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What should I expect to pay/look for

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by martyb89, Dec 29, 2013.

  1. martyb89

    martyb89 Member

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    Well fowks iv been assembling all the information I can.

    I have been in contact by someone selling a bsa lightning rifle.

    He claims it to be in very good condition.

    I have been told it comes with scope silencer, bag and some pellets.

    I have read one review soo far, it was quite confusing though as it went in and out of parts to do with the xl model. Can someone clear up the differences of the xl and regular model?

    Hope to get a hold of something good soon enough.:)
     
  2. gasman

    gasman Up a bit,,,,,,,

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    how much does he want?
     
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    £160 for the package.

    I have only one concern that the pics i look at of a bsa lightning rifles have a design etched into the trigger area.

    The one hes sending me pics of has no design. I dont know whether this is an older rifle design.
    It does look in good condition to be fair but the design is making me wonder.

    I've asked for a photo of the part labelling it as a lightning.
     
  4. gasman

    gasman Up a bit,,,,,,,

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    sound best left alone mate, keep your eyes peeled ,good deal to be had all day long on here, oh and for get about bsa lightings, horrible things lol, go for a hw99 or 95 much better guns
     
  5. cloverleaf

    cloverleaf Super Moderator Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    If considering a BSA lightning, the first and most important thing you should look for is a Weihrauch HW99s or HW95k ;)
     
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    I've had a beau lightning and it was the older ones with no chequering o the stock,Birmingham made not a scrapyard Spanish gamo job and it put pellet on pellet as good as my hw80k, people slag them off,and I would a new one,but get a old one and there cracking guns,I paid £120 for mine scoped up.

    Try it if you can mate,id get one again,but only a old Birmingham made one:)

    Gaz
     
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    i have 2 bsa xl springers and one is brand new. i could sell it if you intrested but £160 would not be close to the price buddy. i can put a scope on it as well. and set it to 11.5 on bessy mags for ya .message me if ya intrested
    ATB hawkeye.
     
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    hawk eye Banned

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    IMG_0241[1].jpg IMG_0242[1].jpg IMG_0244[1].jpg IMG_0245[1].jpg as requested
     
  9. critter

    critter Donator

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    Spend your money on something else but I would say the price is about correct for what it is.
     
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    I have shot three lightnings recently, the triggers were awfull, however one of the owners could get good groups with his. The difference between an Air arms or wierhauch springer to most other makes is massive they are truly in another league. The BSA can be tuned but once you have shot an AA or HW you will want one! Better to buy a HW95 for guaranteed quality and accuracy.
     
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    Thanks very much for all the replies and advice gents.

    I have noticed bsa rifles getting a bad rap on here but in some review sites they are getting good write-ups (possibly marketingly buyest? lol )

    However from what I have read between here and review sites wierhauch seem to be the way to go. If im honest from a few videos aswell as reviews iv read on the wierhauch rifles is now going to be my first choice of selection.

    My problem now is what is the best model in the range to go for.

    I have seen some with hw then a small number sometimes going for more than the high numbered versions.

    I thought this a little strange as I presumed with the increasing model number that quality of the components would also increase.

    Im going to look into these rifles more but if anyone could shed a little light on the range then that would be smashing.

    Thanks fowks :)
     
  12. trumpetier

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    As others have said, LEAVE the BSA alone and get a 99 or a 95, much, much better rifles.
     
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    As other people are saying, leave the BSA alone!!!

    I've shot one a few times at my local gun club, they are a load of rubbish. Stay clear!!!
    I've had a Weihrauch 99S 1.77 in my collection for the past 9 years, it's an incredible piece of kit. As long as you have it serviced as it should, it will fire all day long.
     
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    A lot of love being shown for the weihrauch brand on here.

    So the 95 or 99 are the models to go for?

    Should i stay clear of ever the more expensive rifles from bsa such as the ultra etc?
     
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    with springers, it would be a weihrauch hw97 or an air arms tx200 or pro sport for me.
    if its a pcp, the bsa ultra is a great rifle, but for a little more, the air arms s400 karbine is so much better (in my opinion, and we have both)
     
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    every one has there own preference of a rifle. some say hw are a bad rifle others say daystate are a bad rifle. go to your locale gun dealer (RFD) and ask to test a few rifles and find what you like using. as for the bsa i think they are a good strong reliable rifle. as with any rifle sometime they will need a little TLC to get them how you want them. go test a few and make your own mind up on a rifle you like one thats nice to shoulder has a nice pull on the trigger one you feel right with. not ones people say. many people have been told oh this rifle or that rifle is the best and they go buy it and then after getting it they dont feel right with the rifle.
     
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    secretagentmole Low down, dirty and quiet...

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    Yes so strong the Lightning has a reputation for reliable shearing the stock bolts! I am a BSA fan, I have a Super 10, but there is no way I would have a Lightning!
     
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    ive got 2 lightnings and not had a single problem with either of them out the box 11.5 brill groups at 30 yards cant fault them.
     
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    I have 3 bsa rifles so im not anti bsa. but I have to say that after about 15 months both fore end stock bolts sheared off on my lightning xl. sent it back to bsa and they fixed it within 3 days no questions asked, so I was very pleased with there after sales service. I also have 2 other springers a hw97 and a pro sport and as the old saying goes you get what you pay for. compaired to the lightning the other 2 are in a different league. on saying that tho, if that's what your budget can go to then the lightning xl is a nice compact budget rifle.
     
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    One of my rifles is the BSA tact XL.... I love it and think its a great little rifle, very accurate and shot on shot each time without issue (mine is 5 months old though so obviously I can not comment on the over time shear etc... however they all come with a 2 year guarantee and the place I got mine from has given me a lifetime guarantee so no issues for me even if a problem does develop the shop will repair it).... performance wise though I really cant fault it
     

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