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I ended up getting a Crosman Vantage. It was on sale for $70. I think the MSRP is $145.

Yeah, I know, it's just a budget springer. But that was what I was looking for. Not something to last me the rest of my life. It has a good reputation for decent accuracy if you use the artillery hold. With 7.9 grain pellets it should be getting about 900 +/- FPS.

It came in the mail the other day. Pyramid air has fast shipping. The wood is acceptable, and the barrel lock up is very solid and their is practically no barrel droop. I haven't shot it yet, but the barrel is very easy to cock for a sub magnum springer. Of course I only cocked it 80% of the way and I don't want to dry fire it. I have some Crosman Premier Hollow Points to try in it, as well as some cheap pointed pellets and destroyers I'll use to break it in.

I think it will be fine for tin can killing. Not sure it's the best hunting implement, since the included scope is meh.

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Bosco Don (author)2015-07-02

It entirely depends on what rage you want it for, typically a decent one will give you range of 20-30 ft. So if you want more range then you need to go for higher power. Remember, higher power can be deadly at short range and it will be harder to reload.

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CorgiCritter (author)Bosco Don2015-07-02

OK. 10 meters (33 feet) is the optimum distance for accuracy, but they can shoot a lot farther then that.

I think I'll get a Stoeger X5. The barrel is easy to break open and it gets the same power as a gun that you would need to pump up 10 times.

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Bosco Don (author)CorgiCritter2015-07-11

I think thats a good choice . Good luck, Let me know how it works out.

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CorgiCritter (author)Bosco Don2015-07-12

I ended up with a crosman Vantage. It went on sale for 70 bucks. It's pretty hard to find a wood and metal pellet rifle for that cheap. It shoots with a lot more power then the X5, plenty for small game. I haven't shot it yet, but it's easy to cock the barrel even though it is very powerful.

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Bosco Don (author)CorgiCritter2015-07-13

Excellent, 70 bucks is a good deal usually that is around 90~100. Let me know how it shoots.

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CorgiCritter (author)Bosco Don2015-07-13

Yeah. The MSRP was about $145 I think. And the Amazon price is anywhere from $100 to $120 depending on the time.

Well, it will be a while before I can shoot it, but it feels very solid. All the screws came tight and the barrel lock up is solid. Pretty heavy, but I already knew that. Kinda weird to have a pellet rifle that is as heavy as a deer rifle though.

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HalfSpeed (author)2015-07-13

Your price range isn't great for an air rifle, smk is what you want to look at, simple guns and low prices. But I would recommend upping your price range abit and looking for a second hand air rifle like a BSA lightning, awesome rifle!

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CorgiCritter (author)HalfSpeed2015-07-13

I need to update this topic. I ended up getting a Crosman Vantage. It was on sale for $70. I think the MSRP is $145.

Yeah, I know, it's just a budget springer. But that was what I was looking for. Not something to last me the rest of my life. It has a good reputation for decent accuracy if you use the artillery hold. With 7.9 grain pellets it should be getting about 900 +/- FPS.

It came in the mail the other day. Pyramid air has fast shipping. The wood is acceptable, and the barrel lock up is very solid and their is practically no barrel droop. I haven't shot it yet, but the barrel is very easy to cock for a sub magnum springer. Of course I only cocked it 80% of the way and I don't want to dry fire it. I have some Crosman Premier Hollow Points to try in it, as well as some cheap pointed pellets and destroyers I'll use to break it in.

I think it will be fine for tin can killing. Not sure it's the best hunting implement, since the included scope is meh.

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Kona-chan (author)2015-06-21

and with airgun you mean?

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CorgiCritter (author)Kona-chan2015-06-22

Well, I don't mean airsoft. I am referring to air powered guns that shoot steel bbs or lead pellets.

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Kona-chan (author)CorgiCritter2015-06-23

ah we call em 'Luchtbuks' in the Netherlands

they are really heavy and a pain to reload since it's a single shot and a break action, but it's hard to open it tho

Dunno man i'll keep an eye out for you

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CorgiCritter (author)Kona-chan2015-06-23

Ok. I don't mind heavy guns too much, since that way they can be steadied on target a little better. Some of the air rifles are too heavy though. That would be more of a problem if I was hunting and had to lug a 8 pound rifle though the woods all day.

I don't mind single shots at all. The air guns that I have shot have needed you to pull the bolt back, pump it up ten times, and push the bolt forward, so even a break action would seem fairly fast to me.

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I've shot both types a couple of times, and generally had better experiences with the lead pellet type (specifically, 4.5 mm diabolo pellets).
If you have the choice, I wouldn't go for the break action ones. They are less accurate, and lose a tiny bit of power, as a bit of air can escape at the breaking point. My uncle has one that has a sort of lever that you pull out from the side, to cock the gun. It's hard to charge, but has quite a bit of power.

The ones that shot steel bb's were more like a bolt action rifle, with a five shot or so magazine / clip. They were easy to cock, but lacked in power. Keep in mind that these were fun fair guns, and thus only shot at short ranges.

I'm not sure if they exist, but you might want to look for a gas powered airgun. They need more maintenance, but have the possibility of being more accurate and powerfull (no seams in the barrel like with break action ones), possible magazines etc.

I hope you can do something with this info, as I only have limited experience with airguns.

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OK. I've shot BB guns and pellet guns and pellets are way more accurate. I have been thinking about some of the break barrel designs. They can be accurate, but the main issue with accuracy is having a heavy spring kicking around in the gun, so they can require a special hold to shoot well. The reason they can loose power at the break is because of barrel droop, where the barrel is not locked up well enough and it doesn't seal as well as it should. This isn't a problem for all break barrels though. I might get one that uses a gas ram instead of a spring. With a gas ram you can leave it ready to shoot for hours without the spring breaking, and they tend be easier to charge and kick less, and so there is less need for hold technique. Your uncle's gun was called a side lever. They can be expensive here, as they are mostly fairly pricy European made guns. One would be good quality, but I would rather put $300 forward for a firearm then a airgun.

BB's can be fun, but there are really not many guns that shoot them that appeal to me. They are often cheaper plastic guns or are expensive replicas.

There are a lot of guns powered by C02, and that may be an option for me. They seem like they could be more fragile in the long run, but they would be fun to shoot. And accurate.

Thanks!

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No problem.

I understand not wanting to spend $300 on an airgun. Over here, there are very strict rules on firearms, so those kind of airguns are often the best choice for semi-serious shooting.

CO2 would be a pretty good choice, however, the cannisters of gas can become expensive in the long run, but they do hold their power. If you can find a decent, cheap-ish CO2 or other gas gun, I'd definitely go for it!

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Airguns would make sense in that situation. Is the maximum power of an air gun restricted in the Netherlands?

Yeah, the price of Co2 would be the biggest problem. Some BB pistols can get over 200 shots (!) per co2, but pellet rifles tend to use a lot more. I'll look around at some c02 guns though. Not that I mind single shots.

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I did a bit of looking around (as in, the site I ordered my airsoft stuff years ago), and it looks like you can get a break action 4.5 mm pellet airgun for about 80 to 90 euros. These should be good enough for plinking and the like.

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dr. richtofen (author)Kona-chan2015-06-22

From the description, it looks like Corgi wants something that we call "luchtbuks" in the Netherlands.

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