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Browning .177 800 Mag vs. 800 Express

Discussion in 'Air Guns' started by il.bill, Dec 19, 2016.

  1. il.bill

    il.bill Member

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    I am looking for any help clearing up some confusion regarding the Umarex USA made in Turkey Browning 800 Air Pistol in .177 caliber.

    I have found a Browning 800 Mag Model #225-2240 as well as a Browning 800 Express Model #225-2268 both chambered for the .177 caliber pellet.

    My meager Google skills did not help figuring the difference in the model numbers. Is the 800 Express a newer version of the 800 Mag? Any reason to choose one over the other? I can find either for less than $100 out the door and want to get one, but I do not know which (if either) is better. Any information will be much appreciated just for my own peace of mind in making the decision, even though it is not particularly important. I realize that there are no doubt 'better' air pistols available, but I have settled on one of these two Browning 800 in .177 caliber. Thanks for taking a look, and Merry Christmas to all!
     
  2. LoonWulf

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    http://www.pyramydair.com/customer-discussions/m/Browning_800_Express/1857

    some good info there. Long and short (according to my googlefoo, Ive seen them in walmart never bought one tho), they are the same pistol as the Hatsan model 25.
    http://www.pyramydair.com/blog/2012/11/hatsan-model-25-supercharger-breakbarrel-air-pistol-part-1/

    Actual velocity will likely be much less than the advertised 600. My moded 2250 delivers Permiers at 490fps, which will be lower than this gun. It kills large doves, rats, and other pests with no issues. My 1322 will go just over 600 with Premiers, and i notice little extra knock down at reasonable ranges. So even tho its not likely the 800 will hit its advertised speeds (unless its dieseling, or you find very, very light pellets), its still plenty fast enough to be fun and effective as a small game at short range.
     
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  3. il.bill

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    Thanks for the link - that helps!
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    SG1 (NRA Life 1982) from USA asked:

    Whats the difference between Browning 800 mag and Browning 800 Express? They each have a different box design. Are they the same pistol? I understand the 800 Mag was recalled in 2011 due to faulty safeties and repaired versions are marked with a P on the rear of the receiver. Could this have something to do with the box and name differences?

    • Erika from U.S. Virgin Islands:
      There really isn't much of a difference. The 800 Express is the version that was put out after the recall in 2011. The manufacturer fixed the issue and changed the name a little.
     

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