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New First Gun

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by kingchristo, Jun 4, 2014.

  1. kingchristo

    kingchristo Active Member

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    Hello everyone this has prob been asked before. Ive just got back into shooting and am looking for an air rifle. I have around £150 to spend. Im looking at doing target shooting. Some of the models I have seen are the Remington express, hatsan 55s and the SMK XS208 does anyone have any recommendations thanks in advance .
     
  2. Kenbarcon

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    :welcome: to the forum, the target boys will be along soon with what you need to know.
     
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    My shooting buddy has spent his first 18 months using a Th 208 for his first dip into HFT. It's been very reliable and is made to a good standard for the money.
    We get many new shooters turn up with lots of other budget brands, and in all honesty it's outshone them all in terms of reliability and build Quality. Most have been returned or sold on within weeks or in some cases a day in favour of something better.
    Regards,Stu.
     
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    That's what I was waiting for I don't have a load of money to spend at the moment and know that I wont be able to resist buying another one later on. Ill have a look into the th208 again. I really carnt make up my mind thanks for your help
     
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    secretagentmole Low down, dirty and quiet...

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    I prefer the Hatsan 55, basically because it is a Webley Stingray mark 2 with 50% off the RRP!

    They have a much better trigger than the SMK, unless the SMK has had it's trigger replaced with a WWT or Charlie Da Tuna trigger unit. Barrel is an LW blank, stok is real Walnut and they look good with a nice easy operating safety. They are also ambidextrous...
     
  6. Pidlar

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    Don't be tempted into the lower range SMK models. We had one on Sunday that was a day old. The metal work and machining was awful the stock felt like a rough sawn plank and to add insult to injury the barrel was bent left to right. If you can find some of mattyts's threads he also gives good reviews on some of the hatsan range. Worth a read.
    Regards Stu.
     
  7. GIRLYPANTS

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    keep saving for something youll really like and built soo much better
     
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    I had a th78d for about a year, I found it to be a very nice rifle to shoot, the quality was on a par with the cost of the rifle and there was plenty you can do to modify them.
    Eventually sold it and bought a BSA Ultra, much better quality but it had to go back to BSA for repairs, didn't have that problem with the cheaper smk though. Even with the issues I still prefer the BSA.
     

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