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    khrome13
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    I have been reading reviews, forums and watching videos for weeks, trying to decide whether to buy a PCP.  I really like the aesthetics of the AirForce Condor SS, I also like the bullpup style as well.  The Kral and Hatsan seem nice for the price.  Having never shot a PCP, observations or input is welcome.  I am not tied to a caliber other than I have no desire for big bore.  I will be 95% target shooting, but would like to be able to shoot out to 100 yards. The Gauntlet looks like a decent rifle for the price, just not sure that it would continue to hold my interest, although it would allow for more accessories initially.

    I prefer whatever I buy be able to shoot at the top of the fps range and slow it down with higher weight pellets.

     

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    avolluz
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    I recommend an Airforce Escape in .25. You have power to spare so you can shoot pretty heavy slugs at decent velocities. You can buy an adapter from DonnyFL to add one of his moderators. I have one paired with a DonnyFL Ronin. It hits hard and is very quiet.

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    mantech30
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    Budget? Air supply?

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    Elbowgrease
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    As mantech30 asked about budget and air supply. This could make a big difference because if you are going to pump you might not want to get a bottled airgun. 

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    mantech30
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    1. Under 40 yards PROD Pump friendly.

    2. Gauntlet 22 50 yd, over 75 yards 25 cal not pump friendly 

    3. 25 cal MROD 100 Yard not pump friendly 

    4. .22 cal FT MROD LW BARREL not pump friendly 

    5. Brocock Bantam regulated 25 cal 

    6. Dream Line 25 cal 100yrd capable 

    *  These are in budget related order

    1. Hand pump 

    2. Chinese compressor (  If you like to tinker and work on it)

    3. CF BOTTLE 

    4. COMPRESSOR AND BOTTLE 

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    Birdo
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    Gamo Urban is a nice way to start for field and targets, it’s inexpensive at $300.  Easy to hand pump if that’s an issue.  The bigger powerful models are more pumping and less shooting.  A used Air Arms 410 or 510 can be great too

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    Jheikkila
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    If just paper punching you might want to stick with the Lower calibers. Cheeper ammo and more shots per fill. Can have great groups at 100 with a .22

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    khrome13
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    Thanks for the replies thus far.  I really appreciate the suggestions.  I am not dead set on anything yet.  But have been thinking .177 or .22, since you get more shots per fill, cheaper ammo and more guns to choose from with higher fps.  As I said I am still looking though.  As far as budget goes, max gun price for my first would be in the $700 range but I haven't found one yet that I think is worth that price.  I would prefer to have a magazine fed setup also.

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    Hookster
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    If you see PCP rifles in your life as a going forward hobby, I would suggest save and get a high end PCP. An Impact, wildcat, Edgun or Daystate would be my recommendation.  Many of us have bought the 700 dollar stuff and all they become is dust collectors. I wish I jumped in both feet and just did it once at the high end. I have several lower priced PCPs that just sit. Just the 2cents from a guy who started at the 700 dollar level. Now I have 8 PCPs and use 2 of them most of the time. 

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    DesertSilver
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    I just into the PCP shallow end of the pool with a Seneca Aspen in .22. It's all in one with a built in pump. I do wish that I had gone for the Liberty in wood and a chinese pump for about the same price. Pumping has gotten a lot easier now and I know my upper body is getting a little bit of a work out. lol Hey Hookster, if you only use 2 now why don't you offer to sell the OP one of yours that sit and collect dust?   

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    khrome13
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    I am still trying to wrap my head around the difference in the "expensive" (over $1k) versions and the lower end(under $1k) other than 1/2" group vs 1" group at a given distance.

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    khrome13

    I am still trying to wrap my head around the difference in the "expensive" (over $1k) versions and the lower end(under $1k) other than 1/2" group vs 1" group at a given distance.

    For me it was features and options like easier to load mags, size and quality of build. Biggest advantage was usually the triggers. Yes I shot many critters at 100 yards with an MROD but it's not as repeatable as the FX and Daystate guns I own. It's more personal preference in the end. The price of "Fun Factor". 

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    khrome13

    I am still trying to wrap my head around the difference in the "expensive" (over $1k) versions and the lower end(under $1k) other than 1/2" group vs 1" group at a given distance.

    For me it was features and options like easier to load mags, size and quality of build. Biggest advantage was usually the triggers. Yes I shot many critters at 100 yards with an MROD but it's not as repeatable as the FX and Daystate guns I own. It's more personal preference in the end. The price of "Fun Factor". 

    That is more helpful, than to just say you need to spend more money.  I know with regular firearms, there are imho some that are not worth the money they ask, while others maybe are more worth their asking price.  It's hard to weed through these, as I don't know anyone that owns a pcp, hell I don't know anyone that owns a break barrel either…  With regular pistols and rifles, AR's and shotguns,  I usually know someone or know someone that knows someone that has one to talk to and or get one to shoot.  I don't know of any local stores that carry any of the higher end guns to even look at.  Everything is based on videos and reviews that are very subjective.  I am not a snob to lower end weapons of any kind.  I have a carry license and I may carry a $1200 pistol and the next day may be a $300 pistol.  Just going to have to keep reading and watching vids and hoping for continued input from everyone here.

     

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    mantech30
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    What is your air supply?

    MROD USED ON AGN @$400

     It doesn't need mods out of the Box but you can still add From $50 to $500.

     

     

     

    Gauntlet 

     The gauntlet in 22 or 25 caliber with all of the hajimoto improvements is approximately $600 plus READY TO SHOOT! If you like to tinker. $345  DIY

     There are plenty reviews that show that for$299 and quality pellets you can get started. Great entry level gun.

     

    FYI:

    .22 CAL 18 gn JSB get pushed around in the wind @100 yrds 500/tin $15

    .22 CAL 25 gn JSB BETTER IN WIND 150/TIN $15

    .25 CAL 25 gn JSB 350/tin $15

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     I did a lot of research before I purchased Mine and these were a few options for me.

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