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Living The Dream And Need Some Air Gun Advice Please

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by livingthedream, Mar 19, 2020.

  1. livingthedream

    livingthedream Well-Known Member

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    Hi All,

    Firstly, big hello :) We have recently moved to live the dream in the country. We are very lucky to have a big garden and would like some advice on purchasing an air rifle for a little target practice and shooting pigeons/rabbits for the pot. Looking to order ASAP and only looking to spend up to £200. I used to shot as a kid, long time ago now, had both .22 and .177 and would probably go for the latter, was a pretty good shot then :) Any advice, recommendations on gun, and seller would be fantastic.

    Take care
     
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    Well done on the move! My opinion: a .22 is probably more humane for the hunting thing although I’m opposed to any hunting myself
    If you’re in the U.K. then you are sadly very limited to the power available without the licensing stuff. If you are in the US the sky is the limit. Check on the rules for where you are. A good gas powered springer would suffice but a bolt action repeater would be better.
     
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    Welcome to the forum.

    Your post about "looking to order" for about £200 may not be as easy as you think :rolleyes:

    To get a good, accurate gun that you can dispatch quarry humanly with is going to be tough for that budget, even a cheap scope/rings will be £40/50, and then you have a bag/pellets/bipod etc...….. And then you have your ability to do this to question?

    I'd suggest a bit more research and get a gun for plinking rather than hunting if your new to this and buying new. Buying something second hand will get you a better package for the money and then you need time to get to be a good shot with it, tin cans are easy, a pigeons twitching head at 30m is another level all together, even with a decent PCP. I'd go as far as to say I'm not good enough with a springer to be happy to take one hunting, and in all honesty I'm pretty good :eek:

    Learn the ropes, don't go wounding animals to please your ego :thumb:
     
  5. Glockwomble

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    Welcome to the forum.

    For around the £200 mark theres often decent springers and CO2 rifles for sale on here.

    Might be worth also posting a wanted add on the sales section specifying what you're looking for and see what's on offer.
     
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    Welcome :)

    Before you shoot anything, have a read of the general licenses - they'll tell you what you can shoot and, what circumstances you can shot them under.

    Try the sales sections on here - your budget will go further on a used rifle.

    Happy hunting :thumb:
     
  7. Lev Levvin

    Lev Levvin Beast of Bodmin !!

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    You can’t shoot pigeons in your garden no matter how big it is.

    illegal.

    check out general licences

    rabbits are a different ball game

    but... don’t think you can just buy an airgun and instantly become bear grylls...to become self sufficient overnight...

    you need a lot of practice on paper targets before you attempt shooting a living creature.

    a LOT of practice

    you need to be able to hit a 2p bunny brain size target EVERY shot... no excuses... body shots are NOT HUMANE unless you are using very high powered section one firearm licence airguns...
    wounding a rabbit with a body shot from a sub 12 powered air gun is never acceptable...it is EXTREMELY unlikely to kill it...

    it will run away and probably die of infection

    I don’t think most sub-£200 ‘new’ airguns will be anything like suitable as hunters... power and accuracy is likely to be poor... second hand quality brands are well worth a look as they will be right up on the power limit with decent barrels and often come with tidy scopes :thumb:
     
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    Used sorted hw99 or 95k possibly 77/97k
     
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    HW 99
    Remington sabre
    Remington warhawk
    Remington express
    Hatsan 55/60s
    Bsa meteor silentium
    Comets fenix
    Hatsan breaker 900x
    Norica storm
    Webley vmx quantum
    Artemis sr900s

    These are all accurate and powerful enough to take out most small quarry in the uk.
    All can be bought either under or around you're budget.
     
  10. Lev Levvin

    Lev Levvin Beast of Bodmin !!

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    Yup... any of the Weihrauch springers are pin point accurate and lethal on small quarry :thumb:

    Loads about second hand and German quality
     
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    Ideally , you need to save, at least double your money. To include mounts ,and scope. Go to a RFD and shoulder as many guns as you can.

    I'd certainly, look at the Weihrauch range. Best of luck my friend.
     
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    Welcome along @livingthedream and a lot of sound advice already offered above !

    Regarding the rifle in the link above recommended by Schpier, avoid at all costs since it has a nasty shot cycle due to a horrible gasram system, stupid magazine that jams and causes inaccuracy as a result. The Weihrauch HW99 is hard to beat for the money and a rifle that many on here own and use to good effect for rabbit control - cheaper alternatives are the Remington Express or Hatsan Mod 50/60S or 900X :up:
     
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    Scratch the VMX from the list, even with the Quattro trigger their Censored.
     
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    livingthedream Well-Known Member

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    Thanks all, some great advice and recommendations. I will do some reading up :) Pellpax seem to do some good deals
     
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    I remember a few years back I was really impressed with Weihrauch HW99, sadly new is out of my reach and a good second hand possibly hard to find? Heard good things about the Remington Express as well. You are not so far from me :) Thanks
     
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    Thanks, agreed Weihrauch are lovely, but not within my reach. Take care
     
  18. livingthedream

    livingthedream Well-Known Member

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    In the past I struggled to find a good second hand one and even then new was beyond my reach. Take care
     
  19. Lev Levvin

    Lev Levvin Beast of Bodmin !!

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    These days you may be pleasantly surprised... my RFD always has a big selection of good quality German springers on the racks where people trade them in to upgrade to PCP rifles

    I’d certainly avoid el-cheapo brand new Chinese types... the quality is diabolical
     
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    I can agree I have one you’ll be better off using it as a club to beat the rabbit to death with.
     

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