Thinking of getting one to plink, small game hunt and etc... Anyone have any experience with them and recommendations?
High end air rifles?
I should have added that in my extensive research, I found that matching pellets, brand, type and weight, to the particular gun is quite essential to obtain accuracy. Even pellet guns can be complex.
I tried a few break barrels Gamo, RWS and another brand, in .177 and .22. Wasn't happy with any of them. For accurate shooting I have a Crosman 766. I'm looking into something better. Thanks for the leads.
First decisions to be made are how serious do you want to be and how much do you want to spend. I too had screwed around with cheaper versions that you couldn't shoot a ten inch group at 15-20 yards. I finally decided enough of that and after a lot of research, I purchased a RWS 350 Magnum combo break barrel in .177. With the right pellets, I have no problem with consistently hitting squirrels, rabbits, etc. at 40-50 yards.At the time it costs about $450.00 for the package which included a quality 3X9 scope and hard case and extras.
Just google "pyramid air". All they deal with is pellet guns and ammo, reasonable and trustworthy dealer. They probably have every brand of pellet guns available. Good Luck!
I have a .22 Weihrauch. I really like it. Knocks squirrels over dead, and is accurate enough to knock a cowbird off his perch at 30 yards.
Im sure most know this, but you can’t use a regular scope on a pellet rifle. The recoil will turn them into junk in short order. You have to purchase a scope designed for the specific recoil of pellet rifles. Also, the scope mounts are very different from that of conventional mounts.
I purchased my scope and mounts from Air Gun Depot
They have a really nice selection of quality scopes.
Jake all that was done,I have mounted scopes for 50 years.I have no interest in guns that can not shoot well.My sheradan shoots .250 groops at 10 meters gamo is lucky to shot 2in that will not cut it.
I have a gamo and it shoots great with the right pellets. First you need to lock-tight the screws for your scope so it does not walk on you. Second you can't use cheap pellets and expect accuracy. I do not remembe the brand but they are the ones at Fleet with the red plactic tip.
Glad you are not looking at a gamo,they are a pos like said before my 50 year old sherdan shoots way better than that crapi use less cement block.
Lots of great feedback from you all! I really appreciate the insight.
I am unfamiliar with air guns but can hold my own on most other firearms. It's time to clear a gun or two out of my cabinet to make room for a new air rifle!
Thanks to all of you and keep it coming, I can't be the only guy thinking about getting a new high performance air gun.
I lucked out getting a used Beeman RX because I asked my local gun shop to tell me if any break barrel springers came in. All the airguns I have are .22 cal. The first thing, is to find out what pellets it likes. One low powered springer shot great with 3 different pellets. Another only liked one kind but they were really hard to push into the breech. Search for pellets in different weights as well as brands to see what works best in you're gun. Cheap pellets may work fine but the whole idea is to get the best accuracy and pellet selection for that particular gun. An example of this was my slug barrel for my shotgun, only liked copper solids. Pest control with .177 cal. means perfect shot placement to avoid "ice picking" where pass thru shots don't hit enough vitals. RWS pellets cost a little more than some brands but they are very accurate in several of my guns. I paid $99 for my overpowered Hatsan and "couldn't hit the side of a barn". As mentioned earlier, you could spend thousands on a pre-charged air cannon. I'd recommend getting a Wierauch HW50 for $325 from Airguns of Arizona.
I got Gamos and theyre defintiely overpriced POS. Like you say cant hit the broadside of a barn with them and theyre loud. Absolute waste. When its time to eliminate pests in the yard the go to gun is a 20 year old crosman 760 that cost us $25. The cheap crosman looks like its been through a war but the damn $150 gamos dont even come close to being anything respectable.