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First Post For A French Springer Shooter/buyer

Discussion in 'Introduce yourself' started by gaidong, Apr 16, 2019.

  1. gaidong

    gaidong Newbie

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    Hello all,

    My name is Oli and I left the UK for France in 2007 (cause: French lady). I live in a small town near Versailles and fancy getting back into shooting regularly - I had a BSA Supersport as a teenager and did quite a bit of .22LR (N°8) and 5.56 (L98A1) with the CCF. I'm coming up to 40 years old and fancy getting myself something decent. As you may know, the French permit-free power limit is 20 joules, about 14.7 fpe, but, as airgun hunting is completely forbidden here, I'm mainly looking for accuracy, smoothness and general pleasure-to-use-iness. My most recent reference is a .177 Stoeger X20 at my mum's place in the countryside - absolutely horrible with a stiff AND sloppy trigger.

    I'm not looking to compete, at present. There is a very good club down the road here, with some members competing at national level. I did join it about four years ago but as I had previous experience I was among the better newbies and they wanted me doing competitions straight away. I don't have the time for that and I didn't really like indoor 10 or 25 m ranges, wearing strait jackets (no offence :D) etc. I want to be outdoors!

    My specific question regards rifle choice, of course! Specifically, I know a lot of UK airgunners like running their rifles well below 12 ft/lbs. I'm 'allowed' 20% more than that but should I take advantage? And if so, how? As it's target shooting only (hunting illegal) then I'd have thought .177 but maybe a .22 could take better advantage of the power? I'd like a Weihrauch as I lusted after them 25 years ago, and I have a HW45 pistol, so matchy-matchy 'n all. Are there HW rifles that are out-of-the-box more suited to the extra power? I like the option of open sights, maybe even diopters like the N°8 I used to use, so 97 and 98 out. I also quite like the style of underlevers, which'd suggest the HW77 or HW77k. Can a 77 shoot well with 20 joules of energy without professional tuning? Would it be worth considering an HW80, designed to handle the extra power (though losing the underlever)?

    What says airgunforum??? Many thanks in advance.
     
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    HW77 Special Edition .177 full length would be my choice Will easily handle 20 joules, but as always springers shoot better at around 10.5 - 11.5 ft lb.

    Oh and welcme to the forum :welcome:
     
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    Hi oli welcome to the forum
     
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    Most HW's are built to run at 15 odd ft/lbs, if you're going to use all the power on offer I'd go for .22, it'll be smoother than the smaller calibres.
     
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    HIYA OLI . . . . . WELCOME TO OUR AIRGUN FORUM . . . . . ENJOY . . . . . :welcome:
     
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    Hello oli and :welcome:,mike
     
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    Welcome mate
     
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    Jagdwaffen Suns up guns up

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    Hi Oli and welcome
     
  9. gaidong

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    Thanks one and all! Putting the kids to bed now...
     
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    Welcome Oli :D:up:
     
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    Bonjour Oli :thumb:

    Pick something from you your mother-land mate ;)

    While I was still new to the sport, I accidentally put a .22 TX200 over power and, it was lovely to shoot.
    ........... But, alas, those damed British laws and chronoscopes mean that I had to knock it back down again :(

    Either way, good luck and, enjoy :up:
     
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    Hello Oli and welcome,

    Buy one at 20J, you can always reduce it’s power.
     
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    Welcome to the forum Oli.

    Hope you enjoy it here.
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    A very warm :welcome: to our fine forum Oli, it’s good to have you join us ….….… :thumb:
     
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