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Best Air Rifle? (Break-barrel?)


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#1 thundersnow

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 09:02 PM

It's too broad of a search to get the results I want, so I'm putting it out into the universe (well, the TGO community anyway)...

 

Which air rifle is the best one to get for (25 yard range) varmits and general target plinking without disturbing my neighbors.  My thoughts were headed in the break - barrel style but not for any hard and fast reasons.  I'd like to keep in under $300 bucks, but if it's worth spending a little extra to get something amazing that will last me then so be it.  Looking for quality over quantity here and easy to maintain. 

 

thoughts? 

experiences?

customer service?

.177, .22 or .25?

vendor?

 

 

THANKS!


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#2 Westwindmike

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 09:17 PM

I have a Gamo Big Cat. It does well at 25 yards but needs a better trigger. There is an aftermarket trigger that fixes that problem. It's about $30 I think.



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Posted 26 March 2013 - 10:13 PM

if you want quiet(er), look at a Gamo Whisper.



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Posted 26 March 2013 - 10:23 PM

Check out EdgunUSA on youtube, he has a fair amount of reviews on rifles and is quite the shot with them. Only problem is most of the rifles he uses are really high end items.



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Posted 26 March 2013 - 11:42 PM

No expert on air rifles at all, and of course I'm sure it's far from "the best" strata,  but so far I'm happy with Browning Leverage in .177, has good reviews, got it for $164 plus shipping from SG, generally cost 20-30 more than that. Made by a Chinese company that's fairly well thought of which produces rifles under its own name, which I forget. Just in case you might want to start out with lesser investment.

 

It's an underlever cocker with fixed barrel, so most folks claim they are more accurate than a break barrel. Max 1000 fps with alloy I guess, probably around 900 with lead.  Haven't had it long, but it puts wicked hole through tin can at 30 yards, so guess it would do fine for birds, squirrels and rabbits. I'm sure you'd have to do head shot on possum or whistle pig. They make it in .22 also.

 

Very heavy rifle +8 lbs, pert quiet though, have shot it in my apartment, no pain. Fairly purty too, wood stock a rarity. Scope seems fine, but you'll really have to set it for a particular distance, precise point blank is pretty limited, but seems to be up to about the 25-30 yard range tops, then significant drop. The open sights are almost as good.

 

Browning-Leverage-air-rifle-zm-0.jpg

 

If quiet is a primary criterion, you'll need to stay under about 1100 fts. There's not a supersonic model out there that's very much quieter than a .22 rifle AFAIK, regardless of all the "whisper" type monickers.

 

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Edited by Oh Shoot, 27 March 2013 - 01:47 AM.


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Posted 26 March 2013 - 11:56 PM

I've been looking at these too, but having a hard time weighing the advantages of a gas spring vs. the traditional spring models. I like the idea of the newfangled gas unit, but the folks who make them are also prouder of them! 



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Posted 27 March 2013 - 12:06 AM

I saw a video of a guy kill a hog with the Gamo hunter version. That's all the marketing I need :)

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 12:17 AM

Subscribed.

 

Been thinking about the same thing since my Crosman 760 recently died.

 

I have noticed that Sports Authority had decent prices compared to what I found at  http://www.airgundepot.com/  (good info on this site BTW).



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Posted 27 March 2013 - 12:21 AM

I have an older Gammo that I got 5/6 (?) years ago. It's an NRA scoped model, rated at 1200fps. I paid about 200 for it with s/h. Fun toy for backyard shooting. Accurate with me to about 30-35 yards. That's as good as I can do with the stock trigger. Which by the way, feels like it must be 25 lbs. Hardest trigger I've ever felt on an airgun, and probably on any gun. I mistakenly ordered it with scope instead of irons, that really limits its use.

 

When the neighbors first saw me with it, several complained I was shooting a 22 in my back yard. It's that loud.  

 

Hopefully newer models will be better.



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Posted 27 March 2013 - 01:54 AM

Here's thread from not long ago re a quiet model with some punch:

 

http://www.tngunowne...mmo-895-per-250

 

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 07:29 AM

I have a pair of Gamo Shadow 1000's, great rifles but the triggers take a lot of breaking in before they smooth out.

Power & accuracy are both outstanding, the Shadow models are very nice & lightweight which is handy for toting around all day, they however are LOUD with light & medium weight pellets, so I need to use heavy pellets to keep them from going super-sonic.

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 12:57 AM

My experience with fixed barrel 22's has led (no pun) me to conclude that the lower speed slightly heavier projectile provides better results on small varmints and is pretty accurate for out to 30 yards or so..BTW, saw a Chinese Beeman @ a local pawn shop last week  but  I didn't need to start  buying another caliber.. Happy Hunting !



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Posted 28 March 2013 - 01:35 AM

I was in the same predicament as well. Replaced my old Daisy pump air rifle with a "refurbished from factory" Gamo Bone collector air rifle from www.woot.com for $149 + shipping. They had several models to choose from between $80-150.

 

Ordered it today, hopefully it will be here sometime first of next week.



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Posted 28 March 2013 - 02:55 AM

I was in the same predicament as well. Replaced my old Daisy pump air rifle with a "refurbished from factory" Gamo Bone collector air rifle from www.woot.com for $149 + shipping. They had several models to choose from between $80-150.

 

Ordered it today, hopefully it will be here sometime first of next week.

 

Did you get a .22 model? Looks like one of the .177 models stays subsonic with lead ammo, but one may not.

 

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 03:13 PM

Just a heads up for anyone thinking about getting a spring-piston air rifle, you CANNOT put a regular rifle scope on them, they will destroy even the most expensive well made scope, due to the way the recoil jimmies back/forth.

You have to use a scope specifically designed to withstand the spring-piston recoil, I personally use "Powerline" 3-9x 40mm scopes, which are gawd awful scopes comparitively speaking but they are designed to handle the recoil, and at the ranges an air rifle is capable they work good enough.

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 03:44 PM

This has been a very informative thread so far...  I gave a serious look at the Browning Leverage, but the stock doesn't seem like a good fit for a lefty like me.  I'm not really thrilled with the saftey reset after every cocking pull, but that's not a deal breaker.  My web/YouTube browsings have it narrowed down to a Gamo Whisper or a Benjamin Trail NP.  Both come with a scope and a sling for about the same power factor.  Gamo is a little less expensive, unless you factor in the Nitro Piston upgrade.  The Benjamin Trail NP has it built in.  It seems like the .22 is the better choice for staying below the sound barrier and a little extra punch downrange. 



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Posted 28 March 2013 - 06:54 PM

Yup .22's or even .25's pack a bit more punch at less velocity, but pellet selection & availibility become a bit more scarce, well if you are shopping locally that is, online you should have no problems finding the larger caliber pellets.

The lighter/faster .177's do have the advantage of flatter flight trajectories & plenty of power to take up to ground hog sized game (largest garden pest I've taken with mine) so I am more than happy with my Gamo Shadow 1000's but Benjamin also makes really good air rifles, so you'd probably be happy either way you go though.

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 07:11 PM

What size groups will these shoot at 25 yards?

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 01:03 PM

Not sure if the current RWS (since they were bought) is the same quality of old. However, if they are, they will last forever. I have an RWS I purchased 28 years ago and it's like new and very accurate. 



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Posted 29 March 2013 - 02:12 PM

What size groups will these shoot at 25 yards?


Clover-leaf groups if ... IF ... the shooter does their part.