Looking for advice on pellet guns


July 7, 2013, 05:49 AM
I am looking at buying a pellet gun, but not sure which way to go. Electric, pump, etc. Does anyone here have any advice?

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July 7, 2013, 08:07 AM
Do a search on any search engine and you will get a ton of info.

Basically there are four different types. Spring, pump, CO2 and pre charged pneumatic.

The most popular is spring and it can be cocked in a number of ways including break barrel, side cocking, or under lever cocking. The pre charged are the most accurate but are generally very expensive.

Web sites like Pyramyd Air are a wealth of information.

Ohen Cepel
July 7, 2013, 08:22 AM
I 2nd the vote for Pyramid. Their comparison option will allow you to figure out the one which is the best for you.

I went with a Nitro Venom .22 myself since I wanted the nitro design, power, and quiet.

July 7, 2013, 08:38 AM
I recently bought a Crosman Marauder PCP (pre-charged pneumatic) in .22 caliber. I got it as an alternate to shooting .22LR, which I have not found any at reasonable prices since the ammo shortages started late last year. It is really accurate, and has an average velocity of around 900 fps with 14 grain pellets. I bought the special Hill Pump from Pyramid, and get about 50 shots for 100 pumps which makes for a decent shooting session.

This sort of setup is not cheap though, for an entry-level PCP such as I got you're looking at spending $700-900 for the gun, special pump (or SCBA tank), and scope.

July 7, 2013, 09:46 AM
A lot depends on what you want to do with it. They can run from right about $100 for a decent break-barrel spring piston one (rifle) to well north of one grand.

For just getting some backyard trigger time in these tough ammunition times, you need not spend much more than that hundred bucks, if even that.

Are you looking for a pistol? The most common and affordable are the CO2-powered ones, which run around $40-75, depending on style. Many replicate certain centerfire pistols; there is one that I believe is by Daisy that does a fine job of impersonating a S&W M&P 9mm handgun. It's been tempting me as of late.

If you are shopping for something at the lower end of the price range, check the rear label on the package/box and make sure it has a rifled barrel (most rifles do, but many pistols do not.) That rifling makes quite a bit of difference.

Browse more over at www.airguns.net for some good reading.

July 7, 2013, 02:22 PM

Since they make a rang of them to serve different purposes it might be better to explain what you want to do with it?

BTW, I'm not familiar with any electric pellet guns. I am familiar with electric airsoft, but those are not pellet guns (as neither are BB guns).

July 7, 2013, 04:41 PM
I got a Remington 77 air rifle and it works great on rats and blackbirds around my Bird Feeders.

July 8, 2013, 11:36 AM
It really depends on what you are using it for and how much you are willing to spend.

I have a Crosman 1377 multi-pump (.177) and a Crosman 2400KT from the Crosman custom shop in .22 caliber. Both are great guns for punching holes in paper. I find the .22 pellets easier to load into the breech than the .177 and I will be converting the 1377 to .22 caliber once my .177 pellets are used.

Either the Crosman 1322 (pump) or 2240 (CO2) with a optional stock are great budget guns. You could pick up either for $55 for the gun and $25 for the stock and have a great pistol / carbine combo. Both have a huge variety of parts available in the aftermarket. If you are looking to modify it makes sense to order direct from the Crosman custom shop and order the gun how you want it. It will cost less then buying parts individually.

July 8, 2013, 11:48 AM
For a quality air rifle I like RWS.

July 8, 2013, 05:05 PM
Here's a really good air-arms forum...http://www.network54.com/Forum/79537/ There's lots of information there, and people are willing to answer your questions.

July 9, 2013, 04:47 PM
I have Remington Summit .17 cal that I use for pest control, mainly grackles and squirrels that frequent my suet and seed feeders.
The Remington started to give me fits as in inconsistant accuracy.
Ishot a friends Gamo Wisper today with several different pellets and the difference in accuracy between the friends rifle and mine is truly amazing.
Over sandbags at 15 yds. I shot several 5 shot 1/2 inch groups with the Gamo. Now I must decide whether to buy a similiar Gamo or re-scope my Remington.

July 13, 2013, 02:23 PM
Well, I bit the bullet and bought the Gamo Wisper. I mounted the scope and shot it some this morning and I'm shooting 5 shot -one hole groups at 15 yds. from rest. This is a major improvement over my other rifle. I'm thinking of another air gun scope for the Remington Summit as my FFL wouldn't take it on trade.

July 13, 2013, 04:12 PM
I have a Gamo Hunter model in .177 with a Bushnell 4x32 scope mounted. Shots pretty accurate out to about 50 yards (1/4" to 1/2") groups with target pellets but with the Gamo's other pellets it picks up about 200 fps over the normal 1K fps. I wouldn't hesitate to try a rabbit, coon or other smaller animals with it.

July 16, 2013, 08:09 PM
I just got a Crosman 1322 and the scope blocks and finally, an inexpensive red dot scope. It is a reasonably priced and accurate pistol.

July 16, 2013, 08:56 PM
Depends what you are looking to do and your budget. I'm partial to spring-piston guns. Got spoiled by Beeman(real) in the late 70s with fine German and later English made air guns. The current rage is PCP guns,they are nice but involve more initial investment in equipment to shoot(tanks,pumps,regulators). I like the simplicity of the built in power plant and not toting air cylinders to recharge the gun.

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