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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-18-2017, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Welcome to the NEW Air Rifle Forum

Due to the many requests that we've gotten to have a forum for air rifles here it is.

I for one am looking forward to getting educated on these air rifles.

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Awesome I had to be the first to make a post

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and I will be the 2nd. do they make a flint model? not that I will get one, but really interested in others posts as well.

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post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-18-2017, 08:41 PM
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Also looking to get educated. I have owned a Benjamin Titan NP 22cal break barrel for about a year and just recently started to get serious about shooting the gun and trying some accuracy out of it. Have tried several different pellets all with mixed results. Some days accuracy is outstanding, like 5 shots touching at 20 yds,and other days accuracy is very poor. Trying to figure all of this out and get some consistency.

Any help and or advice will be welcomed and appreciated.

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I have a Benjamin Titan NP break barrel but in 177 cal and have also experienced mixed results. It should be broke-in by now (about 300 pellets shot). Only thing I can figure is wind. These pellets are very light.

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Once you try a PCP (pre-charged pneumatic) there will be no turning back. LOL!

-This is a Kalibrgun Cricket .25 Cal.

Over the years I picked up a few PCP rifles in the following calibers: .177, .22, and .25 caliber. Yes, I was the guy that said he would never buy an expensive pellet rifle. Well, my line of thinking changed the moment I fired my first shot.
If you are looking to try a PCP rifle, a good starting point is a Benjamin Discovery Single shot rifle. They come in .177 and .22 calibers. Being that PCP's need to be pumped up to fill the air reservoir, a high pressure hand pump will also be needed. Once the air chamber is pumped up, the rifle is good for many shots. Another good choice in a repeating rifle is the Benjamin Marauder. These are a magazine feed bolt actions, in calibers .177, .22, and .25 caliber.

If folks are interested in seeing photos of the above rifles let me know and I'll get some taken. If I can answer a few questions any one might have, ask away. These are not the BB guns and pellet rifles we grew up with as kids. The more you shoot them, the sooner you will learn that pellet rifles are typically ammo fussy. So try several different brands of pellets in varying weights. My experience has tended to show that most of my rifles seem to prefer heavier pellet weights. The high velocity, light weight alloy pellets have been marginal at best. So don't be afraid to try several brands and weights.

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I just ordered a Umarex Torq. Its a springer. After doing some internet research, it seemed like the best bang for the buck. It was only $100 at Walmart.com. It probably will need a better scope. I also ordered a variety pack of pellets to try. I got it as a starter air rifle, if I find I like to hunt squirrels with the air rifle I might move up to something more high end. I always like getting new toys. Now that air rifles are legal it was a good excuse.
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Maybe I'm asking too much from my titan. I have been shootin at 20-30yds. If I move in to 10-15yds everything is right there in a small clover leaf cluster.

If I am going to hunt squirrel ,I think I need at least 1" group at 30yds. 30yd groups now sometimes exceed 1 1/2 in.

I guess I'm used to 22 rimfires that shoot 3/4 at 50yd.

What do you guys expect from your air rifles?
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Jeepingman, make sure the scope you pick is designed for Spring powered pellet rifles. The 2-way recoil of the spring will eat up many scopes that would work on a powder burner rifle. Something to keep in mind.
crappie-hunter, just depends on the air rifle? The high end rifles are phenomenally accurate and should mirror the powder burners at the range you mentioned. The Cricket pictured above will shoot into the same hole shot after shot at 25 yards. Here's a three shot group at 25 yards with the rifle resting on the porch rail. The dots are 1/2" and the pellets .25 caliber for perspective.

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The high end rifles are phenomenally accurate and should mirror the powder burners at the range you mentioned. The Cricket pictured above will shoot into the same hole shot after shot at 25 yards.
The thing, though, is that your Cricket cost around $1500, right? That's more of an investment than I know I'd care to make in an air rifle, just in order to get decent precision.

The $300-400 price point seems to be more reasonable (for my wallet). Even so, when you add the costs of a decent scope, and the equipment for recharging... you're not talking about something that's any cheaper for hunting.
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