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linkscoach
07-01-2012, 19:49
Couldn't figure out where to post this so this seemed like as good as spot as any.

I shot a Daisy 717 pellet pistol growing up. I bet I put a million rounds through that thing. I know it's one of the reasons I became such a good shot with a pistol.

Anyway, the neighbor just spent big bucks on a new pellet rifle and it brought back memories of that little pistol of mine. I dug it out and it's just as much fun as I remember. Even had the kids shooting it lights out with a little instruction.

Now I'm thinking I would like a pellet rifle. My dad has an old .22 caliber rifle that he bought when he was a kid. Even had the barrel replaced by a guy several years ago so if would hold a group again.

I'm sure there are others here that are into air rifles. Where should are start looking for a decent one without spending a huge amount of money. Better yet, where could I find a good used rifle? I can't see spending $100 on one of the plastic stock pieces of garbage that are being sold in the big box stores.

I'm not sure if I want a .22 or .177. Dad's .22 was really good for quietly taking care of varmints. I don't really see .22 caliber pellet rifles in the stores anymore though let alone the pellets.

Berto
07-01-2012, 19:55
As a kid, I wore out two pellet rifles; a Crosman 766 (steel receiver) and a Daisy 880, both pneumatics.
So, I like pellet rifles.
These days I sport a Beeman/HW R9 .177 spring piston rifle and a Beeman/Webley Tempest pistol (.177).

Both are excellent shooters, need to scope the R9.

norton
07-01-2012, 19:55
Couple of web sites. Pyramid Air and Airguns of Arizona. They both have videos testing different air guns.

I put thousands of pellets-and shot a lot of birds-with a Crosman C02 rifle when I was a kid.
I still have several guns. My current favorite is a pre charged Hammerli Pneuma. I chroned this .177 at almost 1100 fps.

lwj
07-01-2012, 19:59
I shoot both air rifles and pistols. When weather is bad and I do not feel like going to the shooting range I shoot air guns inside my house. I have silent pellet trap set at 10 meters.http://www.airguns.net/classifieds/classifieds.php
http://www.network54.com/Forum/79574/

RWS Model 240 Schutze from Air gunsof AZ for $175.00 for new. German quality easy to shoot.

El_Ron1
07-01-2012, 20:40
Beeman R1 and R7. Lookout, air rats!

Caladan
07-01-2012, 20:59
.22 pellet rifles and the pellets themselves are indeed still in stores. Walmart, Gander Mtn, Cabelas, Bass Pro are just some of the places that carry single and multi-stroke pneumatics and spring-piston airguns.

The best source of information about this subject is the airgun forum known as the "yellow forum".
http://www.network54.com/Forum/79537/

They have a classifieds section there too.

One of the best starter air rifles is the Benjamin and Sheridan multi-stroke pneumatics. They don't have the recoil associated with a spring-piston, and are therefore easier to shoot for the novice. They come in .177, .20, and .22.

If you want a good break-barrel piston rifle, look at Beeman/Weihrauch, RWS/Diana, BSA. With minimal care, they will last for many decades. Besides Pyramyd Air and the AoA websites already mentioned, also look at Straightshooters, Pomona Airguns, Topgun-airguns, etc.. You can find the links to these at the yellowforum.

hogship
07-01-2012, 21:54
I'm not a pellet rifle sort of guy, but I ran across this 22cal Crossman 140 about 5 years ago on consignment in a LGS. I think I paid $35 for it then. Anyway, this little rifle has been a terrific little back yard shooter......me, and the boys have had a wonderful time together shooting it........

I'm sure good deals on the older pellet rifles still do exist. This one was made between 1961-1968. About 4-5 pumps is what it takes......with a maximum of 8 pumps. Online manuals for older air rifles are easy to come by.......

ooc
http://pic50.picturetrail.com/VOL431/781008/1425902/139430711.jpg
http://pic50.picturetrail.com/VOL431/781008/3935549/143016661.jpg

Cwlongshot
07-02-2012, 03:59
I'm not a pellet rifle sort of guy, but I ran across this 22cal Crossman 140 about 5 years ago on consignment in a LGS. I think I paid $35 for it then. Anyway, this little rifle has been a terrific little back yard shooter......me, and the boys have had a wonderful time together shooting it........

I'm sure good deals on the older pellet rifles still do exist. This one was made between 1961-1968. About 4-5 pumps is what it takes......with a maximum of 8 pumps. Online manuals for older air rifles are easy to come by.......

ooc
http://pic50.picturetrail.com/VOL431/781008/1425902/139430711.jpg
http://pic50.picturetrail.com/VOL431/781008/3935549/143016661.jpg

As a kid my cousins and I had two of these!!! GREAT and quite powerful!!! as a teen ager I graduated to a Daisy 22cal (Cannot rem model #) and a Sheridan silver streak 20 cal.

Today I have a RWS 34. If I was to buy a new one, I would look HARD at a Benjamin Trail XL 1100
http://www.cabelas.com/product/Benjamin-Trail-NP-XL-1100-Air-Rifle/751940.uts?Ntk=AllProducts&searchPath=%2Fcatalog%2Fsearch.cmd%3Fform_state%3DsearchForm%26N%3D0%26fsch%3Dtrue%26Ntk%3DAllProduc ts%26Ntt%3Dbeljamin%26x%3D0%26y%3D0%26WTz_l%3DHeader%253BSearch-All%2BProducts&Ntt=beljamin&WTz_l=Header%3BSearch-All+Products



I stumbled across this and it will offer tons of info if you are shopping for a new rifle...


http://www.airgunsmith.com/cgi-bin/airgun_review/reviews.pl


CW

Blast
07-02-2012, 04:24
I have a Crosman 760 with rifled barrel. Rarely shoot BBs through it because I don't want to damage rifling. Very accurate with pellets.

norton
07-02-2012, 04:40
This is a photo of the Hammerli Pneuma. 3000 psi, use a hand pump especially made for air guns. Shooters really into precharged air guns use scuba tanks. Get about 30 to 40 good shots before the tank needs filling again.

vafish
07-02-2012, 04:44
I'd spend the money on a scuba tank.

Hand pumps can put a lot of moisture in your airgun.

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Lior
07-02-2012, 05:47
A lot of my shooting is through my Walther LP400, a high end match air pistol. It is powered by 200 bar compressed air cylinders that an industrial gas producer supplies our gun club. They guarantee dry air that will not damage airgun components.

vafish
07-02-2012, 06:15
A lot of my shooting is through my Walther LP400, a high end match air pistol. It is powered by 200 bar compressed air cylinders that an industrial gas producer supplies our gun club. They guarantee dry air that will not damage airgun components.

Dry air or pure nitrogen
is the key to long life in a pcp gun.
Use a hand pump and you will be putting in new seals at least once a year.

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linkscoach
07-02-2012, 06:50
I'm not a pellet rifle sort of guy, but I ran across this 22cal Crossman 140 about 5 years ago on consignment in a LGS. I think I paid $35 for it then. Anyway, this little rifle has been a terrific little back yard shooter......me, and the boys have had a wonderful time together shooting it........

I'm sure good deals on the older pellet rifles still do exist. This one was made between 1961-1968. About 4-5 pumps is what it takes......with a maximum of 8 pumps. Online manuals for older air rifles are easy to come by.......

ooc
http://pic50.picturetrail.com/VOL431/781008/1425902/139430711.jpg
http://pic50.picturetrail.com/VOL431/781008/3935549/143016661.jpg

I think this is the exact same rifle my dad has. I've tried to talk him out of it but no luck :supergrin: His is super accurate also.

linkscoach
07-02-2012, 06:52
Thanks for all the great info!

H&K 4 LIFE
07-02-2012, 10:18
I like my Gamo break barrel airguns. I have shot them ALOT.

http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg6/scaled.php?server=6&filename=sdc10226u.jpg&res=landing

dkf
07-02-2012, 10:24
Have a Benjamin 392, RWS Model 52, Custom Crooked Barn 2240 Pistol and a few other cheaper models. I would love to get an Edgun Matador and .308 Exile but the can't justify spending the coin to get into PCP properly. Plus the Edgun is very very very expensive. Most are .22cal except for cheap pistol and a BB gun. Not a fan of .177 at all.

NDCent
07-02-2012, 11:34
Bought one of these from Pyramydair a few years back. Not a good as a 22 with cb caps, but works in a pinch. Dunno if they still make them of not. It's ok for a plinker quality air gun, I guess.

Gamo, shadow black hunter, 1000 fps, .177 caliber, with BSA red dot scope.

Metal Angel
07-02-2012, 12:30
I like my Gamo break barrel airguns. I have shot them ALOT.

http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg6/scaled.php?server=6&filename=sdc10226u.jpg&res=landing

Some of these Gamos are advertised at 1600fps in .177cal. I have seen videos on YouTube of guys knocking down boars with headshots from Gamos.

fnfalman
07-02-2012, 12:33
Pellet guns are fun, but they're aren't really my cup of tea. I have an RWS Diana as a hand-me-down and it's sitting in the safe.

norton
07-02-2012, 18:41
Dry air or pure nitrogen
is the key to long life in a pcp gun.
Use a hand pump and you will be putting in new seals at least once a year.

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You may be right, but I have had my Pneuma for 3 years and it still has the original seals.

hogship
07-02-2012, 18:48
Wouldn't any ol' pump pellet rifle be the same thing as using a hand pump? There doesn't seem to be a problem with those........:dunno:

ooc

Baba Louie
07-02-2012, 19:07
Other than the initial cost of some rifles I've seen, it looks like a lot of inexpensive fun. Ground squirrels beware!

Just bought a Crossman PC77 for a friend to help rid her garden of Chip & Dale X who knows how many? Having a blast with that thing getting to know what it can and cannot do at different ranges. At 7 yds, I'm consistantly hitting a post it note, 5 out of 5 with 4 pumps of the lever.

vafish
07-02-2012, 19:39
You may be right, but I have had my Pneuma for 3 years and it still has the original seals.

Then you aren't shooting it enough! :supergrin:

brtarr
07-02-2012, 20:10
Been shooting my Sheridan .20 cal for almost 50 years and still can put a rabbit in the pot with it. Great air gun!

G19freak
07-02-2012, 20:59
My old Blue Streak is 40 years old--my still in the box unfired Silver Streak is 20 years old.

linkscoach
07-03-2012, 12:20
I have my eyes on the Benjamin 392. I'm not really interested in the expense of a PCP. The springers seem okay but I really like the classic looks and accuracy of the multipump rifles.

Time to start saving cash!