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Pump vs dive bottle?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by WogerWabbit, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. WogerWabbit

    WogerWabbit Banned BANNED

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    Hi all just wondering what one to get I'm thinking dive bottle but where do I get it filled and roughly how much per fill? Or do I go pump?

    Ta in advance
     
  2. Ianhw77k

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    If you live near a dive centre (they are not always near the coast, believe me) or a gunshop that does dive bottle refills then get a bottle.
    If you live in the middle of nowhere, can't travel or afford the two grand for the right compressor then get a pump.

    Just my opinion but pumps are a pain in the arse and it usually only costs less than a fiver to get a dive bottle refilled, which will give you numerous fills for your gun. Also you will be getting clean, dry air in a bottle whereas a pump CAN cause problems for guns in the long term.
     
  3. TheDarkPassenger

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    Pump = Pain
    Bottle = No pain

    HTH :D

    To attempt to answer your original question, any dive shop and between £3 and £5 for a refill from experience.
     
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  4. darklord

    darklord Can’t beat a tx200 at 30m

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    I pay 1.60 per fill or 2.50 for my +6litre 300bar if I paid a fiver I would worry. Plus I have two centres right on my doorstep and I'm 30 miles to the nearest coast. Watch hose length. as thesse waste a lot of air I lost four fills from my bottle yesterday by buying a longer ultima hose. On a 232 thats halfish fullfills
     
  5. Ianhw77k

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    I live about 16miles from the coast and travel a further 20 miles inland to get to my local centre, weird isn't it:D
    I'm also lucky with the hose thing, I can screw my buddy bottle straight into my dive bottle valve. We pay around £3.50 a fill round here.
     
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    i dont see the point in pumping it is hard work , local FT club charge 60p per refill and local gun club carge 20p per refill so i have no need to buy a tank or pump but would get a tank if needed not pump , im 60 and want to shoot not keep fit
     
  7. WogerWabbit

    WogerWabbit Banned BANNED

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    Cheers for the replys think i will stick with a dive bottle as said its clean air and no hassel i have a couple of dive centres close by so perfect

    thanks for your kind input :)
     
  8. leaky5

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    Where abouts are you in Essex ? I used Thameside Fire Protection in Basildon, but they have branches all around. They charged £5 for a 3 ltr bottle.
     
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    That sounds expensive ** round hear it is 4.25 for 12 ltr ones . how many refils do you get from a 3ltr tank ??
     
  10. Gizza22196

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    depends on the gun, if its for a buddy bottle rifle i would definitely go for a bottle, but if i ever got a bottle again i would get a 300 bar no doubt about it, for guns with smaller cylinders a pump will be fine and you have an unlimited supply of air. i pumped my t-10 today and it taken me no more than a couple of minutes to fill from around 90 bar to 180
     
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  11. The Robin

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    I started off with a FX stage 4 pump and thought i would be ok, . not a chance. The amount of shots i was taking with my HW100kt testing it out i thought . can't handle this pumping lark and got a 7L tank.

    7L tank and costs 4 quid to refill and made life miles easier when just paper punching and should of got a tank to start with
     
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    no Gizza not how long but how many fills do you get from the 3ltr tank ?
     
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    I've got a three litre tank, i bought it about august last year and it's about due for a fill. I've put nearly a full tin of pellets through since, so i'd guess about 10-15 fills?

    Costs me £3.50 for a bottle fill here in Berkshire.

    Also, it's a 300 bar bottle, and the dive shop i use is great, he told me whenever i go to take my rifle, so when he's filled my bottle he fills my rifle then tops up the bottle, that way everything is full up, they fill the bottles in a tank of water as well, all in with the price.

    That's at Slough Scuba Store.
     
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    that is not bad then i thought it would only do 4 or 5 fills but 10+is ok and quite easy to keep in car
     
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    I get 20 plus from a three litre 300 bar bottle. Admittedly I never let my s400 or son s200 fall below 110 bar and never fill above 180 bar. You will be surprised how many you can get! I had a pump but it was too much like hard work!
    mark
     
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    You bunch of pussies.

    Man up and get a pump.:D I fill the Rapid 400cc bottle and the Huntsman quite happily using a pump. Just keep them in the sweet spot. I have com eback, only fired 3 shots, so won't touch it. If I have a good night on the rats and shoot say, 30 shots, it takes about 1 minute to top up - I don't count the time preparing the rifle to take the hose, because that is the same whatever you use.

    How far do you drive to get yur tank filled? Don't forget to factor in the 30p/mile it costs to run a car nowadays, on top of the fill charge, will you? 20 miles = a 40 mile round trip, so about £12 + the £4 for the fill.......I'll stick with the pump thanks.
     
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    Pump all the way! No refill from a dive shop, no testing keeps you fit. In fact I like to let my AA go down to about 10BAR just so I can feel tough pumping it up! ;)
     
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    3 quid in burnt mills mate
     
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    Thameside in Burntmills charged me £5 last November
     
  20. Gizza22196

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    i was plinking with a mate yesterday, had a thousand shots between us and we only had a pump to fill up our t10's to sometimes as much as 190 bar from as low as maybe 60 bar
    i even got rid of my bottle to get a pump as a bottle is just a pain in the arse
    would never go back to a bottle now
     

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