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Advice AA S200, suitable?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by nwood90, May 22, 2008.

  1. nwood90

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    Hi guys, was wondering if you could give me some advice?

    Im fairly new to airgunning been shooting for about 4 months. I currently own a BSA Supersport .22 but have only been target shooting as of yet (.22 + target = schoolboy error, i know :p but i enjoy it). Anyway, im looking to start hunting rabbit, squirrel etc. on a local farm/ surrounding woodland and want to get a new gun anyway - a pcp :).
    I want to get a new gun and am seriousy considering an Air Arms s200 in .177. Why you ask? Apart from budget not being massive i enjoy target shooting and i hear .177 can cope with certain pests also.
    Would a .177 s200 cope with rabbits etc and what are the general views on this gun? Are there any other decent PCPs of similar price but better quality?

    Cheers guys :D
     
  2. sharpshooterpete

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    you can't go wrong with an s200 mate, cracking rifle. you thinking about the mk2 or mk3 version? either way its a good choice.
     
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    the s200 is a brill starter gun and .177 will deal with rabbits (headshots only):up:
     
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    I've just got an S200, happy with it so far :up:
     
  5. a1gunner

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    also if you take it hunting its will be worth getting the multishot kit for it:up:

    nothing worse than fumbling around for another pellet while the second rabbit runs off:up:
     
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    If I'm honest the Air Arms kit is cheap (lol "cheap") and nasty, badly molded, you can see the joins clearly, it's nearly all plastic, and can make mounting big scopes hard ... probably worth getting one none the less :confused:

    You might want to look at the Rowan Engineering one, it's made of metal and it's cheaper :up:
     
  7. a1gunner

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    silencer too. PCP's are louder than springers:D

    shall we just make a list for you?:D
     
  8. EX Mod Cog

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    You said you don't have a massive budget, be careful! It's all too easy to end up spending half a grand, when you think about accessories and all the stuff that comes with the gun. Do you already have charging equipment? If not then you need to get either a pump or a bottle, it's up to you ... pumps are slightly cheaper but more work, and bottles have to be tested every so often, and obviously refilled, so this means going to a diving shop.

    Welcome to the forum by the way!
     
  9. a1gunner

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    listen to the boy he learned the hard way:D

    the pump is the cheaper and less hastle way of going about it but i advise that you pass a medical first:D

    if you have a dive shop near you then you can use that:up:

    make a list:up:
    stop you going over buget
     
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    No mate for the money it is one of the best PCP's you can buy :up:
     
  11. EX Mod Cog

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    I'm happy with my kit, although I've spent more that I'd like to :eek: it's not as bad as it seems because £180-odd was for the pump ... it has the Dry-Pac thing ;)

    If you go for the S200 then you won't be disappointed, the mk2 is cheaper now as they're the "old model", this is the one I have, it cost me £260, the mk3's are slightly more, a tad over £300 I think, they have the one-piece stock, which I believe has something on the underside to allow easy fitting of a bipod :up:

    Which one you go for is up to you really, they're the same gun but with different stocks, I'd recommend the mk2 just because I like them more :D
     
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    i think the bi-pod thing is on the yanky's models:(
     
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    I was told we had it too, but I didn't check :confused:
     
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    thanks guys, really helpful :up:
    the package im looking at is an AA s200 MK II (i believe - its on the first advert page of June '08 Air Gunner Magazine) 389 quid with mounts, 500 pellets, case (fair enough) and either:

    1. Hawke 3-10x44 Reflex Mil dot
    2. AGS 3-9x40 Mil dot or
    3. Hawke 3-9x40 M.A.P

    is this a good deal d'ya reckon?
    whats the difference between mil dot and M.A.P? i know mil dot has the distance dots on the reticle..? :confused:
    and what kind of range will these scopes give me? 30 yards easily? im looking to shoot from further too - 50 yards, maybe more?

    and im going to get a pump - im a fairly serious rugby player so i think i'll pss the physical :D
     
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    Map means multi aim point and works on the same principle as the mildot but you can use the hawke ballistics sofrware to work out all the aim mpoints for your chosen ammo
     
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    You may well pass the physical, but be prepared not to shoot for quite a while after filling....you won't hit a barn door.
     
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    fill it up AFTER the shooting seshion:D
    you wont fell like much if you pump it up before hand:p
     
  18. a1gunner

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    mill dot is simplay a dot every mm. (willchange if you zoom in and out)
    bus vasically the points are always the same length away from each other

    the MAP is like the mill dot but are not the same distance appart, they are calibrated to a pellets trajectory and the Hawke BRC software will do all the sums for you so you know the aim points without needing to test them:up:
     
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    I am soon to be in a similar situation - buying my first decent gun (for HFT).

    In my mind I have passed over the S200 in favour of the S400 - this is my rationale.

    (i) Hardly any price difference. In the combos I was looking at (same accessories, just the gun is different) the S400 is only £16 dearer.

    (ii) I've read that the S400 is generally better built - more metal bits rather than plastic. Also that the S400 is UK built rather than Eastern European (not sure that matters - maybe just a bit jingoistic).

    Now I know the S200 is sligtly smaller and lighter so is a good choice for juniors and adults wilth a lesser build but other than that I couldn't see any reason to buy the S200 over the S400.

    Am I missing anything?

    Cheers,

    Nigel

    P.S. Just seen the price that you have seen (£389). Where is that from? The retailer I have been looking at (which I thought is meant to be very competitive) they want £450 for the same package).
     
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  20. a1gunner

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    the s200 is more of a target rifle.
    good for 10meter shooting or in a standing target style stance
     

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