Beeman .17/.22 caliber


October 16, 2013, 12:10 PM
I picked up one of the Beeman pellet rifles this weekend just because it has the ability to change from .177 cal to a .22 cal with just a single setscrew. There are a few issues with it but nothing that would cause me to get rid of it. First its a little heavy, which in turn gives a more stable shooting platform. Second, and this is workable, the trigger is super super sensitive. Third and this has nothing to do with rifle is the scope that comes with it. For some reason when dialing in the scope it will not hold it's setting. But the .22cal barrel gives a lot more energy and if I had to put rabbit or squirrel on table I have no doubt one shot will do the job. The spring break action for most younger people will not be an issue but with my health I have to really put an effort to break and lock it in, again not a real issue. Overall I still prefer my GAMO Whisper Deluxe over all the others I now own. Around one year ago I started my search for air rifles and was so surprised at the advancements since my first Daisy that I had as a boy. In fact I have seen some of the Pre Charged rifles that can and do cost twice or three times over some center fire rifles, but with price of ammo now the air guns are a win win deal.

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October 16, 2013, 02:30 PM
The dual cal. Beeman was my first air rifle. I use the iron sights - works out just fine. I picked up a Benjamin Marauder - put the Beeman scope on it - Win-Win. I order .177 wadcutters 1,500 in a "milk carton" container from WalMart online ... best prices.

October 17, 2013, 06:53 PM
Which one, the Walmart one or the RS2?

October 17, 2013, 08:03 PM
I bought the same 22/177 combo from Walmart. I feel it's a cheap, chinese POS gun. Both the sights and the scope had to be adjusted as far as possible to be anywhere near zeroed, with both barrels. (don't remember which direction, been months since I fooled with it) Maybe I'm just spoiled by my old Benjamin mdl 347, but the new spring gun vibrates terribly when shot. Feels like hitting a baseball with a split wooden bat. If I were the Beeman guy, I'd be ashamed to apply my name to this gun. Is it just me or should I send this thing back?

October 17, 2013, 11:27 PM
The original Beeman company was sold and the new owners now import low quality air rifles. The original company imported fine quality air rifles from Germany and are a joy to own.

October 18, 2013, 09:28 AM
There are still good quality beemans out there. There are just a lot of chinese ones out there too.

October 18, 2013, 11:43 AM
The one I have was made in China, have only had one outing with it but overall its not super bad but not no where as good as my Gamo. Only reason I wanted this one was for the 22cal barrel, and I got it at a flea market at about half price so I don't feel too bad about it if I decide just to stick it back in a closet somewhere.

October 28, 2013, 02:38 PM
I just bought one of these from Wal-Mart and I'll give you my opinion.

It's an RS2 that's made in China. They call it a "Silver Kodiak X2" on the box. It's clearly marked RS2" on the rifles reciever.... Black Syn stock and stainless steel barrels/reciever. 4X32 scope, alum rings included. Cost me $98.00 before taxes.

It shoots OK. Right OTB, if I do my part at 25 meters it will shoot dime sized 5 shot groups using the Beeman branded hollow point pellets.... I just bought a 500 count tin from wal-Mart with the air rifle.

The scope zero'd fine with the .22 barrel which is all I have bothered to test so far. Took about 2 1/2 full turns on the elevation adjustment and 8-10 clicks on the windage adjustemnt to get it zeroed @25 meters. I have about 100 shots thru it so far and everything is holding tight... I didn't use any locktite on anything but if it starts loosening up in the future I'll will.

Power wise at 25 meters it will shoot a hollow point pellet slam thru a 1/4" pine board (my fence)... it will also go completely thru both sides of a heavy plastic (Rubbermaid BRUTE) 32 gallon trash can.

Fit and finsh is about what you'd expect for $98.... The exterior stainless is polished (if you can call it that) to about a 400 grit finish. Fairly non-reflective but still smooth to the touch. The breech has some visable machine marks. The barrels go in easily and tighten up with no play. The barrel set screw threads are nice and tight. The cocking mech and hinge are also both good with no latteral play in the hing but seemingly normal effort to cock the spring. The ball detent to lock the barrel and breech up for firing is nice and tight. The stock is platic but at least all the mold line flash was trimmed off and the checkering was nice and grippy.

Complaints -

The trigger is 2 stage and OTB it has a good amount of take up and the stack is noticeable before let off. I noticed that it is adjustable so I'll work on adjusting it a little later this week and see how good I can get it without polishing anything.

First shot sounded like a .22LR going off... Seems they were a little gratitious with the shipping oil in the air chamber... I even dry fired it 2-3 times before I actually put a pellet down the bore. After that first one, it seems to have quieted down alot. Sounds like an air rifle now, no probems firing it in my residential back yard now.

I know everybody popo's them because it's mfgr'd in CHINA and Beeman use to be something better than that but unfortunatly that's the world we live in.... I've also seem lots of folks unfairly compare them to the $300+ German made air guns and it's honestly no competition there. Beides if you want a $300 German made air gun then this one will never be good enough.

If however you want to go to the big box store and buy a 22 airgun, this one seems to be a pretty good one.

October 30, 2013, 12:07 PM
The trigger is 2 stage and OTB it has a good amount of take up and the stack is noticeable before let off. I noticed that it is adjustable so I'll work on adjusting it a little later

The one I have is wood stock which is slightly heavy but not bad, The Trigger has been adjusted to the point if you touch it its gone, not bad but way to sensitive. For less than $100.00 can't complain for a .22 cal airgun

November 3, 2013, 12:32 PM
Back in the '70's Beeman used to sell a hugh quality Bee,an Web;y Osprey that featured changeable ,177 1nd .22 barrels . it had trouhles with the barrela working loode and was siscontinued for a single cliber ,177 model sidelever, A real pretty rifle!
Interchangable brrela have been plagued with loostening and that;s why they aren;t populsr.

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