Opinions on Quackenbush 308?

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    johnshaww
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    Hey guys I’m new to air guns and I’m thinking of eventually saving up to buy a Quackenbush. I’ve heard good things about his air rifles, but most of the stuff on it seems pretty old. Any opinions, good or bad, about Quackenbush? Or are there any better, more available air rifles at around the same price point?

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    mark404
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    check out the bushbuck over at Airguns of Arizona

    https://www.airgunsofarizona.com/big-bore-airguns/

     

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    shamu
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    Check out the Extreme 

    http://www.extremebigboreairrifles.com/

    I have the. 408.  Super accurate and deadly on deer and Brent is great to work with. 

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    spysir
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    Loved my .458 DAQ, old world walnut & bluing , if used correctly all shots inside a quarter at 75 yards ( my maximum hunting distance). Just a fine heirloom utility.  But I'm thinking you would need to catch him at a show to purchase a rifle these days. 2 years ago he still carried them to shows, likely still does.

    You want the LA outlaw not the older style.

    Sure it's an old design, there isnt anything "new" in airguns to be had anyway except odd looks.

     

    John

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    T3PRanch
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    Also XP-Airguns

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    Kinetic45
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    I owned a Quacker 308 back 12 years ago and compared to today's rifles it was a Model T.

    It had a soso trigger, and was an air hog.

    It was accurate in its day but several big bore rifles I own put it to shame now so things HAVE evolved both in technology and especially in throw weight n shot count.

    I kept it four years and traded it off and never looked back

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    Brian.in.MI
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    I had a .308 DAQ about 15 years ago. Accuracy was pretty good, trigger was crap, but it was still pretty awesome in its day. That day has long passed though. For the money, you couldn’t go wrong with a .308 Texan. I really like the .308 bore, it’s a great all around high-power set up. More enjoyable to shoot than the .35 / 9mm and .45’s I’ve had. I do have a .45 Texan and found the .308 to be a more enjoyable and versatile rifle. 

    If you can find a .308 DAQ for a reasonable price and your heart is set, go for it.. It’ll still be fun. If it’s serial #336, tell it Daddy says Hi πŸ˜‚

    Brian

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    Prouzy
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    It’ll still be fun. If it’s serial #336, tell it Daddy says Hi πŸ˜‚

    LOL!

    Ive had a few .30s and in my opinion, a good trigger is rather crucial.  The shot cycle on big bores is so "harsh" in most models described and out there, as they are not typically balanced and simply required a lot of force to open the valve to create the high pressure necessary to shoot these slugs.  The higher the pressure fill, the more you have to contend with this, and any additional complexity to the shooting cycle makes it more challenging to be accurate.  I was thankful for the Timney trigger in the Extreme, and even the Bold 2 trigger in my PBBA was quite good.  

    If by comparable in price, you mean what Dennis sells originally for, not many options.  There is the Badger (made by XP) and Seneca (Sam Yang)  that come close to the price and could be rebarreled to .308 with some minor tuning.  Depending on whether you are committed to that caliber, a Seneca Recluse could be a nice option going up slightly or even a Bulldog.  

    If you are committed to the .308 caliber, and price is still a consideration and wanting to remain low, the Texan .308 is a pretty good option (Im on my 4th Texan, currently a shrouded .457 with Maddog).  Add a Maddog stock later on (or as soon as possible) and its a nice platform.  You can easily change out the bottle with valves for .257, .357, and .457 for around $265 ( https://www.pyramydair.com/s/a/AirForce_Spin_Loc_Air_Tank_Fits_357_AirForce_Texan_Rifles/7786  ) and add another OEM barrel (at least in .357) for $300 ( https://www.pyramydair.com/s/a/AirForce_24_Barrel_357_Caliber/7983 ).  I can only imagine you will be able to buy just the valve and various barrels at some point…………if you are in to that sort of thing πŸ™‚  Also with the PBBA, the .308 is compatible with .357 (same porting) but a simply barrel change out (they are threaded into the action, love this) and bolt.  I believe Terry said this was around $400 and change.  Of course you can also get after market barrels etc to make your own changes.  

    Sorry, this was an opinion on "other than Quackenbush" but I was in your place at one time and could never get on the list.  About the only way to get it at that price is if he brings one to a show, otherwise people sell used ones for about a 33-50% mark up πŸ˜• Some view them as collectibles, I guess.  At that point, you are over the cost of a new Texan .308 and approaching PBBA, Extreme, and XP.

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    johnshaww
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    Thanks for the reply and also detailed answer! (Also thanks for everyone else’s replies) I think I might just see if I can get an epox badger in the future and have it rebarreled (.40 cal slugs not being too common and all). I hope Airgun depot does something for Black Friday in the future after I’ve saved up enoughπŸ˜….

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    spysir

    Loved my .458 DAQ, old world walnut & bluing , if used correctly all shots inside a quarter at 75 yards ( my maximum hunting distance). Just a fine heirloom utility.  But I'm thinking you would need to catch him at a show to purchase a rifle these days. 2 years ago he still carried them to shows, likely still does.

    You want the LA outlaw not the older style.

    Sure it's an old design, there isnt anything "new" in airguns to be had anyway except odd looks.

     

    John

    I have the 458 too,i just found one for $900.00 with no blems so I feel ,I got a great deal ,was not shot it about 3 years old ,right now daq has some 58 cal pistols making 240 fpe an getting the 280 round ball out too 90 yards with 169 fpe at 90 yards,just turning the lead into paper ,he also has 25 cal 9mm an 45 cal pistols,i do hear he is working on some 575 short rifles wich i want one,so under curranty availble ,then some 458 ,i was told by the man himself ,its now first come first serve ,check the site every monday ,he is also selling some one of ones too,the 58 is making ,not sure when he will get to the 308 again ,the 58 or 575 pistol ,makes more power then a  stock bulldog ,the 25 cal get like 7 shots an can get more power then most rifles the 9mm an 45 well from 500.00 to $550.00 cant beat his prices I put a rubber grip on my 58 cal is like night an day made for 2240 grip ,but nothing else  about the pistol is Crossman,there is one other selling pistols with this power ,for 3x more good luck with your 308 i want the powder burner version one of these days  on the wish list for reaching out to 300 yards with ease an going through steel

     

    note about daq air guns they allways have a bit more power then advertised too an sometimes alot more 

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    steeve
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    I found his guns impossible to get….tried to get on the waiting list 3 years in a row….You have to win his lottery first, just to get on the waiting list!   I wanted a 50 cal (.495), and finally found one about a month ago for $900, used. Haven't got a scope on it yet or checked it on my chrony, but it's a blast to shoot with the giant "Diablo pellets" that came with it!  Goes through a 4 x 4 post, sounds like a 12 gauge shotgun….loud!, but not very much recoil. Gets 5 shots on a fill.    Now if I could just find a used  XP  salt & pepper .72 cal……

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    spysir
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    Steeve,

    You purchased a DAQ ?  The 5 shot mag is confusing.

     

    John

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    John.

    I just sent you an email I have one brand new never fired. I was going to post it if you are interested please let me know asap. ok? thank you.

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    This is true finding a DAQ in any caliber is hit and miss so when you get a chance on picking one up do it because you will never take a loss on a sale like you will on a commercial made air rifle .People know this and this is the reason for the mark up on the DAQ air rifles.

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    Kinetic45
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    OK, I see that the above post has 'deleted account' but did not see anything objectionable in his posts.

    Was offering the rifle a violation?  Or did someone find out it was a scam or something?

    I've read the rules a while back but maybe I missed or forgot something?

    Jeeze, I hate to seem dumb but they always say the only dumb question is the one not asked, haha

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    Bowhunter73
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    Kenetic45 I personally know Fred and he's a great person I bought and traded with him so I don't understand why they deleted his account either he had the DAQ 308 listed in the Classifides makes no sense to me.

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    steeve
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    Sorry, my mistake on the DAQ .50 having a 5 shot mag….they don't of course,  I was thinking about my Daystate Wolverine .30 with the 5 shot mag.  It does get 5 good shots on a fill. which I thought was really good for a .50 cal.  Definitely not an air hog. 

     I was also mistaken about the price I paid…..1,000$ not 900. but it came with a lot of pellets and some round balls too. 

    The only thing I didn't like about the gun was the stock, which someone had sprayed with what looks like a truck bed liner paint…..Ugly.

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    spysir
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    steeve, you might want to try stripping that one. I purchased the lowest grade stock he made and it was very decent walnut.

    John

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    steeve
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    Thanks john, I thought about that, but was worried about using a chemical stripper on the wood.  Maybe a heat gun might work, but sanding it off would take forever.  If you know of a good liquid stripper that would be safe, LMK.

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