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Pedersoli’s White Hawk, The Indoor Rifle

An almost perfect idea

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What it is, is a .177 caliber pellet rifle that uses #209 shotgun primers as a power source. So it goes BANG pretty well, and zips a little lead pellet along at about 700fps. More than fast enough to knock holes in paper from across the room. Powerful enough for mice and perhaps even rats.

It’s the concept that I like; the thing is marketed as an indoor rifle.

A break open muzzleloading light weight handy rifle with modern technical features and ideal for indoor shooting. The 4.5mm caliber barrel folds down by pushing a lever in front of the triggerguard. Ramrod is stored on the upper part of the barrel. Buttstock with checkered grip and black plastic buttplate and forearm. Stock is hardwood with a satin finish. 2 1/2” drop with 14 1/2” trigger pull. Barrel is 4.5mm (.177) caliber, blued. 17 3/4” in length, round - .570 outside diameter, rifled with 10 lands and grooves. This is a 1 in 15” twist. Has front sight - blued steel blade style and rear sight - blued steel open style. Ignition is percussion - 209 primer only. Features color casehardened receiver blued steel furniture. Overall length is 34 5/8” and weighs 3 1/2 lbs. Accessories include a steel ramrod w/brass tip threaded 5/32” and a brass brush. Recommended load is .177 BB. Average muzzle velocity is 690 ft/sec. Manufactured by Pedersoli/Italy.

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About $400. From Pedersoli, so you know it’s a well made firearm.



Indoor rifles. Harrrummph.

But pellet guns fired by primers? Almost a great idea. How about taking it up a notch? Or up 5 notches? And moving outside of course.

How about a pellet rifle powered by those nailgun blanks? Heck, those yellow ones can drive a bolt into 5” of hardened concrete. Think what they’d do to a pellet!! Answer: a lot! And it’s already been done. The hotter blanks can push a little .22 airgun pellet at more than 2800fps, more than double the speed of a .22LR bullet (which weighs 3 times as much).  They don’t seem too accurate though, which is no surprise what with pellet gun vs rifle bore diameter differences, and lot to lot variation of nail gun blanks, which probably aren’t built to exacting pressure specs like actual ammunition.

So where do we go from there? Hey, how about real bullets in real rifles, propelled by nail gun blanks? And once again, it’s been done. But, and this is the nice but, but it’s a better solution. Swage down a slightly oversize soft lead ball, lube it up and load it into a custom made adapter cartridge, and even the mid power nail gun loads will push a 30gr chunk of lead at better than 900fps. And with an adapter, you can get one for every caliber. Naturally, the smaller the bore, the faster the bullet. But blasting squirrels and rats with an 80gr bullet in your .375 H&H safari rifle has to be a hoot.

See? This is why I reload. I don’t need to buy the adapter. Or the custom funky little rifle, even though it’s rather neat. Lubed round ball loads work in just about every rifle, and usually 5-8 grains of either Bullseye or Unique powder will get them up to suitable backyard hunting speed. In the larger calibers, these nearly silent rounds pack nearly as much power as a .357 Magnum pistol. They aren’t toys at all.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/06/2015 at 08:43 PM   
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