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“LIVIT”I see the attraction to PCP, but to get a truly accurate version with all the necessaries, are you not looking at $1500+ . I personally could not go the hand pump route and don’t want to haul around a scuba tank so a compressor would be more practical for me. Am I missing something ?

 


No, it doesn’t cost $1500+. I got my .177 Marauder used for $350 and went all-out on a high-end Hill pump. That rig, with lubed Crosman Premier Heavies would shoot under 3/4″ at 50 yards, was easy to pump.

As to the second quoted sentence above, yes, a hand pump would be more practical, especially as you don’t sound like the kind of person who’s afraid to put a little work into it. The reason people hate pumping is because it’s so fast and easy to shoot enough rounds through a PCP that you could easily spend 10 minutes pumping for every 5 minutes of shooting. Not to mention you’ll go through pellets faster. In reality, apples to apples, it probably takes the same amount of time to shoot and pump for 50 rounds in PCP vs. shoot-cock-load-shoot-cock-load in a springer. It’s just that you get to “pump” a little at a time with a springer, instead of all at once.

That is some pretty fine shooting, with an inexpensive magnum springer. My best groups with mine (Benjamin Summit NP2) have been around 1.5″ @ 30 yards. 2″ is more typical. But that was with a 4X scope, which is really inadequate past about 20 yards, in my opinion. Yes, $250 is a budget magnum springer. The European ones start well north of $500, but are easier to shoot accurately due to weighing more and having more consistent manufacturing and quality control. My old .177 Diana 56TH was PCP-accurate out to 50 yards or so, but that was about an $800 gun, and a real beast to carry and support.

Bottom line is that you can get an accurate PCP for under $400, but it just has very different strengths than a springer:
+ Easy accuracy; not hold-sensitive
+ 1 fill = many shots with no fiddling
^ Those two things make them GREAT for hunting.