Reply To: What's a good rifle in the $200 ballpark?
This comes up a lot, and you’ll hear different opinions from everyone. Since your budget is in the $200 range, PCPs are out, since you’ll need a pump or tank and fill whip just to air up. I myself am a big fan of the German spring-piston rifles, well made, accurate and built on a proven design. The RWS/Diana 34 can be bought used or as a refurb from Airgun Depot for around $185-200 and is a solid accurate gun with a good trigger and tons of happy owners as well as being fairly easy to work on. The Gamo CFX underlever is pretty well thought of also, though I haven’t had the chance to try one. I personally am not a fan of the Benjamin Nitro pistons though I’ve only shot one or two examples.
My two cents: go German if you can!
PS-if you end up with a rifle/scope combo the scope is often a piece of junk!