Thinking to add a Springer

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    bowwild
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    I’m posting this in the PCP forum because I don’t want to upset any springer fans.

    I have three PCPs (1 Air Arms and 2 Daystates). I like them quite a lot, primarily because of the power and no fear of damaging scopes that are supposedly made for airguns (Hawke and Viper Connect).  However, I am drawn to the Air Arms ProSport because of its compactness and the novelty of being able to just pump and go. 

    I’m wondering if any of you PCP folks have been attracted to a springer, got one and then regretted it? If I don’t get the ProSport I’d be about $900 closer to the RAW I think I’d like.   It would be pure bonus if any readers of this post actually tried or have an AA ProSport. (If I got one it would be a .22).

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    cahil_2
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    I have 2 AA and 1 day state PCP’s, but I also have 5 springers.  I hunt with my pcp’s and just shoot with my springers.  I had an air arms TX 200 and didn’t like it.  I prefer Weihrauch’s.  I had a problem with the weight and thought the stock was too fat.

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    30cal
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    Funny you shoud mention this subject. I am also looking to get a good springer soon. I really want an AA TX but I am also turned off by the weight. I really don’t want a ten plus pound gun as awesome as they are. I do like the medium high power range of the TX. I have been looking at all the options out there and I keep coming back to the HW95. Same power, and under 8 lbs. I also want iron sights. And of course it needs to be accurate.  I look forward to hearing the replies.

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    JohnL57
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    I started with springers and still shoot mine mainly to relax and keep my skills sharp. Later when all the dumb ground squirrels were gone I got into PCPs. I don’t think you can go wrong with the HW95 IMO. When I finally took the plunge to a higher end springer I looked at the TX and the HW97 and settled on the R9/HW95 due to it’s lighter weight and excellent reputation for accuracy. Once you learn your hold and proper pellet they are amazing for the 30 yards and under stuff. When I’m “in the zone” I can shoot a hole in a tiny leaf at say 15-20 yds offhand, then put a pellet through that hole! Having said all this, when my R9 was my only gun I was pretty confident out to 50 yards with it. If you look at weight I believe the Pro Sport is a rather heavy gun compared to the R9/Hw95.
    Cheers,
    John

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    johnkn
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    To the OP, I’m experiencing just the opposite situation.  I use an air rifle for squirrel and pest control generally at 30-40 yards.  I purchased a custom Macarri Tarantula R9 .22 years ago when Jim was building them.  It has always served me well for my very limited use and probably only have <250 pellets through it in its many years.  The Swift 5.5×20 scope was a good choice for it.

    Then I was bitten by the PCP bug in December and picked up a new .22 Cricket a few weeks ago, a 25x Hawke scope, quality rings, bipod, extra mags, pellets, quality case,  carbon fiber tank, etc., I probably have close to $3000 tied up in the PCP in the last month, I literally haven’t even fired it yet and am thinking about selling it as its really more than I need.  I’ll let one of them go, either take a loss on an absolutely brand new and unfired by me Cricket (Air guns of Arizona test fired it and supplied the target) or sell Macarri springer.   At age 60, I don’t need both, and have too many other hobbles to keep me busy.  Good luck..

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    30cal
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    Thanks John57! That confirms my research. I’m thinking .177 as I don’t have the cal yet.

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    cjb
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    Bowwild,

    Funny you should start this topic as I was just thinking the same thing.  Love my PCP’s but I do find that sometimes it is a bit of a pain having to hook up the scuba tank and load a magazine every time I want to have a quick plink at some spinners.  I also miss the challenge of springers – PCP’s are just so accurate!  I’m looking to get a HW77 sub 12ftlb in .177. (I’d love a HW97 but they are illegal in Oz due to the built in moderator).  I had an HW77 years ago and it was a fantastic rifle, perhaps a bit heavy but otherwise couldn’t fault it.

    Best of springer luck,

    Chris in Oz

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    JoeWayneRhea
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    I get the springer Bug about every 6 months . I’ve had two TXs, they are beautiful to hold and admire . But the weight is something you need to feel for yourself . I honestly never noticed it , in part because the other springers I had before them shotso poorly .All else being equal the top notch break barrels are usually quite a bit lighter . I’m very partial to the HWs and the Diana’s. But the Walther LGV Master is probably gonna be my next one . My advice would be get as powerful as you NEED and not more . More power equals more recoil and usually loss of accuracy. I have an out of the box R7 that amazes me every time I shoot it. But its like 7 ftlbs .

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    spysir
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    All airguns have there place. Started with precharged rigs, got a few springers and would nstill have them except I cant cock one – but there is still one in the house for folks to check out-.  Personally “I” would go for .177 in a lower powered springer but they are all good.
    Keep us posted.
    John

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    Gunnertrones
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    You can’t go wrong with this one in my opinion and experience. A rifle for lifetime. 
    http://www.airgundepot.com/rws-460-2166446.html
     

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    bowwild
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    Gunnertrones,
    I see it is the Diana 460.   I actually studied this one a bit a couple of months ago.  Some of the reviews weren’t as good for this one as some of the other RWS though. Of course I sure know that reviews are all over the map based upon luck of  the draw and perspectives of different people.

    Thanks
     

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    Todd_Bobcat
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    Exactly what they said. A springer will test your patience. :D

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    Gunnertrones
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    Oh yes the 460 magnum shoot a bit hot, so you would go for the heavier pellets for sure.

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    mcdonama
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    Shooting a good springer is the most air gun fun you can have with your clothes on!

    My .02 is like JoeWayneRhea above– don’t buy more power than you need for whatever your purpose is.  If you’re planning to hunt varmints with it, you may need a more powerful springer but if you plan to shoot for fun– plinking, targets, etc.– you cannot get any better than an R7 or an HW30.  

    My HW30 has more than 10,000 rounds thru it and it is THE gun I go to when I just want to to have fun and enjoy taking a few shots.  It’s super easy to cock, has a truly great trigger, and is has a classic style beauty to it.

    A lower power springer is easier on scopes too but mine wears a peep sight which I love for casual plinking and reactive targets at less than 35 yards.

    So, mine is, get a low power springer and shoot it till the spring breaks, the tune it and shoot some more!

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