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

  1. PandaMan

    PandaMan Busy Member

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    Hello everyone.

    I haven't been on here, or even held an air gun for a long time now. I guess I lost interest because of no money, a breaking Gamo CF-20 (never got round to fixing it) and just a lack of time.

    However, in June I will be 18 and I will get a fairly large sum of money. So I'm going to set aside £500 or so for a new air rifle.
    I haven't yet decided whether I want a springer or a PCP... both are fun to shoot in their own ways and can be equally as effective. Therefore I will take suggestions for either kind.

    What would people suggest for that budget? Calibre also isn't a massive deal to me.
    Have things changed much whilst I've been gone? I always had my eye on a BSA Scorpion T-10, but are there now any better alternatives, etc?

    PandaMan :D


    DISCLAIMER: Just to clarify, as I am currently a junior member and not old enough to buy an air gun -I am not trying to arrange the purchase of any air guns in this thread, nor have I any intentions to purchase any before I am legally able. I just want suggestions for when I am old enough to buy one.
     
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    The new Ultras have bolts so it's basically a more compact Scorpion and slightly cheaper too :)
     
  3. stevemandm

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    hey, welcome back. I would suggest an air arms s400 for pcp, or an air arms pro sport, tx200 or weihrauch hw97k for springer. all these in the .177 cal, and all will be good for target, hunting or plinking work. when you're 18, of course !
     
  4. secretagentmole

    secretagentmole Low down, dirty and quiet...

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    Don't go mad and blow it all on a gun, after all you may want to get a car, even better a motorbike, learn to drive or ride, heck, go for a decent springer, HW 99, 97, 95, 90, 77. They last and you will have plenty left for other nice things, like transport!

    A new 99 with the anti galling mod can be had for under £250!
     
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    Be wise with your money. Keep your eyes and ears open for a GOOD example of a well respected model. Don't buy new, buy a very good used one, the reason for this is, any tuning tweeks and slight improvements will have been done, on most, and you don't have ot pay extra for them. You will get double the rifle for the same money this way. Straight away you save 20% (the VAT element) and the original dealers margin, that is why you start to get towards double the value.

    A really good springer will allow you more freedom and you won't have the cost of the charging equipment for a PCP - or the trouble with down time from leaking seals etc.
     
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    Get an old springer and fettle it up. That way it will be YOUR rifle. knocked about HW's are to be found for not a massive amount, and a home tune can be done for £70-odd if you buy a kit, less if you do with the existing innards.

    I know I bang on about this, but it really is a very satisfying way of getting back into shooting.
     
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    If you have some basic stuff lying around like fine sandpaper,moly,lots of rags,allen keys and a good clamp...you can get some real results doing home tunes with just the standard parts of the rifle,no need to buy a kit!
     
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    Thanks for all of the responses guys :) A nice welcome back to the forum after my extended break.

    I have thought carefully about this, and I think that £500 is not an unreasonable amount of this money to be spending on an air rifle. I take my hobbies very seriously, and air guns were one of the first things I ever got properly into, so I want to give this the funding it deserves.
    That said... I guess you are right. I don't want to spend this money recklessly.
    But to be honest, I would rather not buy a cheap old springer and spend ages restoring it. Whilst that would be rewarding, I will still be busy with work and preparations for university, so on.

    I'm absolutely fine buying second hand though, I just don't want to do lots of work on it after I've bought it.
    I rarely get the chance to treat myself with anything, and what better excuse than 18th birthday money?

    You may be able to tell, I'm having some conflicting thoughts here. I don't want to ignore you guys; what you've said is right. However I've been wanting something more than my old springer for years now (almost 4 years, around the time I joined this forum :p ), and I feel I have to go with what I want.

    There must be a compromise. After having a quick look, I could still get a decent gun for £350 to £400, right?
    I think I will keep an eye out on the forum's for sale section and scout around the local gun shops for good second hand deals.
     
  10. mattyts

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    £400 second hand would get you a top class springer or a very decent PCP!
     
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    welcome back
     
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    If you don't mined having a air bottle I'd defo go for a pcp mate, there very quiet, efficent and a hell of a lot easier to hit stuff with than springers. For that price range you could get yourself a air arms s400 with any stock you like, they are a fantastic rifle for the money and very accurate, if you can save a little money and get one second hand, it's defo worth investing some money in good optics in my opinion.
     
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    Welcome back young man nice too hear from you again
     
  14. secretagentmole

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    Only because you are some sort of genius with the wet and dry. Honestly Pandaman if you want to see how to do up a spring powered rifle, look for Matty's post on the TH208 fettle he did.

    I kid you not the kid is some sort of freaking woodworm or something!
     
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    I am planning on doing up my Gamo springer, see if I can make anything half-decent of it. :D
     
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    Hey PM, Welcome back, get a decent springer HW99 or something similar that needs a bit of working on, amazing how much you will learn by stripping and tuning your own gun, let us all know how you get on. Atb Paul.
     
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    Stick the piston in a drill chuck...poor mans lathe :D
     

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