PCP choices

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  1. glockgod

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    Thinking about taking the plunge into PCP air rifles. Pest control small game and general shooting would be the standard use. Looking at maybe +\- $500 rifle and scope. Any suggestions on where to start. Have enjoyed air rifles for 55+years but looking to get serious
     
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  2. egd

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    I just got into air rifles myself. From what I have learned so far $500 is not very much for pcp with decent scope. And then there's whatever method you choose to fill it with-hand pump, scuba tank, or compressor- more money. I started with a Gamo swarm fusion, but there are a lot of choices in the break barrel design to choose from that may fit your budget better.
    The more I learn about airguns, the more I am impressed. They are a ton of fun.
     
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    Already have scope(s) I can put on one. Forgot about my "warehouse" upstairs!:) Think $500 will get me a decent rifle?
     
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    I don't know much about them , I've been looking at the talon ss.
    https://www.airforceairguns.com/AirForce-Airguns-Talon-SS-Air-Rifle-p/u20232.htm
    Short barrel , integrally suppressed , looks nice. A little more than $500 . like I said, I know little about them but I definitely would get one that's got a supressor or one could be put on.
    I'll be watching to see recommendations.
     
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    Me too....
     
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    Keep in mind the tanks, adapter (if needed), compressor, etc. I got into the PCP thing a bit and it just wasn't for me. Lots of stuff sort of like black powder which I also found out as not for me.

    They have a lot of advantages, no argument there.
     
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    Couple guys I shoot with have Umarex Gauntlet's. Come in several calibers and from what I've seen are incredibly accurate. You can get a whole kit, rifle, scope and pump for under $500
     
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    Sounds like something I need to look into! Thank you!
     
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    From what I've read the hand pump takes a lot of work. Sounds like something for the young and fit.
     
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    Have a Benjamin Marauder in 177 . Does the job on chipmunks , red squirrels, and coons in the live trap. May want to check out pyramid air. Have a hill pump as the Benjamin pump is not the best. Not horrible to pump by hand. However don’t feel you’re a wimp if you take a break when pumping lol!
     
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    You can get a Yong Heng compressor on eBay or from wal-mart online for a bit over $200 been using one for nearly three years. Forget handpump you will hate it. Rifles Hatsan AT44 or Benjamin marauder are good and won't break the bank.
     
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    It started to go wrong for me and the PCP's when the first pump I got didn't work. I pumped, pumped, pumped and pumped as I had read it was hard and slow. However, this was going no where as it did not work. Bad start for me.

    They can also be loud if you get ones with a lot of power.

    Pyramid is a great place to start, they are my go to for air stuff.
     
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    Be sure to check out the Air Venturi Avenger.



    I agree that a hand pump is going to lose it's attractiveness very quickly. Plan on a compressor right up front. The mentioned Yong Heng is a very decent option. Loud but fast, some of them require a water bath for cooling.

    I use this one and I like it a lot, light, relatively quiet, built in oil/water separator, a bit on the slow side.
    https://smile.amazon.com/GX-Compressor-Auto-Stop-Water-Oil-Separator/dp/B0819ZH85H/ref=sr_1_6?crid=11ONEBR9IX4ZW&dchild=1&keywords=pcp+air+compressor&qid=1609545141&sprefix=pcp+%2Caps%2C204&sr=8-6

    One great aspect of a PCP is that you can use any scope with it since there is zero recoil. This can save you a pile of money overall.
     
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    Doesn't hurt to take a break. Good for the pump, they get pretty warm.
     
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    I have had a Talon SS .22 for around twenty years. Made my own baffles out of conduit bushings and 1/4 inch fender washers. Very quiet. Been my go-to pest control airgun for years.

    Now that Pa is finally allowing airguns for hunting small game, I think my next purchase will be a Hatsan Flash. Very lightweight and has a longer barrel. Should reach out further than the twelve inch barrel on the SS. I don't want to change my SS even though they are very modular. They're the Tinker Toys of the airgun world. You can do a lot of changing around on them.
     
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