Another "which rifle" question....


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Bailey Boat
December 25, 2013, 02:53 PM
I have read through the threads available but just become more confused. Allow me to outline the requirements:

I am a smokeless powder rifle and handgun shooter.
My experiences with "pellet" guns is very limited.
I have a Daisy Red Ryder lever gun to "scare" the stray dogs out of the yard.
I need to KILL squirrels to keep them from chewing on my house.
What can I buy at Wal Mart, Academy or Bass Pro that will give me the accuracy and power to kill squirrels humanely at 25 yards or less??
I don't want a second mortgage.....
Suggestions please????
Thanks in advance....

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ChaoSS
December 25, 2013, 05:40 PM
I would suggest purchasing from Pyramyd Air instead of the stores you listed, they tend to have good prices, and very good return policy in place if something doesn't work properly.


Do you want open sights or a scope?

Any of the Crosman break barrels should work just fine for you. Benjamin is the same.

Bailey Boat
December 26, 2013, 11:05 AM
With my aging eyes a scope would be needed. I'll check your recommendation but I still won't know which ones will provide the power and accuracy.

I'll also check locally for Crossman and Benjamin...

Thanks!!

RussB
December 26, 2013, 11:20 AM
Like everything in life, you get what you pay for

ChaoSS
December 26, 2013, 01:02 PM
Let's start here, what is your budget, and is quiet an issue?

Chevota
December 26, 2013, 09:26 PM
I vote for an inexpensive Crosman springer like an Optimus or Titan, either is $110 with the Titan on sale:
http://airgundepot.com/benjamin-titan-nitro-air-rifle-177-caliber.html
http://airgundepot.com/crosman-optimus-co1k77x.html
Either is available in .22 as well.
Airgun Depot and Pyramid Air both offer free shipping at I think $150, buy 3 tins of pellets get the 4th free which if you buy good quality ones would bring you to the free ship mark. No tax for most people so ~$140? out the door. They also often have sales of 10-13% off the whole order, which is what I wait for. Hard to go wrong...

Bailey Boat
December 27, 2013, 01:40 PM
I appreciate the answers and advice. I have purchased one of the dual caliber Beeman's and will see how it does over the chrono and on paper. Hope I haven't screwed up too much???

Mike1234567
December 27, 2013, 02:13 PM
I bought a Benjamin Trail 1100 XL and am very happy with it. BUT... I must use heavier pellets to keep them subsonic because the lightweight pellets tumble... especially the longer ones. So far, most any good 17-30gr pellets (that I've tried) are plenty accurate at 10-40 yards. I haven't shot it past 40 yards.

ChaoSS
December 27, 2013, 10:07 PM
Probably be ok... the scope probably won't be the best, but that applies to the crosmans that we were recommending too.

Bailey Boat
December 28, 2013, 08:26 AM
I took the barreled action out of the stock, got everything cleaned up and wiped with CLP and made sure the action was installed and tightened down good, mounted the rings and scope, adjusted the trigger, bore sighted and put it on paper.

6 clicks and I was on a 3/4" dot at 20 yards. Impressed with the accuracy so far, and you guys are right about the scope. I can't get it focused worth a darn. I have a couple of 4 powers I may switch it out with. So far, so good...

heavydluxe
December 28, 2013, 10:31 AM
There is a Ruger branded air rifle (the AirHawk) that you can buy in most big box stores that carry pellet rifles.

It's a nice shooter if you're on a budget. Just about any of the Crossman rifles mentioned above will work, too. If you want a nicer gun, I started with an RWS34 and - after several other rifles - still love it. I think it's the perfect balance of price and performance.

ChaoSS
December 28, 2013, 11:12 AM
I took the barreled action out of the stock, got everything cleaned up and wiped with CLP and made sure the action was installed and tightened down good, mounted the rings and scope, adjusted the trigger, bore sighted and put it on paper.

6 clicks and I was on a 3/4" dot at 20 yards. Impressed with the accuracy so far, and you guys are right about the scope. I can't get it focused worth a darn. I have a couple of 4 powers I may switch it out with. So far, so good...
I'm assuming it's not an AO scope, so it might be set for 50-100 yards. Fix that and you might have some better luck. Just don't expect too much out of it.

Good to hear you are doing that well with it, especially if you aren't used to shooting a springer. Which are you using, the .22 or the .177?

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