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Old January 15th, 2013, 01:20 AM   #1
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Im looking at getting an air rifle to take out some critters around the house and plink around with it. I have always heard people talk about the Gamos, and back in the day I had crossmans and Benjamins. Looks like the new air rifles have came a long way. Trying to decide between nitro, spring operated, and .177 vs 22 caliber. Anyone have any experiene with these newer air rifles?
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Old January 15th, 2013, 03:49 AM   #2
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I had a gamo barrel break. I killed wood chucks with it. It was the .177 cal spring operated. I really liked the gun. They have them shooting 1200 now and I even seen one thats 1600 fps.
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Old January 15th, 2013, 06:04 AM   #3
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I've heard good things about the Gamo's. Some more info here-
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Old January 15th, 2013, 06:06 AM   #4
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Gamo triggers BLOW. If you get a Gamo order an aftermarket trigger immediately and it will be a pretty decent gun. I picked up a Diana (RWS) used for a bit over $100, much nicer rifle for the same price as a new Gamo.
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STARTER GUN

have popped MANY a chipmunk and a few squirrels with one of these:

http://www.crosman.com/airguns/rifles/pump/2100B

cheap starter with ability to pump up the air pressure as required. usually 10 pumps more than enough and, using bb's not pellets, a lot faster to reload and fire. the cheap plastic stock seems to weaken and break after 2~3 years. put about 500 shots/year thru it. quieter to use in a neighborhood.

also have one of these.

http://www.crosman.com/airguns/rifle...barrel/CO1K77X

the stock is solid wood, heavy as hell and kicks like a mule. powerful, more than enough, sounds like a .22 going off.
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Old January 15th, 2013, 06:59 AM   #6
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http://www.crosman.com/prostaff-picks/PROPICK002
There is a video of them hunting wild boars
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Old January 15th, 2013, 07:02 AM   #7
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http://www.crosman.com/prostaff-picks/PROPICK002
There is a video of them hunting wild boars
at $1,600.00 you could hire 1/2 the mexican army to do the job for you
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http://www.airgundepot.com/gamo-varm...-platinum.html

Is a new version of what I use on pigeons around the barn. I've also used it on raccoon and opossum. Works great for small stuff and is spot on once you sight it in. But don't change ammo or you'll have to sight it in again(which is pretty normal).

I never thought I'd use the laser and flashlight that come with it but you can take some quick shots with the laser if you don't feel like using the scope.

Use lead ammo, the PBA is cool to shoot once in a while but is faster an louder. But more inaccurate with the ones I tried.

I have a family member with the .22 version and takes out large raccoon with no problem. I don't think the .177 would do very good on larger coons unless you hit It just right.
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Here's the one I have: http://www.airgundepot.com/rws34b.html#reviews

Decades-old design and still going strong. Consider this one if you want to give it to your grandkids.
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I want a break action gun single pump. I already have an older crossman and benjamin that takes 10 pumps. So are the Nitro benjamins not a good option? Is the 22 worth upgrading too?
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I want a break action gun single pump. I already have an older crossman and benjamin that takes 10 pumps. So are the Nitro benjamins not a good option? Is the 22 worth upgrading too?
I don't know that they're not a good option, I'm just saying I went with tried and true spring design and I know it will still be a great rifle in 30 years. Who knows how a Nitro will function in 10 years? Maybe perfect, maybe not.

.177 is much more common and available everywhere. You get higher velocity too, and it's plenty of whack to take out squirrels. Personally I wouldn't be using an air rifle to take out something like a raccoon or porky. The .22 will probably be louder if you want to be discreet.

Ooops, just noticed that the RWS I linked to was a .22. Didn't mean to do that, I own a .177.
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I have a Gamo BigCat 1200. Its awesome very powerfull, spring loaded breaks at barrel. i have shot so many squirrels, rabbits, birds with it. drops a squirrel one shot no problem. its a .177.
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I have a Ruger Blackhawk .177 pellet rifle. It sells at a decent price and works well for my needs. Way more powerful than what I imagined it would be.

http://www.airgundepot.com/ruger-bla...air-rifle.html
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im just looking for something that can shoot 50 yards quiely, accurately, and have enough power to take out a crow, squirel, or chipmunk. Anything bigger then that and I have bigger guns for that.
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I have a Ruger Blackhawk .177 pellet rifle. It sells at a decent price and works well for my needs. Way more powerful than what I imagined it would be.

http://www.airgundepot.com/ruger-bla...air-rifle.html
love the 11 y/o kids review on it, brings back memories

best line "I also shot a bullfrog with it and it blew him up."
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http://m.airgundepot.com/ruger-air-h...x32-scope.html

I have this and it works great for yard cleanup
2 issues:
- don't store it upright, the lube on the spring will run out over time and cause it to screach when cocked unless you tear it down and relube it.
- it kicks and almost sounds like a 22 when fired
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if its as loud as a 22 then I will shoot my 22. I want something quiet.
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http://m.airgundepot.com/ruger-air-h...x32-scope.html

I have this and it works great for yard cleanup
2 issues:
- don't store it upright, the lube on the spring will run out over time and cause it to screach when cocked unless you tear it down and relube it.
- it kicks and almost sounds like a 22 when fired
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I want a break action gun single pump. I already have an older crossman and benjamin that takes 10 pumps. So are the Nitro benjamins not a good option? Is the 22 worth upgrading too?
I have several air Rifles, my next one will probably be a Beeman Nitro piston possibly .25cal. The spring piston guns aren't really good for hunting because you shouldn't leave them cocked for any length of time. I looked at the Benjamin nitro piston guns and for the money they looked ok. Just don't want to spend that much for a chinese gun. I know someone who claims his Crossman nitro gun was made in the USA but the ones I have seen are also chinese. The nitro piston guns I have shot are much smoother & quieter than my RWS guns. 50 yards is a long shot for an air rifle. The pellets are light,so they get blown around alot and lose energy fast.
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Still love my Winchester 1000X. It's accurate, break action and powerful. Trigger sucks ass but it's a pellet gun that doesn't cost more than a high end .22LR.
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