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Air Guns

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by wjv, Aug 20, 2012.

  1. wjv


    Jan 17, 2002
    Pacific NW
    I have a nice Crossman single shot pump pistol that has been reliable for years.

    I was thinking that a nice air rifle would be a good addition to my preps.

    - quiet
    - good for hunting small game
    - ammo is cheap

    Just looking at the local sporting goods store is seem that the .177 are far more common than the .22 caliber guns. The .177 also seem to be able to generate higher fps (1,000+ fps vs 650 fps)

    Ideally I'd like to find a quality pump action (no co2) in .22 that can hit near 1,000 fps. Does anybody make such a critter?


    Last edited: Aug 20, 2012
  2. FLA45fan


    Aug 27, 2002
    I've got a Benjimin Titan GP in .22 that I bought at Wally world for $150. It came with a 4x scope and it is a break barrel. This is one of the quietest air rifles I have ever shot and has taken small game at over 50 yards easily. Now I did upgrade the scope to a 4-16x40 scope which has helped my aging eyes place heads shots on most game (chipmonks, squirrels, rabbits, and raccoons). I have even scored my first hit in over twenty years on the elusive crow with it. It's rather sexy looking with a thumbhole stock and a muzzle brake. I have been using the Crossman Premium Hollow Points (also wallyworld) exclusively and am very satisfied. My last hunter was a side lever Air Arms in .177 with a 2.5x scope that cost 3x that 25 years ago and was LOUD. Air rifles are a different beast - a good forum on them is the GTA Air Gun forum. check them out, esp. the hunting forum!

  3. lawman800

    lawman800 Juris Glocktor

    I bought a Gamo Whisper which can put out a .177 at speeds over 1,000-1,200 fps depending on the pellet. It's not quiet though, but it is the most quiet one in that power range.

    I wouldn't think it too useful for ultra quiet operation, but neither are those other ones in the 600-800fps range. You will still hear it.
  4. Maine1


    Jul 20, 2007
    I use 22 cb Long in my 22 lr, its jsut as quiet if not moreso out of a rifle. Kills better too. and I still have a 22 with a mag change.
  5. lawman800

    lawman800 Juris Glocktor

    What rifle?

    I only find bolt actions that can do that.
  6. Akita

    Akita gone

    Jul 22, 2002
    RWS model 48. 1000fps 17cal. Consistantly hit pecans at 20yds, and thats with Me shooting; ie its better than that. Have used mine since the mid 80s to keep the squirrels out of my pear trees.
  7. Steff1


    May 13, 2008
    Although this item has been discussed in previous threads, go check out Pyramid Air to see high end, large caliber air guns.
  8. actionshooter10

    actionshooter10 CLM

    Dec 29, 2006
    +1 for RWS.

    I have the Diana model.

    As mentioned above, it's not the quietest rifle.

    I'd go with a suppressed .22 if it's in your price range and legal in your state.

    Least "bang" for your buck...;)
  9. Ruble Noon

    Ruble Noon "Cracker"

    Feb 18, 2009
  10. RWBlue


    Jan 24, 2004
    There are a couple options.
    For a springer, I have had my eyes on a RWS 54 for some time. It will be louder than the other options, but it will be my first springer is a long time. Assuming I do my part it should be accurate and be able to kill rabbits and squirrels at short distances with head shots. For this option, I would go with an Air rifle specific scope.

    But on to what I have.....
    I have a multi-pump steroid with peep site. This is a semi-custom rifle, so.... Mine will go supersonic with all but the heaviest pellets. (Ely solids are more like a pulled 22LR bullet than a pellet.)
    This is a multi-pump setup and will wear a guy down if you are shooting against people who are using a sinlge pump or PCP rifle.

    My PCP is a Career II 707. It pushes pellets out at more than 1200FPS and is VERY accurate. This of course is something I fed with a scuba tank, but you could punp it up if you really really wanted to. It is a lever gun, so if I miss with the first shot, I could shoot again quickly. And my 22LR suppressor will fit it so this option is VERY VERY quiet.

    So it all depends on what you want to do.
  11. RWBlue


    Jan 24, 2004
    Now, if you have money and want something to kill large need a bigger bore. For probably 10 years, I keep hearing that big bore air rifles which will shoot round ball or conical are just around the corner. And they will be cheap and at the store near you.

    Well, when I get to someplace I can shoot again......I am going to buy one of the custom ones.
  12. Steff1


    May 13, 2008
    They're here, but not cheap at $699
  13. Warp


    Jul 31, 2005
    I'd still rather use a .22lr with the appropriate ammo for the situation.

    My Benjamin-Sheridan .22 pump air rifle is as loud/louder than my 10/22 with low noise/quiet/etc ammo...and I'm pretty sure the 10/22 is more powerful and more accurate.
  14. jarubla

    jarubla Dos Pistolas

    Feb 16, 2010
    Anyone shot a Benjamin Discovery or Marauder? Anything long term about the pcp rifles me needs to know?

    Thx in advance,
  15. Not just around the corner. In fact not even new. Lewis and Clark carried one with them, took quite a bit of game with it. My brother has a .44 caliber air rifle he has had for several years. Not cheap though.

    [ame=""]Girandoni air rifle as used by Lewis and Clark. A National Firearms Museum Treasure Gun. - YouTube[/ame]

    Big bores for sale..



    Last edited: Sep 2, 2012
  16. jdavionic

    jdavionic NRA Member

    May 1, 2008
    I've used CB rounds out of my 10/22. They are too weak to cycle the bolt, which is a good thing. It makes it more quiet.
  17. lawman800

    lawman800 Juris Glocktor

    They feed reliably with the shorter length though?
  18. jdavionic

    jdavionic NRA Member

    May 1, 2008
    I don't think I understand your I'll apologize up front if I'm not answering it.

    Not sure what you mean by "shorter length". If you mean shorter length ammunition, my 10/22 will only accept long rifle ammo and aside from the CB rounds, everything else cycles fine. On the CBs, I have to manually cycle the bolt assembly.

    If you mean shorter length firearms or barrels, I don't know. The only .22 LR firearm that I have is a very old Ruger 10/ was my first rifle that I got before I was a teenager. So it's over 35 yrs old. I don't recall what the barrel length is on it.

    If I missed the boat on your question, let me know and I'll give it another try.

    BTW - Aguila makes subsonic ammo as well. I haven't tried it in my 10/22. Perhaps it has enough power to cycle the gun. To me, the advantage of not cycling the bolt is that you get less noise. Of course, the disadvantage is that you have to manually cycle each round.
  19. lawman800

    lawman800 Juris Glocktor

    My bad, I thought you were talking about using CB 22Long or even the CB 22Short in a 10/22 which I also have. I have a hard enough time getting it to feed the regular lead nose LR rounds as is with that missing feed ramp.
  20. SilverCity


    Mar 9, 2007
    The Old West
    I'm with Warp on this topic.

    I tried to like them. I once owned a nice Feinwerkbau and an RWS. But, I gave up on pellet rifles cuz I have a pair of .22LR boltguns (Marlin and CZ) that will shoot quieter, more accurately, and hit harder at longer range with CB caps than any pellet rifle I know of. Not more cheaply, but more effective, IMO.

    I still have an old Crossman .177/BB rifle for shizz and grins.