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November 16, 2007

Air Time: Five Pellet Guns Reviewed Head to Head

By David E. Petzal and Phil Bourjaily

Hammerli Storm .177
($180; $225 with 4X scope)

THE LOWDOWN: This comparatively inexpensive model comes in .22 as well as .17 and has a synthetic stock with an ambidextrous cheekpiece, praise be! It’s a single-stroke break-barrel, with the usual fine fiber-optic sights that one comes to expect from Hammerli. The Storm requires a bit less cocking effort than the other guns tested, and therefore isn’t quite as powerful.

HITS: It’s very, very, accurate. At 15 yards, shooting offhand, I put five shots in a group you could cover with a nickel.

MISSES: It didn’t have the greatest trigger pull of the guns tested, but on the other hand, so what?

CONTACT: Umarex USA (pronounced OOM-a-rex); 479-646-4210; umarexusa.com

Hammerli X2 .17 and .22
($275; $315 with 4X scope)

THE LOWDOWN: Now here is a good idea—a switch-caliber air rifle that lets you swap back and forth between .17 and .22. The X2 is very well made, with a hardwood stock, open sights with fiber-optic inserts, and lots of power. To change caliber, you flip down a locking catch, unscrew the muzzle weight, drop out one barrel sleeve, drop in the other, screw back the weight, and flip up the catch. It takes 45 seconds and it works.

HITS: The X2 has lots of power, a top-flight trigger that’s very reminiscent of the Savage Accu-Trigger, and excellent iron sights.

MISSES: It’s kind of on the hefty side for a kid to use.

CONTACT: Umarex, yes, the same people as above.

RWS Model 34 .17
($250; $295 with 4X scope)

THE LOWDOWN: This single-stroke break-barrel comes in both .17 and .22. It’s a wood-stocked rifle with good iron sights (not as easy for my geezer eyes to use as the ones with fiber-optic inserts). The Model 34 is a solid gun, from a highly respected name.

HITS: It has lots of power, and it’s accurate.

MISSES: To cock it, I had to smack the barrel on something hard; after that it was easy. I’m told that this was one of a batch of stiff-opening rifles, and not normal for a Model 34. It all comes from the German love of screwing guns together tightly.

CONTACT: Umarex

Sheridan Blue Streak CB9 .20
($190)

THE LOWDOWN: I’ve owned a Blue Streak since 1958, which is just about as long as the gun has been made. It’s a multistroke gun, which means that you can pump it for as few as three strokes or as many as eight, depending on how much power you want. It’s a good design that has been continually improved over the years. The weight is 6 pounds, the stock is hardwood, and the sights are open.

HITS: Of these five guns, this is the best bet for a small or young shooter because of its compact dimensions and its ease of cocking. If I haven’t had a problem with my Blue Streak in 49 years, you probably won’t either.

MISSES: It’s not quite as accurate as the other guns, and its iron sights are primitive compared to theirs. You will shoot much better if you get a Williams peep sight, or a scope.

CONTACT: 800-724-7486; crosman.com

Walther Talon Magnum .17
($250 with 3X–9X scope)

THE LOWDOWN: Brand-new from Walther, this is a spring-powered single-stroke model, and the one I shot was the first to make it to the United States. It’s large and very serious, with a muzzle velocity in .177 of 1250 fps (there will be a .22 and a .25 later on). The black synthetic stock has a recoil pad that is adjustable for length of pull. If you’re looking for an air rifle to hunt with, this one is tough to beat.

HITS: The Talon has excellent open sights, with fiber-optic inserts. It comes with a terrific little scope. The accuracy is good, and the overall quality is very high. It feels like a full-size big-game rifle. Did I mention that it’s powerful?

MISSES: Cocking required considerable effort. Where do you think all those feet per second come from? Also, the trigger pull is long and mushy.

CONTACT: Umarex

A Note On Air Rifles and Safety
Air guns are not considered firearms because they don’t use gunpowder, and therefore are not subject to the regulations that govern firearms. There are, however, all sorts of local ordinances governing who can buy and use them, so it behooves you to check first. All the major dealers that I know will not sell to anyone younger than 18.

Pellets are dangerous out to 500 yards, which is one-quarter the distance that .22 Long Rifle bullets travel. They’re just as deadly as rifle rounds inside that distance. If you shoot someone with an air rifle, they’ll go to the hospital and you’ll go to jail.

These guns are strictly short-range propositions. Olympic air rifle competition is staged at 10 meters, and I found that 15 yards, which is practically the same distance, is about the limit for good accuracy. At 25 yards, you’ll wonder if there’s something wrong with the gun.

And a Note On Scopes
Spring-powered air rifles will wreck a conventional riflescope in short order. That’s because a regular scope is designed to withstand recoil that moves from front to rear. Air rifles of the type tested recoil back and then forward, which is enough to churn the guts of any optical sight that’s not made to withstand it.

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from MrSniper wrote 5 years 20 weeks ago

I have to admit that I was astounded that a Field & Stream editor would say what he did about air rifles not being accurate past 25 yards. It just goes to show that you cannot believe everything you read; not even in a magazine as respected as this!?If you are so sure about this, and want to back it up, let me stand you out at 75 yards (fully protected, of course,) and see if you don't change your mind after the first hyper velocity pellet smacks you in the 'ol helmet still doing 700 FPS.

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from mark wrote 5 years 37 weeks ago

Actually whoever made this article is wrong. Pellets guns can be shot well over 15 yards. If you buy something german made with high quality, your looking a raw power and accuracy. 1 inch groups at 40 yards are no problem with a model 34. I own RWS Diana model 48 in .22 going 900fps. It shoots 1/2 inch groups at 50 yards. If you buy cheap guns you can expect good results. I also use a regular 3-9x40 scope without any problems. Whoever the noob is that wrote this article needs to gather some better information, try talking to the guys at pyramydair.com

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from http://www.catcaresecretsrevealed.com wrote 5 years 52 weeks ago

Recently, I chucked all that mess and decided that I would get not one but two cats. Not having time, space nor energy for the needs of a dog was no reason to remain without a pet. I went to the humane shelter where I found Scout and Atticus, and I can't tell you how happy I am that I did. They are house- trained (but I'm well aware that there will be hairballs from time to time, and stinky litter pans to clean regularly); they cuddle with me and with each other; they run and chase each other through the...

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from Joe Andrejco wrote 6 years 15 weeks ago

My total accurate range is 100 yards I have shot a squirrel at that distance

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from Joe Andrejco wrote 6 years 15 weeks ago

you should test my crosman storm xt this thins is as loud as my .243!!!!

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

Shot this crow in the head today 78 yards to the bottom of the tree but he was only about half way up I'm saying 83 yards and I was aiming directly at the eye but hit him in the neck. .177 caliber hollow point round nose fired by a 15 year old spring piston air rifle RWS Model 34. 25 yards my ass... Been using a 2-10 X 40 Weaver scope for years with no problems whatsoever. No need for an air rifle scope, just a top quality product. The rifle and scope both cost me $169 apiece but that was in the eighties.

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from Marty wrote 6 years 17 weeks ago

Well most spring air rifles will easily shoot sub 1" groups at more then 25 yards. I shoot at 50 to 70 normally with only maybe an inch or less grouping. The new guns are not toy BB gun at all. Fact is you can hunt big game like deer with some of the big bore guns. Even Lewis and Clark had one on there trip to kill deer and such with. there is even on company that caters to airguners wanting to do an African safari with the big bores up to 50 cal. as for the wild cats and dogs well if there a pet then keep them home if you do not then it is you fault not mine as for human letting a pet dog or cat run free now that is not human at all but in my yard I will do the human thing one shot one kill period. o ya the average break barrel .177 gun dose about 1000 fps and the .22 do about 800fps all with lest one inch grouping at 50 yards or under.

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from Dave in St Pete wrote 6 years 18 weeks ago

Don't shoot your eye out guys.http://dontshootyoureyeout.com/BTW my best score is 8,011,218

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 6 years 18 weeks ago

I just dropped a crow from 64 paces to the bottom of the tree... he was at the top probably 50 feet in the air. I'm saying a 70 yard shot and this is not uncommon. I'm still completely dumbfounded by the statement "at 25 yards you'll wonder if there is something wrong with the gun". People do not buy $300 air rifles to shoot pellet traps in their basement, and your misleading uninformed inexperienced opinion is just plain stupid... besides doing great harm to the producers and manufacturers of these fine German machines.

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 6 years 19 weeks ago

This is what a real pellet rifle looks like after almost 20 years... RWS has rebuilt it twice for free and it shoots better now than when it was new. Lifetime warranty and they mean it.

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from Thomas wrote 6 years 20 weeks ago

Dr. Ralph,It is not easy for me to do what must be done. I do not have the stomic for it. I would rather they all lived. But I know it is better to put down the sick and lame ones. I do not just pick them off every time I see one. Usually it is when they are beyond the point of recovery. Occasionally I will see one trying to walk and it is not in a straight line. They look like they are drunk but are emancipated. I have noticed that 3 out of 5 times the females don't recover fully after giving birth. Within 6 to 8 weeks the mother cat looks like it is ready to keel over and die on the spot. They are super thin, can't walk in a straight line and are weak and malnourished. Like they ate one too many DeeCon poisoned mice.The males are the ones that are tore up from fighting with each other and other animals. The kittens get eaten by the Red tail Hawks and a ocassional crow or two if they wander out of the sheds for very long by them selfs. And if they come out by night the Owls get them. It is a wonder that as many of them survive as long as they do.

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 6 years 20 weeks ago

Oh yeah, and more criticism about the expertise or lack thereof pertaining to the original post... Re: pellets "RWS alone makes five varieties." WRONG... Let me count the ways RWS can hook you up: Basic, Wadcutter, Superdome, Superpoint, Superpoint Extra, Club, Supermag, Super H Point, Hobby, Meisterkugeln in Rifle, Pistol, and Standard, Diablo Basic, Hyper Velocity Lead Free Field, Golden Rod Lead Free pellet. And available in assorted weights and sizes is their competition pellet the R-10 if you're interested in going to the Olympics...

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 6 years 20 weeks ago

I have seen hundreds of animals put to death. My dad was a large animal veterinarian. When a beloved pet horse or pony needed to be put down always he would give the choice of lethal injection or his .22 pistol between the eyes. $50 for the pistol $100 for the injection and they invariably chose the injection which took 30 to 45 seconds to kill an animal while they went into spasms and jerked involuntarily. The .22 dropped them instantly with no further movement or pain... just the facts from a hell of a lot of personal experience. Not all good.

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 6 years 20 weeks ago

I was kidding. A bullet to the head is the most humane death possible. .22 caliber pellet at 800 fps is close...

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from Thomas wrote 6 years 20 weeks ago

The closest Unhumain Society to me is about a 50 minute drive or about 40 miles from where I live in the next county over. Unless I throw them in the back of a open pickup bed I am not going to drive them that far. For one I am allergic to cats and two those cats smell worse then a peice of rotten meat. Most of the cats have open sores that are infected. And they smell pretty ripe. It is nothing to get woke up in the middle of the night because another couple of cats are fighting under your window.

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from Thomas wrote 6 years 20 weeks ago

Trust me if I could catch the adult cats I would. Like I said the adult cats have learned to stay out of the live traps. 99% of the time I can't get within 25 yards of them before they disappear back under the buildings.

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 6 years 20 weeks ago

Yeah don't shoot feral cats... take them to the Humane Society where we can spend $25- a pop to put them to sleep and throw them in an incinerator. Much more humane???

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 6 years 20 weeks ago

Thomas:Ditto!

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from Thomas wrote 6 years 20 weeks ago

Chev Jim,The feral cats are not some ones loose tom cat. They may be a grand kitten from one from 5 or 10 years ago but not now. We have a couple of abandoned sheds that the Rail road used to own and that is where they live. Trust me I am doing them a service by ending their mangy lives. Half of are sick, fur matted, half ripped and chewed off ears, and with bad limps from the cuts and scratches on they legs. You can smell those cats before you see them. I would be happy if I could keep the population down to under a dozen. The females breed and the next thing you know you have anywhere between 3 or 4 dozen new kittens running around every spring and summer. There are at least 4 to 6 breeding females that I know of. I can not get the local animal control to come out and trap them because it no longer exist in my county. unhumain society does not want them because they are feral and diseased. They say they would have to put them down anyway because they can't afford to spend that kind of money to get them all back to adoptable health. Granted all those cats running around does cut down on the field mice and vole populations. In the farm fields and yards around me. And I have trapped some of the kittens when you can catch them. At Least those you can clean up sprinkle them with flea powder and give them away at the flea markets and holiday bazaars. The adults have learned to stay out of the live animal traps. Problem is once you do catch a adult cat there is no where to take them. I could sell them to Mary K cosmetics for testing. (JUST KIDDING) As far as health reasons it is getting to the point where my wife and I are questioning if it is safe to eat the vegetables out of our garden because so many cats use it as a litter box. It is disgusting when you are weeding and the smell of cat crap is over whelming.

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from coach ike wrote 6 years 20 weeks ago

chev jim,in regards to the feral cat problem, who do you suggest we shoot instead of the cats, the stupid humans maybe! first of all if it isn't mine, than i am not feeding it, secondly if a loose cat continues to piss and shit all over your brand new stainless steel grill, then its got one thing coming to it, an alloy or lead pellet moving at 1,000 fps.

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from coach ike wrote 6 years 20 weeks ago

dave,i noticed you did not include GAMO air rifles to your list, any reason why? if so please tell.

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from Edith Gaylord wrote 6 years 21 weeks ago

A spring-powered gun is not a single-stroke gun! A single-stroke is a completely different powerplant than a spring gun. There is no compression spring in a single-stroke gun. If you have a spring gun, it is either a breakbarrel, an underlever or a sidelever cocking mechanism. But it is NEVER a single-stroke, which generally and correctly called a single-stroke pneumatic.

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 6 years 21 weeks ago

Yeah Gamo is everywhere now. Two Hammerli's and no Gamo. Plus you really can't mix in the Sheridan pump-up gun with spring piston air rifles... the pneumatic guns are three times as loud and less accurate, less powerful, etc... I have to laugh about the RWS being one of a batch of stiff opening rifles. They must have been making that batch for fifteen years. Don't worry it gets easier after 10,000 shots, but not much.

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from Tom wrote 6 years 21 weeks ago

Where were the gamo air rifles? I've had a Hunter 440 for years that can put zinc pellets through a 1mm steel plate at about 1200fps.

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from Michael wrote 6 years 21 weeks ago

Hey Bubba,Aguila ammo sells a subsonic round for .22 rimfire that may be close to what you used to shoot. I've got a couple of boxes of them. I had to shoot a pigeon that had gotten in my polebarn that wouldn't leave. I put one cartridge in my ruger mark 2. It didn't eject the shell, but it sure took out that pigeon. It made a sound like those little snap and pops that kids throw on sidewalks. I wonder how much quieter it would be in my bull barelled 10-22?

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from Bill Wiley wrote 6 years 21 weeks ago

Hey Bubba, I to had a Bemjamin pump up. Used that thing to go bullfrog hunting in the evening. It put many a saddle on the table. My Dad just loved them frog legs. Have a Grand daughter now. In a few years she will have to learn to shoot. We just don't teach our kids to shoot enough anymore.

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from Bubba wrote 6 years 21 weeks ago

Back to CB ammo for just a sec.CCI at one time produced a little round called a "CB Cap". The hammer falling on the firearm made more noise than the round going off!I can no longer find them. Not only that, when I asked the local gun store owner, he looked at me like I was crazy, telling me they never made such a critter. I shot up too many of them.CCI CB Cap. Does anybody know if they still make them or where to get them?Bubba

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from Clay Cooper wrote 6 years 21 weeks ago

Five Pellet Guns Reviewed Head to Head?Left out some important info like Group size and velocity. One thing that I learned shooting competition is out of all the 3 primary disciplines, Air Rifle, Small Bore and High Power, Air Rifle is in fact the most difficult. The reason being, when the trigger breaks a series of events happen before the projectile leaves the barrel. In other words it takes more time between the break of the trigger to the exit of the pellet vs. small bore and especially high power. You can actually almost drop the barrel on an air rifle out of the black before the pellet is on its way. I can take a person that shots expert in air rifle and easily make them expert in small bore, take a person that shoots expert in small bore and shoot expert and even perhaps master in high power. It’s hard as hell to do in reverse order.If you want to master shooting, a good quality air rifle is the best way and the byproduct is the ammo is cheap and you can shoot it in your backyard!

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from Don Adams wrote 6 years 21 weeks ago

Scott. Thanks, I'll give him a call. Don Adams.

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from Bubba wrote 6 years 21 weeks ago

Had a Benjamin pump up in .22 cal as a kid. Spent many hours harassing the local wildlife. Don't remember killing much more than time, but I had a blast!Accurate as all get out!Bubba

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from Clay Cooper wrote 6 years 21 weeks ago

Several months ago on one of the outdoor channels. They had a special on large caliber air rifles around 30 to 357 calibers that did some serious damage to water melons like a center fire.

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from liston wrote 6 years 21 weeks ago

CB stands for "conical ball", the type of bullet used. ive killed squirrels way past 15 yards with my gamo. rocket pellets by gamo are a must have though

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from Blue Ox wrote 6 years 21 weeks ago

These air rifles sound pretty nifty, but i think i'll stick with my .22 for now.

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from Mike Strehlow wrote 6 years 21 weeks ago

These guns do about 80% of what you now do with your .22, only better. They will kill rats, bunnies, birds and squirrels at 25 yards or more, if you can make head shots. They are a lot quieter and cheaper to shoot, and safer (much easier to trap pellets than bullets) than any rimfire. I can shoot targets with my air rifle and handgun in my garage, something I can't do with my .22s. You really learn to follow through on your hold when shooting an air gun. Finally, a box that could hold 500 .22 Long Rifles will hold several thousand pellets. They are not a replacement for a .22, but a great addition to any shooter's battery. If you are a shooter and don't live on a farm or a ranch, you need one of these.

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from Chev Jim wrote 6 years 21 weeks ago

You just ruined it when you talked about shooting dogs and cats. It's illegal to do that in most jurisdictions, and your "feral cat" may be someone's roaming tomcat. I do not shoot domestic animals. I feel that to do so violates the "contract" mankind made with dogs and cats eons ago. If a dog or cat is running around loose, it's some human being's fault, and it's not right to kill a domestic animal unless your life is in danger. Right now we're feeding two "feral" cats that were abandoned by some stupid human. They don't bother anybody. Do they eat birds? Probably--but so do we. But please, please, please don't shoot "stray" dogs and cats, because they may be someone's pet, and there's just a better way of taking care of that problem. All you will do is play into the antigunners' hands. And perhaps break some child's heart.

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from Thomas wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

I personally have a old crossmen that I have to pump up 8,10 or 20 times. I give it a shot of WD-40 when I want the extra power. The WD will act like Diesel Fuel in a diesel engine and makes a satisfied pop when using steel BB's. I use it to dispatch feral cats that get in to the garbage and kill my wifes song birds that she feeds. 1 shot one kill.

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from Jim wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

I have always used the GAMO Air Rifles and have had ggod results out to 35 yards, but then that is as far as my backyard range is. Squirels are no prolem, but I have to be sure of the area behind them. 1,000 FPS Rifles and up are killers. The GAMO Hunter Extreme at 1,625 FPS would easily kill a human and has hogs and other game that size.Many a metal barn has had to have patches when pests were shot frominside the barn. I've patched a few of my own holes.

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from Ricardo Rodríguez wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

Editor, Which air rifle is featured in the picture?It looks to me as a Mendoza, that scope rail cut off the main body, that ambidextrus safety lever and that rear end are quite unmistakable. And they have a switch barrel model too, so I wonder if they are partners with Hammerli now.I own a RWS 48 with RWS base and BSA scope and it is quite accurate at more than 50 meters, althoug I need to make more adjustments than with a .22LR.

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from Gary Mc wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

Look at the RWS 460 Magnum in .22This is a very nice springer airgun with a lot of power.

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from SilverArrow wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

Daisy Red Rider!SA

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from Michael wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

I've got a Gamo Cammie 1 stroke pellet rifle that I took squirrel hunting a couple yrs ago w/ some freinds. They all gave me the usual shit about bringing a knife to a gunfight, but I did get two of them. (the squirrels that is). I've taught my 7 yr old to shoot it. Maybe I'll start my 5 yr old soon. They are fun to shoot.

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from O Garcia wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

I hope I'm not offending some people when I add that "if you accidentally shoot someone in the forehead - or any part of the head with brain behind it - with these rifles, they'll probably die or suffer some horrible vegetative state fate."Let's all be careful. If you can kill a feral dog with these, you can kill a person, too. Regard these with the same respect and care as firearms.OK, I'm off the pulpit now... Have fun everyone.

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from Shaky wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

When I read the article in the mag.,I thought Dave had completly run out of matereial to write about. Then I remembered I have an old Sheridan BS. So I dug it out, and tried to pump it up. Had the same problem Don has. Turned it over with the pump lever open and saw a small hole over the piston. I retrieved a bottle of Outer's gun oil and pumped much oil into that hole,worked it a few times, pumped in more, worked it a few more times, it started to resist,pumped more,fired it,hunted up the pellets, loaded it,pumped it up to 8 and shot a 5/8"plywood board and the pellet went all the way through it at the incredible range oh 10'.Try oiling that piston,Don, maybe you'l save a repair bill. But I dought it will be any more accurate than it was before.

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from alabamahunter wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

Where has that lucky SOB ya'll call a rifle editor hunting now. It seems like every other week he's out of the office on some hunt I wish I was on. Lucky b*&***d!

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from Scott Mahl wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

Don:Contact George Pena at 512-863-2951. I have been informed that he works on Sheridans like yours. Good luck!

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

"At 25 yards you'll wonder if there's something wrong with your gun." Are you serious? I have owned an RWS 34 for over 10 years and the damn thing will still shoot 1" groups at 60 yards, which is how far my target is from my garage door. I have killed many blackbirds at the tree line which is 80 yards away but I normally aim an inch above their heads... Either you people have not experimented with these guns or you are very poor shots. You must have an RWS mount for an RWS rifle or the scope will literally back off the rail. Perhaps this is the problem. Round nose pellets are also a must. Flat nose go everywhere... I recommend Beeman Diablo's.

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from Don wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

I too have an old Sheridan Blue Streak. It now needs to be repaired because it won't pump up. Does anyone have a suggestion as to where I can have it rebuilt?

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from Dean wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

For all you air gun enthusiasts (if any) reading this, head over to http://www.pyramydair.com/blog/ for a dedicated blog on the subject.

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from El-Wazir wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

What kind of scope is that shown on the rifle in the picture? Looks like a Leupold because of the golden ring, but what model? Very nifty!

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

I can shoot CB's from downstairs and the wife doesn't hear it upstairs! Does make a good feline fixer.

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from Ben wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

I'm not sure what the "CB" stands for, I do know that if you fire them out of a gund with a longer barrel - say 24" - they're quieter than a pellet gun. Its what I use to dispatch rodents in the back yard.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

I live where I can legally fire a high powered rifle or .22 off the porch anytime I please (with utmost regard for safety and consideration of neighbors). However, I use a decrepit old Daisy pellet gun to dispatch garden variety pests when appropriate.It's good target practice!By the way, does CB .22 Long mean "cat bullet"? Just wondering.

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from Scott Mahl wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

Some of the spring action pellet rifles can only achieve good groups at 25 yards but some of the pre-charged air rifles can group 1" at 50 yards. The Air Force Condor can be shot at up to 100 yards and if you think that it is not powerful take note: one of the writers who tested it cracked a cinder block with it.I think that with the progressive urbanization of our society these rifles are a good alternative to not shooting at all.

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from jstreet wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

Quote from article:These guns are strictly short-range propositions. Olympic air rifle competition is staged at 10 meters, and I found that 15 yards, which is practically the same distance, is about the limit for good accuracy. At 25 yards, you’ll wonder if there’s something wrong with the gun.Let's see, I'm gonna spend $190-$275 for a 15 yard pellet gun to practice with. No, I think I'll pass.If owning a gun for me becomes owning a pellet gun because I have run out of places to shoot I guess I'll sell my guns and be done with it (except for a handgun for home protection).Jim

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

Re: My comment on another post:I can't wait for one of our correspondents to reveal which airgun he used to take elk or cape buffalo.My hip waders are at the ready!Good article, Dave. I need to replace that old Daisy.

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from smallgamehunter25 wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

I have an old crossman multi pump that i use around the property for pests up to rabbits. Its accurate- I've shot grackles at 40 yards with iron sights in the head before with it.

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from FairQueen1 wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

Today's modern air guns and air rifles come in a wide variety of models and price ranges for every level and size shooter. http://www.airarmsairrifles.com

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from MrSniper wrote 5 years 20 weeks ago

I have to admit that I was astounded that a Field & Stream editor would say what he did about air rifles not being accurate past 25 yards. It just goes to show that you cannot believe everything you read; not even in a magazine as respected as this!?If you are so sure about this, and want to back it up, let me stand you out at 75 yards (fully protected, of course,) and see if you don't change your mind after the first hyper velocity pellet smacks you in the 'ol helmet still doing 700 FPS.

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from mark wrote 5 years 37 weeks ago

Actually whoever made this article is wrong. Pellets guns can be shot well over 15 yards. If you buy something german made with high quality, your looking a raw power and accuracy. 1 inch groups at 40 yards are no problem with a model 34. I own RWS Diana model 48 in .22 going 900fps. It shoots 1/2 inch groups at 50 yards. If you buy cheap guns you can expect good results. I also use a regular 3-9x40 scope without any problems. Whoever the noob is that wrote this article needs to gather some better information, try talking to the guys at pyramydair.com

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from Joe Andrejco wrote 6 years 15 weeks ago

My total accurate range is 100 yards I have shot a squirrel at that distance

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from Joe Andrejco wrote 6 years 15 weeks ago

you should test my crosman storm xt this thins is as loud as my .243!!!!

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 6 years 16 weeks ago

Shot this crow in the head today 78 yards to the bottom of the tree but he was only about half way up I'm saying 83 yards and I was aiming directly at the eye but hit him in the neck. .177 caliber hollow point round nose fired by a 15 year old spring piston air rifle RWS Model 34. 25 yards my ass... Been using a 2-10 X 40 Weaver scope for years with no problems whatsoever. No need for an air rifle scope, just a top quality product. The rifle and scope both cost me $169 apiece but that was in the eighties.

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from Marty wrote 6 years 17 weeks ago

Well most spring air rifles will easily shoot sub 1" groups at more then 25 yards. I shoot at 50 to 70 normally with only maybe an inch or less grouping. The new guns are not toy BB gun at all. Fact is you can hunt big game like deer with some of the big bore guns. Even Lewis and Clark had one on there trip to kill deer and such with. there is even on company that caters to airguners wanting to do an African safari with the big bores up to 50 cal. as for the wild cats and dogs well if there a pet then keep them home if you do not then it is you fault not mine as for human letting a pet dog or cat run free now that is not human at all but in my yard I will do the human thing one shot one kill period. o ya the average break barrel .177 gun dose about 1000 fps and the .22 do about 800fps all with lest one inch grouping at 50 yards or under.

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from Dave in St Pete wrote 6 years 18 weeks ago

Don't shoot your eye out guys.http://dontshootyoureyeout.com/BTW my best score is 8,011,218

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 6 years 18 weeks ago

I just dropped a crow from 64 paces to the bottom of the tree... he was at the top probably 50 feet in the air. I'm saying a 70 yard shot and this is not uncommon. I'm still completely dumbfounded by the statement "at 25 yards you'll wonder if there is something wrong with the gun". People do not buy $300 air rifles to shoot pellet traps in their basement, and your misleading uninformed inexperienced opinion is just plain stupid... besides doing great harm to the producers and manufacturers of these fine German machines.

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 6 years 19 weeks ago

This is what a real pellet rifle looks like after almost 20 years... RWS has rebuilt it twice for free and it shoots better now than when it was new. Lifetime warranty and they mean it.

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from Thomas wrote 6 years 20 weeks ago

Dr. Ralph,It is not easy for me to do what must be done. I do not have the stomic for it. I would rather they all lived. But I know it is better to put down the sick and lame ones. I do not just pick them off every time I see one. Usually it is when they are beyond the point of recovery. Occasionally I will see one trying to walk and it is not in a straight line. They look like they are drunk but are emancipated. I have noticed that 3 out of 5 times the females don't recover fully after giving birth. Within 6 to 8 weeks the mother cat looks like it is ready to keel over and die on the spot. They are super thin, can't walk in a straight line and are weak and malnourished. Like they ate one too many DeeCon poisoned mice.The males are the ones that are tore up from fighting with each other and other animals. The kittens get eaten by the Red tail Hawks and a ocassional crow or two if they wander out of the sheds for very long by them selfs. And if they come out by night the Owls get them. It is a wonder that as many of them survive as long as they do.

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 6 years 20 weeks ago

Oh yeah, and more criticism about the expertise or lack thereof pertaining to the original post... Re: pellets "RWS alone makes five varieties." WRONG... Let me count the ways RWS can hook you up: Basic, Wadcutter, Superdome, Superpoint, Superpoint Extra, Club, Supermag, Super H Point, Hobby, Meisterkugeln in Rifle, Pistol, and Standard, Diablo Basic, Hyper Velocity Lead Free Field, Golden Rod Lead Free pellet. And available in assorted weights and sizes is their competition pellet the R-10 if you're interested in going to the Olympics...

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 6 years 20 weeks ago

I have seen hundreds of animals put to death. My dad was a large animal veterinarian. When a beloved pet horse or pony needed to be put down always he would give the choice of lethal injection or his .22 pistol between the eyes. $50 for the pistol $100 for the injection and they invariably chose the injection which took 30 to 45 seconds to kill an animal while they went into spasms and jerked involuntarily. The .22 dropped them instantly with no further movement or pain... just the facts from a hell of a lot of personal experience. Not all good.

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 6 years 20 weeks ago

I was kidding. A bullet to the head is the most humane death possible. .22 caliber pellet at 800 fps is close...

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from Thomas wrote 6 years 20 weeks ago

The closest Unhumain Society to me is about a 50 minute drive or about 40 miles from where I live in the next county over. Unless I throw them in the back of a open pickup bed I am not going to drive them that far. For one I am allergic to cats and two those cats smell worse then a peice of rotten meat. Most of the cats have open sores that are infected. And they smell pretty ripe. It is nothing to get woke up in the middle of the night because another couple of cats are fighting under your window.

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from Thomas wrote 6 years 20 weeks ago

Trust me if I could catch the adult cats I would. Like I said the adult cats have learned to stay out of the live traps. 99% of the time I can't get within 25 yards of them before they disappear back under the buildings.

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 6 years 20 weeks ago

Yeah don't shoot feral cats... take them to the Humane Society where we can spend $25- a pop to put them to sleep and throw them in an incinerator. Much more humane???

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 6 years 20 weeks ago

Thomas:Ditto!

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from Thomas wrote 6 years 20 weeks ago

Chev Jim,The feral cats are not some ones loose tom cat. They may be a grand kitten from one from 5 or 10 years ago but not now. We have a couple of abandoned sheds that the Rail road used to own and that is where they live. Trust me I am doing them a service by ending their mangy lives. Half of are sick, fur matted, half ripped and chewed off ears, and with bad limps from the cuts and scratches on they legs. You can smell those cats before you see them. I would be happy if I could keep the population down to under a dozen. The females breed and the next thing you know you have anywhere between 3 or 4 dozen new kittens running around every spring and summer. There are at least 4 to 6 breeding females that I know of. I can not get the local animal control to come out and trap them because it no longer exist in my county. unhumain society does not want them because they are feral and diseased. They say they would have to put them down anyway because they can't afford to spend that kind of money to get them all back to adoptable health. Granted all those cats running around does cut down on the field mice and vole populations. In the farm fields and yards around me. And I have trapped some of the kittens when you can catch them. At Least those you can clean up sprinkle them with flea powder and give them away at the flea markets and holiday bazaars. The adults have learned to stay out of the live animal traps. Problem is once you do catch a adult cat there is no where to take them. I could sell them to Mary K cosmetics for testing. (JUST KIDDING) As far as health reasons it is getting to the point where my wife and I are questioning if it is safe to eat the vegetables out of our garden because so many cats use it as a litter box. It is disgusting when you are weeding and the smell of cat crap is over whelming.

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from coach ike wrote 6 years 20 weeks ago

chev jim,in regards to the feral cat problem, who do you suggest we shoot instead of the cats, the stupid humans maybe! first of all if it isn't mine, than i am not feeding it, secondly if a loose cat continues to piss and shit all over your brand new stainless steel grill, then its got one thing coming to it, an alloy or lead pellet moving at 1,000 fps.

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from coach ike wrote 6 years 20 weeks ago

dave,i noticed you did not include GAMO air rifles to your list, any reason why? if so please tell.

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from Edith Gaylord wrote 6 years 21 weeks ago

A spring-powered gun is not a single-stroke gun! A single-stroke is a completely different powerplant than a spring gun. There is no compression spring in a single-stroke gun. If you have a spring gun, it is either a breakbarrel, an underlever or a sidelever cocking mechanism. But it is NEVER a single-stroke, which generally and correctly called a single-stroke pneumatic.

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 6 years 21 weeks ago

Yeah Gamo is everywhere now. Two Hammerli's and no Gamo. Plus you really can't mix in the Sheridan pump-up gun with spring piston air rifles... the pneumatic guns are three times as loud and less accurate, less powerful, etc... I have to laugh about the RWS being one of a batch of stiff opening rifles. They must have been making that batch for fifteen years. Don't worry it gets easier after 10,000 shots, but not much.

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from Tom wrote 6 years 21 weeks ago

Where were the gamo air rifles? I've had a Hunter 440 for years that can put zinc pellets through a 1mm steel plate at about 1200fps.

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from Michael wrote 6 years 21 weeks ago

Hey Bubba,Aguila ammo sells a subsonic round for .22 rimfire that may be close to what you used to shoot. I've got a couple of boxes of them. I had to shoot a pigeon that had gotten in my polebarn that wouldn't leave. I put one cartridge in my ruger mark 2. It didn't eject the shell, but it sure took out that pigeon. It made a sound like those little snap and pops that kids throw on sidewalks. I wonder how much quieter it would be in my bull barelled 10-22?

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from Bill Wiley wrote 6 years 21 weeks ago

Hey Bubba, I to had a Bemjamin pump up. Used that thing to go bullfrog hunting in the evening. It put many a saddle on the table. My Dad just loved them frog legs. Have a Grand daughter now. In a few years she will have to learn to shoot. We just don't teach our kids to shoot enough anymore.

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from Bubba wrote 6 years 21 weeks ago

Back to CB ammo for just a sec.CCI at one time produced a little round called a "CB Cap". The hammer falling on the firearm made more noise than the round going off!I can no longer find them. Not only that, when I asked the local gun store owner, he looked at me like I was crazy, telling me they never made such a critter. I shot up too many of them.CCI CB Cap. Does anybody know if they still make them or where to get them?Bubba

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from Clay Cooper wrote 6 years 21 weeks ago

Five Pellet Guns Reviewed Head to Head?Left out some important info like Group size and velocity. One thing that I learned shooting competition is out of all the 3 primary disciplines, Air Rifle, Small Bore and High Power, Air Rifle is in fact the most difficult. The reason being, when the trigger breaks a series of events happen before the projectile leaves the barrel. In other words it takes more time between the break of the trigger to the exit of the pellet vs. small bore and especially high power. You can actually almost drop the barrel on an air rifle out of the black before the pellet is on its way. I can take a person that shots expert in air rifle and easily make them expert in small bore, take a person that shoots expert in small bore and shoot expert and even perhaps master in high power. It’s hard as hell to do in reverse order.If you want to master shooting, a good quality air rifle is the best way and the byproduct is the ammo is cheap and you can shoot it in your backyard!

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from Don Adams wrote 6 years 21 weeks ago

Scott. Thanks, I'll give him a call. Don Adams.

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from Bubba wrote 6 years 21 weeks ago

Had a Benjamin pump up in .22 cal as a kid. Spent many hours harassing the local wildlife. Don't remember killing much more than time, but I had a blast!Accurate as all get out!Bubba

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from Clay Cooper wrote 6 years 21 weeks ago

Several months ago on one of the outdoor channels. They had a special on large caliber air rifles around 30 to 357 calibers that did some serious damage to water melons like a center fire.

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from liston wrote 6 years 21 weeks ago

CB stands for "conical ball", the type of bullet used. ive killed squirrels way past 15 yards with my gamo. rocket pellets by gamo are a must have though

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from Blue Ox wrote 6 years 21 weeks ago

These air rifles sound pretty nifty, but i think i'll stick with my .22 for now.

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from Mike Strehlow wrote 6 years 21 weeks ago

These guns do about 80% of what you now do with your .22, only better. They will kill rats, bunnies, birds and squirrels at 25 yards or more, if you can make head shots. They are a lot quieter and cheaper to shoot, and safer (much easier to trap pellets than bullets) than any rimfire. I can shoot targets with my air rifle and handgun in my garage, something I can't do with my .22s. You really learn to follow through on your hold when shooting an air gun. Finally, a box that could hold 500 .22 Long Rifles will hold several thousand pellets. They are not a replacement for a .22, but a great addition to any shooter's battery. If you are a shooter and don't live on a farm or a ranch, you need one of these.

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from Chev Jim wrote 6 years 21 weeks ago

You just ruined it when you talked about shooting dogs and cats. It's illegal to do that in most jurisdictions, and your "feral cat" may be someone's roaming tomcat. I do not shoot domestic animals. I feel that to do so violates the "contract" mankind made with dogs and cats eons ago. If a dog or cat is running around loose, it's some human being's fault, and it's not right to kill a domestic animal unless your life is in danger. Right now we're feeding two "feral" cats that were abandoned by some stupid human. They don't bother anybody. Do they eat birds? Probably--but so do we. But please, please, please don't shoot "stray" dogs and cats, because they may be someone's pet, and there's just a better way of taking care of that problem. All you will do is play into the antigunners' hands. And perhaps break some child's heart.

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from Thomas wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

I personally have a old crossmen that I have to pump up 8,10 or 20 times. I give it a shot of WD-40 when I want the extra power. The WD will act like Diesel Fuel in a diesel engine and makes a satisfied pop when using steel BB's. I use it to dispatch feral cats that get in to the garbage and kill my wifes song birds that she feeds. 1 shot one kill.

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from Jim wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

I have always used the GAMO Air Rifles and have had ggod results out to 35 yards, but then that is as far as my backyard range is. Squirels are no prolem, but I have to be sure of the area behind them. 1,000 FPS Rifles and up are killers. The GAMO Hunter Extreme at 1,625 FPS would easily kill a human and has hogs and other game that size.Many a metal barn has had to have patches when pests were shot frominside the barn. I've patched a few of my own holes.

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from Ricardo Rodríguez wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

Editor, Which air rifle is featured in the picture?It looks to me as a Mendoza, that scope rail cut off the main body, that ambidextrus safety lever and that rear end are quite unmistakable. And they have a switch barrel model too, so I wonder if they are partners with Hammerli now.I own a RWS 48 with RWS base and BSA scope and it is quite accurate at more than 50 meters, althoug I need to make more adjustments than with a .22LR.

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from Gary Mc wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

Look at the RWS 460 Magnum in .22This is a very nice springer airgun with a lot of power.

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from SilverArrow wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

Daisy Red Rider!SA

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from Michael wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

I've got a Gamo Cammie 1 stroke pellet rifle that I took squirrel hunting a couple yrs ago w/ some freinds. They all gave me the usual shit about bringing a knife to a gunfight, but I did get two of them. (the squirrels that is). I've taught my 7 yr old to shoot it. Maybe I'll start my 5 yr old soon. They are fun to shoot.

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from O Garcia wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

I hope I'm not offending some people when I add that "if you accidentally shoot someone in the forehead - or any part of the head with brain behind it - with these rifles, they'll probably die or suffer some horrible vegetative state fate."Let's all be careful. If you can kill a feral dog with these, you can kill a person, too. Regard these with the same respect and care as firearms.OK, I'm off the pulpit now... Have fun everyone.

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from Shaky wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

When I read the article in the mag.,I thought Dave had completly run out of matereial to write about. Then I remembered I have an old Sheridan BS. So I dug it out, and tried to pump it up. Had the same problem Don has. Turned it over with the pump lever open and saw a small hole over the piston. I retrieved a bottle of Outer's gun oil and pumped much oil into that hole,worked it a few times, pumped in more, worked it a few more times, it started to resist,pumped more,fired it,hunted up the pellets, loaded it,pumped it up to 8 and shot a 5/8"plywood board and the pellet went all the way through it at the incredible range oh 10'.Try oiling that piston,Don, maybe you'l save a repair bill. But I dought it will be any more accurate than it was before.

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from alabamahunter wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

Where has that lucky SOB ya'll call a rifle editor hunting now. It seems like every other week he's out of the office on some hunt I wish I was on. Lucky b*&***d!

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from Scott Mahl wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

Don:Contact George Pena at 512-863-2951. I have been informed that he works on Sheridans like yours. Good luck!

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from Dr. Ralph wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

"At 25 yards you'll wonder if there's something wrong with your gun." Are you serious? I have owned an RWS 34 for over 10 years and the damn thing will still shoot 1" groups at 60 yards, which is how far my target is from my garage door. I have killed many blackbirds at the tree line which is 80 yards away but I normally aim an inch above their heads... Either you people have not experimented with these guns or you are very poor shots. You must have an RWS mount for an RWS rifle or the scope will literally back off the rail. Perhaps this is the problem. Round nose pellets are also a must. Flat nose go everywhere... I recommend Beeman Diablo's.

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from Don wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

I too have an old Sheridan Blue Streak. It now needs to be repaired because it won't pump up. Does anyone have a suggestion as to where I can have it rebuilt?

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from Dean wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

For all you air gun enthusiasts (if any) reading this, head over to http://www.pyramydair.com/blog/ for a dedicated blog on the subject.

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from El-Wazir wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

What kind of scope is that shown on the rifle in the picture? Looks like a Leupold because of the golden ring, but what model? Very nifty!

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

I can shoot CB's from downstairs and the wife doesn't hear it upstairs! Does make a good feline fixer.

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from Ben wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

I'm not sure what the "CB" stands for, I do know that if you fire them out of a gund with a longer barrel - say 24" - they're quieter than a pellet gun. Its what I use to dispatch rodents in the back yard.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

I live where I can legally fire a high powered rifle or .22 off the porch anytime I please (with utmost regard for safety and consideration of neighbors). However, I use a decrepit old Daisy pellet gun to dispatch garden variety pests when appropriate.It's good target practice!By the way, does CB .22 Long mean "cat bullet"? Just wondering.

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from Scott Mahl wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

Some of the spring action pellet rifles can only achieve good groups at 25 yards but some of the pre-charged air rifles can group 1" at 50 yards. The Air Force Condor can be shot at up to 100 yards and if you think that it is not powerful take note: one of the writers who tested it cracked a cinder block with it.I think that with the progressive urbanization of our society these rifles are a good alternative to not shooting at all.

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from jstreet wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

Quote from article:These guns are strictly short-range propositions. Olympic air rifle competition is staged at 10 meters, and I found that 15 yards, which is practically the same distance, is about the limit for good accuracy. At 25 yards, you’ll wonder if there’s something wrong with the gun.Let's see, I'm gonna spend $190-$275 for a 15 yard pellet gun to practice with. No, I think I'll pass.If owning a gun for me becomes owning a pellet gun because I have run out of places to shoot I guess I'll sell my guns and be done with it (except for a handgun for home protection).Jim

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 6 years 22 weeks ago

Re: My comment on another post:I can't wait for one of our correspondents to reveal which airgun he used to take elk or cape buffalo.My hip waders are at the ready!Good article, Dave. I need to replace that old Daisy.

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from smallgamehunter25 wrote 3 years 24 weeks ago

I have an old crossman multi pump that i use around the property for pests up to rabbits. Its accurate- I've shot grackles at 40 yards with iron sights in the head before with it.

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from FairQueen1 wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

Today's modern air guns and air rifles come in a wide variety of models and price ranges for every level and size shooter. http://www.airarmsairrifles.com

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