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Old January 8, 2012, 01:04 PM   #1
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Bass Pro Shops air rifles

Well, I had to drive a friend up to Atlanta the other day
and discovered a new Bass Pro Shop. On the way back home
I had to stop and take a quick peak inside to see what they
carried.

I stumbled upon a large selection of air rifles. Some .22 most
were .177 and around 1,200 fts. They were priced around the
$300 mark so, I am sure they are much more than the pellet
guns I remember of my youth.

For some strange reason I really want to get one of these for
cheap plinking purposes. Is this crazy? or should I just spend
my money on a good .22 rimfire?
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Old January 8, 2012, 03:26 PM   #2
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One of these modern pellet rifles can provide excellent home practice.
Most are extremely accurate and will keep skills sharp for mere pennies spent.
But don't let buying one interfere with getting a .22, also.
Together, pellet and .22 guns can provide inexpensive and effective trigger time.
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Old January 8, 2012, 03:33 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info. I know much about centerfire/rimfire but am totally a noob at air rifles.

I was looking at this one "BSA XL Tactical Air Rifle 177 Cal Black"
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Old January 8, 2012, 04:47 PM   #4
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pyramydair.com is a good source, both for buying and reviews.
Lots of test videos there, too.
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Old January 8, 2012, 06:44 PM   #5
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I'm not familiar with this specific air-rifle, but in general they can be a great aid in marksmanship training; in addition to the obvious local pest control. Just be aware of two issues.

1 - Advertisements of very high velocity with air-rifles of this type are generally reached ONLY by using very light lead or composite pellets, both of which aren't known for being very accurate or useful for field use. In .177 caliber the use of 7.5-10grain pellets will probably get you velocities more in the area of 800-950fps, which is still nothing to sneeze at.

2 - If this is a "spring-piston" type air-rifle, they can be very sensitive to how you hold them, due to the recoil effect of the pistons. Nothing wrong with that, but it is different from other firearms. Look at it this way, YOU WILL LEARN WHAT FOLLOW-THRU means when shooting air-guns.

Enjoy.
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Old January 8, 2012, 07:55 PM   #6
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I have a RWS 460 in .177 and it's a WMD on the squirrels in my yard
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Old January 8, 2012, 07:57 PM   #7
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Bass Pro pellet guns

I sold them for Bass Pro. hey are nice. But if you buy a .22 rifle and shoot Remington Sub-Sonics it will be just as quiet if not quieter than an air rifle. That is because they travel less than the speed of sound.The longer the barrel on the .22 the quieter it will be.The speed of sound is 1150 feet per second, the sub-sonics travel at 1050 ft per second! Just saying. Cliff
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Old January 8, 2012, 09:04 PM   #8
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But if you buy a .22 rifle and shoot Remington Sub-Sonics it will be just as quiet if not quieter than an air rifle. That is because they travel less than the speed of sound.The longer the barrel on the .22 the quieter it will be.
I've never shot a .22 as quiet as an air rifle and I've shot a LOT of subsonic .22 rounds. Perhaps it was the rounds I was shooting, but I don't think you're taking into account the primer strike when accounting for noise.
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Old January 9, 2012, 11:41 AM   #9
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air-rifles

HKGUNS -I believe it is the barrel length.I shoot them out of a Marlin 60 with a 22 inch barrel,quiet.shoot them out of a Ruger carbine much louder and it's barrel is at least 5 inches shorter. I have tried it in other firearms with the same result.
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