Air Rifle Thread

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by GordonFreeman, Jul 3, 2011.

  1. chipgibbs

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    Both if the pistols shown are 22 cal. The top one is made by "Mac 1". It is built on a Crosman Mk1 frame which has been out of production for years. The valve assembly is replaced with a new one machined by Mac 1 and the frame is modified to accept the Lothar Walther barrel. The break has three baffles to quiet it down. The velocity is a very consistent 640 fps.
    The second pistol is a Crosman 2240 which is still available. A longer barrel was added to increase velocity, the valve was modified by me for more flow & velocity and the breech is from "Crooked Barn". It shoots at about 600 fps. Both guns are CO2.

    Chip
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  2. UnderNewOwnership

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    Replacing the standard spring in a break-open with a compressed nitrogen piston is the best mod. No parasitic vibrations (caused by spring wobble), and no memory effect/metal fatigue either, or so I've heard.
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  3. NikonsAndVStroms

    NikonsAndVStroms Beastly Photographer

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    So I was looking at a 22LR but here in MA it would be a bitch to find places to shoot so looks like an air rifle is the way to go.

    I know they go all the way to competition guns and I'm not after that, basically the best bang for you buck accuracy wise for some practice shooting. If the gun had good iron sites along with a scope that would be a plus.
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  4. GSWayne

    GSWayne Old Guy nOOb

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  5. FPGT72

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    I was talking to someone somewhere on this just the other day....can't remember where....sucks getting old....

    I think you would get the most bang for your buck with a Gamo whisper line of air rifles....there are a few different ones to choose from, and they are VERY quiet. Some come with a scope others not. For the most part they are going to be in the under $300 range or so.

    Not sure if you plan on pest control or just poking holes in paper and pop cans, but I have always had a bit of a problem with people using a 177 pelet on anything as big or bigger then a squirrel. To put a squirrel sized critter down clean I think a 177 is not going to hit hard enough.....yes yes I know all about shot placement...bla bla bla. But I remember not getting clean kills when I was a kid and how much better they went down when I got my Sheridan .20...but it also did move the pelet along a bit quicker.

    I have one Gamo rifle....an old 440 hunter and it does seem to hit what I point it at...had it for years and no problems.
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  6. Hay Ewe

    Hay Ewe Just a Wannabe

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    .177 for target shooting
    .22 for everything else. (yes you can target shoot with a .22, its just that a .177 has a flatter trajectory)
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  7. Cat Daddy

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    I've got one of the Gamo Whisper 177 rifles. It's damn quiet if you need stealth.
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  8. NikonsAndVStroms

    NikonsAndVStroms Beastly Photographer

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    Can't shoot varmint up here and down in VA we have everything from 22LR to .380 to deal with em :evil
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  9. josjor

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    RWS Diana 34. Excellent quality, good accuracy once you learn the springer hold technique, and it will be around for your great-grandkids to play with.
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  10. Mr. B

    Mr. B Contrarian

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    This topic is the "what oil should I use" of the airgun hobby. I won't claim to be an expert, but lets just say I've have spent a lot of time and WAY TOO MUCH money on airguns of different calibers.

    I've taken countless squirrels and rabbits with .177's, and this was done with airguns that shoot in the 600-900 fps range. You don't need magnum-powered .177 or .20 or .22 for smaller critters. One of my favorite squirrel guns is a Feinwerkbau 10 meter match rifle that shoots around 650 FPS.

    If anyone is really interested in this debate, go over to the "Yellow (airgun) Forum" where it is discussed ad nauseum with little resolution.

    Oh, and what was the question?

    Has anyone noticed that the OP asked what gun to get for squirrels and chipmunks nine months ago and never came back? It did give some of us a chance to show our cool guns. I'm resisting the urge to post pix of mine--and I am quite proud of them.:wink:
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  11. pilot

    pilot Slacker Moderator Super Moderator

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    Go ahead, I like gun porn, even the airgun type. :thumb
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  12. ZzyzyxRd

    ZzyzyxRd Home of the odds

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    Post the pics.
    That's what we are all here for. :deal
    Had a FWB model 34 in .22 years and years ago, well built and accurate shooter.
    Picked up a little Daisy Powerline pump for the roof rats we have here, or should I say used to have. :evil
    The smart ones moved on to look for better accommodations.

    So yeah, post up pictures...

    PS going to Pyramyd Air could lead to a leaky wallet. I hate that place. Bastards. :D
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  13. Mr. B

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    OK, guys, stay tuned.
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  14. Mr. B

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    My current "armory," all in .177 caliber, all spring-type guns:

    From the top-
    -a Beeman R1 with a cheapo scope. The R1 was the first "magnum" sporter air rifle.

    -Next is a Feinwerkebau model 300s match rifle. Deadly accurate with the match sights, but you could kill flies at 10 meters with a scope installed (really).

    -Finally is the Beeman R7 with Leupold scope and custom walnut stock. This gun is a true joy to shoot: again, super-accurate, easy to cock and light weight.

    The R1 and 300s are both over 20 years old; the R7 is pretty new.

    (Not pictured is an old Crosman 760 Pumpmaster that I keep around for the grandkids).

    I had much more expensive and more powerful guns, but I'm downsizing.



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  15. fastdadio

    fastdadio Still gettin faster

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    Even if the OP didn't report back, I'm enjoying the thread. You all have some nice ones and I found intrest in the links. My boring aresenal consists of a typical classic Benjamin-Sheridan pump in .22, which has been great medicine for yard varmints and the above mentioned Crossman MKI pistol in .22. Last time I had seals replaced in the Crossman, the guy told me they were obsolete and parts were drying up. Any collector intrest in the MKI? If so, I would be open to trades for something comparable but modern.
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  16. Bun-bun

    Bun-bun Been here awhile

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    Lots of gorgeous, expensive iron on these pages for sure.

    I have a Benjamin air rifle in .22 that has been with me for 32 years, and still keeps the barn tidy.

    I also have a Beeman pistol in .177 that I haven't seen for a while. Guess I'll have to poke around and see if I can come up with it.

    I have to say, tho, I have trouble with the idea of paying centerfire prices for an airgun, no matter how nicely built.

    Maybe that's just my parsimonious upbringing.:gdog
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  17. Mr. B

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    I mean this in a friendly way:

    We all put different values on material things, don't we? I'm into radio control and bicycles, too, but there's no way I'd spend 2 grand on an RC airplane like some of my friends. The same goes for the $4,000 bicycle another buddy rides. I have planes and a bike, but I'm not willing to spend that much on those toys.

    I imagine your Ducati could be seen as rather extravagant when a small Honda or even a scooter can get you from here to there on two wheels.
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  18. Snapper

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    RWS Diana Model 48 in .22 & .177 Pistol

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  19. RedRocker

    RedRocker Native Texican

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    I've been lusting for a Benjamin Marauder, any thoughts on that rifle?
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  20. Mr. B

    Mr. B Contrarian

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    The Benjamin Marauder is extremely accurate, powerful, well made and relatively cheap for a pre-charged pneumatic (PCP) air gun. They have taken the air gun market by storm, probably because more shooters could now afford a nice PCP.

    They spit big pellets very far and with extreme accuracy because they don't suffer from the double action recoil of spring and gas ram air guns. The PCP is easier to shoot accurately while spring guns require consistent technique.

    I don't want one because PCP's involve more gear --the biggest of which is a SCUBA tank-- and complexity than I want to deal with.
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