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#7062505 - 11/10/12 08:32 PM RECOMMENDATIONS please? For a .177 "hunting" piston rifle?
StubbleDuck Offline
Campfire Guide

Registered: 11/19/06
Posts: 4554

Looking for a .177 cal "hunting" spring-piston rifle .....

Game would likely be rabbits, squirrels, grouse, quail, pigeons or similar-sized prey. What would anyone recommend if money wasn't limited?

If one had a $450 budget?

$250 budget? THANKS. cool

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#7062797 - 11/10/12 10:29 PM Re: RECOMMENDATIONS please? For a .177 "hunting" piston rifle? [Re: StubbleDuck]
xposo Offline
Campfire Regular

Registered: 06/25/09
Posts: 297
I would get a R9. Light, accurate, power enough for every game you mentioned, and not hold sensitive.
S.W.A.G. it

#7069174 - 11/13/12 12:03 AM Re: RECOMMENDATIONS please? For a .177 "hunting" piston rifle? [Re: xposo]
Blackheart Offline
Campfire Guide

Registered: 12/14/10
Posts: 4975
A fiend of mine recently bought a Ruger airhawk and says he's been pretty impressed with it's power and accuracy. He's an experienced airgunner so I don't take his endorsement lightly and have been seriously considering buying one myself.

#7069365 - 11/13/12 12:55 AM Re: RECOMMENDATIONS please? For a .177 "hunting" piston rifle? [Re: Blackheart]
Spotshooter Offline
Campfire 'Bwana

Registered: 05/10/03
Posts: 11674
First of .22 for fur, and .177 for feathers

Second gamo is fine for most application, Sheridan or diawa of you have too much money
Spot shooter

#7072249 - 11/13/12 09:19 PM Re: RECOMMENDATIONS please? For a .177 "hunting" piston rifle? [Re: Spotshooter]
KodiakHntr Offline
Campfire Regular

Registered: 05/19/07
Posts: 1105
Loc: Northern BC
RWS magnum 350.

I've killed some stuff with mine, in .177. Decisive on grouse, snowshoe hares, and squirrels. And maybe on larger critters as well..............
Originally Posted By: Someone
Why pack all that messy meat out of the bush when we can just go to the grocery store where meat is made? Hell,if they sold antlers I would save so much money I could afford to go Dolphin fishing. Maybe even a baby seal safari.

#7074146 - 11/14/12 01:21 PM Re: RECOMMENDATIONS please? For a .177 "hunting" piston rifle? [Re: KodiakHntr]
Timbo Offline
Campfire Regular

Registered: 10/01/06
Posts: 362
Stick with the German made guns. The R9 that was suggested is a great shooting rifle and not as touchy as the magnums. For pure hunting the RWS350 is a cannon. The .22's are better for hunting but I've used .177's to kill squirrels, cats, and even groundhogs. You just have to be more careful with your shot selections and ranges.

#7079569 - 11/16/12 01:12 AM Re: RECOMMENDATIONS please? For a .177 "hunting" piston rifle? [Re: Timbo]
Scott19 Offline
New Member

Registered: 09/21/12
Posts: 4
R9 for the under $450. You can save a few bucks by getting the HW95 version (same gun as R9). RWS/diana model 34 for the under $250 budget. A tune kit makes either of these guns very, very nice.
regards, Scott

#7099113 - 11/22/12 02:58 AM Re: RECOMMENDATIONS please? For a .177 "hunting" piston rifle? [Re: Scott19]
high_country_ Offline
Campfire Guide

Registered: 03/23/07
Posts: 4515
Loc: E. WA / N. ID
I have an rws 48 and have taken ferrel chickens at a measured 60 yards resulting in instant death. Mine really likes heavy pellets. It does get particular about how it recoils when not picking at range. I beat on a homemade gong at 60 yards very often.
Originally Posted By: BrentD

I would not buy something that runs on any kind of primer given the possibility of primer shortages and even regulations. In fact, why not buy a flintlock? Really. Rocks aren't going away anytime soon.

#7105869 - 11/24/12 05:49 AM Re: RECOMMENDATIONS please? For a .177 "hunting" piston rifle? [Re: high_country_]
Snyper Offline
Campfire Ranger

Registered: 01/20/03
Posts: 2128
Loc: Eastern North Carolina
All the "name brands" make good products
22 cal is MUCH better for most "hunting" though
One shot, one kill........ It saves a lot of ammo!

#7347675 - 01/22/13 09:41 PM Re: RECOMMENDATIONS please? For a .177 "hunting" piston rifle? [Re: Snyper]
centershot Offline
Campfire Guide

Registered: 08/02/05
Posts: 2751
Loc: Southern Idaho
Over the past few years I have shot lots (1,000+) rock chucks with air rifles. From underlever RWS .177 @ 800 fps, to .22 cal RWS 34's, Benjamin pumper and Beeman R7 .177 @ 500 fps. For a hunting gun the bigger .22cal is a much better killer, from birds to critters as big as a porcupine, the .22 flat works better. - Now as for what gun? Nice R-9, cheap but good RWS 34. Be sure to put on a good scope and great mounts.

Edited by centershot (01/22/13 09:45 PM)

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