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Getting kitted up!

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by TreeCarrot, May 27, 2015.

  1. TreeCarrot

    TreeCarrot Well-Known Member

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    Afternoon folks,

    I've been plinking around with my new Gamo Varmint Hunter Classic .22 and whilst it's a great budget gun.. It is oh so bloody loud! Plus that spring recoil is a real tough one to tame. Groups at even close ranges are hard to come by due to it. Now I'm sure that's down to my shooting skill but after having a go with a few pcp's at my local club, I'm hooked. Plan to keep shooting my springer and really try to get my head around it.. but I'll definitely be switching to PCP soon...er than I thought!

    Now, I'd quite like a PCP that isn't too tough to hand pump (so probably not 3000psi!). I'm not a fan of the carbine shape and would much prefer a multishot. It's got to be as quiet as possible. I'd like to be able to have a few shots in the garden and not terrify every bunny in a 3 mile radius whilst out in the field!

    It'll be a predominantly hunting set-up for rabbits, pigeons and a little ratting.

    Now comes the hard part.. I'd like to get set up for around £600 (That's the top end!). I've never been a huge fan of second-hand, so new if possible. Quality rifle, moderator, scope, fittings and pump for under £600.. is it possible guys?

    Let me know what you'd go for guys! Or just tell me I'm crazy and have silly impossible fantasies. Either way, I appreciate it :D

    Cheers.

    Side thought - Is it THAT much cheaper to hand pump? Pumps aren't cheap and I'm sure I could get a second hand (I know I know..) tank for a fair price. What other peripherals would I need to tank it instead? I'm pretty clueless as to how many top-ups I could achieve with say, a 7 ltr 238bar tank so any info on that is appreciated. If I'll have to live at the local scuba club to do a bit of plinking and the odd rabbit hunt, I'm not sure about it.
     
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  2. TreeCarrot

    TreeCarrot Well-Known Member

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    Another thought - .177 or .22 for my needs guys? Most my shooting will be at around 30-40 yards at rabbit.
     
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    To start with please don't just go out shooting anything alive until you can assure clean kills. You don't sound very experienced at all.
    .177 or .22 does not matter a jot. Head shots only and both will kill.
    Bottle is your best bet £120 from Go Dive Derby.
    As for rifle. Deduct £120 from your total then look online for the price of new rifles. Simples. I would suggest Air arms. Perhaps a CZ s200.
    But look for yourself!!!
     
  4. TreeCarrot

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    I wouldn't dream of it! I'm utterly against any hunting with my current rifle due to my lack of control over the recoil. Until I'm confident of my technique and skill with a PCP, paper and steel will be the only thing I hunt!

    After shooting a few different rifles at my local range, I think I'll settle for .177

    Considering that bottle suggestion, £400 sounds pretty good for the rifle alone. That'd leave fittings, scope and moderator (if not included) with the remainder of the budget. (and the bottle of course)

    Cheers mate, I'll have a google around :)
     
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  5. chevin

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    Another for the S200 here, but there are a few in that range, me I only shoot .177, try as many as you before parting with your cash, you'll get quite a few more recommenations I suspect from more qualified guys than me, good luck with your choice, atb.
     
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    Got a nearly new S400 for sale at the mo just reduced its price too (for sale section) it's .22 though. It will be more forgiving for hunting situations though.
     
  7. TreeCarrot

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    Thanks for the input guys.

    DDS, I'm not quite ready to get started yet buddy. Hope to really get the hang of my current rifle and do some more research before purchasing any new kit, thanks though mate.

    I've been looking at the S200 but new, you're talking £400+ before adding the multi-shot adapter. Can get hold of a Webley Raider 10 XS in .177 with moderator and no need for an adaptor for bang on £400. Reviews seem fairly decent.

    Then again, if I were to go down the second hand route, I could go for an S400 for around the same price! That's pretty convincing...
     
  8. jesim1

    jesim1 Kit bitch to the Stars

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    All above sounds good, but get a 300bar 7/9 ltr and you will get possibly 50 to 80 good fills on a normal PCP. If you get a 232bar cylinder you will get a lot less fills as once it get's below around 150bar it really is ready to be filled again.

    James
     
  9. TreeCarrot

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    Thanks buddy :) Are 300bar bottles readily available? Need to keep the rice fairly low so a second hand one will probably be needed.

    I'd also been reading that some scuba clubs are reluctant to fill to 300? Suppose I'll have to ring my most local! Cheers mate.

    Edit - Had a google, looks like specific pcp 300bar bottles are common. Anyone got an experience filling them at a dive club?
     
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    fill mine at a dive centre(7lt 300 bar)do not discount second hand either there are some good deals on here at the moment a decent s400 for £400 with silencer etc is common at the moment
     
  11. TreeCarrot

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    Okay then, 7 ltr 300 bar is on the list!

    I'm starting to see the light regarding second hand. My only concern being that my inexperience may hide issues with a potential purchase. Don't really have the experience to spot a good buy and avoid a bad one.

    Cheers buddy.
     
  12. stevemandm

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    personally, I'd go the second hand route, you get a lot more for your money. as a rule, the asking price for all gear is 2/3rds of the value as new (assuming it's in v good condition). based on this, your £600 budget will get you a set up that cost £900 ish not long ago. my recommendation would be an air arms s400 or 410 (.177) scoped up, moderator and a 7l 300 bar fill bottle. I've seen full set ups like this for around your budget. if it were me, I'd get to a rfd, shoulder a few rifles and see what fits ( one will stand out more than the others). then when the rifle is chosen, put a wanted ad up and keep an eye on the sale section - you'll be sorted in a couple of weeks.
     
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  13. stevemandm

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    just had a look in the sale section, daystate huntsman classic with extras and bottle for £495, well worth it. leaves £100 for a scope plus fuel to get it. try a cheeky bid of £450! Look for wolfie64
     
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    There's also a nice S200 with scope in the sale's section, well worth a look, atb.
     

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