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Dart Gun

Post by Brute 23 » Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:42 pm

I'm looking at some dart guns. Most likely a pistol to start. Any experiences with types, brands, where to buy etc?


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Re: Dart Gun

Post by snoopdog » Wed Feb 19, 2020 6:18 pm

I wouldn't do the pistol,even if you can walk up to your cows within pistol range now, I gaurantee you won't after they are shot, if they require retreatment. Get a rifle that uses 22 blanks and the pneu darts, the muzzleloader conversions don't require any paperwork. Buy once cry once.
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Re: Dart Gun

Post by Ky hills » Wed Feb 19, 2020 6:54 pm

We have a Pneu-Dart 178b air rifle type. It does pretty well for what we need. I don’t think a pistol type would work as well. We got ours at the local Southern States store. They keep a good supply of darts too, so they must sell a lot of them. I just looked online to confirm what ours is and saw that Atwood’s apparently carries them too.

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Re: Dart Gun

Post by Silver » Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:02 pm

I use a Medi-Dart cross bow. Only thing I could find that holds 35-40 cc per load. And reusable darts. No consumables other than the medicine.

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Re: Dart Gun

Post by Bigfoot » Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:09 pm

There may be better options, but I have the capsure pistol. Used almost exclusively for pinkeye. I have retired from cow catching, on rare ocassions, I will catch for somebody I just hate to say no to. If one wants to fight a horse I will use 2 cc of rompun.
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Re: Dart Gun

Post by Lucky » Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:28 pm

I second the Pneu-dart pump up type. Less stuff to keep up with and the darts are available and just about any feed store. Don’t use mine very often but wouldn’t be without it either, it’s paid for itself many times over. Keep in mind you need to use a drug like Draxxin that has a low dose rate. Nuflor requires a couple darts.

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Re: Dart Gun

Post by BigBear56 » Thu Feb 20, 2020 6:18 am

I purchased a couple cows years ago and the woman I bought them from used the Medi-Dart brand. She said she loved it. I had no experience with one of these and I asked her how close she had to get to get a good neck shot and she said 25-30 yds. Well when I got the cows home, you couldn’t get any closer to them than 25-30 yds. IMO it made the cows extremely skiddish. These same cows now come in the barn and let me pet all over them while they’re eating. FWIW

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Re: Dart Gun

Post by Ky hills » Thu Feb 20, 2020 7:55 am

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Thu Feb 20, 2020 6:18 am
I purchased a couple cows years ago and the woman I bought them from used the Medi-Dart brand. She said she loved it. I had no experience with one of these and I asked her how close she had to get to get a good neck shot and she said 25-30 yds. Well when I got the cows home, you couldn’t get any closer to them than 25-30 yds. IMO it made the cows extremely skiddish. These same cows now come in the barn and let me pet all over them while they’re eating. FWIW
That may have been as close as anyone had gotten to those cows with or without a dart gun until you started feeding them. Just a possibility or a coincidence. We don’t use our dart gun a whole lot just for a pink eye or pneumonia treatment if it’s not convenient to get them up. Ours are fairly calm and you can get pretty close to most even out in the open. It usually doesn’t cause a lot of commotion the affected animal will usually take off running a little, it gets the attention of the others but they usually don’t react much. If trying to treat multiple ones then they may walk away and it becomes a little trickier as they get a little more concerned. Ours seem to get over it pretty well and no more aversion than getting them up and through the chute.

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Re: Dart Gun

Post by Silver » Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:17 am

The medi-dart has been a game changer here. Our cattle summer miles from home out in the trees, and cattle tend to be difficult to rope from a saddle horse in the brush. Foot rot treatment is the most common use, it's not often but if a person takes the gun and medicine in the side x side when checking cattle or taking out salt it can be a very handy tool.

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Re: Dart Gun

Post by Brute 23 » Thu Feb 20, 2020 3:43 pm

I'm buying it to get rid of some problem cattle that wont go any where near a pen. Hopefully when they hit the trailer they will be some one else problem.

When I was googling around last night the medication option kept coming up. They have YouTube videos of people doing it. Didnt realize how popular it was for that purpose.
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Re: Dart Gun

Post by kenny thomas » Thu Feb 20, 2020 5:59 pm

The issue here is not getting the right gun, it's getting the meds for the darts.
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Re: Dart Gun

Post by Bigfoot » Thu Feb 20, 2020 9:05 pm

Brute 23 wrote:
Thu Feb 20, 2020 3:43 pm
I'm buying it to get rid of some problem cattle that wont go any where near a pen. Hopefully when they hit the trailer they will be some one else problem.

When I was googling around last night the medication option kept coming up. They have YouTube videos of people doing it. Didnt realize how popular it was for that purpose.
Huge learning curve on what your talking about. If you haven't been in on doing a few, I would share what I know. Just reach out.
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Re: Dart Gun

Post by littletom » Thu Mar 05, 2020 7:17 pm

I have the capture with co2 works really well for me. I like the the throw away darts much better than the old school with the charge and barbed needles. Mostly use for pink eye and foot rot. When we used to have bat crap crazys we used a good bit to catch. You have to be carful on grown crazy cows. I killed a couple.

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Re: Dart Gun

Post by midTN_Brangusman » Fri Mar 06, 2020 8:48 am

I have the Cap-Chur rifle, sure saves a lot of time not having to get one in the chute.

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