Suggestions for an accurate pellet gun for kid

Suggestions for an accurate pellet gun for kid

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    Suggestions for an accurate pellet gun for kid

    Looking for a Christmas present for my six year old. I want to start teaching him some marksmanship foundations now, so that when he's a little older I can move him up to an actual rifle.
    I haven't owned a pellet rifle in over 20 years, and have no idea what's what now days.

    Can anyone recommend a decent model. I'm looking for something that has good, adjustable iron sights, and is accurate enough out to 10-15 meters that I can teach him how to group and zero.

    Something int he $50 price range would be ideal, but I could go higher if its a significant difference in quality.

    Any input is helpful.

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    Whatever you do don't get a c02 powered pellet gun, they tend to shoot all over the place as the pressure drops.

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    Daisy Powerline 880 served me well as a kid... bought another one last year just in case they stopped making them. :)

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    We gave each of our sons an RWS Model 24 .177 when they were young. These gave great service and each son still has his and uses it. As far as I know the model is still being produced.

    While I don't recommend one of these old Benjamins, this is the pellet gun I've had since 1968 and which gave me endless enjoyment when I was a kid. It's a Benjamin Model 347 in .177 caliber. Back in the summer it took out this marauding squirrel which was cutting peaches off of our tree at a rapid rate. He died happy with the peach in his mouth as the pellet struck.

    These offered really good performance for their day. Advertized muzzle velocity, when pumped to the maximum of 12 strokes and using a Benjamin .177 pellet, was 750 fps. Actual velocity with same was 752 fps with a miniscule 10 fps extreme spread taken from a 10-shot average when the pellet rife was chronographed.

    Some 20 years ago I took this Benjamin to the rifle range and bench rest tested it at 100 yards. I placed two targets up one over the other. Shot at the top target and pellets struck the bottom target. Drop at 100 yards was three feet but the rifle shot a 6-inch, 5-shot group. The back board was plywood and the pellets stayed well-stabilized and still had enough "oomph" to bury up in it with their little skirts sticking out.

    These are obsolete now so parts would become problematical. The pumping action is difficult for a young boy. Shouldering it with its very short stock is difficult for an 'ol boy.
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    +1 On the Powerline. I picked one up from Wal-Mart for around 50$ it came with a scope. That sucker is dead on accurate well beyond 30ft. Lots of fun plinking for me and the kiddos...

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    I got a Crosman Pumpmaster 760 for my 8th birthday. Good air rifle that takes BBs or pellets (pellets are loaded at the bolt action area). That thing lasted me at least a dozen years and would have lasted much longer if I hadn't lost it in a move.

    They sell the exact same model today.

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    Re: Suggestions for an accurate pellet gun for kid

    Funny, my first one was a 760!

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    Diasy 840. It's a single pump, and can shoot BB's and Pellets. Bought one for my daughter to learn to shoot. It's a smoothbore and not incredibly accurate, but is fine for 10 - 15 yards. We shoot a plastic dairy creamer bottle from our deck. You can usually pick these up at Dick's for 40 - 50 dollars.

    It's the quality you would expect for a low price point, but ours has lasted over 1500 rounds.

    It's difficult for small kids because the higher quality guns are difficult for kids to pump.

    Good luck.

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    Get a crossman 760 pump. Accurate and well priced. Wally world has them. I have one with a quality scope on it. If the interest is still there later on then move up to a better rifle like a break barrel Gamo, or a RWS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nevanthewolf View Post
    +1 On the Powerline. I picked one up from Wal-Mart for around 50$ it came with a scope. That sucker is dead on accurate well beyond 30ft. Lots of fun plinking for me and the kiddos...
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