acousticmood

Dang this is difficult

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I like the RWS - handled one at Bass Pro. I like the speed and the warranty. How loud is it?Are all of the RWS's the better Diana version?I live near the foothills in Rancho Cucamonga and I really want to go hiking / hunting as well as use it in the backyard for fun.I've read the forum and know what a lot of folks say about gamo, beeman etc. I think I'm going away from Gamo and maybe look at the Beeman.The Walther Falcon Hunter seems like alot of gun with .22 going 1,000 fps.Then there is the RWS Hammerhill - seem like a good buy.I probably shoudl have just done an impulse buy!Any advise?

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One big piece, DON'T DO AN IMPULSE BUY! Take your time and get one that will really do the job for you. There are a bunch of folks on here that can help, so read their advise, sift it, and then make a decision. But take your time!

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Hey Braz - I was only kidding. I'm really looking forward to having some good time hiking around the nearby mountains - just like when I was a kid with a bb gun. I'll take all the advise I can get!

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You don't want a pellet gun that's shoots 1000 FPS. The reason is the pellet breaks the sound barrier you get that annoying .22LR CRACK and the supersonic speed upsets the pellet affecting accuracy. It's best if you buy a certain airgun to find a pellet heavy enough to lower the muzzle velocity to somewhere around 850 FPS. That way no CRACK and your pellets fly truer you still knock everything dead.

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Good advice - especially for back yard plinking.The RWS 350 mag shoots a .22 at 900 fps. Plus I hear that I can hunt Turkey with it - although that sounds like a challenge.I think I'm leaning towards this one.

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You can hunt turkey with any airgun of .20cal and larger so you are correct. The .20cal is extremely popular as it combines the flat shooting ability of the .177 with very good ballistic coefficient. Similar to what the .204 does and how it actually out preforms some larger calibers. Have fun, that's what airgun shooting is all about.

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If it was me, I would just save up for a Beeman r9 Goldfinger. Shooterjohn has turned a bunch of guys onto it and it is SAWEET! I went the cheap route and bought a Gamo Big Cat and it is POS. When and if I get another Air Rifle, it will be this one. I got a chance to shoot Woodog's R9 today and it was nice! It's like shooting a really nice rifle. And I don't know if it was just me, but it seemed to get quieter as we shot it. Woodog hasn't put that many rounds through it and it is said to get quieter after the first 100 rds or so.

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Really? I'm interested because it's so quiet but if it's not accurate I suppose it's not going to do me any good. I have not come across any negative reviews on it so far, but now that you say that I'm going to dig a little deeper and perhaps even go back to the drawing board.John, I want something relitively quiet and accurate and I don't want to spend over 300 bucks on the thing. It's going to be my daughters BB gun & I'll borrow it for special covert backyard Op's.

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Will your daughter even be able to cock the rifle? The faster break barrel type airguns aren't very easy to cock to load for a youngster. How old is she? Plus that gun is pretty long maybe too long for her. It would be great if you could let her hold one before making the final purchase. Just some things to think about.

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Jason I forgot to mention why I wondered if your daughter could cock the rifle. It isn't a springer with a spring inside like most of these airguns. It is a gas ram that compresses a cylinder sort of like a shock absorber. They can be rather stiff but you do get away from the twang that some cheaper springers have when the spring lets go during shooting.

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Here is a good sight with reviews of most of the ones that I've considered (and a few that are way out of my league)http://www.straightshooters.com/navagation...selections.htmlBased on what I read I'm thinking I'll save a bit longer and go for the RWS 54. It is similar in price range to the Beeman gold finger that everyone really likes but has some neet features.Jeez, the more I study, the more I have to spend. :good: Oh well. The more I study the more excited I am to get one of these bad boys and go shoot some pests!

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You better try picking one of those up before buying it. They weigh 9 pounds without a scope so you're looking at over 11 pounds with a scope. Plus they're $650 you could get an R9 Goldfinger from Straight Shooters for $499 and it weighs a bunch less.

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again good advice - I've got a Remington target rifle in .204. Awesome rifle but with the scope and bipod its over 10 pounds - no fun to carry and impossible to shoot offhand. Any stores in So. Cal other than Bass Pro where I could pick one up and feel it abit?I think I like the R-9 because I want to shoot from iron sites for a while. Other than the scope and the muzzle break is there much difference between the R-9 and the Goldfinger?

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The standard R9 is just open sights otherwise they're the same gun. But the scope sure is nice.
Yep. I was pleasantly surprised by the scope.

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Well I went up to see Steve at Pomona Air Guns.Ordered an R-9 in .20 caliber. I got it without the scope because I really want to get back to iron sights for a while. I can always add a scope later if I want to. Steve certainly knows his stuff and is a gentleman to boot.Should come in next week.Can't wait! :signs430gh:

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Very nice you'll like the gun it has a great trigger in it, it's quiet and packs a good punch..

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gamo are accurate if they were not they wouldn't be in business. The one I had was a good shooter killed many pigeons and rabbits a few squirrels.

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Gamo's are ok shooters but they aren't built to last like real adult airguns. They are more a use it for awhile and throw them away. Most aren't repairable like the better airguns.

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Here are some interesting decibel level tests...note drop in noise level over distance...I have an MK Audio Dosimeter and my Beeman R9 DG .22 cal pretty much matched the R9 .177 cal at 10 & 25 yards...http://www.straightshooters.com/documents/decibelrating.htmlMy audio meter...10 yards from the R9...wanted to measure noise level at our kitchen door,which is about halfway to my pellet trap(side yard range)...average was 85 decibels at 10 yards..850MagPellettrap012.jpgRadio Shack has cheaper meters for about $45...

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gamo are accurate if they were not they wouldn't be in business. The one I had was a good shooter killed many pigeons and rabbits a few squirrels.
I don't doubt your Gamo is accurate. But, my 1200 Big Cat is a POS! Shoots pretty good for 3-6 shots, then randomly off by 3-4". Can be low right, low left or wherever. I am giving it to a guy I know at work who has some problems with squirrels eating his chicken feed. He has the time to miss and go back tomorrow and shoot it. I refuse to use something that I don't have confidence in. I know Woodog has the same one and it reacts the same. My next Air Rifle will be a Goldfinger (If I ever save that much $$ for an Air Rifle).Just my :crazy:

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