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Recommend me an air-rifle (£125-200 range)

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by dj.redrum, Feb 13, 2009.

  1. dj.redrum

    dj.redrum Member

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    I'm currently interested in buying an air-rifle (spring) with the price range of £125-200.

    Because I have only ever really been used to .177 pistols I would like some help with choosing the best setup - rather than me buying something random.

    : Which are the recommend brands/models?
    : Which would be better .177 or .22?

    Does anybody know any in this range which are worth looking into? I'd appreciate any help. Thanks
     
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    hiya,what do u want to do with it? hunt? plink? ft/hft?
     
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    General Hunting mainly.
     
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    why not try the bsa supersport carbine. i had a .177 and found it great fun for rats and the feather kind.plus it has the extra fun of open sights. its not the quietest or the smoohtist, but its good fun. :eek:
     
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    if its hunting then forget a .177, ask any member who knows a bit and they will tell you its .22 all the way for hunting.a lot of rats will laugh at you with a .177, there tough!
     
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    I'll look into that model. This one doesn't seem to bad from the same selection, anybody know much about it and how well it is?

    BSA XL TACTICAL:
    Total practicality for hunters comes courtesy of the XL Tactical, the sensational new addition to the BSA family. All the power and performance of the Lightning XL in a super-durable, all-weather, synthetic stock designed by Jon Sykes of renowned airgun development specialists Hydro Graphics. The XL Tactical's stock is computer-designed to provide everything sporting shooters need, and nothing they don't. The specially-developed, hi-impact polymer compound used to form the stock is always warm to the touch, provides secure grip and remains warp-free in all climate conditions. The ultra-practical Tactical - a sporter for all seasons, Rubber-cushioned, anti-shock sight mounting rail. Hi-tech internal baffles silencer, slimline profile. Doubles as a cocking aid.
    [​IMG]
    Weight 2.88kg 6.35lbs
    Overall Length 95.5cm 37.6inches .177 11.5 ft lbs/825 fps .22 11.5 ft lbs/570 fps
    Price: £239.95
     
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    try a slavia 634,smk xs36-2 or cometa/gamo.Have a look at a 12ft meteor or comet (same as a gamo)

    Second hand- anyhting british eg. airsporter,vulcan/stringray and german.But check the power with a proper chrono or two.

    Is the one at the gun shop you using correct?
     
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    I will keep that in mind.

    I'll check those out now. Thanks for the quick replys.
     
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    Dont ask me or Andy Hawk or Rockabilly or Topcat then ;)
     
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    Dont be so sure i know alot of 177 fans on this site who hunt. Me being one of them (- the hunting so far):D In my opinion .177 is fine for hunting asalong as you can shoot accurately then every kill should be clean:up:
     
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    I just changed from .22 to a .177 and i will never go back.As long as you can get the distance rite then there great.
     
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    i wouldnt use .177 for rabbit but rats and feather as long as you get the kill zone , ive never had a problem. but the supersport comes in .22 as well. or as mentioned above try the xl costs a bit more ,but you might a deal on a second hand one.:eek:
     
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    I have never had a problem with shooting rabbits with a .177.For years all I shot with was a .22.In fact I would say that rabbits keel over a lot more easily than either a rat or a pigeon.Either way if it is a head shot none are going to get up again.
     
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    i appreciate some use .177 for rabbit, and this works for them. ijust feel more comfortable with .22 and keep to a 35 yard limit:eek:
     
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    Got to be someone on here with an unused rifle, stuck in a cupboard, that will do you a treat!!!! C'mon Guys, have a look!!!
    Cheers, Fred
     
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    shooting show

    You should be able to handle all sorts of guns at the shooting show down here in Newark, if you can wait that long! atb Nick
     
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    I'd recomend a BSA supersport or lightning any day of the week :up: I got a lightning for my first gun and i've had it a good few years now. Just been out this morning with it and its as tight, smooth and accurate as the day i bought it. These little BSA's are great guns and i'd recomend one 100% :):up:
     
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    I had a Supersport, it was my first rifle and it was good but it didn't last that long before it lost half its power. I'm sure that was down to bad luck, not a fault with all BSA guns.

    I'm pretty sure they stopped making the carbine Supersport a few years ago unless they've put it back into production?

    Go BSA or Weihrauch. For that money you could afford a Weihrauch HW57 which I had for a bit and it was good :up:
     
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    Don't want to get into the debate but any one with any experience will recommend 177 or 20 for sub 12ft and 22/25 for fac
     

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