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Advice Which air rifle is best???

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by matthew666clarke, Jun 2, 2014.

  1. matthew666clarke

    matthew666clarke Member

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    Hi

    I'm fairly limited on the air rifles for sale local to me. These are the two shops within a driving distance so i am limited to their stores. I have a £200 budget however I don't really wish to go above £150. I really would like full power/ .22 for pigeons rabbits and rat control. I will only be using it a couple times a month hence why i dont want to spend to much.

    I have listed the guns which the companys recommend and so fat the Hatsan Stiker is appealing to me, however please can someone who have experience with air rifles advise on the below listed guns.

    Thank you

    Matt:)

    http://www.countryfieldsports.co.uk/
    http://www.pellpax.co.uk/

    HATSAN STRIKER .22 FULL POWER £160 WITH SCOPE.

    REMINGTON EXPRESS £150

    KRAL 255S .22 - SCOPE - £175

    PELLPAX DARK REAPER PEST CONTROLLER PRO - SCOPE - BAG £189.99

    PELLPAX GARDEN PEST CONTROLLER - SCOPE - BAG £150.00
     
  2. Clubshot

    Clubshot Clubshot

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    Get along to your Local Air Gun club and see the Gun's in use

    Most clubs have a For Sale Table - often with Kits suitable for starters

    Price limit does restrict what is useable -

    BOB/R

    www.lvagc.co.uk
     
  3. matthew666clarke

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    As for those listed, do you have any experience with them? do the company have a good reputation? Im struggling to find pellpax reviews

    matt
     
  4. cloverleaf

    cloverleaf Super Moderator Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    Hatsan mod. 55 or 60 - forget the Striker as the trigger's Censored. Forget the other choices as they're Censored in general.

    Also, do some research into calibre choice - you seem to assume that .22 is best when this is far from the case in most people's eyes. While you're at it search the forum for Pellpax - not a great rep at all.

    Next!
     
  5. matthew666clarke

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    I must have been mistaken, i was led to believe .22 would be better for rabbits
     
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    i have a hatson striker, best and most acurate rifle i have owned, nothing wrong with trigger u pull it back and it fires,now to me its a bit heavy but its very powerful and would easily take a rabbit down.
     
  7. matthew666clarke

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    Peter,

    is yours the .22 or .177 version. Can you elaborate on the trigger issue? I have read views on it but don't under stand the issue
     
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    mine is the 177, just like any other airgun trigger to me,my mates got a few very expensive air rifles but after seeing mine he bought one, the trigger pulls back a bit which to me is better than just touching it and it fires,. it looks like it is built to last, also if u drop it loaded its got a safety feature so again it does not fire, downside a bit hard to open till u just tap it, shoots like a dream and i use open sights,for the price not seen anything better for performance and looks.
     
  9. matthew666clarke

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    my local shop only has a .22 version. any advise on that?
     
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    For the price, i would give the Remington Express a try. It's based on the HW95 which gives it a decent adjustable 2-stage trigger, and a resettable safety. The HW95 already has a massive following, this should prove just as reliable.
     
  11. matthew666clarke

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    Yea the express or the striker are looking good candidates
     
  12. matthew666clarke

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    The express .177 and the strike .22 are the top two then, STill unsure on the calibers though
     
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    I would say .177 if you are not going to use it often, reason being is it's flatter trajectory will be easily remembered, where'as .22 drops more and takes a bit of getting used to remembering the aimpoints.

    .22 pellets cost more than .177 too ;)
     
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    Egg Major Poster

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    .177 Hatsan 55s - you can pick one up brand new for around £110. With regards to .22 or .177 - you hit the rabbit on the head with a pellet from the right gun and the rabbit's not going to be in too much of a position to decide which one would have despatched it more efficiently.

    Don't get caught up in the ".22 is better because it's bigger" trap - have look around the hunting section of the forum and see how many guys have success in a variety of calibres - there's loads use .177 & .22, a few use .20 - they all bring the bunnies home.

    As somebody's signature aptly states - It's not the calibre of the gun, it's the calibre of the person behind the gun that counts.
     
  15. matthew666clarke

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    Just took a look stoeger x20 suppressor any opinions on that
     
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    I had a stoeger X20S, the trigger could be better IMO, i fitted an aftermarket one that made it far better.
     
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    Stoeger sound very Teutonic/German but they're actually made in China. How much is the Stoeger X20?
     
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    What they said :)
     
  19. matthew666clarke

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    The x20 with full barrel suppression is £195 - with scope and comes in .22 or .177

    The Striker is £150 in .22
     
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    Buy a Hatsan 60s or 55s - you'll still have change left over to buy a half-decent budget scope & mounts. The trigger on these 2 (assuming you get one with the Quattro trigger) is great - almost on a par with a Rekord trigger from Weihrauch. Almost.
     

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