but I used the average measured weight of 28.12 gr); retained fps @ 100 yds was 599.3 fps (68.25%); and my retained energy @ 100 yds was 22.4 ft-lbf (46.54%). With this accuracy and retained energy, shooting Hunter Extremes, I am confident that I can bag any small game animal out to 100 yds! I can remember back in the day when I was lucky to hit anything at 50 yards!

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    AnimalHitman
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    golfer, I'm glad to relate my experience. It's interesting that you bring up buying a tank. When I had my Impact and RAW with their large bottle capacity and 250 bar fill pressure, I had a 75 CU-FT 4,500 psi tank with a 4,500 psi compressor. But since I switched to the Wildcat as my exclusive rifle, I sold my tank and compressor and went back to using my hand-pump! The WC has a relatively small bottle that fills to only 230 bar. Of course, a tank does make filling more convenient, but I am finding the hand-pump manageable.

    Of course, it depends on how you plan to use your gun, If you do a lot of target shooting or plinkin', I would definitely recommend a tank. I am exclusively a hunter. Except for shot strings, zeroing, and ranging (which is once in a blue moon), I shoot very few pellets. Sometimes I go out and never get a shot. (That's why they call it hunting!)

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    Hookster
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    Here's a 114 yard entry hole on a woodchuck from my WC Compact. It will take game easily to 100 yards.

     

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    RM100GUY
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    I would call that a "perfect shot"!!!  Ever hear them referred to as "whistle pigs"? 

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    Hookster
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    Yes but mostly out west ground squirrels have that name as well. 

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    AnimalHitman
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    Yeah Hook, even though my optics go out to 134 yds, I have my WC ranged to only 100yds. That's about the limit of my confidence to reliably take game.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VrFV5r8cs0

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