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Old 08-15-2008, 04:12 AM   #1
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Recommend an air rifle?

Needs to be powerful enough for small game, accurate enough to be able to hit that small game and mostly-CHEAP! Really I don't mind spending what it takes to get a decent pellet gun but the less expensive I can get, the better! Would prefer a 22 caliber unless there are none that meet mt criteria. Co2 powered is ok.
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Old 08-15-2008, 08:00 AM   #2
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Howdy Mr. Demented.

You can shop around and find break-barrel air rifles that have both .177 and .22 cal barrels. The .177 pellets are cheaper. Some folks who hunt small game recommend something like 800fps in a .22 and 1,000fps in a .177.

The Spanish-made GAMO air rifles are plastic, but that does keep the manufacturing costs down. You might check out some of their models. Some of the German rifles like RWS can be had reasonably. You should also consider Beeman too.
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Old 08-15-2008, 01:05 PM   #3
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Mr. Demented, Bought a $280 wood stocked, 1,000 fps top of the line Gamo that wouldn't shoot less than 7" circle at 25 paces. Tried every pellet known to man, marked the gun,sent it back to gamo, they sent me a new gun,it wasn't any better than the first one. Took the scope off and then shot 1,000 rounds of m-16 at it and shot it into tomorrow. My $50 crossman 10 pump will shoot 20 gauge empties at 25 paces all day long and drop a squirrel at 35 paces, no problem.Bottom line,you just have to try them out. Also the gamo "three way adjustable trigger" only adjusted with one screw and didn't do much of anything. Gamo gets an f- rating in my book. Good luck in finding a gun that will give you many hours of fun, Bill
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Old 08-15-2008, 09:50 PM   #4
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My first air gun was a Sheridan 5mm that I bought used when I was about 10...I'm 57 now, so you do the math.

All told I've had three of the Sheridan's and all have been peaches.

For a starter air rifle or only air rifle it's hard to beat the Sheridan. Being a pump action you can vary the "charge" to fit what you are shooting.

Great Fun!


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Old 08-18-2008, 07:10 AM   #5
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WES already have a Sheridan 5mm "Silver Streak" I confess having problems pumpimg it since getting my wrists messed up in an auto accident several years ago. If not for this, it'd still be all the air rifle I'd need. If I could duplicate its performance with a single stroker, I'd be quite happy!
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