Alright. Benjamin 392 air rifle. Help me decide


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Tallbald
April 29, 2013, 01:11 AM
Yes I'm a dedicated powder burning gunner. But I live in the suburbs and I just can't get to the range every time I want. I'm actually right now on a waiting list for a limited number of memberships at the closest range, and get there as a guest several times a year.
In the meantime, our garden gets victimized by the birds and squirrels yearly. I have a high power .22 Webley Stingray spring air, but it's as loud as a .22LR and really too powerful for my yard. I bought it back when I had a home on 2 acres and few houses around.
Anyway, I cannot replace the model c Sheridan .20 I had years ago that got away. Nearest thing is the Benjamin 392 pneumatic that I can vary power with by number of pumps. Anybody have one they can talk to me about please? I know I can't look for the walnut stock from my youth. I know the trigger group is different from what they were back in my youth too. But at about $170 from Walmart, am I getting the best of its type out there today? Thanks. Don

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rcmodel
April 29, 2013, 01:12 PM
The pump pneumatics are even louder then the spring-piston guns if you pump them up enough to do any good on small varmints.

I sold my old Crossman and now own two barrel cockers of different power levels.

rc

jogar80
April 29, 2013, 06:37 PM
Why don't you try a suppressed Gamo in .22? I prefer .22 to .177 pellets for pests, and a break-barrel airgun is much quicker to reload and fire than a "bolt-action" pumper. I picked up a Gamo for tree rats.... works great and the neighbors are none the wiser.

Roadking Rider
April 29, 2013, 07:10 PM
I recently bought a Gamo .177 Bone Collector pellet rifle. It's a very accurate and powerful air rifle but it not as quiet as I thought it might be. I have an older daisy pump but that's not all that quiet either but much less powerful.

Tallbald
April 30, 2013, 02:17 AM
Thanks for the input all. I really feel the variability in power one gets with a pump pneumatic is important in my situation. My springer .22 Webley gives me only one choice---all out or don't shoot. I'm hoping seed plucking sparrows can be taken with 3 pumps, while a strawberry stealing tree rat or rabbit can get the full treatment of 8 pumps. My main concern is quality of build. I miss my old Sheridan .20 caliber. Let it go when the barrel separated from the pump cylinder. Told the fella about it before the sale and he said he repaired them as a hobby. I wish the old Sheridan level of quality was still available in this type rifle. Don

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