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    DonKee
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    Hi! I own several regular firearms but recently bought a Ruger pellet gun from Wally World. I already want to upgrade and through research I think I have it narrowed down to the RWS 34 or Gamo Storm Fusion Gen 2 10x. Do you guys recommend one over the other or is there anything else out there you recommend? I’ll be using it for small game and I would prefer a 22. Trying to stay below $300z

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    Welcome! You may want to provide some more information as your purpose for the gun and distance to your shots. Generally speaking I’m personally not a fan of Gamo, but some folk will point to good results with them. The RWS 34 has a good reputation in the forum with many folk recommending it. I have never shot one, so can’t say personally. 

     I like .177 in Springers, even for hunting. I also will recommend a Weihrauch gun like an HW95. There are good deals to be found all the time. Check out Krale in Netherlands. 

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    Hey there I am a fellow firearm guy.

    Go HW95 as an entry. You will pay 360-380, but you will have it in 50 years and it is reliable and well engineered/not all this cheap Chinese stuff. I personally have this rifle.
     

    All the best, Columbo

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    Welcome! You may want to provide some more information as your purpose for the gun and distance to your shots. Generally speaking I’m personally not a fan of Gamo, but some folk will point to good results with them. The RWS 34 has a good reputation in the forum with many folk recommending it. I have never shot one, so can’t say personally. 

     I like .177 in Springers, even for hunting. I also will recommend a Weihrauch gun like an HW95. There are good deals to be found all the time. Check out Krale in Netherlands. 

    Thanks! I plan on using it for as big of game as possible humanely. I just want something accurate and powerful enough under 35-40 yards for opossums and such. I don’t have any interest in the PCPs right now. I’m fine with a single shot but the multi shot is what drew me to the Gamo. I was kind of leaning towards the RWS though.

    I was really disappointed with Ruger when I found out the model I have was made in China.

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    Personally, I would stay away from any air guns offered by the major USA firearms manufactures, they are generally a disappointment and made by third parties.   Depending your budget you can get some very nice stuff from Hatsan, depending on if you want a PCP or Springer.  I have a Beeman R9 TK and Brocock Compatto Sniper XR, both in .177.  My next gun will be a Daystate, Brocock or an FX in .25 or .30 cal.

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    So, the thing is, we all have been there, done that. You see, you spend $100 -$150 on a junk gun, you find out the hard way, it’s then almost unsellable. Now you up your game by $300 on a so so gun, = $450, usually that’s enough to get hooked and want a “better” gun. The saying around here goes, buy once, cry once. Thing is, most people frankly don’t see paying so much for a “BB gun” when you can surely buy a nice 10/22 for less and have much more fire power. But a decent airgun is certainly worth it for many reasons. 

    Now, I will tell you, I have shot coons & possums with pretty powerful PCPs (22 to 25 cal shooting over 900fps each) and the darn things are hard to kill if you don’t place that shot just right. So, my humble opinion is, keep Spring guns for chipmunk, squirrel, rabbit, and birds. I have seen guys take small pigs, but I don’t think I will ever try that. 

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    intenseaty22

    So, the thing is, we all have been there, done that. You see, you spend $100 -$150 on a junk gun, you find out the hard way, it’s then almost unsellable. Now you up your game by $300 on a so so gun, = $450, usually that’s enough to get hooked and want a “better” gun. The saying around here goes, buy once, cry once. Thing is, most people frankly don’t see paying so much for a “BB gun” when you can surely buy a nice 10/22 for less and have much more fire power. But a decent airgun is certainly worth it for many reasons. 

    Now, I will tell you, I have shot coons & possums with pretty powerful PCPs (22 to 25 cal shooting over 900fps each) and the darn things are hard to kill if you don’t place that shot just right. So, my humble opinion is, keep Spring guns for chipmunk, squirrel, rabbit, and birds. I have seen guys take small pigs, but I don’t think I will ever try that. 

    Very good points and advice. Unfortunately I have started all my hobbies the hard way. From straight razors, knives, bow making, to boating I will undoubtedly grab something cheap thinking I will try it out and buy another later if I like it. The truth of the matter is you are less likely to enjoy something if you buy cheap and get cheap results. 
    Figure I would have learned by now right?

     

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    c_m_shooter
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    The RWS 34 has been the go to standard for over 30 years for good reason.  If you want the same performance, but a little better polish check out the Weirach hw95/ Beemen R9.  If you want a solid made in the USA break barrel that shoots as good as the Germans but hasn't had a chance to prove it much yet look into the SIG ASP20.  

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    intenseaty22
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    😂 don’t be hard on yourself, we all do it. Besides, I may not have gotten in so deep if I didn’t first buy that POS Gamo. 

     I will point something out. Have you noticed a trend yet? German…..HW95…….RWS34……

    Also, hit the search button up there and see what you see. These questions and guns have a lot of previous feedback on AGN. You will get a much broader opinion base. 

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    intenseaty22

    😂 don’t be hard on yourself, we all do it. Besides, I may not have gotten in so deep if I didn’t first buy that POS Gamo. 

     I will point something out. Have you noticed a trend yet? German…..HW95…….RWS34……

    Also, hit the search button up there and see what you see. These questions and guns have a lot of previous feedback on AGN. You will get a much broader opinion base. 

    Man this is getting to be a tough decision. What do you think of the Dianna Magnum 350 premier? I found one refurbished from Pyramid under  $300.

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    I don’t think anything of it, don’t even know what it is. Have Zero experience with it. My advice, get an HW95 and know it’s limitations. Airguns are great for a lot of reasons, they are stealthy, accurate, cheap 😂 (to shoot anyway) But in airguns accuracy reigns king, not power or speed. Just don’t try to kill an elephant with a .22 long rifle. 😉 

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    Just one “fan boy”s opinion here. Get a refurb Gamo CFR off eBay. Or an accu if you can find one. I posted WTB ads a while back on 2 forums with no luck. I only mention this because you mentioned a Gamo break barrel. I personally prefer higher cost break barrels and stay safe by avoiding lower cost ones. Even reading in here it seems you’ll find one happy lower cost break barrel owner to several unhappy ones. 

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    intenseaty22

    I don’t think anything of it, don’t even know what it is. Have Zero experience with it. My advice, get an HW95 and know it’s limitations. Airguns are great for a lot of reasons, they are stealthy, accurate, cheap 😂 (to shoot anyway) But in airguns accuracy reigns king, not power or speed. Just don’t try to kill an elephant with a .22 long rifle. 😉 

    How loud is the HW95 compared to others in its class?

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    😂 don’t be hard on yourself, we all do it. Besides, I may not have gotten in so deep if I didn’t first buy that POS Gamo. 

     I will point something out. Have you noticed a trend yet? German…..HW95…….RWS34……

    Also, hit the search button up there and see what you see. These questions and guns have a lot of previous feedback on AGN. You will get a much broader opinion base. 

    Man this is getting to be a tough decision. What do you think of the Dianna Magnum 350 premier? I found one refurbished from Pyramid under  $300.

    Not sure about the "Premier" part of the above but the Diana 350 is in general a well made but very powerful springer.  More power usually means more difficult to shoot accurately in spring guns.  I have a Diana 460 which is similar and it is very well made and quite accurate.  Depends on your needed usage but the Diana is near the top of the heap in terms of power.

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    intenseaty22
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    The R9 is the same as an HW95. Check out Steve’s video to get an idea of sound, etc. Basically, in my opinion, Spring guns aren’t whisper silent, but my neighbors don’t really know I’m shootin a gun. It’s a mechanical noise, not a crack. Unless you buy a “1400” fps Gamo or similar. Stick to under 940:fps or so. Accuracy is more important. Youncan also get a silencer for your Springer, it helps, but you will still have the mechanical noise inherent to them. 
     

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    Y’all’s  help is greatly appreciated. I wound up going with the RWS 34. I almost pulled the trigger on the HW95 but it was kind of out of my price range especially with shipping plus everyone was sold out until at least the middle of June. For my needs and schedule I am happy with the decision. Thanks for all your help. I’ll let you know what I think when it comes in!

    Seems like a really nice community you have here btw.

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    intenseaty22
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    Awesome! Congrats!! Please post a review when you get it and have some time to get to know it. 

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    DonKee
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    Any suggestions on a see through dovetail scope mount for it? I have a UTG 3-9×40. I like to have the option to use iron sights if I feel like I need to. I have some for picatinny mounts so I guess I could just mount a rail but I feel like the least amount of screwing or mounting the better.

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    intenseaty22
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    I personally use the UTG picatiny rail on my LGV. Works great. Grabs on to the gun super tight. 

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    intenseaty22
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    Here’s my LGV, check out the pics in page 2 for the rail. 
    https://www.airgunnation.com/topic/intenseaty22s-walther-lgv-master-pro-177/

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