What is a good, junior-sized .22 air rifle for my boy?

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    What is a good, junior-sized .22 air rifle for my boy?

    Want to get my boy a junior size .22 air rifle for Christmas. Not too cheap, but not too much either. He'll use it for plinking and squirrel hunting. Something with consistent accuracy. Anything out there in the $100-$150 range? (Maybe $200 Max)
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    get a ruger 10/22 and if the stock is to big order a youth stock from brownells

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    I think too there is a nice and small CZ offering - and I recall too a BRNO - maybe the same gun in essence.

    I used to have a small (really small and too small) Browning pump .22 - now find one of those and kid will be grinning ear to ear.!
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    taurus makes a take down pump (model 62) that was modeled after the old winchesters.
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    You said Air Rifle right? I think the other posters missed that key element...

    Benjamin makes a excellent air rifle (model 392) for about $120.00, and its a good size for a young guy.

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    You did not state how old and how big he is either, N why a .22 air riffle, GAMO makes some great .17 cal's that kick out a pellet at over 1,000 fps, come with a BSA scope, and will kill a raccoon at 50 yards (mine did) and can hold a 1" (or smaller) group at 100 yards. Don't go for too cheap either buy him something that will last a lifetime.
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    duh ! I only picked up on the .22 part....not the word "air rifle"
    sorry ! my bad....
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    I did say AIR RIFLE. (Thanks everyone anyways). I did forget to say that he is 10. About 52" (4' 4") tall. If he was a bit bigger I might make him get used to a full sized one so I could play too and it could last him forever.

    I say .22 because I was (perhaps mistakenly) under the impression that you can get better accuracy over longer ranges with .22 (figured greater mass, less wind deflection). Wanna stick with air rifle so he can shoot squirrels that are skylined in the trees. (also, so I can have my over/under .22/.410 back). And thanks Sixto and Sheldon, I'll check into those.
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    I second the Gamo air rifle. Good guns.
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    Gamo does make good stuff, but I think they are all full size and a little out of the given price range.
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    Sorry - I too was lax reading first post duh!!
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    Off Topic But, Possibly On Topic

    You might want to consider just buying him a .22 Rim Fire rifle and initially giving him .22 CB Caps to shoot.

    They are sub-sonic - not much louder than an air rifle - about the same velocity and penetration - quite accurate.

    Then he can grow into the rifle with standard .22 Rim Fire ammo.

    Just a random passing thought since lots of folks forget about the existence of .22 long CBs.

    Then the rifle can double as a .22 LR Survival Small Game getter for the family.

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    Cbs... Interesting thought. I've never tried 'em. Didn't know what they were really. Being in the urban environment, a boy with an air-rifle might be overlooked, but a boy with a .22 (even an empty one!, let alone shooting anything) will get the caops here pronto!.

    Still, I might try some for squirrel shootin. I like quiet rounds so the survivors are less spoked.
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    I know that you were asking about Air Rifles.
    I apologize for the off topic.
    Yes, there are differences in perception by the uneducated.

    For Sure everybody should try at least one box of CBs.

    You DO need adjustable sights though since they will have a different POI.

    There is absolutely No Recoil and in an average rifle the sound generated is less than a toy cap gun.

    They are a fantastic amount of fun and very accurate.
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    Yea, the Benjamin 392 is a real good choice...even the silver streak or the blue streak would still be in your price range too!

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