close

Privacy guaranteed - Your email is not shared with anyone.

Anyone into pellet rifles?

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

  1. linkscoach

    linkscoach SFC OIFIII OEFX

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2011
    Messages:
    121
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    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

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2003
    Messages:
    25,766
    Likes Received:
    5,081
    Location:
    WA
    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. norton

    norton

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2002
    Messages:
    8,687
    Likes Received:
    3,562
    Location:
    Land of Lincoln, the growing years
    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

    lwj

    Joined:
    May 29, 2011
    Messages:
    43
    Likes Received:
    0
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2012
  5. El_Ron1

    El_Ron1 AAAAAAAAGHHH!!!

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2004
    Messages:
    63,128
    Likes Received:
    90
    Location:
    Redneck Sparta
    Beeman R1 and R7. Lookout, air rats!
     
  6. Caladan

    Caladan

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2007
    Messages:
    475
    Likes Received:
    0
    .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".
    http://www.network54.com/Forum/79537/

    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 Patriot Extraordinaire

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2004
    Messages:
    13,574
    Likes Received:
    5,112
    Location:
    Northwest territory
    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 shooter......me, 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.......

    ooc
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  8. Cwlongshot

    Cwlongshot

    Joined:
    May 31, 2011
    Messages:
    458
    Likes Received:
    18
    Location:
    Connecticut
    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
    http://www.cabelas.com/product/Benj...Ntt=beljamin&WTz_l=Header;Search-All+Products



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


    http://www.airgunsmith.com/cgi-bin/airgun_review/reviews.pl


    CW
     
  9. Blast

    Blast 'nuff said

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2002
    Messages:
    16,574
    Likes Received:
    414
    Location:
    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. norton

    norton

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2002
    Messages:
    8,687
    Likes Received:
    3,562
    Location:
    Land of Lincoln, the growing years
    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. vafish

    vafish

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2003
    Messages:
    16,544
    Likes Received:
    45
    Location:
    Commonwealth of Virginia
    I'd spend the money on a scuba tank.

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

    Outdoor Hub mobile, the outdoor information engine
     
  12. Lior

    Lior GUNS=FREEDOM

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2004
    Messages:
    2,661
    Likes Received:
    35
    Location:
    Israel
    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. vafish

    vafish

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2003
    Messages:
    16,544
    Likes Received:
    45
    Location:
    Commonwealth of Virginia
    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.

    Outdoor Hub mobile, the outdoor information engine
     
  14. linkscoach

    linkscoach SFC OIFIII OEFX

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2011
    Messages:
    121
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    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

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2011
    Messages:
    121
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Central Kansas
    Thanks for all the great info!
     
  16. H&K 4 LIFE

    H&K 4 LIFE Leonum A Ignis

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2009
    Messages:
    3,381
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    CT
    I like my Gamo break barrel airguns. I have shot them ALOT.

    [​IMG]
     
  17. dkf

    dkf

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2010
    Messages:
    5,602
    Likes Received:
    258
    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

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2010
    Messages:
    4,307
    Likes Received:
    942
    Location:
    Ozarks
    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

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2010
    Messages:
    811
    Likes Received:
    3
    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

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2000
    Messages:
    54,020
    Likes Received:
    7,454
    Location:
    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.