Rethinking my choice for first PCP Bullpup

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    Siscakidd
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     I was in the same boat as you,Wildcat or cricket,I choose the wildcat ,I have been hunting with my.25 wildcat for 8 months now with 1000s of pellets down range and it has been flawless, I even pulled a bone head move and set it on top of the hood of my truck and turned my head and it came crashing to the ground ,couple of minor scratches but all in all not bad,and it held its zero,follow up shots are so fast with this cocking system ,the gun is so quiet that if I do pull the shot the squirrel does not move,no regrets here.you really can’t go wrong with either choice.

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    Ginuwine1969
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    Johnkn;  I have to agree with the .22 Cricket owners.  It has the power to do what you want out and past 100 yards, ammo is cheap FPS can be anywhere between 880 – 910 right out of the box (after the regulator settles down should be a pretty consistent 875 – 880 with out a tune).  Accurate as hell if you do your part, and you will have a lot of fun learning what works the best for you.  Relatively quiet depending on what you’re definition of what quiet is to you:  shooting on a farm or house spread apart no problem, shooing in your backyard with housing just about touching, ok as long as your neighbors are cool.  The cricket is heavy about 8-9 pounds with a scope and 4 mags in the holders and maybe a bipod, but you get use to it.  

    Why not a Wildcat, still kinda new some issues with the linkage between the action and the trigger, some people complaining about leaks, and AT not sitting flush with the stock.  It is most likely a great gun but may require a little loving / work to make it so.  I would consider it in .25 as a second gun later once all the dust has settled.

    Why not a impact, still too some leaks, some action issues, one index lever issues, and they are really hard tom come by right now.

    I love the thought of a bobcat MkII but that is even heavier and longer than a Cricket but from what i hear accuracy as hell and adjustable power settings is awesome, but its a bit pricey.  

    The vulcan gets a lot of praise and very few issues and too is accurate, light weight, a little loud, and a little pricey, so pound for pound my money if i were shopping for a .22 would be the Kalibru Cricket synethic stock hands down.  It was my first regulated airgun.  

    Good luck and happy shooting.

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    johnkn
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    Thank you Sir… Suggestions on rings and pellets to start with?

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    scubajeeper
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    Another vote for the bug

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    ajshoots
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    Owned 2 Crickets and think they are a great gun. Just couldn’t warm up to bullpups, but the Cricket is very accurate and very well made. Based on reading, the vulcan would be my second choice if I wanted another pup.

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    rwsmike
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    MOD EDIT: OP DISCUSSION IS ABOUT BULLPUPS, NOT RIFLES.

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    guod123
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     The FX no limit mounts are for a dovetail mount. You need a weaver-picatinney style mount.I used leapers/utg medium mounts with the quick disconnect style. The medium mounts gives you a scope height of 2.35 inches. The 18.1 JSB’s should be your first choice, and in my case they out shot every thing else I used. The BC I used was.0331. You got a great package.

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    MoeHofer
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    I would like to add my vote for the cricket .22, I have owned three of them in the last few years allong with a .25 cricket, all bullpups, and quite frankly The gun is absolutely amazing!!

    It is very, very comfortable to shoulder and shoot.
    It is extremely efficient with its air (70 shots)
    It is ridiculously quiet.
    It is amazingly accurate. (1/2) five shot groups at fifty EASY!!! and many, many, 3/8” and 1/4” groups besides.
    The magholders are quite simply brilliant!!
    It is very,very easy to tune and adjust reg and hammer spring, and trigger.
    It has a remarkable trigger.
    The magazines are 14 shot!!
    It looks incredibly sharp!!
    You can buy a used one for around 1000$. (with a little paticence and professional negotiating skills!!
    They are reasonably lightweight and short!!
    They have an excellent resale value!!
    They are virtually trouble-free!!
    The cocking lever is 10 billion miles above the edguns design.
    Ok, ok Ill stop, but I could keep going for a little bit yet.

    MOD EDIT: OPINIONS ARE WELCOME BUT YOUR LAST STATEMENT (WHICH WAS REMOVED) WAS OVERBOARD.

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    johnkn
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    But, how do you really feel about the Cricket? LOLLL. Thanks..

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    steeve
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    The Cricket is just fine….the Wildcat is just better…….cocking lever aside, the smooth twist barrel is maintenance free and I think it might be lighter to carry…check it out.

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    airkrazy
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    “johnkn”Thank you Sir… Suggestions on rings and pellets to start with?

    
A good medium to high rings depending on what’s  comfortable. I started out with jsb 15.9 and 18  which were excellent and one day I tried the Air arms pellet. They say they are the same but I definitely saw a difference in accuracy between the two. The air arms 18’s shoot much better for me they just don’t come in 500 count.

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    johnkn
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    Thanks all,  really appreciate your input.  I have a busy day tomorrow but will hopefully order a Cricket .22 Synthetic tomorrow evening, fingers crossed that I have the time. .  I’ve been back and forth multiple times on this project,

    But I’m ready to move to the PCP world, the Cricket .22 will be my choice for now. LOL

    thank you all…….

    John
     

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    johnkn
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    Mission accomplished.   LOL…….

    Ordering was a bit aggravating but no big deal.  I tried on 2 different PCs to order online from AOA and regardless what I tried to order I get a ‘page not found’ error (when I got through by phone I was told their on-line ordering system doesn’t work with Internet Explorer or Safari <huh??> ).   Then called them, 7 people ahead of me and took (gulp) 27 minutes to get through.  When I finally got through I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.    Everything was in stock, prices great and should ship by the end of the week.   I ended up with:

    • Cricket .22 Synthetic
    • (2) extra mags (4 total)
    • Hawke Sidewinder Tac 8.5x25x42MM scope ($450 after 10% discount New Years Eve from OpticsPlanet)
    • UTG Leapers 30mm medium mounts
    • Atlas Bipod (ordered hastily last week and may or may not even mount it)
    • JSB 18.2 gr pellets

    I need to find out about the 4500 psi air situation locally, and buy a CF tank, then should be mostly good to go. 

    Thanks everyone for all your help on my first PCP purchase.  I know I had a lot of questions  being a PCP rookie. 

    More to come. 

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    Michael
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    Congratulations on pulling the trigger John! It’s really hard to go wrong with any airgun in that category. Please keep us posted. Don’t forget to share some pictures too!

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    CampFussell
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    I second the congratulations John. Wow, you really took the plunge! Just can’t go wrong with a Cricket. That’s why I have two of them 😉
    Both of mine are the Carbine version. Not sure a bullpup is my cup of tea since I mostly shoot paper and FT. But ya never know…..might get a pup down the road.
    Keep us updated 😉

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    johnkn
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    Thank you.   The biggest surprise was the optics.   Once you’ve purchased one of these, paying 1/6 as much for the Hawke was almost a pleasure.   LOL


     

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    johnkn
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    Beautiful setup CampFussell,   is that thing in the corner one of the predators you bagged and had mounted? It’s got Zombie eyes…LOL       JK,  I’m a dog lover too…..

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    greg
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    “johnkn”Thank you.   The biggest surprise was the optics.   Once you’ve purchased one of these, paying 1/6 as much for the Hawke was almost a pleasure.   LOL


     

    
Curious looking device. What is it?

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    CampFussell
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    “johnkn”Beautiful setup CampFussell,   is that thing in the corner one of the predators you bagged and had mounted? It’s got Zombie eyes…LOL       JK,  I’m a dog lover too…..

    
Haha, that’s Jade our deer dog 😉

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    johnkn
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    Greg,  that’s a BORS on a Leupold Mark 4 M1 for a Barrett .50.

    The long-ish description :  The Barrett Optical Ranging System (BORS) is an integrated ballistics computer that mounts directly on the riflescope and couples to the elevation knob.BORS instantly takes care of the data work by drawing from several tables and taking into account a number of real-time external factors so you can focus on the task of achieving first round hits.After determining the range to target, simply turn the elevation knob until the BORS screen matches your target’s distance. Internal sensors automatically calculate the ballistic solution. BORS compensates for temperature and barometric pressure, calculates angle cosine and displays rifle cant.

     

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