Daystate CRX FT – Opinions

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    Uglyjohn
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    Not many of these out there, but I’d appreciate some feedback from any owners/users. I know these guns are now approx. 20 yrs old and have been replaced by many subsequent “advancements”. The Brits seem to love them. I’m a bit concerned about parts and service but the particular gun I’m interested in is exceptionally nice. Thanks in advance.            Uj 

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    Arzrover
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    Shouldn’t be much to ever repair except seals. Exceptionally stout . I have had 2 but still have a ST. Have re-sealed a couple for friends with over 100k rounds through them. There may have been a few with less than stellar barrels but most would still be competitive with the Steyrs and Thomases of today’s FT. My single complaint was off hand balance is not the best. Some use a jacket and glove to help the off hand. Trigger is true 2 stage but will only go down to about 6 oz region. 
    Joe Korick did offer a replacement reg but the factory one yields single digit ES in my experience. 
    VERY solid rifles.
    Bob

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    spysir
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    A quality classic, buy.
    Bob’s correct, not much to go wrong, very dependable, there are no parts that you could not come up with somewhere.
    20 years if it’s not been rebuilt it will need orings one day, if you shoot comp. it will happen there but just orings and it will run 1020 more.
    I like their trigger , balance is set for a large person but at 5′-8″ even standing I liked it.  From the Knee, outstanding!
      I see a lot of classics for sale & wish I could grab, the CRX is one of them.

    John

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    DonC
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    I own 2 of these both tuned my Allan Z. Both have 3 ounce triggers with trigger stops. They perform just as well as my Anshutz 2002 and Steyr 110. Only the Cr94 and CRX had steel receivers. For a while Daystate had some versions with aluminum alloy receivers, they were not as good.
    Adjusting stroke length for FPS is so easy,but does require removing the stock from the action.
    I do not agree that the trigger can only be adjusted to 6 ounces.
     

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    Brazos
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    I have a left hand CRX-st I bought new around 2004.  It shoots great and I haven’t done anything to it.  Very well built, accurate rifles.  I don’t see myself ever selling it.  I see new rifles I would like to buy (no reason other than they are new and have all the internet buzz) and think I could sell the CRX but it doesn’t make sense to sell the CRX at a loss to buy something that won’t shoot any better.  If considering buying I would compare it to a RAW.  If you can get a new RAW for the same price buy a new RAW.  If you can get a CRX at a good savings compared to a RAW then get the CRX.  They are a great rifle that was designed for field target.  How many rifles today were actually designed for the sole purpose of field target?  Most FT rifles today are more modular in a sense with a few tweeks and called a FT model.

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    Uglyjohn
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    Brazos I very recently purchased a LH CRX-st. From what I’ve read, we may have the only(?) 2 in the US. The Brits call the CRX the “holy grail” in quality FT guns. I completely agree with your assessment.  Wonderful gun!  I enjoy shooting it more than anything else in my small collection (which includes a RAW).      Uj

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    Brazos
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    There can’t be many left handed CR-Xst rifles.  They only made 180 CRX rifles and out of those only 18 were CR-Xst rifles from what I have read.  I read about one over in England and thought maybe that one and mine were the only 2 in left hand.  I guess there are at least 3.  I would be interested to know how many LH st rifles were made.

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    rj222
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    I love the (3) CRX I have.

    Big Red with red/black laminated stock and newest is a Gary Cane stocked CRX and I picked up a factory laminated CRX with some file work set about two years ago.

    And I also have a 97SE #19 with custom Walnut stock (this one comes up generally when you Google 97SE Has a silver Hakko mounted ,in the gun rests )

    I have a (friend???) who has 2 or 3 of the ST's, 2 or 3 97SE's and CR97's  But preferrs the CR97 as a shooter.  He really wants Big Red.

    Not really not many early Daystates in FT in the USA these days….. looking for a clean ST ???

    Ron's Home for retired Air Rifles

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    SPAW
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    I have a perfect CR97se for sale 14/25.. Gorgeous rifles

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    Brazos
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    Being left handed your rifle for sale does me no good but for guys new to the sport, say with a marauder type rifle, I would be all over older FT rifles like this 97.  A lot of these old Daystates,etc were and still are awesome rifles that can be picked up cheaper than a new equivelant rifle.  Your 97 is beautiful.  I don't own a 97 but have a CR-Xst in left hand but I can honestly say I have never opened this rifle up.  I bought is new from AoA in 2003-4? and have just shot it.  I have never had a leak or anything.  It's just a machine.  I don't shoot it much in FT as I am a spring gun guy at heart,  I bought it for air rifle silhoette so I had no need to set the scope up to FT level.  I just pull it out a couple times a year for matches when I feel lazy.  Problem is I get bored with it.  When I sit down to shoot with it and I hit everything.  Unfourtunately I don't spend some time with it and the scope on it getting it set up for matches as I would no doubt do well.  The only plus I see in the newer equivelant rifles is they seem to get more shots per fill.  My CRX get 60+ shots on reg which means I can shoot a full math without refilling which is my main requirement.

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    Uglyjohn
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    Brazos I think I can guess your response, but IF someday you for whatever reason feel the need to divest yourself of that heavy, obsolete old LH CRX-ST let me know. I've got a spot for it in the safe next to his brother.                  Uj

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    rj222
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    Howdy,

    If the CRX-ST gets to be Too much , I might have a California Home for it.

    Just sayin

     

    Rons home for lonely CRX or CR97SE Daystates

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    Uglyjohn
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    Aw Ron you've already cornered the market on old Brits. Pickins are pretty slim stateside  these days.  I'd love to have Kens DS but as Brazos said,   It's of no use to a lefty. Good luck in your search. PM me if you come up with something that you want to cull out of your collection.          Uj

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    Mark.in.AZ
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    I have one of the 5 hand built CR-X ST's and can assure you that it is a shooter.  Bobby has one of them, and at one time we knew where the other 3 were as well.  The only thing that I have had done on mine was had the o-rings replaced.  I don't shoot mine that much right now as I have been focusing on shooting piston, but will probably revert back to PCP and this gun in particular next season.

    they are built like tanks and have good barrels.  Some have said that the CR97's are better, but I have nothing to compare that to.  I just know that mine shoots and have shot two clean FT matches with it in the past.

    If you find one, snag it…..quickly.  They can only go up in value.  They are a classic.

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    Brazos
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    Do any of you CRX guys have a parts diagram or owners' manual?  I do not recall ever getting one when I bought mine new in '03 or '04.  I did get instructions on how to adjust the trigger.   I have never had a problem with it and have never messed with it.  I would like to fool around with the hammers spring adjustment.  Currently it shoots 16.5 to 17 fpe.  I have considered using it for WFTF so would like to experiment shooting it at 12fpe.  If you have a parts diagram or any other info besides trigger adjustment let me know and I will PM you with ,y email address.

    thanks,

     Brazos

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    Uglyjohn
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    My CRX is shooting at 17fpe as well. I bet if you contacted Joe Korick ([email protected]) he could tell you what needs to be done.     Uj

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    rj222
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    We shot WFTF @ Morro Bay this last week end.(one shot at each target) I have a heck of a time shooting there. I started Piston (Whiscombe Tip-up) and didnt hit much .

    So I switched to the the new CRX  and had a hard time , I did run about 14 targets, then ran low on air? and was a scope urn out . If I can't Win or even place. I look good losing?

    I did see somebody caught me with CR97SE #14, checking it out on another forum…no pictures when shooting for real.

    I still like playing with BB guns since 1956. and sling shots and blow guns and bows

    Looking for CRX-ST or NJR??

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    Uglyjohn
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    Ron you should get a Thomas and start turning some of those old DSs loose to help out us less fortunates😁.  Belay my last – you probably already  have one.                  Uj

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    rj222
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    The Thomas isn't on the Bucket list …..too new and too short.

    Another AA100?

    GC2

    CRX-ST

    Ripley

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    rj222
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    rj222

    The Thomas isn't on the Bucket list …..too new and too short.

    Another AA100?

    GC2

    CRX-ST

    Ripley

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    OK, Shorter list 

    Clean NJR

    CRX-ST

    Ripley

    got the GC2  really cool, shoots good for 1980"s

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