Need a recommendation on a new rifle

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    Sladkix
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    Hi all, I'm completely new to the air rifle world. So I need some advice and recommendation on what would be a good rifle for me to get. My budget is $250 or so. I read up/watched some videos on different technologies available presently. So far Nitro piston or Nitro piston 2 rifles is probably what I'm looking for. Mainly would be doing some backyard pest control and some target practice. Any suggestions? In .22 caliber

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    Diana 34 or RWS 34 (same gun). Look for a used one on the classifieds or eBay. Best bang for your dollar. 

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    lieutenantcolumbo
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    HW95 or HW77k at Airguns of Arizona 

     

    Thank me later.

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    Yo
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    He wouldn't be able to find a used one (Weirauch 95 or 77) for his $250 budget unless it's a beater.

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    Yo
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    skydivingmiami had a tuned Xiscio Springer within your budget PM him he is selling it because it's too loud for him.

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    lieutenantcolumbo
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    Oops I thought I read $350. Hmm. Diana 34 is my vote too. It has been a while since I had one, but it is pretty good for the price. If you are going to do Crosman skip the NP2s, they are lame, and just get something functional like a Titan GP for $100 bucks – it won’t match a Diana 34 but it is half the cost. 

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    Yo
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    Anything GERMAN is better than CHINA even the Walther Parrus and Terrus are better for $99-$149 when they were on sale at AoA probably discontinued.

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    Sladkix
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    Any Love for Gamo Swarm Maxxim?

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    Diana 34 or RWS 34 (same gun). Look for a used one on the classifieds or eBay. Best bang for your dollar. 

    For that budget I would agree. The RWS 34 is a good bang for the buck. Both of mine are accurate and powerful. 

    .177 cal.   16 ft/lb energy 

    .22 cal.     17.6 ft/lb energy 

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    Good price at Airgun Depot. $279. The .177 is on back order. The .22cal IN STOCK !  Normally $299

    https://www.airgundepot.com/rws-34-air-rifle.html

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    Any Love for Gamo Swarm Maxxim?

    You have to be a very disciplined seasoned veteran shooter to shoot that one consistently good on a daily basis. Once in a while maybe. That gun has the accuracy potential if you force yourself to shoot it good with a lot of practice just like the nitro piston which are far worse.

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    https://www.airgunsofarizona.com/pump-up-rifles/benjamin-392s-synthetic-air-rifle-.22/

     

    This is the gun I would buy sub $200 as an alternative to the Diana 34. I’ve had one before…super fun. Benjamin 392s – very hard hitting on full pump, has a long history with its grandfathers, and can be shot on lower power as well in your back yard. It is accurate also. I personally like the look too. 
     

    Crosman has great customer service as well!

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    Older owner of a '50's blue streak who just bought a new 392 as mentioned above. For the price and versatility I think the 392 has merit. For me and backyard shooting it was a good choice as I can vary the velocity for safely. It may however, get old pumping between every shot as my shoulders are much older now. Will find out.

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    Do yourself a favor and save for a nicer rifle. You’ll be glad you did.

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    Oldchuck

    Older owner of a '50's blue streak who just bought a new 392 as mentioned above. For the price and versatility I think the 392 has merit. For me and backyard shooting it was a good choice as I can vary the velocity for safely. It may however, get old pumping between every shot as my shoulders are much older now. Will find out.

    I know.  I started with a Crosman130 in the mid-60's.  $15, I think, new in box.  Bought a Sheridan Blue Streak at K-Mart about '68.  But that was about the time I discovered girls and cars, so…  Sold it to a friend for the $35 it cost me new.  Picked up a 392 (wood stock) in 2018.  Yes, substantially harder to pump than I remember but still fun.  I wish it still had the clip on hand guard between the receiver and the sight that the Sheridan had.  Better than pumping from the grip.  No recoil, no CO2, great for occasional use.  Also, relatively compact and light weight.

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    Sladkix
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    So no one here is leaning towards the Nitro piston or NP2?

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    So no one here is leaning towards the Nitro piston or NP2?

    Pretty unlikely to find supporters of going this route on here.  The reason is largely two-fold:

    1) Don't get sucked into the power numbers! Power without accuracy is nothing. A pellet going 1000 fps past the squirrel's head doesn't do any good!  All the marketing hype on power and speed is overblown and just that: hype. Higher-powered spring piston guns (and gas/nitro pistons are a type of spring piston) are very hard to shoot accurately and consistently. 

    2) The difference in quality between the typical Chinese-made guns you find at most big box outlets, and the German springers everyone above is suggesting is HUGE.  Unfortunately, so is the price difference. But between spending low-mid $200 range on a "high-end" chinese gun, or $250-$400 on a German-made gun, there is no contest: the German guns offer a much better bank for the buck.

    But my first question is how far do you plan on shooting and what kind of pests? For example, if you're looking only to deal with starlings, squirrels and rabbits up to 25 yards, I'd argue that you don't need nearly the power of a Diana 34 or any of those "NP' guns. An HW30 would do just fine and I just about guarantee you'll be able to shoot it with more precision off the bat than any of the higher-power guns. In my backyard, it's all I ever reach for unless a raccoon decides to start knocking over garbage cans.

    If you do need the power, I'd also say the Diana/RWS 34 is a good choice. Pretty hard to beat from a bang-for-the-buck perspective.

     

     

     

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    I HIGHLY DOUBT you OR ANYONE ELSE can find ANYTHING better for $280 SHIPPED. CHEAPEST POSSIBLE WAY THIS WAY FOR A BRAND NEW ONE.

    SUB ONE INCH AT 50 YARDS WITH FOUR OUT OF FIVE GROUPING A HAIR OVER A HALD AN INCH? THATS PROBABLY LIKE WHAT A REGULATED AVENGER PCP WOULD DO.

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    Yo! Have you shot that sized group with an ASP personally?  I've learned some reviewers seem to shoot better on video then in real life. 

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