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Question Last minute advice please

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Dusty605, Mar 10, 2014.

  1. Dusty605

    Dusty605 Active Member

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    Having struggled with my bsa lightning at my local club I've decided to bite the bullet and visit the gun shop with the intention of buying something more suitable for me. Currently my main use is target shooting with a bit of rabbit and pigeon shooting when I can. The guns I have in mind are the air arms tx200 and the weihrauch hw 98 in .177 calibre. Any thoughts before I head up would be appreciated, thanks
     
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  2. Andy-K2

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    My preference is the TX200. The HW98 is a very nice rifle but for some reason (sorry not much help) I didn't get on with it so I gave it to my brother in law. I have the TX200 Mk3 in .177 and to be honest it really is all that they say it is, pin point accurate, great trigger action etc. Dependant on your budget you won't go wrong with the TX.
     
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    Thanks Andy, they are both similarly priced I think, but the £300-£400 is my budget really.
     
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    I've never had any luck at all with HW's - I've never had a TX either, but I'll never buy another HW.
    Sorry that's a bit negative but it is said from personal experience.
     
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    hello, why as you say struggled with you bsa?, if it is in good w/o they are very good rifles to 40mtrs if set up proper, also they can be tuned to shoot better, i had one and had no problems but a bit lumpy on shooting, what scope are you using? double or single mounts?.. target shooting with a springer is a discipline that takes a lot of practice but very enjoyable, there are lots of springers on the market now but if you do wish to upgrade i would suggest and think a few others would is a HW95 which is ideal for what you do, its light/full power and well engineered, shoots well straight out of box but can be tuned to stop that twangy recoil.
     
  6. Dusty605

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    All feedback is good whether negative or not so thanks biker Bob. That's pretty much 2 against the hw then
     
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    Ask at your local club probly some one with a TX200,HW97/HW77 for sale.
     
  8. Dusty605

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    My problem with the bsa is I can't get a consistent grouping with it unless the rifle is supported. I have taken it to the gun shop previously and they took it on the range and had a similar issue when unsupported. Also they noticed a manufacturing issue with the barrel not locking straight which is why I had to shim the rear of the scope. I was using a double mount set up with a hawke hd 3-9 x 40 scope. The gun just didn't feel that comfortable for me which probably didn't help and I would like to enter a hft competition next month that I can be at least a bit competitive in. Having tried a variety of weihrauch guns and the air arms guns at the shop and at the advice of the shop and those here I decided to buy the tx 200 mk3. It seems to fit me nicely has a proven track record. It was also a bit cheaper than the hw which meant I got the case aswell and stayed within budget. So now I need to decide what to do with the lightning.
     
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    good move bud, enjoy your TX.....life is to short to keep struggling to get good groups with the BSA...they really are crap.....in my experience anyway ;)
     
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  10. mattyts

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    I would give the latest BSA springers a wide berth from now on...the earlier ones like Cadets etc are great,as are their PCPs
     
  11. Donki Oaty

    Donki Oaty Where's the time going?

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    That's all you need, if it fits and it's comfortable...
     
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    hello, well i hope you can enjoy your TX now you have purchased, and good luck with the comp. i must say not my cuppa tea as far to heavy for hunting as for the bsa that can i am sure be easy sorted by your self just need a strip down guide see if any parts needed repair/re lube and re assemble and keep for hunting. oh springers are best with 1 pc mounts well that bsa is as i had on mine. as it is and saying on forum not worth a great deal but get fixed and keep. good luck
     
  13. lone wolf

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    I agree completly mate i love my bsa's but the newer ones im staying away from.

    I had a mk1 birmingham made lightning in .177 and it was great! At 30-35 yards it was really acurate but never really shot it past that as i sold it.........regret that one i do.

    Id say go with what offerings hw and aa have,but shoulder them as one may feel better and thats the one to go for! Not what baldrick has down the club or what someone says is good.

    Good luck mate

    Gaz
     
  14. tommy gun

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    keep your lightning and give it a tune up
     
  15. mattyts

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    If the barrel is out of alignment,no amount of tuning is going to fix that.
     
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    The earlier brummy made ones seem Ok and I hear good things about them but the newer spanish ones seem to be worse and worse by year :(
     
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    I was told by the shop that mine is a Birmingham made one. It needs to have the barrel lock wedges(if that's what they're called, I don't know) machined so that it sits straight. I may strip it down and speak to someone about machining it and maybe try and make the gun better, but I don't want to throw good money away for nothing.
     
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    Can I chime in and give some HW support, I have a HW97 and loved it so much I wanted another but this time a break barrel so last night I put an order in for a WW tuned HW98 :) from what I've heard they all out shoot the shooter, get what's comfortable!
     

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