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Anyone into pellet rifles?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by linkscoach, Jul 1, 2012.

  1. linkscoach

    linkscoach SFC OIFIII OEFX

    Aug 12, 2011
    Central Kansas
    Couldn't figure out where to post this so this seemed like as good as spot as any.

    I shot a Daisy 717 pellet pistol growing up. I bet I put a million rounds through that thing. I know it's one of the reasons I became such a good shot with a pistol.

    Anyway, the neighbor just spent big bucks on a new pellet rifle and it brought back memories of that little pistol of mine. I dug it out and it's just as much fun as I remember. Even had the kids shooting it lights out with a little instruction.

    Now I'm thinking I would like a pellet rifle. My dad has an old .22 caliber rifle that he bought when he was a kid. Even had the barrel replaced by a guy several years ago so if would hold a group again.

    I'm sure there are others here that are into air rifles. Where should are start looking for a decent one without spending a huge amount of money. Better yet, where could I find a good used rifle? I can't see spending $100 on one of the plastic stock pieces of garbage that are being sold in the big box stores.

    I'm not sure if I want a .22 or .177. Dad's .22 was really good for quietly taking care of varmints. I don't really see .22 caliber pellet rifles in the stores anymore though let alone the pellets.
  2. Berto

    Berto woo woo

    Sep 15, 2003
    As a kid, I wore out two pellet rifles; a Crosman 766 (steel receiver) and a Daisy 880, both pneumatics.
    So, I like pellet rifles.
    These days I sport a Beeman/HW R9 .177 spring piston rifle and a Beeman/Webley Tempest pistol (.177).

    Both are excellent shooters, need to scope the R9.

  3. Couple of web sites. Pyramid Air and Airguns of Arizona. They both have videos testing different air guns.

    I put thousands of pellets-and shot a lot of birds-with a Crosman C02 rifle when I was a kid.
    I still have several guns. My current favorite is a pre charged Hammerli Pneuma. I chroned this .177 at almost 1100 fps.
  4. lwj


    May 29, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2012
  5. El_Ron1


    Apr 15, 2004
    Redneck Sparta
    Beeman R1 and R7. Lookout, air rats!
  6. Caladan


    Aug 7, 2007
    .22 pellet rifles and the pellets themselves are indeed still in stores. Walmart, Gander Mtn, Cabelas, Bass Pro are just some of the places that carry single and multi-stroke pneumatics and spring-piston airguns.

    The best source of information about this subject is the airgun forum known as the "yellow forum".

    They have a classifieds section there too.

    One of the best starter air rifles is the Benjamin and Sheridan multi-stroke pneumatics. They don't have the recoil associated with a spring-piston, and are therefore easier to shoot for the novice. They come in .177, .20, and .22.

    If you want a good break-barrel piston rifle, look at Beeman/Weihrauch, RWS/Diana, BSA. With minimal care, they will last for many decades. Besides Pyramyd Air and the AoA websites already mentioned, also look at Straightshooters, Pomona Airguns, Topgun-airguns, etc.. You can find the links to these at the yellowforum.
  7. hogship

    hogship It's MY Island

    I'm not a pellet rifle sort of guy, but I ran across this 22cal Crossman 140 about 5 years ago on consignment in a LGS. I think I paid $35 for it then. Anyway, this little rifle has been a terrific little back yard, and the boys have had a wonderful time together shooting it........

    I'm sure good deals on the older pellet rifles still do exist. This one was made between 1961-1968. About 4-5 pumps is what it takes......with a maximum of 8 pumps. Online manuals for older air rifles are easy to come by.......

  8. Cwlongshot


    May 31, 2011
    As a kid my cousins and I had two of these!!! GREAT and quite powerful!!! as a teen ager I graduated to a Daisy 22cal (Cannot rem model #) and a Sheridan silver streak 20 cal.

    Today I have a RWS 34. If I was to buy a new one, I would look HARD at a Benjamin Trail XL 1100;Search-All+Products

    I stumbled across this and it will offer tons of info if you are shopping for a new rifle...

  9. Blast

    Blast 'nuff said

    Aug 2, 2002
    NKY/Cincinnati area
    I have a Crosman 760 with rifled barrel. Rarely shoot BBs through it because I don't want to damage rifling. Very accurate with pellets.
  10. This is a photo of the Hammerli Pneuma. 3000 psi, use a hand pump especially made for air guns. Shooters really into precharged air guns use scuba tanks. Get about 30 to 40 good shots before the tank needs filling again.
  11. I'd spend the money on a scuba tank.

    Hand pumps can put a lot of moisture in your airgun.

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  12. Lior


    Jul 23, 2004
    A lot of my shooting is through my Walther LP400, a high end match air pistol. It is powered by 200 bar compressed air cylinders that an industrial gas producer supplies our gun club. They guarantee dry air that will not damage airgun components.
  13. Dry air or pure nitrogen
    is the key to long life in a pcp gun.
    Use a hand pump and you will be putting in new seals at least once a year.

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  14. linkscoach

    linkscoach SFC OIFIII OEFX

    Aug 12, 2011
    Central Kansas
    I think this is the exact same rifle my dad has. I've tried to talk him out of it but no luck :supergrin: His is super accurate also.
  15. linkscoach

    linkscoach SFC OIFIII OEFX

    Aug 12, 2011
    Central Kansas
    Thanks for all the great info!
  16. H&K 4 LIFE

    H&K 4 LIFE Leonum A Ignis

    Jan 27, 2009
    I like my Gamo break barrel airguns. I have shot them ALOT.

  17. dkf


    Aug 6, 2010
    Have a Benjamin 392, RWS Model 52, Custom Crooked Barn 2240 Pistol and a few other cheaper models. I would love to get an Edgun Matador and .308 Exile but the can't justify spending the coin to get into PCP properly. Plus the Edgun is very very very expensive. Most are .22cal except for cheap pistol and a BB gun. Not a fan of .177 at all.
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2012
  18. NDCent

    NDCent Socially Inept

    Mar 19, 2010
    Bought one of these from Pyramydair a few years back. Not a good as a 22 with cb caps, but works in a pinch. Dunno if they still make them of not. It's ok for a plinker quality air gun, I guess.

    Gamo, shadow black hunter, 1000 fps, .177 caliber, with BSA red dot scope.
  19. Metal Angel

    Metal Angel

    Oct 20, 2010
    Some of these Gamos are advertised at 1600fps in .177cal. I have seen videos on YouTube of guys knocking down boars with headshots from Gamos.
  20. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

    Oct 23, 2000
    California & New Mexico, US
    Pellet guns are fun, but they're aren't really my cup of tea. I have an RWS Diana as a hand-me-down and it's sitting in the safe.