Cheap air rifle

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  1. Hi guys, new to this air rifle thing but I wish to seek advice regarding a cheap, reliable and fun rifle.


    I have see the Webley TS375: http://www.aberdeenfieldsports.com/shop/products.asp?hdnCtrlPageNum=1&item=609&manukey=-1&deptkey=6&srch=&sort=1&slct=dept&ipp=12&selmanukey=-1&seldeptkey=6&srchTxt=&selsort=1&CtrlPageJump=1


    Anyone had any experience of it? A decent purchase?

    All advice appreciated,

    additionally what calibre should i use? It is for target shooting in the garden and maybe the occassional bird ;) .22 or .177?
    Cheers

    Disco :D
     
  2. Gremlin

    Gremlin LE Good Egg (charities)

    To be honest I think that you would get better value going to an RFD/Gunsmith and buying a secondhand weapon in decent nick, complete with a scope. You should be able to get a reasonable package for around the £100-125 mark, as a starter set.
     
  3. Yep, buying quality secondhand will save you money in the long run.

    Try the AirgunBBS, very active sales section and more realistic prices than the pi$$ taking you get in many RFDs
     
  4. Or even www.guntrader.co.uk

    As to the rifle you linked to, I hear that El Gamo makes most of the BSA range nowadays.

    Try looking at Weihrauch, especially the HW77 or 97 models. Quality!
     
  5. Also looking to buy an air rifle. It will be for use up north in the Shetlands for bagging bunny! I sent for the SMK brochure and they seem cheap and cheerful with some good reviews ... any thoughts?

    Also what is best, assuming .22 for bunny, break barrel, underlever or CO2?
     
  6. PM Biped- he' an RFD
     
  7. I always preferred a .177 pre charged pneumatic for bunny bashing, it has a anice flat trajectory and no recoil. but still has plenty of stopping power for bunnies providing that your shot hits the sweet spot. I've also found that a shotgun will kill them too but there aint much left for the pan !!!!
     
  8. I agree with the .177, I use a Daystate Harrier or a Theoben E type for bunny bashing as well as squirrels,pigeons and occasional Mink.

    Don't buy something that just because it looks good, get down to a local club if in the UK and check out what the lads and lassies use there.

    FAC Air rifles are ok but you may as well get a powder burner for the hassle.

    Nev
     
  9. That site will be taken down shortly if they are not RFD apart from the fact they are breaking the law regarding the selling air rifles online. It is against the law to sell air rifles and silencers online on mail order, all transactions must be face to face. This site has broken 2 laws regarding the selling of air guns. (I went through to basket and nearly to getting it delivered)

    BTW these Chinese guns are junk, better is a good second hand Webley, BSA or Weihrauch.

    Nev
     
  10. Not all Chinese guns are cheap rubbish. I've got an AR1000 which is cheap, powerful (a bit too powerful for the UK actually) and quite well made.

    Cheap but decent Chinese guns can be bought here, and sent to an RFD (if you talk nicely to him and pay him for handling it).

    http://bestairgun.stores.yahoo.net/index.html
     
  11. True, not all of them are crap but the cheap ones really are and would need some serious fettling to make them half decent and get the power up to a decent level.

    2 half decent ones out of the box would be what we call the Chuntsman - a direct copy of the Daystate Huntsman and the XS-B40 a direct copy of a Air Arms Pro Sport.

    Nev
     
  12. I have a .177 Daystate Harrier X(pcp) and an .177 Airarms TX200(spring/underlever). Both are excellent for getting rabbits. The Harrier having a silencer, magazine, bipod and bolt action normally means you can get 2 or 3 rabbits to every one you bag with the TX200 which is quite noisy, the downside is all the extra bits (pump or divers tank) and the fact that the fall of shot varies depending on how much air is left in it.

    My brother had a .22 career 707 carbine for a bit, absolutely fantastic for getting rats & squirrels but never seemed as good as the Harrier for rabbits at 40 metres +. It was also bloody expensive and the build quaility wasn't there compared to the Brit/German stuff.
     
  13. Words of wisdom printed on the cardboard box for a cheap Chinese air rifle on which I wasted twenty bucks:

    "IF YOU INFRINGE ON OUR PATENTS YOU WILL BE DEALED WITH."
     
  14. I was looking for an air rifle and the chinese one seemed a good deal. Took it to the woods to zero it :cry: Unable to get the elevation low enough on the tele sights to where the group was at 10m. Sold sight and threw out rifle wasted money which could have gone towards a decent rifle.