Finally ready to get a PCP, help me choose.

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    I have been looking into getting a PCP for over a year now. I have finally gotten a 6k psi nitrogen bottle with fill setup and a Nikon 3-9×40 EFR. Now I just need to find a rifle.

    Primary purpose will be feral cat elimination and my girlfriend and I enjoy plinking targets in the backyard. My requirements are as follows…

    Build quality, 35+ fpe, quiet, weight, and not made in China.

    I have been set on a .25 Marauder but wondering if there is anything more light weight in the about $500 range. AirForce Talon SS can be had around $500 off their website for a blemished one. Also looked at the Gamo Urban but being only .22 and the mags being so expensive turned me off of it. Was excited about the Benjamin Fortitude but it seems like it won’t be coming out for a while. Looked at some of the Hatsans but country of origin and build quality concerns me.

    I really wish there was somewhere in Georgia I could go put my hands on and inspect my options but my searching for retailers besides online has seemed futile.

    Any suggestions?  Thank you.

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    Well-there are now lighter weight air tubes for the Marauder which shave off a pound of weight, BUT you have to completely disassemble the gun to replace the air tube. I have a couple Gen 1 Marauders and they are a little piggy to carry it’s true. The Gen 2 synthetic is the lightest model Marauder available as of now. I wouldn’t let the weight put me off the Marauder, it’s probably the best value out there and has a ton of aftermarket modifications and tuning info available. Use the banner ad at the top of the page and buy from Crosman for a discount!

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    The .25 Marauder is a great choice, none of the barrel issues of the older 22’s. More mods and accessories than any other gun. They are not the most air efficient, and the gun without any mods will give you 2 mags. A little tuning and there are posts describing 30 plus shots. I had newbee reluctance about buying used, in reality I had better performance and less trouble with used or refurb guns. You might want to post a WTB and see what responses turn up. I carried a pump and a towel, it’s was about 110 or so pumps with the Benji pump to bring it back. There are posts here describing the Chinese pumps, might come in handy when your away from your big tank. Mine shot the JSB’s a little better than the benji domes.

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    air guns of georgia charlie f ..faboulas guy has higher end guns but may be able to help you ,,dont be shy ,this guy is great .ez to talk too,,if you go the marauder route there is a 25 %  off coupon in the banner above ,and have it shipped on shipping free friday a think it will cost about $420 ,,that would get you started .then you could get the bull pup conversion kit for i belisve $200. you need to check this number,,and that would give you a long gun for bench shooting and a light weight woods walker in the bull pup ,best of both worlds and its simple to convert a couple of screws to remove and re install,,,,,,theres also a hatsan bullboss in the classifieds by IMOLD think he wants $400 great guy ..you would be safe buying from him i can garantee you that ,pat ps if i can answer or help in any way send me a pm    pssss i just ave to throw this in AOA has got the BROCOCK  BANTAM LIGHT on sale for $1299 to $899 i know a lot more money oh but what a nice semi bull pup and is a faboulas gun 

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    Georgia Airguns. You’d deal with Charlie Frear who provides exceptional service.

    I’m a bullpup fan. A .22 Cricket, .22 Wildcat or .22 Vulcan would meet your needs. Step up to .25 in any of the said guns and you’d exceed your requirements for power which wouldn’t be a bad thing. These are high end regulated precision PCP’s though and price will reflect that. 

    If wanting to keep it under $1,000 or lower there are many choices to filter through. The Evanix Rainstorm II (traditional rifle) has a lot of happy shooters. 

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    I found Airguns of Georgia doing some google searches previously. They are pretty close but are way outside my budget it seemed so didn’t research any further.

    I did look at a few different bullpup models like the FX Wildcat but again outside of my budget. And some of the more cost friendly bull pups by Kral and Hatsan just have me worried with place of manufacture and overall a quality.

    I am aware of the “AGNATION” coupon on Crosman and with free shipping a .25 Marauder is around $420 as mentioned. Filling up isn’t too big a deal as I will only be shooting at my house with access to the 6k bottle but a higher shot count would always be nicer. Any idea of how many fills I should get off that bottle with a .25 Marauder at full power? 

    I suppose the Marauder is really looking like my best bet… thanks for the input everyone!

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    +1 GA Airguns. Frankly, it’s worth saving up and getting one of his Crickets. The .25 with power tune will do it all day long. It’s pretty pricy, but you get to buy once, vs a few times. 

    Otherwise, the .25 Marauder may do it, I have never owned one, but it should be fine. What distance? Typical backyard will be less than 50 yards. 

    Where in GA are you? You’re welcome to come by and shoot my guns. They are all .22, but should give you the feel. Cricket Carbine, Regal XL (unless it sells) and a Taipan Veteran. 

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    “intenseaty22”+1 GA Airguns. Frankly, it’s worth saving up and getting one of his Crickets. The .25 with power tune will do it all day long. It’s pretty pricy, but you get to buy once, vs a few times. 
    Otherwise, the .25 Marauder may do it, I have never owned one, but it should be fine. What distance? Typical backyard will be less than 50 yards. 
    Where in GA are you? You’re welcome to come by and shoot my guns. They are all .22, but should give you the feel. Cricket Carbine, Regal XL (unless it sells) and a Taipan Veteran. 

    My yard is about 55×40 yards. Max shot distance would be about 35 yards. I really want the power for the feral cat sized pests I need to take care of. I want a quick quiet humane kill. I am located in the North metro Atlanta area. Thanks for the offer!

    The Cricket does look awesome but it’s just not in the budget with taxes and what not at this time. Not to mention I can’t imagine the trouble I’d get in for spending $1000+ on a “BB gun” haha.

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    I hear ya. Either way, I’m in Marietta, if you wanna check them out, make a local friend, shoot me a PM & will arrange it. 

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    Honest? You live in the most populous metro area of Georgia, and, you want to shoot Cat’s. ( no judgement there , feral and all ) and you’ve no problem posting on the Intyernet about it asking for “help” . And it is interesting to see exactly who want to help you the most.

    Any of the airguns suggested to you in the past on this forum WILL kill a cat. 
    Drive it out to the Country and it might be legal?

     Airguns should be for legal fun, just a thought.

    John

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    “Subtraction”I found Airguns of Georgia doing some google searches previously. They are pretty close but are way outside my budget it seemed so didn’t research any further.
    I did look at a few different bullpup models like the FX Wildcat but again outside of my budget. And some of the more cost friendly bull pups by Kral and Hatsan just have me worried with place of manufacture and overall a quality.
    I am aware of the “AGNATION” coupon on Crosman and with free shipping a .25 Marauder is around $420 as mentioned. Filling up isn’t too big a deal as I will only be shooting at my house with access to the 6k bottle but a higher shot count would always be nicer. Any idea of how many fills I should get off that bottle with a .25 Marauder at full power? 
    I suppose the Marauder is really looking like my best bet… thanks for the input everyone!

    
One of my shooting buddies have a Hatsan Bullboss that he’s modified.  He has two separate airtubes, one regulated can get 50-60 regulated shots at 30 FPE and the unregulated tube  can get up to 60 FPE with a simple spring adjustment.  He can do the adjustment in the field so no big deal.  We shoot in Lithonia near Stone Mountain, GA.  

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    .25 Marauder. You will love it.
     …just be nice to the cats.
       Thank You in advance.

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    Have you considered a bow and arrow…

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    I’m in the same boat you are in. I’m wanting my first Pcp rifle myself. Have you looked at the hatsan at44-10 qe?

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    I really wish there was somewhere in Georgia I could go put my hands on and inspect my options but my searching for retailers besides online has seemed futile.Any suggestions?  Thank you.

    
You can always come out and shoot with me and a few other guys in Lithonia.  Normally, there are entry level to high end PCPs and no attitudes so everyone will allow you to shoot their guns.  Right now three or four of us supposed to shoot tomorrow if the weather permits.  There is a slight chance of rain but I’m sure someone will bring a canopy.   

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    I really wish there was somewhere in Georgia I could go put my hands on and inspect my options but my searching for retailers besides online has seemed futile.Any suggestions?  Thank you.

    
You can always come out and shoot with me and a few other guys in Lithonia.  Normally, there are entry level to high end PCPs and no attitudes so everyone will allow you to shoot their guns.  Right now three or four of us supposed to shoot tomorrow if the weather permits.  There is a slight chance of rain but I’m sure someone will bring a canopy.   

    
Thanks for the offer. That’s just too far away from me to be making that drive especially with kids on weekends.

    Thanks again everyone for the help. 

    Any my input on the AirForce Talon SS? As I mentioned in my original post I see them for right at $500 for a blemish model. How would that compare to a Marauder? Seems to have a bigger reservoir, produce more power, and lighter. Ergonomics seem as if they may be funky but dont think it would bother me too much.

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    I really wish there was somewhere in Georgia I could go put my hands on and inspect my options but my searching for retailers besides online has seemed futile.Any suggestions?  Thank you.

    
You can always come out and shoot with me and a few other guys in Lithonia.  Normally, there are entry level to high end PCPs and no attitudes so everyone will allow you to shoot their guns.  Right now three or four of us supposed to shoot tomorrow if the weather permits.  There is a slight chance of rain but I’m sure someone will bring a canopy.   

    
Thanks for the offer. That’s just too far away from me to be making that drive especially with kids on weekends.
    Thanks again everyone for the help. 
    Any my input on the AirForce Talon SS? As I mentioned in my original post I see them for right at $500 for a blemish model. How would that compare to a Marauder? Seems to have a bigger reservoir, produce more power, and lighter. Ergonomics seem as if they may be funky but dont think it would bother me too much.

    
Ok no problem.  I haven’t shot an Escape before.  I normally get PCPs that are repeaters though.  There’s many options in your price range but me personally I think a Hatsan Nova is a lot of bang for your bucks.  It’s no light weight, but it gets a very high shot count and has plenty of power and very accurate. Lithonia is near Stone Mountain just outside of 285 in case you thought it’s far away.  

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    I really wish there was somewhere in Georgia I could go put my hands on and inspect my options but my searching for retailers besides online has seemed futile.Any suggestions?  Thank you.

    
You can always come out and shoot with me and a few other guys in Lithonia.  Normally, there are entry level to high end PCPs and no attitudes so everyone will allow you to shoot their guns.  Right now three or four of us supposed to shoot tomorrow if the weather permits.  There is a slight chance of rain but I’m sure someone will bring a canopy.   

    
Thanks for the offer. That’s just too far away from me to be making that drive especially with kids on weekends.
    Thanks again everyone for the help. 
    Any my input on the AirForce Talon SS? As I mentioned in my original post I see them for right at $500 for a blemish model. How would that compare to a Marauder? Seems to have a bigger reservoir, produce more power, and lighter. Ergonomics seem as if they may be funky but dont think it would bother me too much.

    
Ok no problem.  I haven’t shot an Escape before.  I normally get PCPs that are repeaters though.  There’s many options in your price range but me personally I think a Hatsan Nova is a lot of bang for your bucks.  It’s no light weight, but it gets a very high shot count and has plenty of power and very accurate. Lithonia is near Stone Mountain just outside of 285 in case you thought it’s far away.  

    
I hadn’t seen the Hatsan Nova before. Shot count looks fantastic. Also appears to make decent power. But as you said the weight is up there.

    I love north of Canton. So it’s a good long drive to get over to the Stone Mountain area. I try to stay up my ways about as far south I usually go is Woodstock but even getting down that way traffic is getting bad on 575 with all that construction and the new hospital.

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