I’ve had the Daystate Renegade for several months, and have had an opportunity to use it extensively, a lot of small game has dropped to this compact little bullpup, including rabbits, pigeons, prairie dogs and raccoons. At 30″ LOA it is one of the shorter bullpups, but weighing in at 8.8 lb it is a still a substantial bit of hardware! I’ve mentioned before that these characteristics of a heavier bullpup help to pull the gun into a shooters center of gravity for off-hand shooting, and I don’t say this as an excuse for heavier guns, I really do shoot them better offhand……. and with a good sling you won’t really notice that extra weight when packing the rifle through the brush!
But where I really noted the advantage of the compactness of the Renegade in this particular application, was while carrying it in tight spaces. Moving through sheds and between equipment, shooting from tight windows with limited shooting lanes, were all easier than if I’d been using a full sized rifle.
My afternoon shoot took me into large storage sheds, snaking my way through pipes and conveyor belts inside and out, squeezing between tanks and bins, and into fields and along fence-lines. Some shots were at 15 yards, some at 75 yards, but the majority were between 40-50 yards. A small percentage of my shots were at birds feeding on the ground, but I took the most shooting upwards along the roof-line or perched high up on wires and pipes where the birds staged between feeding and roosting spots. I had to be even more careful with my backdrops than usual, because putting out well over 30 fpe I had to consider the possibility of pass through. The 300 cc air tank provided me enough shots that I could have stayed out all afternoon if my schedule had not been forcing me on-wards.
This 6 shot group using JSB Exact 15.8 .22 caliber pellets showed me the rifle had made it through the airline baggage carriers without incident, and that I was ready to shoot!Before starting on this shoot, I did a quick 6 shot group to check my zero, which is always a good idea after traveling with your rifle, especially if traveling by air! I wasn’t shooting to test accuracy, I’d already done that before leaving home and I’d printed out a trajectory chart so that I knew where the pellet would hit at various distances. I just wanted to make sure the gun hadn’t taken a jolt that threw off the alignment. You’d be surprised how often this happens, and even a slight shift in the POI can really mess up your hunt.
I shot here for about an hour and a half, and dropped a couple dozen birds. I recovered some, the barn cats ran out and grabbed a few, and some I could not get to because they landed on roofs or other inaccessible spots. I did collect up those I could, which you see here with the Renegade. I used this bullpup for feathers and fur, and found it a great little hunting rifle. I’d used the Pulsar, which is the electronic big brother of the Renegade, and it is a fine air rifle. However, I really enjoyed the refined simplicity of the Renegade, which forgoes the electronics everywhere but the HTU trigger. And what a great trigger it is, which is something of a rarity on bullpup designs, particularly on those guns not purpose designed to be a bullpup.
I’ll be taking the Renegade with me on a prairie dog shoot next month and will report back on how it handles the winds and long ranges encountered on the South Dakota grasslands. Until then, stay well…… and get out there and shoot!