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spring or gas ram

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by sharp shooter, Jul 26, 2007.

  1. sharp shooter

    sharp shooter Member

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    :confused: thinking of getting a lightning xl for the lad,he keeps wanting to use my theoban eliminator but he is about 8 stone wet through dont think he could lift it let alone cock it,anyway thought the xl would be a good first gun for a newby,unsure about spring or he gas ram not knowing the velocity of the xl should i stick with a spring try the gas ram any info would be appreciated ss
     
  2. EX Mod Cog

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    Welcome to the forum ...

    In all honesty it doesn't make much different whether you opt for a spring or gas ram gun - there are pros and cons for both.

    Springs are better in that they aren't affected by the temperature, but then they do wear out quicker and a spring gun can't be left cocked for more than a minute.

    If you get a gas ram, already being a Theoben owner you'll know that they're smoother and nicer to shoot generally, although they are slightly affected by the temperature so I've been told.

    Springs and gas rams should have the same power and velocities if you don't have a FAC, because they'll both be 12 ft/lbs and so there isn't much between them.

    So basically I'd recommend a spring gun, and the Lightning XL looks like a good choice - BSA build quality is superb.

    James.
     
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    HI SS, I wish my old man had bought me an airgun,I'd have been chuffed to bits with an XL (Super sport in my day!).
    I can't comment on gas ram for XL but I fitted one in a HW80 and its magic:up:.
    I'm sure someone out there can.
     
  4. sharp shooter

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    stick with spring

    will prob go with the springer thanks for the info ss
     
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    no worries will prob go with the springer cheers. ss
     
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    im 14 and iv always had a lightning in 22 i think its great
     
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    :up: cheers happy shooting. ss
     
  8. Rockabilly

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    spring guns can be left cocked for a lot longer than you
    think ,leaving one cocked for an hour or so is no big deal:)
     
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    gas bags

    wouldnt have a gas ram for nowt nowt but trouble and terribly affected by the weather i have cronyd them on awarm day at near 12 fpe and on a cold day same gun wass down to 7 fpe when warmed up in the house power went back up poi allover the place nice springer knocks the spots of them
     
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    I was told you have to regualry use a gas ram whereas a springer can be left in the closet for years without a problem. I dont know if this is horlicks or not but i thought it worth mentioning
     
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    gas rams would be fantastic if they were not affected by
    temperature, hardly any recoil and can be rested on fences etc
    without any accuracy loss.
     
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    I'm getting one for my Supersport just because the spring has lost 3 ft/lbs over time -

    I've always thought about getting one but now seems the time as I have to get a new spring anyway, I thought I should just get a gas ram instead to improve performance some what.

    There are pros and cons about installing a gas ram, but I think for me there shouldn't be any problems because I use my rifles regularly and I know that even if the power drops down to 7 ft/lbs on certain days, that's still enough to kill a rabbit or rat.

    I think the idea of having next to no recoil greatly outweighs the negative aspects ...
     
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    there will still be a lot of recoil on your supersport ,as the gas ram you get wont have the h.e. system.
     
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    It's still an improvement over a twangy spring though ...
     
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    Hi TC, Which gun were you using??
     

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