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    I am thinking about buying an air rifle to plink with out in the yard it has been forever since I owned 1 and I'm sure they have came a long way. What would you folks suggest pump or co2 , .177 or .22 I don't want to break the bank just something fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbum View Post
    I am thinking about buying an air rifle to plink with out in the yard it has been forever since I owned 1 and I'm sure they have came a long way. What would you folks suggest pump or co2 , .177 or .22 I don't want to break the bank just something fun.
    Get a Gamo Pro Hunter. That shouldn't be too expensive. 1200+ FPS with .177.

    If you want to get a more premium brand you can always get an RWS but expect to pay a lot more.

    I have one of both and the RWS cost more than twice the price of the Gamo but it doesn't shoot twice as good.

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    Wow that is slick but a little more than I wanted to spend trying to keep it around a $100 or less.

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    Picked up a Beeman 1073 will let you know how it shoots.

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    I have a Gamo Big Cat .177 air rifle. It shoots 1250 FPS with the PBA ammo and 1000fps with lead. It will kill squirrels and blackbirds easily. I paid about $150 for mine, but I saw them at Walmart for $99 the other day. The walmart version comes with a better (3-9x32 instead of a fixed 4x32) scope and a better mount (one piece) than the ones you get from the sporting goods stores around here. GREAT gun for the money.

    P.S. I suggest stating away from the cheaper Beeman rifles. I bought the RS-2 (1073) and had to return it as it was inaccurate with the iron sights and the lenses in the included scope turned inside the housing. I swapped it for the Gamo and have not had 1 single problem.

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    I would'nt bother with a .22 if its just for backyard fun. I'd take a good look at the Benjamin/Sheridan line up. They will last forever, more accurate than you'll be and are pretty darn close to your budget.
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    Crosman 1377 Classic. (Multi-pump, .177 single shot pistol) ~ $50. There's a real following of fans who tweek, modify & generally improve its performance. In your budget, that gives you $50 extra for goodies as you want 'em. The carbine stock makes for a legal SBR. No CO2 cartridges, no warranty returns, PLENTY of power, accuracy & fun for the bucks. It's between a serious ($$$) air rifle & simple, low-buck BB fun. I have some other "high-end" air toys, but the 1377 honestly gets more trigger-time than all the rest. Hard to explain, but easy to enjoy.
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    Cabela's has a pretty good deal going right now on a refurbished Gamo air rifle with scope.

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    I like my Dasy 880 its had over 10,000 BB's and pellets throw it and been oiled once and it still shoots like the first day i got it

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    +1 on the daisy 880 I have one and its a fun little plinker.

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    Gamo Whisper is quite and accurate. They go on sale at Cabelas at times.

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    You might want to look at Tech Force. I have the model 97T, and it does quite well in air rifle silhouette. It was $175 out the door (Compessaco, I think), and has a 10m .08ctc. Uses paintball co2 cylinders, and they cost $20 filled; refill is about $1.98, and last 1000+rounds.
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    If you live in town you might want to consider noise level on some of these models. Don't want the neighbors/police to think you're shooting a .22. I've got a Gamo I play with on occasion but it's every bit as loud as some of the slower lighter .22 rounds. If you aren't in town try the CCI CB Long or a subsonic in a single shot or bolt action .22. I've shot the CB Long in my basement quite a bit. They will kill a squirrel out to about twenty yards.

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    Beeman has a duel barrel model sold at Walmart for $125.

    I bough one and am dang well please with it. Both .22 and .177 work just fine. Comes with a scope too!

    I soot for pennies instead of the good ammo I am hoarding for a reigning day.

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    Beeman has a dual barrel job sold at Walmart for $125.

    It shoots well in both calibers...22 and .177

    Now I shoot for about a penny a round and save my good stuff for a reigning day!

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