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Would like to know if this would be a good deal to start out with? My local W-mart has a Beeman dual caliber, break barrel with scope for $98. Calibers are .177 and .22, forgot to get model number. Is this a good/basic starter? Any input would be great.

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Yes. That would be a good starter gun. If you decide to move up later, it would be a great gift. Or just keep that gun also. I would not expect great range for this gun.... but out to 35 yards would be *killer* on small birds. Wally World has a good price on the .22 Crosman hollow point pellets. 500 for $6.95. That is the only pellet they carry in .22 caliber in Bakerfield anyways. .17 cal they have lots of variety.Good luck, Murph.

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The .177 Crosman Premier Hollow Points from Walmart are also extremely accurate. I think they're the most accurate pellets you can buy off the shelf at Walmart. They shoot as well as the JSB Exacts in my rifles. They're also quite hard so watch out for over penetration (i.e., know what's behind your target or have a good backstop).

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Would like to know if this would be a good deal to start out with? My local W-mart has a Beeman dual caliber, break barrel with scope for $98. Calibers are .177 and .22, forgot to get model number. Is this a good/basic starter? Any input would be great.
It depends on what you want I guess. It's an OK gun (it shoots) but it's not going to take you very far. The trigger is crude and accuracy is so-so. About what you'd expect from a low cost Chinese gun. If you can spring the extra bucks (about $100 more) I think you'll be much happier with a RWS 34 of some sort like this:http://www.pyramydair.com/p/rws-34-panther-air-rifle.shtmlHere you get a quality German gun with a very good trigger and excellent accuracy potential. It's a 'starter gun' you'll want to keep and keep using rather than use a bit and either give up or move on to other models. For sure the resale value is much better.Neither caliber has much power, this often leads to .177 being a better field option.HTH.Doug Owen

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