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Gun Advice Please

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by mart2, Dec 31, 2013.

  1. mart2

    mart2 Newbie

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    Hi all

    This is my first post post so please excuse any stupid questions.

    I currently have a SMK B2 which is not great to say the least and i am looking for an upgrade. I am looking to spend £150 -200 on a springer. I want it for a bit of plinking, targets and vermin control, not looking to do any hunting yet as I am not good enough (but hopefully that will come with practice so maybe in the future).

    So far I have been considering:

    SMK XS20 - a bit put off by my experience with the B2 though
    SMK TH208 - as XS20
    Hammerli Seeker Kit - Seems good value with the full kit - but is this the same as a XS19
    Weihrauch HW99S - Which I probably like the idea of most but i am a bit put off as i've read that its very noisy and i don't want the neighbours on my back.

    I was originally tempted to go for a s/h HW97 or similar but i am left handed so it's difficult to find one.

    Any advice or opinions much appreciated.
    Many Thanks and happy new year

    Mart
     
  2. Jackroadkill

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    Hello, and welcome on board;

    Of the rifles you list, the HW99 would be the one that I'd choose. I'm a big fan of HW springers for a variety of reasons that I won't go into here, but they tend to be well made and they work well. There are big debates as to the quality of the SMK rifles - some users hate them and others believe that they represent very good value for money with a high degree of potential for fettling and tuning.

    As for the noise generated by a HW99, it's not a huge bang; it's more spring noise, which, as you get further into what makes your rifle tick, can be pretty easily remedied with an afternoon's work on the kitchen table with some basic tools (just make sure you get permission from the boss before taking over said kitchen table, eh?). If tuning it yourself isn't an avenue you wish to explore there are plenty of gunsmiths who will do it for you.

    I hope this has been of some help to you, fella. Any further questions you have, please ask them. There are lots of members of AGF who have a wealth of knowledge and will gladly share it with you. We're a pretty friendly and helpful bunch and will be glad to help you out if we can. Have a look at the link below - hopefully it'll answer a few of your questions.



    Cheers,

    JR

    http://www.airgunforum.co.uk/forums/...-their-answers
     
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  3. rattus

    rattus Donator

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    hi mart2, welcome to the forum. if you go for a hw97 in a synthetic stock its ambidextrous so left handed will be no problem. its a very good springer rated as one of the best by many.:welcome:
     
  4. mart2

    mart2 Newbie

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    Thanks for the replies. I think it will have to be Weihrauch then, as no one has recommended the SMK or hammerli. I'll keep an eye on the s/h ads for a 97 for 2 or 3 weeks and if I can't find one I'll go for a 99. It will make a change for the wife if I have a air rifle on the kitchen table instead of fishing tackle.

    Cheers

    Mart
     
  5. Clubshot

    Clubshot Clubshot

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    Check out your local Air Gun Clubs and See what is about

    And why others are using different Gun's

    Most Clubs have a For Sale Table - often a good chance to purchase a bargin

    BOB/R
     
  6. Pidlar

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    If you can find a TH208 2nd hand,they do punch above their weight for the budget. The examples i have fired and handled have been finished well,and shoot quite comfortably,although they do seem quite long. 12 months ago our local RFD was doing them as a package with a hawke scope for £170 new.
    If however you find you can stretch to afford the Hw99 this would be the better option in my opinion.
    Regards,Stu.
     
  7. secretagentmole

    secretagentmole Low down, dirty and quiet...

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    Another gun to look at is the Hatsan 55 (.177) or Hatsan 60 (.22).

    They are around £120-140 usually, some places are still selling them for under the ton though! It is also sold as a Webley Stingray mark 2 (for twice the cost), it has a nice walnut stock, anti bear trap mechanism (so you cant fire it when loading it) and auto safety. They are fairly quiet but if you are lucky you might by one with a screw cut barrel for a moderator!

    They are not of the same quality as the HW99, but HW quality of late seems to be hit and miss, with a fair few people reporting problems with swarf in the mechanism, poorly cut springs and poor finishing.
     
  8. Jackroadkill

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    I might be talking out of turn here but I think that Ze Chermans have addressed those issues as lots of noise was made about them.
     
  9. ambriel

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    Take a look at the Gamo Socom 1000 as well. Photos in my profile somewhere. You should be able to buy one new plus a scope for your budget. Synthetic stock is ambidextrous and has an adjustable cheek pad. Love mine.
     
  10. mart2

    mart2 Newbie

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    Thanks again for your replies. I am am fairly sure that I want to go for a 99s now but I think I will have a look at some others before I buy. Is the 99s fairly easy to work on?
     

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