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The springer for me...

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by shootfive, Jun 6, 2015.

  1. shootfive

    shootfive Busy Member

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    Hi everyone. I hope you're well - not sure how many of my old buddies are still here but hello :) - a while since I posted here regularly. I "gave up" shooting and sold all my rifles when I really needed the cash... but hey, I'm back :) Just about skint still but looking to start again in the sport in a very simple way. Question is, a bit out-of-the-loop as I am, what cheap springer would people recommend at the moment? I have a few rats around the place but not much money - I know I could trap (and do where I can) but I have the urge to sort it out with a springer! I know this sort of question is asked a lot, but with only a few quid to spend, should I look at a classic rifle (old BSA cadet or similar if they have enough power)? Or a Chinese model? Can a reasonable rifle that I could maybe teach my daughter on in time be bought for under a hundred at the moment?

    If anyone has any ideas, or anything for sale (or something to sell or even better, to trade?) I would love to hear about it.

    What is the thinking nowadays for a cheapish rifle?

    Good to be back on this forum - I'm off to explore the forums and see what everyone is up to.
     
  2. Gollum

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    Hi
    While no expert I too have just returned to the fold. Used to shoot pcp now reasonably priced springers. Weihrauch HW99S/50S is highlty recommended and so I got the HW50S and I am very happy with it. I also got the Diana 280k and think I slightly prefare it to the HW. You can import the HW50S from
    http://www.db-schietsport.nl/epages...ops/61788981/Categories/Luchtbuksen/Weihrauch
    and save quite a bit. Lots of people have bought that way and recommend the company.
    Whatever you get I hope you enjoy it
     
  3. shootfive

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    I used to have a 99s - they are lovely. in fact I sold it on here when I was hard up! I'm thinking even cheaper than that. I can't afford a Weihrauch, this time around, I'm afraid, which is why I'm thinking an old springer or a cheap-ish import
     
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    Depends what you want to spend mate, I've only just got back into shooting to. bought a smk b19 about 2 months ago. Good if you like tinkering. put a welsh willy trigger in it for 20 quid and it made a huge difference. followed it with a tuning kit from the same guy and it shoots really well now and is smooth as you like.
    Also the hatsan Mod 55 or Mod 60 are supposed to be a good budget rifle, to be honest if I'd seen them I would have probably bought 1 instead of the smk. Just a couple of suggestions get either for around 100 quid probably cheaper if you look around.
    atb

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    Dylan in the sales section was selling a webley excel for £55, bit far for me but maybe manageable for you he is in s rotherham?
     
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    Welcome back to the fold, why not get yourself a Hatsan? They are getting so every good reviews!
     
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    as above the 55 or 60 are very good for the money might be a bit heavy for your daughter though
     
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    Thanks for the replies all. I know these "what gun is best" threads are tiresome for the experts.

    The weight issue is a good point. My daughter i only 4 but in a few years I'd like her to learn a bit of gun safety and have a few shots at tin cans. I think I will be looking at an old "junior" style rifle, if anyone has any suggestions along that line?

    I assume Dianas, maybe BSA Cadets? I'm not too knowledgable about that sort of vintage springer - I shot Weihrauchs (77 and 99s) when I was a bit more flush.
     
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    I was like you trying to find a cheap springer for a friend. I tried looking in Germany for a hatsan, thinking it would be cheaper than UK prices but I've yet to find one.
     
  11. arthur john smithsplease

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    I don't think you'll find Hatsans any cheaper than they are in the UK.

    Never had one but they are extremely good value.

    I've been thinking about giving a cheapie springer a go but can't make up my mind which one to go for.

    Do people think they are better guns than the Chinese stuff - the so called Remingtons, Stoegers, Rugers and the SMK break barrels.

    I notice the Remington has got some good reviews, but the Hatsan 55/60 seems to be even more popular.
     
  12. MOLE CATCHER

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    I like the Hatsan I use a 60s for Rabbit / Rat Control.

    Next week I have the Hatsan 900x on loan from the gun shop.


    BSAC Member.
     
  13. arthur john smithsplease

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    Have you ever tried a Remington. I like the look of the one in the synthetic stock.

    Reports seem to suggest that the Hatsan may be more robust and last longer though. The Turks do have plenty of experience when it comes to producing airguns, shotguns and even centre fire rifles and pistols.
     
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    Excel is pretty light, I think 5lb but full power and plenty of bits available. If you don't buy it I may have to lol
     
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    Did you get sorted? Cheers j
     
  16. shootfive

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    Not yet but I have a clearer idea of what I am looking for now!
     
  17. secretagentmole

    secretagentmole Low down, dirty and quiet...

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    1) Hatsan 900X is £69 from Countryways
    2) Hatsan 900X has walnut stock and open sights so no need for expensive scope
    3) Hatsan 900X is just 3kg or app 6 and a half pounds
    4) Hatsan 900X has good finishing
    5) Hatsan 900X has low recoil but is full power
    6) Hatsan 900X is available in .22 and .177

    6 good reasons why you should seriously look at one. They are a hell of a lot of gun for the money.
     

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