Reviews of the .25 FX Wildcat (Feel Free to Add Yours)

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    travels4fun
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    UN-BOXING:
    Not much to comment on other than the Wildcat actually fits in the box (as opposed to the Bobcat I received last year which was too wide causing the box to bulge).

    Box Contents:

    • FX .25 Wildcat
    • Brass fill probe
    • Owner’s manual
    • 8 round Silver Metal Magazine (1)

    INITIAL IMPRESSIONS:
    My first impression was just how light the rifle actually feels. It’s a featherweight compared to the other rifles I have owned and shot. The fit and finish was flawless. I was surprised  to find that there were no stack-able baffles on my rifle. (UPDATE: Baffles are not necessary since the.25 is already very quiet. They can be purchased separately as an option if you want to add them.)

    OWNERS MANUAL:
    The 23 page color manual is shared with various FX models but has nothing specific to the Wildcat. This is not good since there some features unique to the Wildcat with no reference or guidance to assist new owners. If someone were to ask me how large the air cylinder is on my .25 Wildcat, I wouldn’t know without having to do some searching online as the owners manual doesn’t provide specs. I was curious to see if the air cylinder was removable but the manual says “Not possible for all models, see specifications for your model.” Trouble is there are no specs in the manual.

    CLEANING THE BARREL:
    I always clean the barrel of any new gun I receive prior to shooting it. For the Wildcat, I used a pull through cord with some dry patches. I removed the end cap and removed the magazine. Right away, I realized this was going to be tricky as there is hardly any space to get a cord threaded through the barrel.  As I was threading the cable through the barrel, it got stuck towards the end of the barrel. I had the same problem with my previous Bobcat and realized I would need a straw inserted in the muzzle to allow the tip of the cable to pass through the smooth twist portion of the barrel. Since I didn’t have one, I had to keep twisting and pushing until it finally made it through the muzzle. The next hurdle was trying to get the cable past the inner lip of the shroud. I ended up using tweezers to grasp the tip of the cable and pull it clear. The final challenge was trying to get the last bit of the pull through to clear the narrow chamber in the breach as you can see in the picture below.

    Only 2 dry patches to clean barrel out of the box

    Patches surprisingly clean

    Views inside the muzzle when the end cap is removed

    CHEEK RESTS:
    I turned my attention to the cheek rests. Unlike the Bobcat, the cheek rests on the Wildcat are not adjustable. The cheek rest is comprised of two pieces, both held in place by set screws. Here is how the cheek rest looked prior to being removed:

    Here is how it looks after removing both sections:
      

    MAGAZINE:
    The magazine hold eight .25 cal pellets that are held in place by an o-ring around the inner spindle. Loading pellets is done head first like most magazines. I loaded pellets from H&N, Benjamin, and EunJin with no problems. Actually, which I pleasantly surprised to find that the 35.8 gr EunJin Domed pellet fit perfectly.

    Breech opening where the 8 round magazine slides into. Notice the tip of pellet probe and breach O-ring just inside the barrel.

    Magazine with inner o-ring visible

    READY TO SHOOT:

    .25 Wildcat with 17x US Optics LR-17CB scope and Low Hawke 30mm Mounts

    View of rifle with coking handle open

     

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    greenterror
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    Another nice gun, congrats.

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    Michael
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    You lucky dog!

    I thought I read somewhere that you can only purchase extra baffles for the .22 not the .25?

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    travels4fun
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    “JustHotAir”So do u own bobcat and wildcat? Witch one do u like better?


    Hi JustHotAir,

    I had a .30 Bobcat last year and sold it since I didn’t have a suitable backyard to shoot it safely and ended up having to drive about an hour to an outdoor range which got old really quick. Since I only just got the Wildcat this afternoon, it’s hard to say which I like better just yet. I will say I think the Wildcat is the better looking of the two and that I prefer the Wildcat’s traditional magazine over the Bobcat’s magazine , which is a bit awkward to load. Oh an weight, the Wildcat is ridiculously light.

    I’ll continue my review once I have had a chance to break her in. Unfortunately, we have had rainstorms all day in Phoenix which is killing me cause I can’t go out and shoot.

    Scott

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    Killzone
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    “Unfortunately, we have had rainstorms all day in Phoenix which is killing me cause I can’t go out and shoot.”

    Scott – I’m really feeling your pain – My Bobcat arrived Wednesday without the pellets I ordered with the rifle.
    I’m sitting here looking at a rifle I can’t shoot! :(

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    travels4fun
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    Killzone,

    Now that really would suck. I thought I was the only one with terrible luck. I had something equally dire happend when I bought my very first PCP airgun. I ordered an Evanix GTK290 which is a battery driven semi-automatic and it arrived without the battery charger and the batteries were dead. Ugh.

    Which caliber Bobcat did you get?

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    travels4fun
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    “Michael”You lucky dog!

    I thought I read somewhere that you can only purchase extra baffles for the .22 not the .25?

    
Michael,

    I have no idea. When I saw the Wildcat for the first time at AOA, it was a ,22 and it had baffles.

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    Killzone
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    .25 cal – the dealer sent them out yesterday – it looks like the pellets arrived an hour ago in the UPS center about 20 min from here – they could be delivered here tomorrow although the tracking says they will be delivered by days end Monday. Check my post in the Dealer Feedback for additional Info.

    The weather was nice here today, perhaps you’ll get it in Phoenix tomorrow. – KZ

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    travels4fun
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    I hope you get the pellets tomorrow KZ. I know I have seen .25 pellets at some Walmarts on ocassion and they are also carried in Bass Pro Shops and Cabellas. Have you tried any of them?

    Scott

    PS – the forecast shows it will be clear tomorrow which I hope is the case. I am planning on going to a match tomorrow morning.

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    arod2000
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    “travels4fun”

     

    
Michael,

    I have no idea. When I saw the Wildcat for the first time at AOA, it was a ,22 and it had baffles.


    I read the same thing Michael did, the .22 can fit baffles but not the .25. It’s somewhere on this website. Congrats on the new gun and thanks for sharing your initial thoughts. 

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    Tominco
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    Baffles – Yup, that was this post – http://airgunnation.dev/topic/pre-ordered-fx-wildcat-distribution/page/2/?view=all#post-11901
    The .22 Wildcats can use a stacked shroud like the Bobcats do. You can add baffles to the stock end at $25 per baffle. The .25 Wildcats do not have a shroud available for purchase. Reportedly, they are pretty quiet stock. They use a shroud end cap the same as the Royale’s have. So, it is possible to put a shroud on the end but, they (AoA) do not have anything available right now.” 

    Congrats Scott, Mine is sitting at UPS right now. Just sitting there. No one’s paying it any attention. It will sit there until Monday morning. Thanks for posting your review on it! 

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    manabeknives
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    Congrats on the new rifle!!
    Man…cleaning the barrel on that rifle looks to be a total P.I.T.A!!  Even for a flexible pull-thru!!
    You’ve been getting some nice guns lately…jealous!
    Look forward to hearing more on this rifle
    Mike

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    Robonline
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    To make barrel cleaning much easier check out this CRAZY guy and his great idea:

    Red.

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    travels4fun
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    “Robonline”To make barrel cleaning much easier check out this CRAZY guy and his great idea:

    Red.
     

    That guys a rube I don’t trust anyone who lives in a yurt.

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    travels4fun
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    “Tominco”Baffles – Yup, that was this post – http://airgunnation.dev/topic/pre-ordered-fx-wildcat-distribution/page/2/?view=all#post-11901
    The .22 Wildcats can use a stacked shroud like the Bobcats do. You can add baffles to the stock end at $25 per baffle. The .25 Wildcats do not have a shroud available for purchase. Reportedly, they are pretty quiet stock. They use a shroud end cap the same as the Royale’s have. So, it is possible to put a shroud on the end but, they (AoA) do not have anything available right now.” 

    Congrats Scott, Mine is sitting at UPS right now. Just sitting there. No one’s paying it any attention. It will sit there until Monday morning. Thanks for posting your review on it! 
     

    
Man oh man. Sounds like a covert op is in order to retrieve said package prior to Monday. I feel for you. I shot the Wildcat this morning and it’s surprisingly backyard friendly. How loud exactly you ask?? Let’s just say when the AC compressor kicks on outside (I shoot about 5 feet away from it), it completely drowns out the noise from shooting the Wildcat.

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    travels4fun
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    Added new pictures and some more review sections (see updates in first post).

    Scott

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    PaulWI
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    Great review Scott.
    I just got done looking up your scope. Wow you sir are on a different level to say the least!
    Look forward to seeing more from you.
    Ps I saw the video you made which got me wondering what that scope was. I love the reticle.
    Paul

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    “travels4fun”

    “Robonline”To make barrel cleaning much easier check out this CRAZY guy and his great idea:

    Red.
     

    That guys a rube I don’t trust anyone who lives in a yurt.

    
Rube or not, his idea works and is the asnswer to get the cleaning pull-through past the baffles in a shroud :) I think it’s just that people who live on islands are, well, different. Different in a good way though:)
    Red.

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    Bobmart
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    Enjoying your review. Thanks for posting.

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    travels4fun
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    @paulwi  You have a good eye. USO is the real deal. I have yet to come across anyone with a USO scope on their airgun. The reticle is awesome.  I’ll post a few pictures showing the reticle illuminated.

    @Rononline  I was only teasing. I have known Michael for about a year now and he is a good guy. I know all about island living, was living in Oahu up till the end of 2013. Place is awesome.

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