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Old 06-22-2014, 11:54 PM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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I have a RWS pellet rifle and almost never missed pine cones at 200-300 feet with just the iron sights. Great little pellet gun.
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Old 06-23-2014, 11:13 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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This looks awesome.

.50-Caliber Dragon Slayer air rifle review from Pyramyd Air
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Old 06-23-2014, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Where the mountains touch the sky
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I have a Beeman that I bought used at a show for $50, .177 caliber, iron sights, works well on gophers

Nice thing about it is that its weight and balance are comparable to a 22 rifle, and out to 50 yards shoots very similarly.

Great for practice when you can't get 22 shells
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Old 06-24-2014, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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I bought my daughter a Crossman which is decent, though it requires 10 pumps for full power. It does pellets and BBs. It's plastic but it gets the job done.

I have a Gamo Bull Whisperer pellet gun in 0.177. Just open the breach and boom. Some ammo are rated for supersonic performance. Some are subsonic. It's quite loud. Realistically, it's a 25 yard rifle. The factory scope isn't good. I upgraded to a budget scope to give me more magnification.

They're fun, and it allows you to practice in the backyard without the neighbors calling the police.
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Old 07-15-2014, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Kihei, Maui
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Default Check your towns laws

Some states classify firearms by Caliber and Muzzle velocity as to whether they are toys or firearms for purposes of discharge and transportation. Many towns and cities have discharge laws within their control boundaries.

If you are just plinking just about any one of them will work even the old standby the Daisy Red Ryder (it'll poke your eye out from Christmas Story Quote error on purpose)

As an instructor I've taken classes that use it to teach eye hand coordination in acquiring motor memory.

See if the old Federal Premium video " ...Wingshooting from BB to Shotgun..." is still available

the ranges they use are 15-20 ft and the backstop is either a cardboard box or a heave tarp hung loose.

If you are going to do target shooting at long or medium ranges over 50 ft to 50 yd a nice break gun (Single stroke spring cylinder) with a nice rifled steel barrel should be considered as they are consistent from shot to shot making for very repeatable shot placement.

As with all firearms they should always be treated as if they were loaded and never pointed at anything you do not intend to shoot. NO INCIDENTS PLEASE
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Old 07-17-2014, 01:58 PM
 
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You wouldn't want what I recommend. I own two R1 Beeman pellet rifles, one is 177 caliber, the other is 25 caliber. I wish I had an R1 in 5 MM, because I feel that is the best of the bunch, velocity and energy wise. These firearms are highly accurate, far better than most Sheridans or pump up Crosman's. People seem to brag on what they have and say it is the best, I also have a 177 caliber Feinwerkbau model 124 that I paid $300 for back in 1986, it isn't the best, but it too is accurate. Spring piston pellet rifles have an advantage over pump up rifles because the pressure behind the piston is not compressed until the trigger is pulled, so the pressure is more consistent. I suspect many of today's pellet rifles are made in China, so far I haven't seen a Chinese gun that is worth much.
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