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Old September 23, 2007, 04:16 PM   #1
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pellet gun

I'm going to buy a pellet gun and want to spend less than 130 with minimum 1000fps breakbarrel. it doesn't have to have a scope as i grew up with a daisy buck so i can use open sights efficiently. suggestions?
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Old September 23, 2007, 11:17 PM   #2
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check out gamo or crossman

i have a crossman remi wood stock rifle but gamo also makes a nice rifle
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Old September 23, 2007, 11:59 PM   #3
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try look'n into Gamo Airguns
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Old September 24, 2007, 12:17 AM   #4
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What do you plan to use your airgun for?
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Old September 24, 2007, 07:17 PM   #5
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i plan to use it for rabbits, skunks, armadillos, snakes, buzzards, pretty much any pest around my grandma's house (not in city limits of course). also with the buzzards, i only shoot them if they're endangering calfs (grandma has about 65 head of cattle). and i have heard many people complain greatly about gamo's and i think they're a little pricy for what they have to offer

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Old September 24, 2007, 09:23 PM   #6
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feds sez migratory birds only taken legally with shotguns
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Old September 24, 2007, 09:31 PM   #7
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awww... nvm then. that shall be edited out. thank you for that
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Old September 24, 2007, 09:42 PM   #8
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If you do a search, limited to the Rifle forum, in the last 6 months, searching the subject line only, for "air", you will find some recent good discussions on budget air rifles.
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Old September 24, 2007, 09:46 PM   #9
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thanks i'll check that out
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Old September 24, 2007, 09:55 PM   #10
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Wait till you can afford a good one-buy once-cry once.
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Old September 24, 2007, 10:16 PM   #11
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Tough Birds

So, you have attack buzzards in your neck of the woods? We have many of them around here. Our buzzards tend to attack creatures that are already dead.
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Old September 24, 2007, 10:29 PM   #12
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As much as I love airguns, I'd recommend a .22rifle for the uses you mention. If you are set on an airgun, I'd up the price limit a bit and go for something in .22 caliber vs .177.

BTW, killing buzzards/vultures is also against the law.
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Our buzzards tend to attack creatures that are already dead.
I've got a friend that owns cattle--he confirms that buzzards will kill newborn calves if they can get to them before the mother recovers.
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Old September 28, 2007, 09:01 AM   #13
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130 is quite cheap for a quality airgun

If you get a gamo, you can get a trigger modification and that helps. If used for what you liseted I would recommend a RWS 48 although they are quite expensive 300 +. They pack quite a punch, a beeman R9 is also very nice again not cheap, the fps numbers are usually BS and most advertised at 1000fps actually shoot 890-920. Whenb you do get the gun try Crosman premier lights (if in .177) they tend to shoot very well out of most guns. When hunting use JSB preditor pellots, ballistic polymer tips they make nice holes and expand well.
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Old September 28, 2007, 10:11 AM   #14
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I have a Gamo 440 that I really like. I've killed rabbits out to better than 40 yards with it. The 220 model is similar, not so fancy and can probably be bought for about that much without a scope.
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Old September 28, 2007, 10:16 AM   #15
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I have a crossman Quest 1000x and I like it. Many a bird has been killed by it.
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Old September 28, 2007, 10:27 AM   #16
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I have an old Benjamin Franklin multi pump .22 air rifle I got from my grandfather. As accurate as I am out to about 30 yrds and can put a lead pellet through both sides of a steel coffee can (and once the head of skunk ) with about 7 pumps. Only thing I can practice with in my backyard as my neighbors have a lot of cattle and horses and I wouldn't feel comfortable shooting anything else.

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Old September 30, 2007, 08:31 PM   #17
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cryption- does the crossman 1000x shoot .22 as well as .177?

and yes the buzzards will go after calfs. they will poke their eyes out and sometimes kill. just goes to say, everything's bigger and in this case, tougher in texas.


i have never heard of shooting buzzards is illegal, but (dont shoot me for saying this) if it came down to it, i would rather keep a calf alive than a buzzard. that calf could be fed to a homeless person someday and save his life from starvation. or it could reel in some benjamins so my grandma can keep her farm and pay brookshires for the food she eats.
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Old September 30, 2007, 10:10 PM   #18
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my friend saw some buzzards take small sheep once.
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Old October 1, 2007, 01:13 PM   #19
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Oh, please!!! How does a 5-6 pound bird kill a 30 lbs lamb?? I won't even ask how it kills a calf! Now, if you told me it was eagles that killed the sheep, I would believe it. Bald eagles and golden eagles kill a lot of lambs.

Besides, buzzard is the name for a Eurasian hawk, a bit smaller than a red-tailed hawk. Vultures are NOT "buzzards", despite what John Wayne said. If you spent as much time learning about what you see outdoors as you do watching bad Western movies, you might already know that.
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Old October 1, 2007, 05:26 PM   #20
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I have a winchester my dad bought right before he died last year. I think they are right in your price range. I put a red dot on it, and use premium hp pellets. It's freak'in accurate. Supposedly it shoots 1100fps. The trigger stinks, but I've gotten used to it. It took some practice. BTW, the hollow point in the pellet is a marketing gimmic...they don't expand. But they have an excellent seal. If you want them to expand, put them in backwords. Talk about a thwack!. that gun will put a pellet right through a cedar fence plank.
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Old October 1, 2007, 10:06 PM   #21
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Besides, buzzard is the name for a Eurasian hawk, a bit smaller than a red-tailed hawk. Vultures are NOT "buzzards"...
Buzzard is a colloquial term and is not very rigidly defined. It includes pretty much any vulture (as well as hawks) as it is commonly used in America.

http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/buzzard
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buzzard
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If they can get to a newborn before the mother recovers, they will begin feeding on the calf starting with the eyes and going in at the rear end. They may not kill it outright, but there's not much else to do with a calf that's gotten this treatment but put it down.
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Old October 2, 2007, 09:53 PM   #22
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like i said, down here in texas, everything's different. especially compared to washington state. we have rattlers, bull snakes (my cousin stepped on one when he was picking blackberries for my grandma and she heard a scream and like 5 seconds later he was about 100yds from where it was), cows, horses, you name it. the buzzards will take down calfs. a sheep would be like taking candy from a baby. also, as john said, hawks can take them down, but we're not referring to hawks. we're talking about god's trashcans.
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