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Old 11 March 2020, 19:18
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Air Rifles

So, who is shooting what? What are some of the better brands out there?

Budget has a limit of 300 bucks.

Give me the good, the bad and the ugly on what you like and don't like.

Thank you.
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Old 11 March 2020, 20:35
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I bought mine on Amazon. It's a hand pump one that looks like a smaller FN SCAR. Came with a "clip" that holds five hunting BB's. You pull the action back, press the "clip" over a notch, and push the action forward to load it. Pump her 8 times and it's supposed to have the same impact force as a 22.

I use it mainly to hunt pigions that shit all over my disabled neighbor's balcony.

I had to take it to my range to sight it in, the sights were way off from the factory, but once I did it's been pretty fricken accurate. It has a rail on top so I could attach an optic if I wanted but haven't bothered. The "irons" (they are plastic) work plenty well. Front and rear are adjustable.

Other than needing some lube on the pumping mechanism it's run fine for years.

Manufacturer is a Crosman mk-177 I think I paid about $80 for it.

You can certainly get crazy for under $300 these days. If I was to do it all over again I might go for a co2 powered rifle, as you don't have to pump between shots.
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Old 11 March 2020, 20:59
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I love the big bore air rifles that are out now. I have a Hatsan .30 but want to add a .50 next. My .30 came factory suppressed, it's a lot of fun...
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Old 11 March 2020, 21:06
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I have the Gamo Fusion Mach 1 in .22 caliber. I killed 4 coons a few month ago before they knew what was happening. It is a bear to cock though.
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Old 12 March 2020, 06:39
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$90 .177/.22 (spare barrel) break action from Walmart, comes with a scope.
.22 velocity is about 900fps, .177 1100fps. Mine has accounted for numerous flying "rats".
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Old 12 March 2020, 11:37
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Crossman break barrel has killed plenty of squirrels and cottontails. It was a little light for a big jackrabbit. Accurate out to about 50 yards (minute of bunny). It is pretty loud though. A buddy has a Gamo Whisper that is about the same velocity, but MUCH quieter. It just looks dorky with the faux suppressor on the end.
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Old 13 March 2020, 04:26
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I don't own one yet, but it's always on the list. Going to go with one of the Gammo .22's, Swarm or Whisper - need to do research.
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Old 13 March 2020, 06:29
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I grew up with BB and pellet guns. Had a range in my basement as a kid. Self taught marksmanship , which made my Basic training a whole lot easier!
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Old 13 March 2020, 07:13
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Old 13 March 2020, 07:15
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I like my gamo for what it is capable of in its price point.
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Old 13 March 2020, 07:18
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I know as a kid I always envied one of those Benjinan 392s.
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Old 13 March 2020, 16:40
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Gamo .177 Bone Collector. I killed a shit ton of rabbits (cotton tail and jack) when I worked at a golf course for a few months before I went back to police work.

I lost count of exactly how many in the mid 40's.
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The Benjamin nitrogen piston guns have impressed me. I have an old RWS M52 recoiless which just keeps plugging along, not even sure they make them anymore. S/F....Ken M
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Old 14 March 2020, 00:28
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Gamo Big Cat with a 4x on it, .177. Squirrel gun for my pecan trees. I shoot a 22 or my .17 and they are gone. I can take out 3 or better with the pellet rifle and they are wondering what happened to their friends. Kill the crap out of armadillos also.
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I think for the money, Gamo is the ticket. I remember back in the day, Beeman had a Crow Magnum, that put out a .25 cal at over 1,000fps - always wanted one as a kid. I started on a Daisy 840, then went to an 880 - lots of Ruffed Grouse fell to that thing.
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A Christmas Story is a holiday favorite here, so my kid bought me the Daisy Red Rider wit compass in the Stock. Not much power for anything other than taking long range shots at the donkey to keep him from knocking down a fence.

I also bought a Gamo 15 years ago for my kid to do 4H with. 22 cal over 1k fps is no joke. It was a high end one that had been rebuilt and was on sale for $80 at Cabela's bargain cave.
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I think for the money, Gamo is the ticket. I remember back in the day, Beeman had a Crow Magnum, that put out a .25 cal at over 1,000fps - always wanted one as a kid. I started on a Daisy 840, then went to an 880 - lots of Ruffed Grouse fell to that thing.
I've been eye-balling the Whisper X.
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Old 15 March 2020, 08:49
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I grew up shooting this .20cal Benjamin Silver Streak. My father purchased it in the '60s or very early '70. Still going strong. My daughters learned on it and still plink with it in the back yard. Looking a buying a Gamo for the hell of it as well, however.
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