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    Stirrup pumps - any good?

    There may be times when I might not be able to get an air-cylinder charged from my local shop and was wondering if the stirrup pumps are any good. It's for a match air-pistol if that helps. Cheers.

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    A lot of match pistols fill to a high pressure (mine fill to 300bar).
    Although the cylinders are much smaller than on an air rifle I dont think you would be able to pump much higher than 200bar.

    This would give you a fair few shots though. Better of course than no air.

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    I had real trouble getting to 232 bar on my hills, and its only rated up to 250 bar max anyhow.

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    yer 232 bar real hard work on a pump but it can be done but then u gotarest befor u can shoot id try to keep cilinder toped up

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    I dont get why people say their so hard..

    I have a hills, and i find it realatively easy, and by no means am I some huge body builder, just a scrawny 16 year old.

    Its hard the first time, after that, it gets easyer..
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    Quote Originally Posted by MattLin
    I dont get why people say their so hard..

    I have a hills, and i find it realatively easy, and by no means am I some huge body builder, just a scrawny 16 year old.

    Its hard the first time, after that, it gets easyer..
    You'll get it eventually.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MattLin
    I dont get why people say their so hard..

    I have a hills, and i find it realatively easy, and by no means am I some huge body builder, just a scrawny 16 year old.

    Its hard the first time, after that, it gets easyer..
    Have to say that I agree. Ive used a pump for years with no ill effects (me or the rifle )
    Then again, mine is a hunting rifle and I only fill it to 150 bar before each outing and usually let off no more than 20 shots which only takes it down to about 125 bar (.22); so topping up only takes 2 min.
    If I were shooting FAC or doing a lot of target work Id probably buy a bottle.
    Kev.

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    Although stirrup pumps are relativley cheap (compared to air bottles), they are such hard work to pump up with. I would especially not recommend pumping your rifle before you shoot because your gun will be everywhere
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    What beerhunter said

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    I too use a Hills. Pumping to 230 BAR is no problem whatsoever, though I've now found that my Ultra only needs 210 for a fill.

    I've filled it from empty to full ten times in an afternoon whilst pellet/chrono testing and it was no problem at all.

    Take it steadily and use your body weight and its easy.

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    Agree with supersonic before I'd used it I wondered how hard it was going to be, it's hardish but just hard enough for you to think it's done you some good in the heart and lungs, I enjoy it.

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    I don't see the point of having both... stick with the bottle if you already have one, and spend the money on something else.

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    I have a Hills and drypac which I bought s/h off here. So far it is excellent and for my use (pumping an HW100 to 200 bar) for hunting where I generally fire off perhaps one or two mags in an evening it is ideal. Roughly one shot equals one stroke of the pump equals one bar.

    As for reports of it being hard work, well I think this is piffle and I am no superhero. As said in previous posts just use straight arms and your body weight and get on with it. No wonder the nation is so obese !

    If you were blatting away hundreds of pellets at a time on a range then you would find cylinder useful.

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    Hi there, my mate bought a pump to go along side his webly raider, and all he ever did was complain about filling the damn thing up! Although I must admit I didn't realy enjoy filling the gun from 100 bar. If I was you id stay with the filling bottle. Or even better get a springer!!!

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    I have one as I share a dive bottle with my grandad its nice to have my own way of refilling. I have a BSA pump (maybe a hills in disguise? I dont know) and I can fill my buddy bottle to 232 bar OK (its just bloody hard)


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