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Advice Getting back in the fold ......

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Nick_H, Mar 17, 2014.

  1. Nick_H

    Nick_H Member

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    Hi all ! It looks like ive been bitten by the bug after probably a 20 + year gap....

    I sold all my guns around 6 years ago but had not been shooting for years before that.

    I had :

    BSA Airsporter S 177
    BSA Scorpion 177
    Diana G80 177
    BSA Mercury 22
    HW77 22
    HW35e 177

    and various scopes.

    I've been researching for about a week and have it down too 3 rifles :

    HW97
    Air Arms Pro Sport
    Air Arms Tx200

    Scope i've been looking at is the MTC Taipan 6-24x56IR

    I'm now leaning more towards the TX200 over the Pro Sport. Mainly because I prefer the looks.

    I've not held any of the rifles yet. Thats the next step.

    Also how aminable are Farmers these days ? In the day we had a few we could just tip a tenner too and have a great days shooting on their land.

    Advice and reccomendations gratefully recieved !
     
  2. Biker_Bob

    Biker_Bob Active Member

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    Any of those rifles will do - but you'll know when you handle them which is right for you.
    The 97 and TX feel muzzle heavy to me, the Prosport carries it's weight closer in to your shoulder.

    In terms of shooting permission, as you'd expect it's a bit crap these days - you'll have to work harder to find one but they're still out there. It's a good idea to join the BASC/BASA so you can turn up with your little insurance card.
     
  3. Andy-K2

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    Oddly enough, it was the same three choice's for me too, I went with the TX200mk3 standard lengh in .177. The HW for me I didn't like, the one I looked at had a bad finish which surprised me considering the German engineering is usually of a very high quality. The ProSport was priced quite high in comparison to the TX200 and for the difference I could not justify... Although as said and I'm sure you well know already, there is nothing like holding a rifle to see what feels right for you... My choice on the day was the HW100 but will all the bits and pieces to go with it, I really didn't want to spend £1300.00, so I settled for the TX, it is an awesome rifle, I'm very happy, not often do I make the right choice at the right time... and shopping is half the fun.:D:up:
     
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    If i was chooseing any from your list i would be looking for a smaller scope.....any of the rifles and that scope would be one hell of a lump to carry round for a hunting trip.....just my opinion of course :)
     
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    +1 also a large scope might cover the loading port
     
  6. Tripleteer

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    Welcome back to the sport, enjoy your stay and let us know which setup you settled for.atb Paul.
     
  7. 177man

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    Hi iv'e had all three of the rifles you mentioned and still have the tx and the pro sport nuff said Si
     
  8. Nick_H

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    Thanks all. The scope .... We'll this will be one time where I don't have to scrimp on the kit so I thought get the best scope !

    ive read some reviews of the Taipan and they seem to be pretty good. The weight issue doesn't really bother me although I may live to regret these words :)

    of course I need to check if it's ok with whatever gun I decide to go with.

    should I be considering another scope ? If so which one for my 1k gun and scope budget.

    Should I be considering other options ?

    What about pre charge and gas ram ?

    In my old fashioned blinkered way of thinking these don't seem like proper air rifles.

    Do I need educating ?
     
  9. themadspread

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    stick with the tx200 better out the box than a hw97 but the 97 with a qualiyyty tune up is a way better gun.someone above mentioned about getting a permission that its a big plus getting a basc cover (46 quid) or something similar is a good tip a lot of places insist on it nowadays and wont entertain you on thier land without it atb andy
     
  10. tomsteebs

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    As above really, also have a ganders at hw98 and of course my favorite springer "webley longbow" these were made for 12ftlb power and suit it well, once tuned (something you could look into) they are sublime.

    As for scopes, tapian sounds way over the top to me, a nice simple high quality scope is my taste (especially for springers) so I advise looking at nikons, Bushnell legends and old Japanese scopes
     
  11. Andy-K2

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    When I do get around to buying my HW100 I was looking to put the Falcon Menace 4-16x44 on it. Priced around £280.00 for the IR model and I understand they are a very good scope. Of course I will look at the optic's for clarity etc, but I quite fancy a First Focal Plane scope for the ease of hold over points etc. So if your budget is a good one the Falcon scope could be a very nice addition. I think sometimes having more than enough for a budget can be a pain as much as a joy, as your options and choices for gear are increased. :up:
     
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  12. Snipertez

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    Hi Nick and welcome along. PCP's and springers are certainly different animals and you'd realy need to try both for yourself. Can you get to a shop/club where you could try a selection of guns ?

    What will you be using the gun for ?
     

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