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I'm about to jump in...

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Will Hay, Jul 12, 2014.

  1. Will Hay

    Will Hay Well-Known Member

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    After weeks of reading, lurking, constantly scanning I've decided to jump in.
    I've contacted a local target club and I'm going to call in.
    They appear more enthusiasts than a formal club as they don't have a spare rifle for me to try but seem friendly enough.
    My toughest choice has been gun type, as I guess it is for all new to the sport but, and here's where I need eduction, when you're faced with the choice between a pre-charged or even C02 why would you choose a springer?
    Is it is case that the springer is more of a challenge therefore the choice of the purist?
    I'm not by any means belittling the springer choice, man I know it's all down to personal preference it's just that my only intent is field target and to constantly reload seems to me to be an unnecessary distraction.
    I hate to say it and this may get me some criticism that I'll take in the chin but I've not seen many rifles I've immediately loved and thought a piece of engineering beauty.
    The all blacks [tactical?] look great but there's certainly something to be said for the walnut.
    Anyway, about the only one to date to take my breath away has been the BSA R10 which looks stunning and reviews I've read seem very complimentary.
    The lower part is different to virtually every single rifle I've seen to date, much thicker and I think the reason I'm drawn to it, aesthetically at least.
    If anyone knows of a suitable alternative to this I could research I'd be grateful.
    I'm pretty sure I'll be going .177 calibre which surprised me as before I joined this site I was sure it would be .22.
    I believe .177 is better for field target.
    So, the hunt for the R10 or a suitable alternative begins now.
    Whilst second user is my preference for obvious reasons do must shops allow a try?
    A heads up on essential accessories would be useful, would this be limited to scope and silencer?
     
  2. tisme

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    Hold your nose and in you go.Too many rifles out there and too many different views. The R10 is fine, jump in and enjoy the journey.
     
  3. Pidlar

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    Gun safety is always a top priority, so unfortunately the distraction of loading will always be present as you must carry the gun unloaded between firing points.
    The choices are endless as far as rifles are concerned, why not visit a local supplier make a shortlist of 3 that fall within your budget and feel comfortable to shoulder and ask for opinions. Better still, attend the club and talk with the members, I'm sure within a few visits you'll have shot most of what's on offer in today's market.
    Welcome to the forum!
    Regards,Stu.
     
  4. Cymru-Dave

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    Springers are the first choice for someone starting off generally, it teaches a lot and is as you say more of a challenge to shoot, PCP's are addictive to shoot as they will put the pellet where you want it almost every time which I think initially is really pleasing but can be a tad repetitive and less rewarding to getting the same results with a springer.
    however I must add that both springer and PCP are great fun to shoot and both will give you hours of fun and let's face it you'll end up with about 10 guns in a years time anyways ;)
     
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  5. essex sniper

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    .177 is the better calibre for all airgun shooting ....iv had the r10 mk1 and mk2 and were both very good rifles ...but there isnt really much difference in mkst of the top end rifles go with what feels rite atb
     
  6. Will Hay

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    What are you shooting with now and what made you change from the R10?
    Thanks.
     
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    ATM I'm using a daystate regal and an fx Indy. No reason why I changed I just like having a change. Being honest all the top end rifles are good nothing in em really atb
     
  8. mattyts

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    Look at the price of a half decent springer (£100) and then a half decent PCP (£390 + charging gear) then it's easy to see why springers are often a first choice.

    Im not really a fan of the R10 or any of BSA's other guns except the Meteor and Ultra but if you're happy with it then it's fine.

    Prefer Air Arms S400s myself,they aren't regulated but are cheaper and still an English rifle,everyone needs one :p
     
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  9. Will Hay

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    Thanks, I'll check out the S400.
     
  10. ste

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    Welcome along if you like the r10
    I would say have a look at the superten very nice reliable are rifle that is regulated very accurate
    Cheers ste
     
  11. Jed Clampit

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    I'd say welcome - then watch the face of a springer shooter when they knock a target down ...thats why we shoot them... it makes us grin.....:):D:D:)
     
  12. stevemandm

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    I'm a confirmed pcp shooter, and air arms at that .... but I can see what this guy means
     
  13. Robster9

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    I started with a springer and have just come full circle back to one as it is more satisfying, and you have to focus on technique to be consistent! Have fun, buying a new gun is a lovely experience :)
     
  14. Clubshot

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    Many come to my Club with a Springer - Buy and use a PCP - but later get and use more a custom Built Springer

    Stating that PCP's are lifeless -

    Personally I prefere PCP's ;)

    BOB/R
     

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