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Maverick compact vs wildcst mk3 22

Forums PCP Airguns PCP Airgun – Discussion Maverick compact vs wildcst mk3 22

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    jaydoski
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    Hey guys, so I've got a maverick compact 22 on order but was actually considering just getting a wildcat compact instead.

    Besides the fact that the maverick gets more shots, dual regs (which I think isn't that big of a deal, I think the one reg setups are getting pretty good consistency anyways) and the bottom pic rail for bipods, would you spend 300 more bucks for essentislly double the shots? I mean more shots is of course cool, but I just want a short setup in 22. Would you cough up the extra dough for the difference in the maverick? Curious to what the hive is thinking because I was set in the maverick but now I'm not so sure. 

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    Rj
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    Primary use? 

    Woods walking wildcat. Bench work maverick.  Thats just me though.

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    TMH
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    Actually I don't think you get double the shots with the small bottle of the Maverick when tuned for the same pellet weight and the same muzzle velocity.  UA's spec pages show 60-65 shots with a .22 WC3, or 80-90 shots with a .22 Mav Comp.  The FX site shows 110 shots for the Mav Comp with a 30-40 fps muzzle velocity reduction.  Wonder what the WC3's shot count would go up to if you also tuned it down to 860 fps?

    WC3 is slightly shorter and lighter.

    I had ordered a (back ordered) Maverick on 'opening day' (Black Friday).  A bit later I cancelled it for something different.  I don't know why but something just didn't seem right about the Maverick at this early stage in its production.

    In the end, if I had the choice you are trying to make, I think I would go for the….

     

    Uragan Compact (big help, I know)😁

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    ronmcc4
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    Rj

    Primary use? 

    Woods walking wildcat. Bench work maverick.  Thats just me though.

    This right here. ☝️   I've had a Wildcat 3 and they are light, fast handling, and a pleasure to shoot. Bear in mind I have zero experience with the Maverick or Impact though.

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    jaydoski
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    Thx for the replies guys. I plan to hunt and bench shoot with it but primarily meant to be for hunting as I'd probably use a longer heavier setup for bench shooting. Hmm guess that means wildcst mk3.

    I didn't know much about the uragan compact actually but looking dt the specs I'm interested! Same price as the maverick but in a much shorter package. I can't imagine it gets too many shots but at 24 inches it looks pretty cool for offhand shooting. Wish it was a little lighter though but still pretty light. I'm gonna see what more info I could find but I do think the wildcat compact sounds like a better choice over the maverick considering what you guys said. Double regs doesn't seem too important to me and even if th shot count was twice as much, not sure the cost is worth the extra shots over a wc. Gonna use some Google fu on the uragan though, it's compsct size is intriguing. 

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    qball
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    Maverick: slightly heavier, a lot more shots, more aftermarket parts, slightly more consistent, more power

     

    Wildcat: lighter. 

     

    Edit: depends on the hunting you do, if you plan on hunt with pellets only then the wildcat compact wins especially being cheaper. Maverick compact has more power and more air if you want to shoot slugs. Unless in urban environment which is pesting I only use .22 slugs because I hunt in open plains a lot and it gets windy and shots can be really long. If you want to use slugs then Maverick wins hands down. 

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    2L8
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    jaydoski,

    I have both the MK3 and Maverick in .22 and .30 …unfortunately they are both in the 700mm Sniper version. Reading about your ideas, even with my long barrels, I feel that the MK3 "feels" shorter, well balanced and more compact than the Maverick. It is a fantastic gun in all respects. Between the 2? the MK3 is the woods walker hunter. That said, my Maverick is the bench gun for many reasons, not the least of which is the chassis design. A great tune and a couple of extra magazines, you are good to go with the MK3.

    Have fun, shoot straight.

    Patrick

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    enkey
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    Hi

    I know it does not answer your question but there is also the Argus 45w

    Regards 

    Enkey 

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    ladwict
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    And the Edgun Lelya if you want to go telly short ( and good) .    

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    Cranky1
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    So far I’ve got an R5m long, Uragan compact and maverick compact sitting here. I feel the Uragan and r5m are more robust and reliable. I like the maverick trigger the best and it is the easiest to adjust(reg and hammer spring). I think I would have been just as happy with a Uragan 30 as I am the maverick compact 30cal. I really like the left hand bolt on the Uragan. Accuracy wise it’s a toss up but the Uragan compact makes 28ftlb the edgun makes 57 and the maverick is around 78-80.  

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    Nutcracker
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    Of all that pcp rifles I have had & probably 15 or more.  My Wildcat Compacts  are  the ones I always go back to.  I honestly think other than the short LOP ( which is an easy fix )  that  the Wildcat Compact is the closest to  perfect woods walking gun.    I always go with simple when i can. 

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    jaydoski
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    Love the responses!

    I like what qball said about slugs. I think the maverick would be better if u wanted versatility with slugs and pellets with the larger plenum. I do want to shoot slugs too but ultimately I think I'll get a 25 or another 30 for slugs and/or long range. I think the wildcat can probably be tuned up for light slugs but probably would only get so far while the maverick would have a little more oomph. 

    @2l8 I think the maverick could do both, but you're right I think the wildcat would have the slight edge for carrying purposes. Really thinking about just going to a wildcat. I had a mk2 in 25 full size but it felt redundant with the air rifles I had at the time. I have a gap now in a compact hunting 22 which I think the wildcat fills slightly better Han the maverick. I do appreciate the maverick is a newer wildcat with some extra bells and whistles but don't see it as worth the extra price when the wildcat for all intents and purposes would do the same or slightly better (carrying). 

    @enkey yeah I just found out about the argus. Looks interesting and I've liked my Vulcan I owned years ago. They feel pretty solid but a little heavy. Not so much that it's a deal breaker but I think lighter the better. 

    I've owned a lelya and didnt like it so much. I liked the size but it was a little heavy for the size, pretty loud and I thought I could do better accuracy wise. Uragan and the argus looks interesting too though although I don't know too much about them but so far I think the wildcat seems like the right answer. Ultimately accuracy trumps all for me but size is important too. Curious to see what the argus and uragan can do though at 50-80 yards. I think for long range I'd rather use a bigger 25 or 30, which is another debate in itself (the 25 vs 30 for long range). 

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    tor47
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    I can not speak of the maverick as I do not own one. But I own both a impact, and a wildcat mk2. To me the wildcat has a very ergonomic stock. There is just a different feel of laying a narow, rounded off stock on your forehand, compared to having a square metal piece, or a bottle in your hand. And it is very nice to carry, as it got an extra handle behind the pistol grip.

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    GunshipGuy
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    I've been pondering the same question. I hope I'm not hijacking the thread, but here are a couple of things I'd appreciate your input on:

    – I'm mechanically challenged, so I need a rife that shoots reasonably well "out of the box" and requires minimum maintenance, tuning and tweaking. Am I right in assuming that the Wildcat is a better choice in this regard?

    – I know there are too many variables for a definite answer to this, but what would consider to be the practical squirrel hunting range for each of these rifles for a guy who is an "average" shot?

    Thanks.

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    Fatmike
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    Why not a dreamline pup?

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    Quad82
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    Of your choices, I only have the .25 WC MK3 to give advice on. And I haven’t had it all that long. I take most Saturdays off just to hunt. It’s an all day thing. Yesterday’s was no exception. From before daylight till dark I hunted. Coyote at daybreak, squirrel till around 4:00 and rabbit till dark. Carrying the WC is a pleasure. With both rotator cuffs repaired twice, it’s hard to hold a full size rifle let along to carry it all day. I do have a sling on it, so I don’t actually carry it all of the time. I have a dozen other PCPs but other than the lite and short Flashpups, it’s my favorite to Cary all day long. But the accuracy and power make it an all-round shooter. I have had great accuracy shooting slugs too. I am sure the other rifles have different options that make them better or worse for different situations. But as for my use, it is as good as I could ask for..IMHO

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    GunshipGuy
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    Fatmike

    Why not a dreamline pup?

    Dream Pup! Thanks. Genuinely good thought. I have a Dreamline Lite. This is my go-to rifle. I think the Pup and the Lite are the same or similar in muzzle energy. I'd like to step the power up a notch.

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    GunshipGuy
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    Quad82

    Of your choices, I only have the .25 WC MK3 to give advice on. And I haven’t had it all that long. I take most Saturdays off just to hunt. It’s an all day thing. Yesterday’s was no exception. From before daylight till dark I hunted. Coyote at daybreak, squirrel till around 4:00 and rabbit till dark. Carrying the WC is a pleasure. With both rotator cuffs repaired twice, it’s hard to hold a full size rifle let along to carry it all day. I do have a sling on it, so I don’t actually carry it all of the time. I have a dozen other PCPs but other than the lite and short Flashpups, it’s my favorite to Cary all day long. But the accuracy and power make it an all-round shooter. I have had great accuracy shooting slugs too. I am sure the other rifles have different options that make them better or worse for different situations. But as for my use, it is as good as I could ask for..IMHO

    I appreciate that input. Did you have to modify your Wildcat in order to accurately shoot slugs? Are you able to switch back and forth between pellets and slugs and maintain accuracy?

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    MikeAndrews
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    Not owning a maverick I can’t speak to its virtues. I do own a wildcat mkIII and it is a spectacular air rifle. Light ,balanced and accurate.

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    GunshipGuy
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    Feeling those Wildcat claws getting a hold on me. Thanks, Guys!

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