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#6970214 - 10/14/12 04:26 PM RWS/DIANA 350 CLASSIC MAGNUM 22 Cal
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How does the 350 classic magnum 22 rate as a classic break hunting rifle.

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#6974167 - 10/15/12 09:17 PM Re: RWS/DIANA 350 CLASSIC MAGNUM 22 Cal [Re: MK1]
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I don't know if I'd consider the 350 a "classic" hunting gun just yet. It hasn't even been out 10 years yet.
That being said, it's a good rifle like most of the Diana rifles go, but, and this is just my opinion, I'd either get a HW95 or a HW80, either one in .22. Now those are classic guns. I own both of these fine guns(and are professionally tuned)and either one has more than enough power to hunt with and take game out to 75 yards humanly, with proper shot placement.
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#6981214 - 10/18/12 02:45 AM Re: RWS/DIANA 350 CLASSIC MAGNUM 22 Cal [Re: xposo]
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xposo the word " classic" I understand refers to the stock being wooden unlike other models being synthetic composition.

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#6998846 - 10/23/12 02:55 PM Re: RWS/DIANA 350 CLASSIC MAGNUM 22 Cal [Re: MK1]
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I have one. They're big, long and powerful for a breakbarrel. Mine is very accurate with the right pellets, however this is not an easy springer to shoot accurately. They have a lot of "kick" in the shot cycle with a big spring firing a heavy piston. All this movement happens before the pellet leaves the barrel therefore, you have to really "learn" how to hold and shoot one. I wouldn't recommend this gun for a first time springer. FWIW, I agree with xposo, the hw95 in .177 or .22 will serve your needs very well. They have less power, but are much easier to shoot accurately.

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#7001741 - 10/24/12 10:56 AM Re: RWS/DIANA 350 CLASSIC MAGNUM 22 Cal [Re: Scott19]
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Originally Posted By: Scott19
I have one. They're big, long and powerful for a breakbarrel. Mine is very accurate with the right pellets, however this is not an easy springer to shoot accurately. They have a lot of "kick" in the shot cycle with a big spring firing a heavy piston. All this movement happens before the pellet leaves the barrel therefore, you have to really "learn" how to hold and shoot one. I wouldn't recommend this gun for a first time springer. FWIW, I agree with xposo, the hw95 in .177 or .22 will serve your needs very well. They have less power, but are much easier to shoot accurately.


I'll go along with what Scott said and add that the 350 are scope killers. If you get one go with a quality scope like a Leupold. The cheap Chinese airgun scopes just won't last. I actually broke two Burris scopes on a 350. But if you're looking for a true hunting airgun, the 350 in 22 is hard to beat.

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#7297557 - 01/11/13 06:22 AM Re: RWS/DIANA 350 CLASSIC MAGNUM 22 Cal [Re: Timbo]
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Purchased a Beeman .25 Kodiak Hunter on this site and it rocks. With an increased kill zone due to the mass of the pellet it more than offsets the price or local availability of the ammo.

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#7298950 - 01/11/13 12:12 PM Re: RWS/DIANA 350 CLASSIC MAGNUM 22 Cal [Re: JimDean]
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I have a 350 magnum .177. It is just fantastic. I like the power from my 350, velocity is better than HW/Beeman springers in .177 and .22. When using a strong 350 a heavier bullet is not a bad choice.
HW/Beeeman are springers too and not any better in my opinion. 350 difficult to shoot, not if you can handle a heavy gun. By the way HW/Beeman 80/R1 rifles are heavier than a 350. HW 95 is a bit lighter in weight and is less powerful than than HW80.

350 comes in a few configurations. Among them: magnum, classic and panther (synthetic). All are mechanically equally built. The stock and sights make the difference.

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#7324375 - 01/17/13 04:06 AM Re: RWS/DIANA 350 CLASSIC MAGNUM 22 Cal [Re: 300grains]
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I just got a 350P in 177 and havn't used it on pests or game yet, but with an aperture sight, it'll stay on a drink can at 60 yes 9/10. Im using the Crossman premier heavy pellet. I havnt chrono'd it, but the sound interval at 60 yds is very short. I have a RWS 48 in 22 and the pellets get to 60 yds noticeably faster. The synthetic version is nicely priced, compared to most classic/wood handled AGs. Biggest drawback is the power/cocking effort. 45# cocking--shoot this thing enough and you can get rid of yer bowflex or total gym. The 22 cal ought to be a real thumper.
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#7590198 - 03/27/13 04:35 AM Re: RWS/DIANA 350 CLASSIC MAGNUM 22 Cal [Re: rogn]
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Thanks for the replies. I have also found the 350 22cal most effective with pellets suitable to the task . Pay the price for quality pellets certainly gets results. Regarding cocking effort, it is a technique you develop with frequent use. One is a 1943 vintage light medium build 162 pounds and now do not notice the effort.
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#7614758 - 04/03/13 10:29 AM Re: RWS/DIANA 350 CLASSIC MAGNUM 22 Cal [Re: MK1]
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Big, long, heavy, wicked son of a gun! Not a beginner airgun but if you can handle it, a very capable and accurate magnum spring gun.

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