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Old 07-03-2011, 06:33 AM   #1
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Air Rifle Thread

I'm looking for a good, scoped air rifle for a squirrel and chipmunk problem I have in my back yard. Anyone think they've found the perfect rifle? Please share your wisdom.
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Old 07-03-2011, 06:45 AM   #2
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I've had lots of fun with my Gamo Big Cat 1200.

http://www.gamousa.com/product.aspx?...%20.177%20cal.
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Old 07-03-2011, 07:58 AM   #3
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Try a QB78

There is a Chinese version of the old Crossman 160 bolt action CO2 rifle that has a huge following. Its is cheap at under a hundred dollars and can be easily modified into a multi shot. I have one with a custom stock, modified valve, Scope and 8 shot magazine. It really has taken the squirrel population down a notch in my neighbor hood.

Check Archer Airguns.

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Old 07-03-2011, 10:44 AM   #4
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If you want clean kills on squirrels go for a high power model. Those 500 fps and under rifles do not make clean kills.
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Old 07-03-2011, 10:53 AM   #5
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There is a Chinese version of the old Crossman 160 bolt action CO2 rifle that has a huge following. Its is cheap at under a hundred dollars and can be easily modified into a multi shot. I have one with a custom stock, modified valve, Scope and 8 shot magazine. It really has taken the squirrel population down a notch in my neighbor hood.

Check Archer Airguns.

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That is awesome! I've got a walther breakbarrel I like, but that's the next level. +1 on the power, you'll need at least 1200FPS and some flathead pellets. Good clean fun!
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Old 07-03-2011, 10:59 AM   #6
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I picked up a Gamo wispier varmint hunter. comes with a great scope. 0ed it at 30 yards and it's deadly at 75. It ant cheep but it's worth it.

http://www.gamousa.com/product.aspx?...&productID=286
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Old 07-03-2011, 12:07 PM   #7
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If I were looking for something to actually take out small rodents rather than just plinking, I'd be looking at Beeman breakbarrels.
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Old 07-03-2011, 04:51 PM   #8
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Single shot, break barrel pump are the best air rifles around. I have a German RWS Diana with a wood stock that I purchased in Greece when I was a kid. This thing is a seriously accurate and powerful rifle. 1200+ fps. I used to pick off individual crows out of the sky with this thing.
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Old 07-03-2011, 07:02 PM   #9
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RWS model 34 is a good entry level gun. If you are wanting to thin the squirrel population, I'd opt for the .22 cal over the .177.

If you buy a spring operated gun and want a scope, purchase a scope designed to handle the double recoil of springers, regular rifle scopes have a short lifespan when mounted on these guns.
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Old 07-03-2011, 08:43 PM   #10
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http://www.airgundepot.com/22caliber-air-rifles.html
I would personally look to the .22 caliber air rifles, 950 FPS with a 22 is close to 22 short cartridge power.
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Old 07-04-2011, 12:50 AM   #11
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Air Arms Prosport in .22 with a 4x40 scope, its a spring gun with a sliding breach and cocking lever on the underside that is flush withe stock line, looks great, works fantastic

nothing more to say

Break barrels are OK but can loose accuracy imho

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Old 07-04-2011, 07:07 AM   #12
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A few More just for lookin at

These are just part of my collection, Ive been shooting and collecting airguns for 35 years. I own a cronograph and none of these high powered air rifles gets 1200 feet per second. Very few spring piston rifles shoot in that range unless they are dieseling. Just my 2 cents

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Old 07-04-2011, 08:01 AM   #13
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Old 07-04-2011, 08:53 AM   #14
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These are just part of my collection, Ive been shooting and collecting airguns for 35 years. I own a cronograph and none of these high powered air rifles gets 1200 feet per second. Very few spring piston rifles shoot in that range unless they are dieseling. Just my 2 cents

Feinwerkbeau 124 D Custom Stock, Custom Barrel, Paul Watts tune


Air Arms TX200 Mk III Maccari Stock, Paul Watts Tuned


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Chip, real nice collection you have there. Used to drool over the Feinwerkbeau's top end models as a young adult, just couldn't afford them. I have owned numerous Beeman break barrel springers and the only one of them I was comfortable shooting ground squirrels with was the R10 in .20 cal and would drop a squirrel dead cleanly. Most the .177 calibre, especially high FPS versions are piss-poor at stopping small game as even blunt or semi-hollowpoint pass right through with little stopping power. Several years ago I made the big purchase, at least for my cheap ass, and bought a Webley FX2000. This is a precharged eight shot bolt action repeater with drop in load carriers. I had it tuned slightly hotter and in .22 cal get a good 28 shots of 920 fps before I need to pump it back up. With a silencer on it makes for enjoyable outing staking out the ground squirel lairs littering the fields around here. The precharged are nice in that there is no recoil to speak of and accuracy is very good. I bought four drop in cartridges so I can go right through my shots in no time at all, then reload the cartridges and recharge the gun. I would highly suggest Pyramid Air as I have had nothing but good experiences with those folks.


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Old 07-04-2011, 09:41 AM   #15
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The Gamo .177 with pointed hallow points will fire through a deer skull at 45 yards. and at 50 I can take cloths pins off a line. I think a head shot will stop a squirrel with ease. and I really don't think it would survive a chest shot.

i got mine to take out feral cats.

I do agree a .22cal would have more punch. I got mine at bass pro. they have a nice selection of air riffles and you can pic them up and hold them ... i got the Wisper because of the scope and stock it had. had the best fill for my long arms and the scope was NICE...
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