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Best rifle for 25 yard offhand target shooting?

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    Kingpin
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    Tried a search sorry if this has been covered a hundred times.

    With winter on its way looking to keep shooting, have access to a 25 yard indoor range.  

    For simplicity, economics and to keep noise to a minimum looking at getting an air rifle.

    Will be used for offhand target shooting 95% of the time, would like something that could be used for an occasional rabbit that attacks the garden but not looking for "magnum" power etc.  

    Prefer a springer/gas piston for simplicity.

    Will be using an optic due to older eyes, probably a 4x fixed.

    No preference to caliber but .177 seems more common/readily available.

    Looking at rifles like the Beeman R9, Diana 34 etc- have no preference whatsoever.

    Suggestions?

    Tips?

    Gas piston suggestions?

    Just hoping to get pointed in the right direction.

    Thanks!

     

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    PumaCarl
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    If you can find one, a FWB-124. Really nice, easy to cock, great balance.

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    jccams
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    Looking at rifles like the Beeman R9, Diana 34 etc- 

     

    Both are fine rifles but seem a little over powered  for what you described.  Take a look at the weihrauch Hw50, slight step down power wise but a nice offhand shooter.  More than capable of taking squirrels and bunnies out to 30yds.

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    egd
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    Yes, HW 50. Great shooting gun.

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    douger
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    HW30-50 SAME GUN BASICLY VERY SMOOTH 

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    Long_Gun_Dallas
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    hw30 for 177, hw50 for 22 if you go that route

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    AirShot
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    Which ever gun you choose, try customizing it to fit you.  Back when I was competing things like a forend rest pad an adjustable butt pad and adding small amounts of weight to valance the rifle nade hugh differences in my ability to shoot consistantly and acurately.  Having your rifle fit you correctly is far more important than which rifle you choose. 

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    davecole
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    Do not let a heavier gun deter you. A heavier gun is easier to hold steady and is not as likely to wiggle and wobble when held in stance. 

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    Kingpin
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    Great tips thanks for the good information!

    Will check out the rifles suggested.

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    DonC
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    I recommend 2 options

    1.)  FWB Sport break barrel spring  Best factory iron sights ever.

    2.) Diana 340 gas ram. WOW! Accurate.

    I have really good eyesight and love shooting them offhand and at 50 feet in the basement in the winter. Both are my most accurate break barrels. I also like the recommended HW rifles. HW95 is prolly best with a scope.

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    EMrider
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    For offhand shooting at short distances, an hw30 in .177 would be my choice by a wide margin.  These guns are easy to handle, relatively light, very accurate and easily capable of small game hunting at 25-30 yards.  For extended offhand shooting, weight = fatigue.

     

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    maxtrouble
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    EMrider

    For offhand shooting at short distances, an hw30 in .177 would be my choice by a wide margin.  These guns are easy to handle, relatively light, very accurate and easily capable of small game hunting at 25-30 yards.  For extended offhand shooting, weight = fatigue.

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    I recently purchased an HW30 for this exact reason.  EMrider is correct, they are marvelous rifles where less is more.  Cocking effort on the HW30 is negligible and accuracy is amazing.  With a small scope it weighs less than six pounds making it easy to shoot.  

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    Kingpin
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    Where would be a good place to purchase from- I haven't seen any of these rifles in stock anywhere. 

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    boscoebrea
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      A Beeman R7 is a good match…

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    jccams
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    Kingpin

    Where would be a good place to purchase from- I haven't seen any of these rifles in stock anywhere. 

    Krale has the HW30s .177 in stock, not the 50s.  Very fast shipping I've bought from them a couple times, won't find a better price on a Weihrauch.  They get the guns in all the time so keep checking if they don't have what you want.

    https://www.krale.shop/us/weihrauch-hw30-s/

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    Kingpin
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    Great find thanks!

    One thing that seems to come up in reviews of the HW30 is that it is a smaller sized rifle.

    Can anyone who is currently shooting an HW30 comment on this?

    I'm 6'2 kind of lanky.  Rifle fit was mentioned earlier, don't want to inadvertently start with one that is too small out of the gate. 

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    jccams
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    I have two of them and they fit me fine, although I’m only 5’-8”.  It is a full sized rifle.  There are a lot of people as tall as you that shoot this rifle.  I’m sure someone will chime in that can tell you how it fits someone taller.  

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    Trunion
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    Yeah, the hw30s. At 20 yards you will quickly learn to shoot penny sized groups. Put a scope on it you'll be a tack driver. 

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    jkingrph
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    If you can find one, a FWB-124. Really nice, easy to cock, great balance.

    +1 on that!  I love mine, had it for about 45 years now and will not part with it.  I cannot remember what kind, but replaced the factory front sight with a globe sight that allows inserts to be changed, removed the factory rear and have a Williams receiver sight installed.    If I really want accuracy I go for my FWB 300 , not as handy as the 124 but heavier, better sights, trigger and made more for position shooting than quick handling.

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    Deerstalker
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    FWIW My scoped HW95L .22 weighs 9.3 lbs.

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