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Which 2nd hand air rifle to buy under £500

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Liamb, Jun 18, 2014.

  1. Liamb

    Liamb Member

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    Ok so im looking to buy a 2nd hand pcp hopefully with a scope if not just gun and i have a maximum of £500, what would you recommend to buy? Also had a go with my mates springer and hes got hawke scope nite-eye 3 9 40 but when you zoom in it seems to go very blurry so it means you cant zoom in much so the target is very small? Why is this? And what scope would you recommend?
     
  2. terry1001

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    The Air Arms range represent good value and accurate and generally one of the most reliable and simple to service guns on the market. Obviously you should make an effort to handle, and if possible shoot, a few different rifles but I would suggest that a S410 full length rifle would be suitable.
    Scopes used on air rifles need to be able to focus across quite a wide range so benefit from having a focussing mechanism fitted, this can be either an adjustable objective (AO) or side focus (SF) which I prefer in use. It seems likely that the scope you tried does not have this or you didn't use it, most will allow you to get a sharp image from about 10 yards out to infinity.
    There are usually S410s offered for sale on here whwere they will probably be a fair bit cheaper than you would find them in a shop but it's best to buy from someone local so that you can do the deal face to face. Don't forget you will need charging equipment to pump it up which will add to the cost but you can sometimes buy a complete set up. There is a recent thread about air bottles which you should read http://www.airgunforum.co.uk/forums...ide-to-air-cylinders-bottles?highlight=bottle
    There are also threads on choosing an air rifle and about scopes and setting them up,all are well worth reading before you spend any money.
     
  3. Accuspell

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    At £500 the world is more or less your oyster.......look for reliability by reading about owners experiences, lots of owners, not just one! Personally I would say rifles from the 90s through to mid 00s are better built than the newer ones. better quality finish and materials in most cases, just not so much hype put about around them. Modern rifles are hyped up to cover the quality reduction! I bet a Daystate from 2005 will outlast a Daystate from 2014 and the same with all the other makes. Don't be put off by age, go by the overall look - if looks to have been treated with care, it will have been. It is pretty easy to spot somethig that has been butchered - it will show and the feel will give it away, scratchy trigger, stiff, graunchy bolt glide that kind of thing - chewed screw heads are a definite sign of a monkey at work!
     
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    Air Arms S410 and an MTC Viper :D
     
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    I wouldn't waste my money on a Viper! There are far sharper, clearer scopes for less money - the optics in MTC are only Nikko Stirling. Same factory, same lenses, same technicians putting them together, only the tube and erector changes - a few bits of unecessary bling surrounding the same moulded, rather than ground and polished, lenses. ;)
     
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    I couldn't find anything to match my 32x Viper at the same price point,all the Hawkes I looked at,including the Sidewinder and Varmint were fuzzy and lacked detail.
     
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