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A air rifle for shooting vermin & the odd target

Dear Arrse shooting experts.....

Can anyone recommend a air rifle (sub £300 - £350) to shoot vermin, bunnies and the occasional paper target?


Taffnp said:

Heres one I shot earlier this morning
Thanks for the info everyone :) My local shop is doing a BSA Lightning XL with the wooden stock and a decent scope for £250 I think I will go for that :)

Thanks again for all the tips .... didn't quite trust the googled web reviews :)

BSA Meteor with a Hawke 3-9x40 does it for me. Excellent for pigeons, rats and close-in bunnies. But what I suggest is to get down to your local shop and see what they have in second-hand department. Also, ask for a package; ie rifle, scope, slip and some pellets. You'll usually get a discount on the whole lot if you're a first-time buyer.

I would suggest you get a spring one first. Then if you're getting serious you can upgrade later to compressed air, CO2 cartridges etc.
For 300-350 you would be best off looking for something like a Weirauch or Air Arms. With a decent set of optics you would be able to pick up something mint secondhand with reasonable glass for that budget with change to spare.

My choice would be if I were in your shoes


Look at sites like airgunbbs, shootforum, airgunforum, pigeonwatch ect

I picked up a Mint HW97K with Simmons WTC (OK ish glass) for £250

If you want any help PM me mate.