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Bell Target New Rifle Advice

Discussion in 'Target Shooting' started by 67scottyp, Dec 19, 2019.

  1. 67scottyp

    67scottyp Member

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    Hiya everyone,

    Newbie here so please be gentle!!!

    I’m looking for a new/used .177 target rifle for Bell target shooting.
    I’ve been looking at the AA S200, BSA Ultra, FWB 601, walther RM8 varmint.

    I like the pistol grip on the rm8 but it’s a heavier piece of kit.
    Are these any good or suitable, is there anything else I should be looking at, budget £300-350 if possible.

    thanks in advance
    Scottyp
     
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  2. 67scottyp

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    Gamo coyote whisper? Another one that’s come up
     
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    Troll man Engaging Member

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    Have a look for some of the older target rifles like the anschutz or fwb. Should be within your budget and are built for the short range stuff. The ssp stuff is is very good and easily as accurate as pcp
     
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    Cheers, I’m keeping my options open so will look into what you’ve said, Not looked at the Anschutz yet but will do now
     
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    Fwb300.

    Nothing you could buy new would even come close to the build quality, trigger and accuracy of one of these.

    £350 can get you a nice condition one that will be good for years of use. If you go to a bell target club where people compete in a league, you will see loads of fwb 300's. Cant over state how good they are
     
  6. Troll man

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    I was lucky enough to to be given an old anschutz 250. It maybe a 60s gun but is still lazer accurate. The old fwb superair are excellent too.
     
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  7. sagalout

    sagalout What a plinker!

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    Doesn't bell target have a 6fpe limit?
     
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    I believe that to be the benchmark but some degree of flexibility has been tolerated in certain circumstances.... so I’m led to believe, I’m no expert in the matter though
     
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  9. sagalout

    sagalout What a plinker!

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    Nor me, but I think all those you list are a bit above that. :shrug:
     
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    a lot are using the S200, and this is what I’ve been pointed towards, but I wanted to know what else was out there as alternative options
     
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    Troll man Engaging Member

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    Having a brain fart the superair was anschutz not fwb. As far as I'm aware bell target is 6ftlb which is why 10m target rifles get used a lot.
     
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    Radlad Keyboard Hero

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    The S200t is available as a 6lbs competition rifle.
     
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    The list is endless. Our club has a limit of 7.5 ftlbs.

    The majority of our members are shooting classic 70s and 80s 10metre target rifles.

    My personal favourite is the walther lgv spezial, closely followed by an original 65. Very often I like to go old school and old wormy comes out. This is a 1930s mod V milita rifle. The stock has woodworm damage, open sights, there's no bluing left, the barrel flops about like an outhouse door and it shoots two inches high. Once I get my eye in, I can still get it ringing nicely. If you can master the stiff triggers, a mk3 supertarget is very satisfying, and the old underlever BSA's do the job, model D's, light patterns etc.

    The highest tech I like to shoot is a single stroke pneumatic, the walther LGM-2 being my choice. This is clinical and if you miss, it's your fault. A bit too easy in my view, but it's still a challenge.

    As said, you can't go wrong with a FWB 300, they are built like tanks and have a superb trigger. Just look for one which has been resealed fairly recently. Plenty about, and never a problem to resell if you decide it's not for you.

    I've a few classic rifles for sale, we're a bit of a distance apart, but I'd be happy to meet half way. If you're interested, give me a shout in the new year.

    Dave
     
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    67scottyp,

    For availability of spares, accuracy, & ease of strip down, I would suggest going with Feinwerkbau.

    The FWB150, 300, 300S, & 300SU, and or the FWB6xx SSPs are fine rifles, and you can easily keep them shooting for many, many years to come :)

    Have fun :)

    Best regards

    Russ
     
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    cloverleaf Super Moderator Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    To add to what's already been said, I think the major consideration here is that (unless going for novelty etc) you want a proper 6ftlb target rifle so bin the RM8, Ultra and any other sporters as they'll lack the aperture sights and refinement of the target guns.

    The S200 is OK as long as you get the target model and the FWB is going to be ideal. Other options to look at would be recoilless spring (FWB 300S, Original Mod 75 and fore-runners) or single stroke pneumatic (FWB600, Walther LGR and others).

    Any proper target PCPs will be well out of your price range and tbh probably not really in the spirit of the comp, although I appreciate how this will vary somewhat depending on where it's being shot.
     
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    Mike Bowler Busy Member

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    Gamo Phox .177 as good as the others
     
  17. Wofty

    Wofty 'This is the way'

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    Ref the S200T. Unless you are hobbit sized the stock is titchy.
    It's also very light and the barrel will wander.
    I had to fit an Ultra stock and weight the forend.
    Whilst it fits better and hence shoots better I prefer my 300 every time and would be more inclined to buy a used 300 and carry out stock mods if required.
    I'm a bit of a purist with mine but will get a cheek riser cut like the SU.
     
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    Not pcp, but i have enjoyed success with my HW 99 at 6yd shooting, i have tuned it & it runs at 7.2ftlb with r10 pistol pellets, i also fitted a rear peep sight & front sight i could change the elements on
     
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    Why not try a FWB 300 Junior?
    I’ve shot a few and they are nice and light, just as accurate as their big brother too.

    Kev
     
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    Hw30 .177 with proper/diopter sights on are quite a cheap option for a newcomer...ALL the German 10 meter target airguns from the 60/70's are pretty bombproof if they are well kept...depends how competitive you want to be...I believe in the true spirit of Belltarget shooting & always use a springer.

    There's a league over Malvern way that uses full power...up to 12ft/lbs air rifles with open sights..ie no diopter's....beware of shrapnel...shoot safe...:up:
     

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