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Its tough in NJ . most have shrouds or "silencers"
I have a Daystate in .22 which will outshoot any .22 powder burner out there on a calm day.
One of the best air rifles for sure. about $3000 with a good scope.
I also have a Marauder air rifle in .22 for the money its plenty good enough for hunting small game.
I am a PCP snob for me they shoot so much easier than a spring gun. most air guns will shoot small game at 25 yards and under.
 

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Its tough in NJ . most have shrouds or "silencers"
I have a Daystate in .22 which will outshoot any .22 powder burner out there on a calm day.
One of the best air rifles for sure. about $3000 with a good scope.
I also have a Marauder air rifle in .22 for the money its plenty good enough for hunting small game.
I am a PCP snob for me they shoot so much easier than a spring gun. most air guns will shoot small game at 25 yards and under.
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If you are talking about air gun hunting in The Peoples Republic of NJ your choices for high end air guns are limited. Like Slayer mentioned, you cannot have any type of silencer or shroud that muffles the shot sound. One of the nice things about air gun hunting is being able to be quiet. Leave it to the socialist state to screw that up too. Daystate, Air Arms, FX, Hatsan, Airforce make some really nice guns that are tack drivers with the right ammo. As for springers, one of the best deals is the Diana model 48 in .22 it runs under 400 bucks has plenty of punch and is not suppressed. On the down side if you cheap out on your optics the gun will beat your scope apart. PCP guns have no recoil and as a result can get away with cheaper scopes(Tasco etc.) but the down side is what you get for air supply. Hand pumps work fine but if you shoot a lot that pumping shit gets old fast. High pressure compressors run around a grand plus. Check out Pyramydair.com, Air guns of Arizona, air guns of Utah to get an idea of what is out there.
 

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I airgun hunted in other states not NJ . To clarify the NJ State Police firearms bureau e mailed me that a shroud is OK , nothing with Baffles. I would forward that to anyone who needs it just give me a pM with your e mail. PCP is the only guns i would shoot never really was accurate with a Springer. I had a model 48 it was decent at close ranges but I have taken racoons at 80 yards with a Daystate in Texas. No great feat the guns are just so easy to shoot . You can find places to shoot varmints in Texas all day and night. I brought an electronic caller and the racoons came by 4 and 5 at a time
 

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So if I'm to get a new rifle what would you all say it's the best air rifle for hunting anything from doves to rabbits ar a little bigger?

Let's stick to .22 cal.

And thinking of shoots over 50 yards



So I want to hear you're opinions and experience.
So if you look at the regs for NJ, it says a minimum of 600 fps. I have couple different and it depends on the distance. Both of mine are mid 200's and the scopes were around $150. My first choice for squirrel or rabbit on Public lands is my Ruger Air Magnum .22. It has a muzzle velocity of 750 fps with 23 fpe at the muzzle with 18g HN Baracuda Hunters. It took a while to break it in, but now its a good hunting rifle for out to 50 yards.

Around my sisters farm. I use Benjamin 392s .22. Its a pneumatic pump that has a muzzle velocity of 660 feet per seconds with 13.5 fpe at the muzzle with a 14 grain Crosman super dome pellet. This is good for 30 yards but thats pushing the envelope. Its a great hunting rifle if you find things to be up close and personal. Its quiet, so on a farm or a nursery where you have the owners permission thats my choice.
 

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