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Thoughts on Diana 280K (.177) ?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Whistler, Jul 25, 2014.

  1. Whistler

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    I've got the urge for break barrel springer and was wondering how the Diana 280 carbine models shape up ? I've read they can be a bit harsh from new in K form, but how do they compare with AA/HW in terms of bluing, build quality etc ? Are they German built or Chinese under a German badge ? Easy to get apart to tune ?

    Ta ever so :)
     
  2. JD

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    I think these rifles are often over looked, I rate them myself but have not shoot a carbine, only the rifle version.

    Theres a fair amount written about this rifle on another forum, they are not differcult to strip and tune and the one I got for my daughter was bang on straight out of the box.

    I've read of quality issues with the lastest models though and that the barrels were reduced to 15mm from 16mm OD, I think Wonkey Donkey said his D280 transfer port was out of line with the barrel, so if your going to buy one, it might be best to do it in person, or make sure its been checked over before you order one.
     
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    The one thing that puts me off these rifles is the "ball detent" barrel latch I much prefer the "plunger" type that Weihrauch, BSA and Webley's use !...
     
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    If there was any real issue with the barrel lock up, do not think Diana would have addessed it by now.

    How long has Diana/Original been using this system ?
     
  5. Bluesboydave

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    I was lucky enough to win one in an Airgun Shooter Magazine competition. I liked it enough to keep it. I was very impressed. As with all German engineering the build is very good and the blueing excellent. I prefer it to some of my Weihrauchs,

    Notlob
     
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    Thanks chaps, thats really useful info, especially about possible quality issues and slimmer barrels. I will make sure I examine it first if I go on to buy one new, just to be sure. But nice to know the bluing and build are good - its definitely on my list.

    Cheers :)
     

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