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Daystate Airwolf

Discussion in 'Airgun Reviews' started by Daimler42, Jan 26, 2009.

  1. Daimler42

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    Hi, I've read the Target Sports review of this rifle and thought that I might add some thoughts on my use over the last year of this rifle. In the time I have had the rifle I have probably put about 2500 pellets through it, all (or almost all) whilst shooting vermin both feather and fur. I have found the rifle to be heavy when carried for any length of time but its performance more than makes up for this little drawback. You truly can get well over 400 shots from the 500cc bottle - all consistent, all accurate and powerful. I cannot count the number of woodies, ferals, bunnies and rats that have fallen to this weapon at distances up to 40 yards (ish). I've got an IR Hawke scope on it - not expensive - with a Deben Stinger lamp for darkness hours and they work perfectly for what I use it for. As its a .22 I've never considered using it for targets but I'm sure it would hold its own but I think that its true talent is in the field or barn ridding our farming mates of pests. Also worthy of mention is the charging of the airwolfs batteries. In the last 12 months I have only had to charge it three times (it does actually beep at you to give warning of low battery). I notice that the Target Sports review states that the shrouded barrel silencer is okay - I would go further than that
    - its excellent - I've tried an additional silencer but thought that it added unnecessary length to the barrel and unbalanced the gun a little for only a slight extra silencing effect. The magazines can be problamatic both in fit and operation - I've bought a couple of spares (save up 'cos they're not cheap) and found that I have had to make little 'adjustments' with gentle use of emery cloth to get a good fit. One of my mags was stiff and it was not always easy to chamber a pellet, I thought it was because it was new but it still presents a problem now and again - getting better with use though. All in all I wouldn't swap this gun for any other and think that it will last many years (or I hope it will as they do cost a bloody fortune). Hope this helps anyone thinking of investing in a Daystate Airwolf.:)
     
  2. simply james

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    thats a good review mate
     
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    Excellent review. Good points, brief and to the point.... Cheers
     
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    well done mate an well said. i also have a airwolf with tac stock as i shoot a lot of farms an its always covered in poo. i now have sling an bipod most of my shot's are now supported so weight not to much of a problem now. like you i'm in love with it an would never swap. :up::up::up::up:
     
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    I have got an MVT Tactical Wolf and although I have had some problems with consistency I would say that its head and shoulders above my other rifles.
    Once you get the hang of the mag insertation its perfect and the accuracy (mines a .177) is something else.
    If it comes back from Daystate and can hold a zero after breathing on it I will be happy but we will wait and see.
    I am learning though the its seeminly a well kept secret that about 20% of the rifles bought have to go back with problems. Daystate are second to none with customer service so it will get sorted but should you really need to after spending that kind of dollar on a gun??
    Only after posting my problems on another forum was I getting countless PM from guys who all had issues with the Wolfs, specifically the MVT models.
    Food for thought
    Matt
     
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    I thought the MVT's were supposed to be very consistent. :eek:
     
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    Andy, the problem was not shot consistency but poi consistency.
    The gun will group about 5mm from 35m again and again then "breath" on it EG pick it up sling it over my shoulder, put it back down again an it would shoot 5mm groups again.
    Only somewhere else??
    Tried everything and now its gone back to its makers to get sorted
     
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    Yes mate excellent review. :) Is it really worth the price though. Will a S410 or soemthing effectively do the same thing on a hunting trip?
     
  9. Andy

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    Well ive never rated the shroud on airwolfs, mine had accuracy problems when i first got it. I think they've changed the internals since i got mine, but using a rubber o-ring to hold the shroud central combined with a very small exit hole was never going to work well. I notified Daystate on a support forum about this as soon as i got my gun (No 34) but my posts just got deleted. :rolleyes:
    I was was getting flyers about 6 inch of target about every tenth shot and as soon as i removed the shroud it was perfect, in the end i drilled out the exit hole and the internals to cure the problem. Now i have removed the shroud all together and fitted a silencer and accuracy is great.
    The barrels are two small in diameter if you ask me and move about two easily, some users in the states had accuracy problems and found fitting a barrel band to the bottle cured it, one guy got excellent results by just putting gaffa tape around the shroud and bottle. :D
     
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    Well hopefully I wont need to as I`m expecting Dastate to fix the problem permenantly but you never know?
    Cheers for the info though
     
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    and this is a £1200 rifile
     
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    Now that's why this is the best airgun forum, because the air-gunners that have an opinion about any product, airgun wise dont get deleted ;):D
     
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    daystate are now making me a shortened shroud . hopefully this will stop the flex an using the mk4 silencer to do away with it built in silencer. i to have drilled out end cap making it much better...
     
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    My MVT is back with a replaced barrel. Once I get home I will report on whether its fixed the problem or not!
     
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    my wolf now has the shortened shroud with the mk4 silencer fitted it myself everything is now super tight hardly any flex in the barrel super quiet an no clipping at last . now no internal silencer. i think it looks great. an it groups how it should 3 pellets in one hole at 28 mts indoors so any problem now is driver errror:up::up::up::up::up::up::up::up: good luck with yours..:up::up::up::up::up::up::up:
     
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    I will have a little cash to splash in the new year (if wifey don't get to it first) and I was thinking of treating myself to a new Daystate Airwolf in .177 flavour.:D I have read this thread with both interest and trepidation.:confused: I have read articles praising this model and Daystate's in general and the three Daystate owners I met at the range recently, had nothing but praise for them too. I must admit that, what I am reading here is concerning me. Do I really want to spend £1300 on the "Rolls Royce" of rifles, only to have it have perform like a car used for banger racing!:eek: For the same money I could treat myself to AA S410/S510 & a BSA R10 Mk2. :D The more I'm investigating Daystate the more stories of woe I'm hearing and the higher my concern grows with ordering one.:down: Gonna have to give this some serious thought over Christmas and decide in the New Year.
     
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    I'd be interested to know what choice you made as I am ready to buy my first gun and was set on the Daystate Airwolf Tactical but have been put off by some negative comments regarding recent quality control. I'm now considering a HW100 but am still drawn to the Daystae mainly because of some excellent reviews on various YouTube channels. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    My Wolf POI improved when the shroud was shortened to barrel length and the tuning fork/ o ring relocated to the bin.
     
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    This thread is 5 years old so 'some things' may have improved along the way, looks are not everything.
    Reviews are 'personal' shoulder as many & better still shoot if you are able all that you can. hth .................... :coffee:
     
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    Sadly I was not in a position to splash as much cash as I'd hoped, new boiler put paid that.:down: In the end I opted for a used R10 Mk2 with Hawke sidewinder 30 scope. Sadly that was even a bigger disaster than the broken boiler and in the end I spent the refund on a brand new HW95k with Nikko Stirling Mountmaster 4-12x50 AO IR and ordered a Falcon 4-14x44 IR FFP scope to cheer up my S510.:D

    My shooting buddy has just bought the Air Ranger in .177 (3 weeks old), not only does it looks the dogs danglers (in my opinion), it's shoot like em too.:D He is extremely happy with the rifle and even happier that with RWS Superdomes, it puts pellets on pellet at 45 yards.:up: I know you need to re-mortgage to afford one, but the smile on his face when he is shooting it says it's all worth it.

    Hope this is of some help, but what ever you get, enjoy it to the full.

    ATB
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