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Thinking about buying a "real" air rifle, maybe a RWS 54?

Discussion in 'Air Rifle & Pistol Discussion' started by IronMonster, Mar 27, 2015.

  1. IronMonster

    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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    I came to realize that most of my shooting is done with air guns and I really should buy something that is up to snuff. Currently I have three, A Stoger X-20, Benjamin Nitro GP and a Chinese B3. I do most of my shooting inside of 30 yards and would actually prefer something with good open sights (but has provisions for an optic)

    I have been doing some reading and am kind of leaning towards a RWS 54 in .22 cal. $650 seems like a big chunk of change for an air rifle but I have a whole pile of "real" guns that cost considerably more and I know this would get shot more than any of them.

    Anyway I have steered towards spring guns since I just dont know anything about the PCP rifles.

    I really just want something that is quality built that is capable of shooting better than I can (and I am not a super fantastic shot) The guns I have will shoot 3" groups @30 yards, I want something that will shoot under an inch and is fun to use (nothing finicky or complicated)

    anyone have any other recommendations for me to look at? And Advice?
     
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  2. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    In .22 cal, I can speak to the Hatsan 125 (Sniper) model. I've had one for about 2 years. Comes with TruGlo fiber optic open sights and a weaver rail for a scope (comes with a scope you can throw away for what it's worth). It's a beast of a gun, quite heavy, with some decent recoil. It hits hard and is quite accurate by my reckoning right out of the box. It's fairly quiet too. I think it looks pretty good too. It's also about 1/3 the price of the RWS. I've also got a Hatsan 25 pistol in .22 cal, it's also a massive beast too, a lot of fun. I'd recommend at least checking them for yourself, they are a great value in a quality gun.

    http://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Hatsan_125_Sniper_Air_Rifle_Combo_Black/2674

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  3. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Oh, I should mention, I paid a little extra and got the 'Vortex' gas piston installed in place of the factory spring.
     
  4. U201491

    U201491 Well-Known Member

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  5. IronMonster

    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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    Ive got a Hastan model 25 pistol in .22 as well. It is a beast


    How are the sights on yours? One of the Hastan reviews I read said that the sights are not very sturdy, that they move under finger pressure. You had any of those issues?
     
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  6. IronMonster

    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    LOL yeah you could hunt elk with some of those :D
     
  8. IronMonster

    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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    Sweet mother of munki milk Taku! That is a dangerous website! $1500 is a big jump from $650. I guess $650 is not "real" money after all...
     
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  9. U201491

    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I almost had heart failure when I looked at those prices. I think some run upward of 3 or 4 thousand even.
     
  10. IronMonster

    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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    yeah, $1500 is not the high end for sure. I dont think I could bring myself to drop $1500 on a air rifle. Not sure why, its just as much a "real" gun as the ones sitting in my safe. Still just seems crazy.
     
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    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    Yep :) A little.............. But If I could afford one to play with I would do it :)
    There are a lot of lower priced ones there too that are pretty unique.
     
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    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I haven't, but I'm not real rough on my guns.
     
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  14. Fast Eddie

    Fast Eddie Vancouver Well-Known Member

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    Benjamin Rogue 357-beast of an air gun, the hunting videos these guys do with this rifle make for some great entertainment. I'd love to own one of these.







    And just for fun:

     
  15. IronMonster

    IronMonster Washington Opinionated Member Diamond Supporter

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    I dont want a big bore. I am going to be punching paper and shooting targets, much of it indoors. The last thing I need is to have to build bigger traps and be more worried about it. a .22 is plenty big. If I want to shoot a critter I have plenty of other options.
     
  16. BaronVonEvil

    BaronVonEvil S.E. Washington State Member

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    Hi IronMonster

    You have mentioned in another thread how you have three air rifles already. They may be more accurate than you realize. As mentioned before, pellets come in different shapes, sizes and weights. Besides the basics of learning how to shoot a "Springer" and set up of the rifle itself, pellets can make a world of difference in how accurate a rifle will perform. Here are a Couple of Y.T. from Ted's Holdover that may help you get the accuracy you are looking for out of the rifles you already have.

    This video talks about pellet sorting. It shows a high end air gun but the information is relevant to all A/G's



    The slow motion vids show you pellet tracking and how an incorrect pellet will not track true but, actually corkscrews in flight. The high end air gun will shoot just as crappy with poor choice pellets as a low end springer will.

    Another factor is pellet speed. High fps .177 air rifles are vulnerable to pushing the pellets too fast causing problems with accuracy. Here is another video that shows what happens.



    Again the rifle is a high end PCP but, in essence velocity of the pellet had a maximum speed for accuracy. Pushing the pellet beyond that point and accuracy suffers. The slow motion captures of the pellet flight makes it so easy to see the problem.

    I'm sure there are other Y.T.'s of pellets and their behavior but, I have found Ted's to be the best to explain and to show you whats going on.

    B.V.E.
     
  17. x2ndxall

    x2ndxall WA Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    You oughta check out the RWS 34. It's typically less than half the price of the 54. Very nice trigger. Very accurate.

    And it's awesome.
     
  18. deshoots

    deshoots central oregon Member

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    For what your looking to do check out the crossman 10 Meter co2/pcp. You will thank me later. ;) I have the older co2 only version. It's a sweetheart. When i wear it out i will get the newer one! The diopter sights are awesome for punching little tiny holes.

    My rws side cocker collects dust now. Springers are a pita to shoot accurately.
    It only comes out for pest duty as the 10 meter lacks the punch. But you get 50 shots on one co2!
     
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  19. ditchtiger

    ditchtiger In the sticks, Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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    Ted's Holdover pest control videos are great also.
    The guy hates starlings with a passion( as do I)
     
  20. VONBOYD

    VONBOYD Portland, OR Member

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    Go with the .25 Benjamin Marauder and you'll have the most accurate hardest hitting PCP for the money. I shot through 3/8 plywood at 75 yards. PCP is the only way to go and it's easy to fill just buy yourself a carbon fiber tank. 90 Cubic inches gives you 5-6 refills. I shoot 1/2 groups or less regularly at 50 yards with the JSB Diablo exact.