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Starting out

Discussion in 'Introduce yourself' started by Francis, May 13, 2015.

  1. Francis

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    Hello from Lancaster! Cookery enthusiast (read "bit of a gastro ponce") :) who recently in the wake of 30th birthday was having a clear out, looking for stuff to get shot of for a bit of cash. Happened upon the gamo p800 I bought while at uni. Whacked 50 or so pellets through it and inevitably something stirred...

    Two weeks later (and copious lurking in here gaining lots of knowledge and drooling over people's setups) and I now have a gamo pt-85 (lots of fun for plinking, getting my eye back in).

    ... But of course now I'm turning my attention to hopefully getting stuff for the pot at some point... Plenty of opportunity round here, but first I need to a) get good (not even fired a rifle since my teens, but was pretty good at it for a bit) and b) decide on what to get, then get it!

    General consensus from what I've gleaned on here is that for my purposes/level I want to be looking at a weihrauch Springer of some sort. But I'm of course open to correction/advice, as I'm basically an absolute newcomer.

    Happy shooting to all, your pics of bags of woodies/bunnies have given me plenty of motivation thus far.

    Frankie
     
  2. BiggaJ

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    Welcome ... you have happened upon the right place for advice. Need to set a budget, decide new or used and go from there. Best to shoulder a few guns and get the feel, what I like is maybe not what feels right to you etc.
     
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    A very warm:welcome: to this merry band of guys n gals Frankie, it’s good to have you join us…………...… :thumb:
     
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    Welcome along......you wont go wrong buying a Wehrauch......last you for years
     
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    :welcome:To the forum
     
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    Welcome to the forum, enjoy.
     
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    good to have you here bud, all the breast JP :D
     
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    hi and WELCOME to the forum :D:welcome:
     
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    Cheers folks, :) the missus is still taking some convincing on the virtues of rabbit eating (I've convinced her on pigeon) but I'll get there. In the meantime I'll have to eat them myself (or sneak them into pasta...)
     
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    Hi

    A big welcome from South Devon, good luck.

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    Hatsan 60s.
     
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    Hi Frankie, Welcome along to THE forum, Hope you enjoy your stay with us, atb Paul. You won't go far wrong with a Weihrauch Rifle, German engineering,Built to last!! Keep us informed of your final choice of rifle, see your local RFD and shoulder one or two first!!!
     
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    Hello and welcome :)
     
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    Hi and welcome
     
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    welcome along bud you wont go far wrong with a winerack
     
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    Hi and welcome :) as the guys have already stated the Weihrauchs are Excellent guns if you don't mind a bit of weight go for the 97k, I got one and Love it. Probably one of the best Springers if not THE best ( My Opinion of course ! )
     
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    hi and welcome to the forum:up:
     
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    Welcome to the forum :up:


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  18. Fallschirmwomble

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    Hi Frankie,

    You're a man after my own heart! I too, am making a return to airgun shooting after a long time away. So much has changed, so many options.

    Being well into bushcraft, I too need an air gun for hunting small game. I want something that I can backpack discretely between locations (and on public transport without worrying people), has power, accuracy, a top rail (pref Picatinny), speed of use and the potential for customisation. As with so much in life, there's no perfect choice. Or, at least, in my price bracket.

    I'm provisionally opting for a carbine configuration based on a decent .22 pistol. The issue for me is lethality up to about 8x metres. When I have the cash for a .22 PCP rifle, I'll start mulling over ways to mod it to bullpup configuration. I haven't looked at rifles, yet: I don't want a springer or multiple pump so can't afford the sort of thing that I want.

    For now, it'll be a Crosman(?!) Benjamin "Marauder" PCP but I recently saw an affordable Crosman "2240 Ratbuster". I like the simplicity of the Ratbuster. Single shot bolt action, upper arm hooked sling (a quick & easy mod), prone is how I was initially taught to shoot (cadets) and this is way I've always shot at my best (non-practical). The turn-off is that it's CO2 which shall likely be a very significant disadvantage in winter. :down:

    Almost certainly, most of my shooting will be for non-lethal fun. I visited my local air gun dealer yesterday to come to a decision between the Umarex Walther P99 and the Umarex Beretta 92F. Tragic! I ended up remaining undecided on these - but on top, wanting the PT-85! The objective was to reduce my shortlist to one pistol - but I've increased it to three!!! (Four, if you count the Crosman 2240)
    :ballchain

    They had the standard and the Tactical version of the PT-85. A friend owns the Tac version: it has a mock suppressor and a long tube inside that I thought was a barrel. No good for practical pistol shooting (can't be holstered).

    The dealer had printed specs on each of the display stands, listing the standard and Tac versions as 450fps each. He wasn't knowlegeable on shooting and couldn't understand me when I casually explained that the longer barrel should make the Tac version more accurate and higher velocity.

    He then explained that it was a tube, not a barrel. Now I am confused!

    Does anyone know if it is a barrel or just a non-snug sort of guide tube that concentrates most of the CO2 behind the pellet as it leaves the barrel? My mate's Tac version is at his girlfriend's outside of London: I can't even test how close a fit a pellet is to the muzzle. On the WWW, I've seen the Tac version listed as 560fps so I'm guessing that the dealer's got it very wrong.
     
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    Hello and welcome to the best airgun forum IMHO,and its good to see a fellow enthuiast come back into the world of air.
    i myself came back after many years away and was staggerd by the new rifle and choices.

    I went the Pre charged (PCP) route and for me it was the right choice,a little more costly but with a 10 shot mag its a lovely rifle to hunt with, as i do very often

    But the choice is yours alone and its just another option

    All the best and once again Welcome.
     

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