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what to get... SMK XS19 vs XS78 (QB78)

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by abbas224, Mar 12, 2009.

  1. abbas224

    abbas224 Active Member

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    Hi

    I'm looking for a good entry-level air rifle and I've narrowed my choices down to the XS19 and the XS78. I know they're not the best, but I don't need anything amazing - all I need it for is shooting at a pellet trap and taking out the occasional pigeon. I will be shooting it quite a lot though.
    I'm leaning towards the XS78 because of the bolt action but accuracy, reliability and durability are the deciding factors. In terms of accuracy and build quality, which is better?

    thanks.
     
  2. dickyd

    dickyd Engaging Member

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    Can`t comment on the xs19, but the xs78 with a little tlc is a great little gun, off the shelf most are doing between 8-9ft/lb, but with a tune very easy to get up to 11.5ft/lb and above(be warned), I am getting approx 40 decent shots out of each charge of co2, and can easily put 5 shots within an inch at 30yds, good to see you're not being put off Chinese, snobbery is a terrible thing, buy what you can afford and enjoy, it is the finger on the trigger that makes the difference not the price tag:):)
     
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    you could also concider the xs79 around the same price as the 78 but more co2 options either the standard 88g you can fit a 9oz refilable paintball tank also there is a 12g adapter to use the smaller co2 bulbs. have even seen them converted to pcp by fitting a 13ci air tank with a 850psi regulator fitted all of which can easily be done after.

    pete
     
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  4. Joe Poncho

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    I have a XS78 and no complaints. They are a tidy little gun and great fun to shoot.:up:
     
  5. abbas224

    abbas224 Active Member

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    yeah i've seen quite a few tuning kits for the XS78, they're not too expensive either.

    that's impressive - is that with or without mods? what scope and pellets were you using?

    yeah, i know a lot of people would tell me to save up for a European rifle, but spending £200+ seems a bit of a waste considering what i'm using it for. i've fired a Weihrauch (underlever springer; can't remember which one though) and a Cometa 300 and they were great, but i don't need something that good. as long as it's better than the B2... i had one of those when i was 15 and it was Censored. i had a spring airsoft pistol that was more accurate.

    they don't sell the XS79 in my local shop. can you buy 88g adapters for the XS78?
     
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    I,ve got two 78,s and both shoot well. Take a look here for more info. You don't need a tuning kit either, about a quids worth of spare Orings and a couple of hours with a black & decker and you are done.
    http://ukchineseairgunforum.myfreeforum.org/index.php
     
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