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Question Expectations?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by rabbitwrecker, Jan 9, 2020.

  1. Thermionic Valve Tech

    Thermionic Valve Tech Engaging Member

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    It needs to be accurate, powerful, reliable, ergonomic and look good.

    Basically everything is important.
     
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  2. jesim1

    jesim1 Kit bitch to the Stars

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    I like the look of sporters, but want the accuracy of a target rifle. I prefer .177 and laminate stocks. I prefer magazines for convenience, but use a single shot loader almost exclusively for accuracy. I like the feel of quality, and don't mind trying any maker to see what they are like. Much of what I have done in the past 12 months has just been to expand my knowledge on certain areas, and as I mostly shoot off a bench I'm probably using the wrong stock :facepalm:
     
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  3. Hans Free

    Hans Free Donator

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    My criteria is would the rife look good when I post pics on Airgun forum
     
  4. Pleides

    Pleides CORVID DISPATCHER and DONATOR

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    Accuracy first then weight, don't wanna be trolling around my permission with a big load unless its in my game bag.
     
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  5. Fusty Fieldcrafter

    Fusty Fieldcrafter Posting Addict

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    Horses for courses init.
    I generally come from the hunting stand point and all the usual provisos that incures. I generally like a traditional look too.
    But now I have a three or four rifles that fulfill that brief I am looking for something different, maybe something more likely be an air rifle version of a 'Ranger Carbine' or 'scout rifle' ( I know I know!!)
    What I'm saying is I expect one thing from one rifle and another from another.
     
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  6. JoeHeugh

    JoeHeugh Beware the Springer

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    Consistency first, for me a sub 12fpe rifle should be capable of 10p groupings at 40 yards without flyers with the right pellets. Any more accuracy is nice but not important. Fitted with a quality low mag scope with a simple reticule as I'll never shoot further out than 2 mildot. That said, I would rather have an MOA scope any day.

    I prefer the traditional sporter style as it's easy to bring to the shoulder from the carry and I like long guns as muzzle control is simpler especially if you're kneeling with the gun pointing up. I do like full pistol grips but only if the gun is going to be up at the shoulder for a long time, say supported on a stick or god forbid, a bipod (rifle stand). Material wise anything robust is good and it seems I'm becoming quite partial to synthetic and stainless. I agree walnut is nice but I don't actually gaze lovingly at my guns very much. Overall build quality is also well worth paying for which tends to mean one of the big names.

    A good trigger is essential, I like a single stage with crisp 3lb let off and I'll pay good money for that although a decent 2 stage is fine. Any creep though and it's a deal breaker. It's also important that the grip gives a comfortable reach to the trigger.

    Weight is also a deal breaker. I love the look of the big Diana's but 11lb??? I get away with my 11lb HW97 with it's accessories because I only use it for ambushing mostly on a stick. My next air rifle will be lighter.

    My next air rifle may also be a PCP (sorry RW). From my perspective PCP's are inconvenient, unreliable and unnecessary but there is one thing that they may be good for and it may well sway me. And it's not a reason that anyone ever seems to consider...

    Sometimes I do put my range hat on, do give me an antique gun, an old BSA or similar, don't give me anything encrusted with picatinny!
     
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