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    I have always heard that airguns are not very accurate. In spite of that I just bought a Gamo Swarm Maxxim, .177. Did the prep work, tighten screws, clean barrel, mount scope, etc. Went out today to sight it in at 25 yards. Took a total of 10 shots, three to adjust and six for fine adjust. Shooting hold was far from rock solid but 4 of the hits were in a 1 inch dot! For a not-the-finest airgun I am very impressed.

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    keep shooting the groups will get smaller ,,you will catch AIRGUNITESS only known cure more fun with air guns next time try a pcp when you get  1 inch groups at a hundred yards ,you get perma grin lol keep posting good luck   pat

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    PCP’s seem like a lot of trouble and expense along with the accuracy and power, but what do I know, I’m new at this. Meanwhile I have something I can shoot in my yard.

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    OHHH nooooo  its to late, just a matter of time til you come over to the dark side!
    Welcome !! Lol

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    @plinko, ignore those HPAddicts!  Stick with the springers for at least a while and your shooting abilities will blossom.  I’ve been wondering how the Swarm shot; initial reports were that it was a lot of fun but not necessarily an accurate break barrel.  Still, the rapid reload makes it an excellent plinker at close-to-moderate ranges.  Keep up with the airgun addiction and post us some pics!

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    I like Gamos.  Bought my first one in ’09 (which was also my first break-barrel air rifle, but not Co2 rifle) in .177.  Gamo Big Cat 1250.  Used PBA pellets mostly.  With factory scope dialed in, could hit a dime at ten yards consistently, shot after shot.  Sold it after a couple years.  Then realized that was a mistake!

    Finally replaced it this June, with another Gamo, this time a Whisper Wildcat .22.  It has the IGT gas piston instead of spring power like my first one.  Very smooth action.  Trigger was actually nicer on the Big Cat, it seems, and this .22 doesn’t have the extraordinary accuracy (at least at close range!) that I had with my first one, but it’s close.  With a scope upgrade on it now, can hit a quarter from 10-15 yards.  Have already taken several squirrels out of the backyard with it.  It packs a punch!

    Been thinking about getting another .177 in addition to my .22, and like the idea of the 10-pellet mag on the Swarm!  

    Have read a lot about Gamo, and watched a lot of reviews, as I get further into this hobby for pesting, and target practice.  I’m former US Army, but at this point am more into air guns than firearms.  I live in the suburbs and don’t have a huge yard, and can only shoot airguns within city limits (and common sense/safety reasons!  Neighbors!!) in my backyard anyway.  Airguns check a lot of boxes, and ammo is dirt cheap.  

    I think Gamos are a huge value for the money.  The only common complaint I’ve seen in a lot of reviews or topics on Gamos, is the factory scopes.  Seems like it’s luck of the draw to get a good one.  Maybe their quality control or manufacturing process needs to be improved for their scope department?  They should probably just spend a bit more and include a nicer scope with all their models.  But otherwise it can be a great way to get into the break-barrel air gun world.  They also make a PcP now, too.

    Sounds like you got a good one, with a good scope!  Congrats and enjoy!  

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    I have shot firearms all my life, including a little competitive bench rest, rifles and pistols. I have killed a lot of paper. I still have a 22lr rifle that will shoot 100 yd sub-moa all day. But I can’t do that in my yard.
    Can anyone point me to an air gun rated adjustable AO, variable power, mil-dot (and inexpensive) scope?
    Thanks for all the replies.

    Edit: Sorry, forgot to mention that because of the magazine apparatus the scope would gain little from being larger than 32mm.

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    Welcome Pinko to the world of airguns, and it’s a large world.  UTG scopes like a bug buster are a good bang for the buck just starting out and have every variable you mentioned.  I have some still in use years later having moved around on different airguns.  Pyramyd Air is a good website starting out (don’t forget to use Airgun nation discount code).

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    Thanks. I was looking around and kind of came to the same conclusion.

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    Well it was too windy to do and group shooting so I’ve been blasting a spray paint can lid around the yard at 25 – 35 yards. Great fun, especially with the magazine feature. Hit it 18/20.

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    We’ve had a bad run of weather but I have managed to determine the fps at 850, and that the 25 yd zero gives a 49 yd far zero. 25 yd group with benjamin domed hollow point 7.9 gn pellets and original scope is running 3/4″. (I knew you’d all be fascinated with that info.  LOL)

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    welcome Plinko
    play with the springer for a bit and when you want to hit aspirins consistently from 30 to 50 yards, then start looking at PCP’s.
    there is a lot of experienced and helpful people on here so if you have any questions don’t be afraid to ask.
    enjoy shooting your new gun.. 😉

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    Not quite ready for aspirins yet but I did get a decent scope (Pursuit X1 LR) and a Sig range finder. Weather still not quite cooperating for good groups though. Well aware of the PCPs, been watching a ton of you tubes. If you have an FX Impact to donate please pm me immediately. (I’ll be holding my breath).

    P.S.: Anyone know where I can get a 2″ dia. aspirin?

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    Start with the caps off gallon milk jugs, move on to 2-liter bottle caps, then push pins or thumb tacks.

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    You can learn a lot shooting a springer, I shoot all of my springers and still enjoy them very much.
    the more you practice the better you get, I also highly recommend shooting in windy conditions, reading the wind is a skill that can only honed with practice in the wind

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    “Plinko”I have always heard that airguns are not very accurate.

     

    
Whatever source you got the information from doesn’t know a lot about airguns or doesn’t know what it takes to shoot with precision with ANY gun–be it a firearm or air rifle.  Sorry, that’s the simple truth.  

    By the way, welcome to the world of airguns.  Take your time and enjoy the adventure.

    Cheers!
     

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    Right now I’m tuning up my data in Chairgun. I’m doing all my break-in with Benjamin domed hollow points, mostly because they came 750 in a tin and I figured I’d need that many of the same thing at first. Anyone know what the BC of those pellets are? Chairgun doesn’t list them.

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    The Benji HPs are basically the Crosman HPs with shine.  HAM’s Ballistic Database lists the CPHP in .22 at 0.023 on the BC chart.

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    Thanks, I’ll check that for 0.177s.
     

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    “Plinko”
    Edit: Sorry, forgot to mention that because of the magazine apparatus the scope would gain little from being larger than 32mm.


      Probably not an issue. I was sneaking around the side of our sunroom once to take a shot at a squirrel in the back yard. Trying to be stealthy, I raised my gun with my eye on the scope before slowly rotating around the corner of the room which has a downspout on that corner. Little did I know that the end of my barrel was just a few inches in front of the downspout. I had a perfectly clear view through the scope with no indication of any obstruction. I pulled the trigger and was surprised by the loud report of my pellet going through the downspout. So then I did a test by blocking half the scope just in front of it with a ruler and found that I could not see it at all through the scope. BTW, I got that damn squirrel on the second try anyway.

    The ruler has no noticeable effect

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