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    Beautiful Theoben 

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    My collection of nearly a dozen Airguns is now split about 50/50 FFP/SFP.  My FFP scopes are primarily split between Hawke Sidewinder  6-24×56 IR and Vortex 6-24×50 scopes.  
     

    While I use both very successfully, because of the significant trajectory curve found in Airgun shooting, I find the FFP scopes to be so much more effective and quick to use when shooting a wide variety of targets/game over different distances.  
     

    Unless I spot a really terrific deal on a high quality used SFP, I will never buy anything but FFP again.  

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    I would recommend one of the AOA HW77 special editions in .22. Can’t beat the price at $499.  Deadly accurate and produces between 15 and 16 ft lb of energy.  The under lever cocking really adds to the accuracy.

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    Thankfully we can own both and don’t have to choose! I own multiple rifles in .22, .177, and .25.  I shoot the .22 and .177 rifles about equally as much.  If I could only own one, it would be the .22, but I really enjoy my .177 rifles.  I have my my eye on another one for my next purchase for my collection.

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    Especially since you already own a .25, .22 all of the way. I own both, and my .22 use is 4 times the .25.  And while the .25 carries more energy further, and makes a bigger hole, I have never had the .22 fail me in terms of kill shot on pest or small game.  Far more pellet options to shoot from and less trajectory hold over.  

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    I forgot to mention that I also own an AA TX200 mkIII and have always though the fit and finish and stock couldn’t be any better.  The Soecial Edition 77 is every bit as beautiful if not more so.

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    Look back about a week and you will see a review post I did on a .22 77K special edition recently purchased from AOA.  I own 97s and now 77s. I think I actually prefer the 77 though they are all a joy to own.  I also own Walther LGU master and varmint hunter series Rifles plus a Diana 56.  The 77 is by far the best looking and finish detailed rifle.  Out of the box and with 10 shot groups  it is +/- 1/2” at 20 yards and and +/- 1 1/4” at 50 yards.  
     

    Thinking it is capable of even better performance, mine just arrived at John Thomas’s yesterday for a custom tune.  I will post a before/after review once it returns.

    I hope this helps.

     

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    I own several Airgun’s from springers to Raw and Red Wolfs.  Having said that, my AA 4 and 5 series rifles are among the most accurate and maintenance free in my stable.  Dollar for dollar, they are one of the best values in the industry.

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    I tried a red dot reflex sight and just could not achieve the pinpoint accuracy needed with a pellet rifle due to the low energy levels.   Pellet placement is key and is an exact science in this sport.  I would think that would be the issue with this sight.

     

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    The AOA .22 WEIHRAUCH Special Edition would be a perfect alternative to either.  I bought one for an event and liked to so much, another one for me.  I have a Diana 56 and have owned two 54’s, all superbly accurate and superbly heavy.  
     

    The two 77’s I have purchased both shoot sub 1/2” at 20 yards and sub 1 1/2” at 50.  At $499, can’t be beat for a beautiful out of the box rifle.  Both of mine are in .22 and are shooting +/- 15.5 ft lb, perfect for any small game hunting and pest control.

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    I have a Hawke Sidewinder 5-24×56 FFP that is truly fantastic on three of my rifles.  With the red/green IR and 20 yard parallax, I don’t think you could go wrong.

    Good luck!

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    Tony:

     

    I am privileged to own many air rifles, and while what you suggest will certainly do the job, as others have mentioned, keep in mind the investment you will need to make in accessories for air supply.  

    I have killed all of the vermin you indicate, and inside of 40 to 50 yards, I would have no hesitation to take, and would expect a kill shot, with one of my very good spring rifles.  In particular, you might want to look at the RWS Diana 56 Target Hunter.   Though admittedly my rifle has been custom tuned, it shoots the  AA Diablo Field Heavy 18.0 grain pellet at 20+ fl lb of energy, equivalent to many pcps, with no tank required.  I recently shot a measured sub 3/4" at 70 yards with this rifle.  

    The Weihrauch HW77K would be another excellent choice. Airguns of Airizona has a sale on a beautiful special edition 77K for $499.  Super accurate and built with the quality to last a lifetime.

    Good luck.
     

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    Thanks for sharing.  I have a .22 tuned by Motorhead and it is just the same.  So much fun.

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    For me, it all comes down to accuracy.  I have tried all three.  At least in my .22s, the Hades it extremely accurate, the Baracuda Hunter only fair, and the Polymag beyond 35 yards is totally unacceptable.  

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    I don't know how to measure it for you except to tell you that it certainly isn't offense.  Mine shoots at 13.2, and has been custom tuned by Motorhead.  It is very smooth, and the sound of the pellet hitting steel at 20 yards is louder than the rifle.

    I have several other springers and pcps, and it isn't as loud or louder than any of my other springers.

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    I am fortunate to own pcps, and Walther, Weihrauch, Diana, and an AATX200 springer.
     

    40 yards is no challenge on a squirrel with any of my springers and you certainly would not have the investment associated with supporting a pcp.  

    I love all of my springers, all of which will shoot inside of 1.5” at 50 yards on their worse day.  If you will be shooting from a rest, as it’s only fault is weight, you might consider a Diana 56 Target Hunter, which delivers pcp power and accuracy in a springer.

    Good luck!

     

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    I am also interested in the experiences of others with the new magazine.  In particular, any issues and can it be inserted from the right side? 

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    Beautiful!

     

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    i have a Hawke 6-24×56 Sidewinder FFP on my Redwolf HP and a Hawke Sidewinder ED TMX 8-40 on my RAW LRT .25.  Love them.  Both well under $1000

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    Accuracy testing with several types of pellets is the only way you will determine what will shoot best in your rifle.  From my limited experience with these rifles, they shoot too "hot", too high of a velocity.  The heavier pellets will likely do better, 18 grain and heavier…..

     

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