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Pellet Rifle #7237472
04/07/21 06:11 PM
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I am in the market for a decent pellet gun.
Mostly squirrels...

Not sure if .177 or 22

I am most concerned about accuracy. It needs to be consistent.

What have you folks used and what would you suggest.

Re: Pellet Rifle [Re: chicken] #7237481
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22 Benjamin pump up #392S I bought one in high school a half century ago seals gave out about six years ago. Dime size groups @ 30 yards were the norm. Killed a ton of squirrels and rabbits with it. Head shots no problem.

392S is the current edition of the old 392 wood stocked model I bought, the new one has a synthetic stock, got to look all tactical don’t ya know?
I have a .22 break bbl walther “falcon “ spring piston 1000+FPS with lead.
And a benjaman .22 nitro trail break bbl nitro Piston 1000+FPS with lead. Neither one is as accurate as the original but they still get the job done.

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Re: Pellet Rifle [Re: chicken] #7237482
04/07/21 06:26 PM
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Sheridan hands down. Killed many squirrels with it..40 - 50 yards

Re: Pellet Rifle [Re: chicken] #7237484
04/07/21 06:30 PM
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I bought a gamo socom .177, worst i've ever shot. all over the place. tried every pellet there is. piece of crap. My crosman 766 from 40 plus years ago is way better.

Re: Pellet Rifle [Re: chicken] #7237488
04/07/21 06:34 PM
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I much prefer .22 to .177 for hunting. I just like a little heavier pellet. Darn near any of them these days will be accurate enough for squirrels and rabbits sized game with head shots. Look for a .22 with 1000-1200+fps. Put a decent scope on it so the recoil doesn't screw them up and go shoot 1000 pellets to be sure its broke in. I see no reason to spend over $350 all in with scope and pellets.

Re: Pellet Rifle [Re: chicken] #7237492
04/07/21 06:39 PM
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I have a Benjamin Mararuder in 22cal. I hunt squirrels a lot. I have no idea how many I have taken with it, but it has been many.

I have not used a 22 rim fire since I got the air rifle. It is pretty accurate and is very quiet. You can have multiple squirrels up the same tree and pick them off one by one.

If I had to do it again I would get the same gun but in a 25 cal. the 22 works but there have been time's I have had to do a follow-up. I don't know if they still do but they used to have a green mountain barrel on the 25, and they said it was more accurate than the 22.

Re: Pellet Rifle [Re: chicken] #7237495
04/07/21 06:40 PM
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Marauder fan myself.


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Re: Pellet Rifle [Re: chicken] #7237498
04/07/21 06:42 PM
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.22 or .25, stay away from .177

Re: Pellet Rifle [Re: chicken] #7237515
04/07/21 06:52 PM
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Did all my hunting with .177 I don't think it's that bad I wouldn't use it. I used a wad cutter and killed many squirrels out of the top of trees.

Re: Pellet Rifle [Re: chicken] #7237562
04/07/21 07:37 PM
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I bought a GAMO and it is awful !! Called the company and complain and lady said 300 shot break in period. Sent me 4 tubs of pellets. Shot them relined it and still the starlings in my blue bird boxes just laugh at me . STAY away from gamo...

Re: Pellet Rifle [Re: chicken] #7237568
04/07/21 07:40 PM
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I have a Marauder in 22 and a Kratos in 25. I like them both but the 25 has much more punch to it. They are sure fun to shoot and not think about wasting ammo and accuracy is unbelievable.

Re: Pellet Rifle [Re: chicken] #7237574
04/07/21 07:45 PM
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Air Arms 410 in .22 Was the most accurate I have ever had . I used to clear golf courses of rabbits with it and have killed a lot of them with that rifle. It shot just sub sonic and I had a suppressor on it making it very quiet.


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Re: Pellet Rifle [Re: chicken] #7237575
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Try the new ballistic tips. No squirrel running off with one of those thru him from ribs forward .

Re: Pellet Rifle [Re: jbyrd63] #7237660
04/07/21 09:07 PM
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Originally Posted by jbyrd63
Try the new ballistic tips. No squirrel running off with one of those thru him from ribs forward .



My boy recovered some of those. Some still had the tip and the ones that didn't were barely deformed.

These were .22 at 850fps. Marketing fad. They don't move fast enough to open up.

Re: Pellet Rifle [Re: Providence Farm] #7237765
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Originally Posted by Providence Farm
Originally Posted by jbyrd63
Try the new ballistic tips. No squirrel running off with one of those thru him from ribs forward .



My boy recovered some of those. Some still had the tip and the ones that didn't were barely deformed.

These were .22 at 850fps. Marketing fad. They don't move fast enough to open up.


Mine were 177 at 1700 fps Oh they open up...

Re: Pellet Rifle [Re: chicken] #7237767
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Mine were 177 at 1700 fps Oh they open up...
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Every pellet will at that speed I would think.

Re: Pellet Rifle [Re: chicken] #7237773
04/07/21 10:39 PM
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I have a Ruger Blackhawk(I know it's a popular pistol, lol), It's a .177 single breakover, and it is accurate with iron sights. Most of these intermediate guns need to have a special scope, but if you get into the "big boy" guns with compressed air they MAY be more forgiving, all depends what you want to spend.


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Re: Pellet Rifle [Re: Yukon John] #7237785
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Originally Posted by Yukon John
I have a Ruger Blackhawk(I know it's a popular pistol, lol), It's a .177 single breakover, and it is accurate with iron sights. Most of these intermediate guns need to have a special scope, but if you get into the "big boy" guns with compressed air they MAY be more forgiving, all depends what you want to spend.



I got my boys each a Benjamin maximus pcp on sale for 135 each and free shipping. Accurate and deadly not breaking the bank. Used them for trap line last season. Worked flawlessly.

Re: Pellet Rifle [Re: chicken] #7237790
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Can also depend on the pellet you shoot...we have some looks like a bb jacketed in plastic, and they will shoot through a 55 gal drum!


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Re: Pellet Rifle [Re: chicken] #7237911
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i have had a gamo air rifle for years , and have never had a problem with it , very accurate, I must have got lucky

Re: Pellet Rifle [Re: chicken] #7237927
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The old Gamos weren’t too bad. I have a newer Gamo and it is terrible.

Re: Pellet Rifle [Re: chicken] #7237973
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UMAREX has a Ruger 10/22 Air Rifle. I don't have one or use one but it looks good.

https://www.umarexusa.com/ruger-1022-air-rifle

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Re: Pellet Rifle [Re: chicken] #7238045
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Don't waste your money on the Chinese junk.! All the box store shelf rifles are hit and miss garbage. Save your money and and get a quality Diana, weirauch, air arms or other comparable German, English made rifle. You will enjoy the accuracy.


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Re: Pellet Rifle [Re: jbyrd63] #7238073
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Originally Posted by jbyrd63
Mine were 177 at 1700 fps Oh they open up...


What make and model gun are you shooting?


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Re: Pellet Rifle [Re: chicken] #7238104
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I started into pcp guns with a Benjamin discovery. Very accurate and killed lots of squirrel and other game with it. Decided I liked it enough that I wanted to move up to something a little nicer. Bought an umarex gauntlet and am very pleased with it. Super accurate and very quiet, plus it has detachable 10 round magazine like a marauder does. I get about 60 full power shots on a fill up and that's usually plenty for a day of squirrel hunting if I do my part.

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Mine were 177 at 1700 fps Oh they open up.



What were you shooting to get that kind of speed? Thanks

Re: Pellet Rifle [Re: chicken] #7238808
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Go ahead and spend the money on a lower priced PCP. Trust me . Spent $500 on my Benjamin maximus ( came with a bun if stuff but pretty sure you can get the gun and pump cheaper nowadays) like four years ago and have yet to look back . Can shoot it just like a regular rifle non of that artillery hold stuff like with a springer. I get about 30 shots that I find acceptable till accuracy drops off. The pump is great excesise. That being said I highly highly highly suggest spending a extra $50 and get a TKO mod for it. Makes her whisper quiet. Also they can be picky with ammo so try a few different ones. I know mine prefers piranhas more than anything but it shoots ok with others . The pictured group is about a 25 yard 15 shot group shot prone off a bipod. Only complaint so far is it's got a leak and I need to fill it weekly to keep it ready for quick work but honestly that's about it


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