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So, who's shooting the Avenger?

Forums PCP Airguns PCP Airgun – Discussion So, who's shooting the Avenger?

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    Saltlake58
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    So, I drove to UAG today and rented an Avenger just to see how it shoots.  I used the .22 cal fitted with an Athlon scope on the 35-yard range.  I wanted to see how good they really are or aren't.  So far, impressions are really good.  Put 50 plus rounds through it and it hit solid, and consistently.  Yes, it has a plastic stock, but you can get wood if you really want.

    So, how many of you are shooting Avengers, and what are you doing with them?  Tuning to higher shot counts?  Tuning for a slug gun maybe?  Just curious.  What kind of accuracy are you getting at ranges like 75 or 100 yards?  I know at anything up to 35 yards, it's good and accurate.  

    Trigger is good too.  Nice and crisp.  Light too.  

    What's the gun like after a couple thousand rounds?  Do groups get sloppy or do they hold together nicely?

    I think I'll buy one after today's session, but just wondering what's happening with the thousands of Avengers out there.

    Many thanks for comments

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    Wr250r
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    Had 25 avenger. . Sold it because I never shot it. Not my first or second choice. All I can say it's a laser. 

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    heavy-impact
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    I have the plastic stock .22 for general plinking and dispatching tree rats. Shoots good enough for me with H&N 18gn I never tuned it, just put the scope on got it sighted at 35 yards and shot a fly that landed on my target, probably could repeat that more than half the time. I like the light weight and side lever most but the gun is louder than some. I've shot about 300 pellets through it with no problems. The magazines are poor quality so I picked up a couple of AE Swede 17 round magazines that are really nice.

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    TMH
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    One of my local buddies is after I gave him mine a couple of weeks ago.  I didn't have a lot to complain about regarding the gun's performance, but to me it was just never a pleasure to shoot.  Just the way it felt and handled to me.

    So now it belongs to someone with fewer airguns in their gun rack, and it should get a lot more shooting time.

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    Bigragu
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    I gifted one to a great friend of mine as his very first pcp. I put a UTG 4-16 on it. He’s had it a year and at 865 FPS in 25 cal it’s very accurate.

    he came over one day with it and wanted me to add more spring tension on the mags like they do with the marauder mags. I also topped off his gun for him. 
     

    while shooting the breeze with him and my son, I saw a lizard on a tree doing its pushups and his gun was on my Caldwell precision turret Rest. I wanted to see if I could clip that lizard at 65 yards away. Held up two dots and i not only hit the lizzard, it cut him right in half.

    very accurate Gun for sure

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     I love mine, i have the 25 cal. plastic stock and i do have some upgrades, removed the stock barrel band and replaced it  with  one from black arts and the other is at the muzzle is v2 lock down, drilled out the barrel port and  I'm going to replace the Donny FL barrel Ext adapter with Cameron Kerndt (moderator)  and I'm going to replace the mag with  expanded capacity magazine. .25 from A.E. Swede. I use only NSA s slugs and  i have a Athlon 4 4×44 mil dot scope. I use it for hunting coyotes and woodchucks ect.

     

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    kingsqueak
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    I have a .22 and I'm happy enough for the money. Been shooting 18gr H&Ns with great results. The magazines on mine just plain suck, they don't feed/advance properly and I've mashed the separator between chambers with the pellet probe on two of them so far, making them worse. The AE Swede mag is better for sure but I need to fiddle with scope rings to clear it. If they had stronger springs in the stock mags I think it would fix the problem I'm having.

    My use is mainly walking and stalking and it's too long which is what drove me to get the L2 which is an ideal length for walking around offhand shooting.

    I think they are great value for the dollar and it's got some solid grunt available.

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    Saltlake58
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    This is interesting to me, as with MD, I don't do much walking and stalking anymore (I can barely walk).  From these posts, looks like the Avenger's been adopted more by the hunting, more active type shooting.  I'm still planning on getting one next time they go on sale to use from the bench.  Might make it a dedicated slug gun, but not sure.  Maybe wood version, don't know yet.  I can sure see the light weight of the plastic stock being a plus when walking and stalking.

    So intriguing, such a good gun for under $400 is amazing.  Just waiting for a sale.  Missed the pre-Christmas sale, but next time, I'll jump on it.

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    rsfrid
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    I have the 22 in wood with a few mods.

      

    I can shoot in my basement but that's only 8 yds, so not a challenge. I plan to shoot indoors at our sportsman's club at 20 yards. Mine is tuned for H&N 18 grain baracudas. ES is 5 and STD Dev 1.5 Reg set to 1800psi.

      

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    jjohnsonlta
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    My brother has the Avenger and I have a Origin. I was thinking of possibly getting the Avenger also and waiting to find one on sale. I wish the stock on the Avenger was more like the Origin as far as solid feel. I read where you can remove the butt plate and put a one pound pack of electricians seal, buy at HD, that gives the gun better balance and a more solid feel of the stock. I kind of wondered on how they hold up also.

    My Origin developed a problem where once it got down 2000 psi it had a drastic drop off in shot count. It is currently at the Umarex factory for repair. There's been a few other people that I heard of having similar problems.  I really like my Origin and shoots pretty accurate to me.    

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    TMH
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    jjohnsonlta

    …I wish the stock on the Avenger was more like the Origin as far as solid feel. I read where you can remove the butt plate and put a one pound pack of electricians seal, buy at HD, that gives the gun better balance and a more solid feel of the stock…

    My buddy who I gave my Avenger to has been a gunsmith for a long time.  The first thing he did to his new gun was to put some lead into the pistol grip and some expanding foam into the butt stock.  With these mods he has told me that he's achieved a better balance of the gun (now right at the pistol grip), a more solid feeling stock and a little more weight for a more stable feeling gun when shooting off the bench.

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    Saltlake58
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    881, 881, 884, 884, 884, 884, 886. . . . . . talk about consistent.  Very nice.  and the ideas of putting electricians putty in the butt stock and lead in the hand grip are great too.  that is one consistent complaint is balance, but lead and putty should do the trick.  Since I have how many pounds of shot pellets sitting in the shop – shouldn't be a problem to find lead.

    good info.  

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    SkeeterHawk
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    heavy-impact

    I picked up a couple of AE Swede 17 round magazines that are really nice.

    Nice tip, heavy-impact!

    I also have an Avenger in 22cal (Bought from Utah Airguns with an Athlon 3-12×40 IR scope).  My home shooting range only goes out to about 75 yards, but I can blow the logo off of a aluminum can at that distance consistently, so that is roughly a quarter-sized group.  I'm running 21grain H&N Baracuda Match most often because they are cheaper than slugs, but this gun shoots slugs fantastically. That was what I primarily got it for, but the pellets are cheaper and have about the same accuracy as the slugs at 75 yards.  I'm in the mountains of Colorado, and we get some serious wind up here, and it is nice to have the slugs to buck the wind when I need it to.  One thing that was interesting to note (at least on my Avenger) is that the barrel liked 0.216 cal JSB Knock Out slugs (25.39gr), and the 0.217 cal H&N Slug HP (21gr).  The 0.217 JSB's and the 0.216 H&N's did not do as well.  The 0.218 cal H&N's sucked.  I don't have a lot from NSA, unfortunately, but my Avenger didn't like the 0.2165 cal slugs at 17.5gr.  I now have some more NSA's and Javelin slugs to try that I haven't been able to yet.

    I have really enjoyed my Avenger.  I probably have around 1200 rounds through it (at least) and I haven't had any problems.

    Good luck, and happy shooting!

    Jonathan

    One more thing to note is that even though it shot pretty well out of the box, the barrel was pretty dirty.  I probably ran 40 patches with Ballistol and 15 dry patches through it before I was happy, and that tightened up the groups quite a bit.

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    pat585
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    I've got 2 Liberty's in .177 & .22 which are the predecessors to the Avenger. I liked them so much i bought 2 Avengers also in .177 & .22. Nova Vista is a fairly new company into PCP's – ( About 5 yrs old) so i think they have really surpassed their expectation's for what they have brought to the market.  Anything that is value priced we tend to try and find fault with,unless the product works as advertised.  These guns aren't perfect but then again what is?  

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    Booder98
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    I started out with the plastic .22 Avenger, then bought the wooden stock and moved the receiver, etc.  So far I've just been shooting targets at 25-30 yards.  I lightened the trigger quite a bit, and now it has a very light single stage trigger.  I tuned it to shoot CPHPs at 850 fps; they're cheap and the gun likes them.  

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    budwig
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    My Avenger is a 25.  ( stock )

    There has only been 2 pellets shot at 100 yards. JSB 25 gr. and Benji 27 gr. Both shoot 1" groups passing thru 5/8" plywood.

    Hades 25 gr and JSB 34 gr. MKII shoot as tight, or better,  at close range and look good for longer.

    There is no magic slug…yet. I have a few that shoot very close fps. and very fast. I may have to slow them down.

     

     

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    Saltlake58
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    I like the thought of a .25 as well as a .22.  Like I said, I'll buy one, but what caliber?  I'll have to figure that out, maybe just get one of each?  The .25 is temping.  

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    SkeeterHawk
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    Part of what influenced my decision to buy the 0.22cal was that I can almost always buy ammo at my local Walmart if I need it.  I always keep Crosman Premier Hollow Points on hand at all times, which my Avenger likes, and those are always available within a few minutes from my house.  That said, I have it tuned for heavier ammo, but you get the drift.  I think that my brother may be buying the Hatsan Blitz in 22cal for the same reason.

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    Tomygun1
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    I found the objection to the tinny plastic sound made when you thump your fingernail against the butt stock went away when I stopped doing that.      After sanding off all the molding seams and a proper paint job it looks as good as it feels.     Mine in 25cal is awesome after some tuning, and after adding a modulator is as quiet as my smaller cal rifles.

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    heavy-impact
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    Tomygun1

    I found the objection to the tinny plastic sound made when you thump your fingernail against the butt stock went away when I stopped doing that.      After sanding off all the molding seams and a proper paint job it looks as good as it feels.     Mine in 25cal is awesome after some tuning, and after adding a modulator is as quiet as my smaller cal rifles.

    May we see your paint job please? I want to dip mine or wrap it or something.

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