Air rifle is real hunting. If you want to take critters from 300 yards you're being a bit unrealistic in calling that hunting. Air rifle for my garden effective range is 30 yards, preferred 10. Effective range for a 25 cal is maybe 100 yards, 50 for humane kills.
Its interesting to see everyone's responses to hunting in this thread as well. If hunting within the season, under the determined restrictions and laws, I don't see an issue with it at all.
If you live in a house, with concrete streets, electricity, and plumbing, you've done far more damage to the ecosystem and habitat than any legal hunter could ever do in a lifetime.
Further more, where exactly do we believe light weight synthetic materials come from? Bambi's ass? Give me a break. They're an industrial product made in a country that couldn't give two poops about the environment called CHINA. Shipped on a boat that absolutely DESTROYS everything about the ocean in its path, and then put on truck that does the same, then finally to the retail shelves where you can go look at the fancy plastic displays, under giant air conditioners, in the comfort of a retail environment which has destroyed everything you claim to care about.
In the end I guess we should all just carry burlap sacks and never kill anything, not even a little ant on the trail. Never mind the part where hunters play a vital roll in the ecosystem which has been completely thrown off balance by deforestation, logging, mineral mining, agriculture, and development.
And I'm done. Good luck "hunting" with your big ol guns from 300 yards and good luck "protecting" the environment with your stockpile of synthetic, electronic, and light weight gadgets.
Bernard, as far as my pellet gun goes. It is very low powered compared to a powder burner and as a result needs the optics and upgrades to humanely protect my garden. Accuracy is how you take animals humanely, not power. I would put up IED's for you any day though. I rely on my garden to actually survive, sorry if you don't understand that. Believe it or not, 99% of the critters taken by that pellet gun are invasive species introduced by well meaning biologists to help fix problems agriculture caused that have since taken over the ecosystem.
/end not looking at this thread again so don't bother responding to me.