I am looking for advice on a good quality air rifle. Trying to keep it under $300 but woul like something sturdy and reasonably accurate. I know there are some great rifles out there in the $500 and up range but thats more than I want to spend. Just saw a local ad for a Gamo Bone collector for $289. I like the built in supressor but I would prefer good craftsmanship over gimmicks. Any thoughts? Sorr
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August 14, 2010, 11:10 AM
My only advice is to don't be overly concerned with getting the highest velocity Magnum you can find.
They are all too big, heavy, and hard cocking to be much fun for extended shooting sessions or carrying all day.
I have owned several air rifles through the years and my all-time favorite is the Beeman R-7.
It a light weight, easy cocking model with an excellent double lever adjustable trigger and flawless fit & finish.
Probably a little more then you want to spend, but you won't be sorry.
August 14, 2010, 11:57 AM
i know Gamo actually makes good stuff......i have a gamo Bigcat and i couldnt be happier with it........ive must have put close to 3000-4000 round through it and i really cant find much to complain about....the trigger isnt the greatest but for a $120 rifle i really cant complain......
as for accuracy, i can routinely hit a quarter at 30 meters....
August 14, 2010, 07:33 PM
There are several quality air rifles in the 300 dollar price range RWS, Beeman are two that come to mind, being familiar with the Beeman, check out the R9, it falls within your $ limit, and as rc stated they are excellent quality,plus extremely accurate, they may not be touted as fastest, but the reiability and accuracy are worth the couple extra bucks.
As far as accuracy the scoped R9 is capable of MOA bottom of soda can @ 75 yds with the Kodiak Match pellets, and can shoot ragged one hole 5 shot groups < 0.250" @ 3 meters with the iron sights, with match grade pellets.
August 15, 2010, 01:16 AM
RWS makes very high quality and a variety of prices. This site carries many brands:
August 15, 2010, 08:42 AM
I have a gamo shadow .177 and it's very accurate. Made a target in my garage up in Alaska and would shoot straws in half. Only payed a couple hundred for it I think?
August 15, 2010, 11:43 PM
Try the Benjamin or Sheridan Line. They are accurate, hit hard and last a long time.