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Old May 16, 2009, 09:41 PM   #1
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what is the most accurate pellet gun under $400

I'd like to shoot targets only. Is there a difference between a break barrel and an underlever (stationary barrel) in accuracy? if not is the Gamo Whisper a good choice? Is the air veturi spring option worthwhile? Are there other rifles I should look at?

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Old May 16, 2009, 11:39 PM   #2
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In the price range you're looking at, agonizing over the difference between break-barrels and under/side lever airguns is not worthwhile.

If extreme accuracy is your goal, a spring piston airgun in the price range you list is probably not really the best option anyway.
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Old May 17, 2009, 12:22 AM   #3
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The Avanti's are a good option for a precision AR in this price range - http://www.pyramydair.com/cgi-bin/sh...acturer=Avanti
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Old May 17, 2009, 11:16 AM   #4
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No practical difference between break barrel and underlever for this application. Break barrel will prohibit you from adding a 'monster' scope.

Given your criteria, I would recommend considering the Beeman R-7. Lightwieght, accurate, and made to last a lifetime. It is a general purpose rifle that performs any task well and most tasks exceptionally well.

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Old May 17, 2009, 06:16 PM   #5
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Check out the Benjamin Discovery. It's a PCP, but I saw one at Joe's (going out of business sale) for $235. That included the pump.
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Old May 17, 2009, 08:40 PM   #6
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I have the GAMO Viper setup and it has been very accurate when I finally learned the ins and outs of using it. I tried shooting it like I do with my centerfire rifles and the shots were all over the place. After a fellow TFL member (Hogdogs) coached me through the differences it started to settle in nicely. I paid approx. $260 for mine OTD.

As mentioned, the Beeman was on my hot list. I haven't shot it, but researched it on air gun chat boards and it has received good reviews for the price range.
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Old May 18, 2009, 11:25 AM   #7
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Given your criteria, I would recommend considering the Beeman R-7. Lightwieght, accurate, and made to last a lifetime. It is a general purpose rifle that performs any task well and most tasks exceptionally well.

***Disclaimer*** I believe everyone should own an R-7
Yes, indeedy! Not the most powerful pellet gun out there , but it's easy to cock, and more accurate than I ever expect to catch up with. I'm not remotely an expert shot, but on a good day, from a sitting position, I can shoot 3/8" groups with it at 10 meters: one raggedy hole.
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Old May 18, 2009, 10:22 PM   #8
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Can't argue with the recommendations on the R7. It's a very nice air rifle, I'll never part with mine.
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Old May 18, 2009, 10:42 PM   #9
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you can't go wrong with a beeman r7 .
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Old September 2, 2010, 02:54 PM   #10
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Beeman R8 Owner

I own a Beeman R8 with a Beeman SS3 scope since 1986 which is now both discontinued. The accuracy is listed as .11" ctc and I vouch for that. I have shot from sitting freehand and capable to put 5 pellets through the same hole at 10M. Thats definitely pretty accurate or close to match rifle accuracy. The quality of my Beeman is unmatched even to firearms. I would buy a nice rifle that you can have regular dealer servicing such as replacing main springs/seals, etc... so it won't be a disposable product after the springs or seals wear out.

I also own a Beeman P1 Magnum Air Pistol another great pistol made in Germany that can shoot 600fps with accuracy around .20" ctc at 10M. Anyone interested I'm selling the pistol just PM me.
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Old September 2, 2010, 06:22 PM   #11
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Pistol or rifle.

The IZH-46M is hard to beat for a pistol.

The IZH rifle is also good but it depends upon if you want CO2, spring, air, and such.

www.pyramydair.com is your friend.

The AirForce Talon pushes your budget a bit but I had one of those and it was pretty good.
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Old September 3, 2010, 05:07 PM   #12
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In your price range, just close your eyes and pick one.
Even the under $200 versions are impressively accurate.
But there's a trick to being accurate with spring powered rifles.
Check the pyramydair.com blogs, videos and podcasts for how to do it.
It's quite different than shooting firearms or the other types of airguns.
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Old September 3, 2010, 06:05 PM   #13
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Just a heads up, this thread is over a year old.
The OP hasn't been on since, Last Activity: May 21, 2009 11:47 AM
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Old September 6, 2010, 04:37 AM   #14
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Air Arms TX 200 MK111, more than $400.00 but you won't regret it.
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