The chap who was selling me the AA TX200HC has gone very quiet so that deal may not happen so I was wandering what other Spring air rifle that will be up to the limit for hunting without maiming but also could double up for tunnel range and hunting target shooting. Also has to be easy to cock left handed since my right shoulder isn’t very strong after a bike accident a few years back.
Also I presume brake barrel rifles are slightly less accurate than under or side lever?
Recoil is not a huge issue since used to firing full bore many years ago.
Or should I keep my eye out for another AA TX200 if the deal has fallen through?
Hi mate IMO you have a lot to choose from as for that budget you can get a lot of good rifles secondhand. A lot will depend on scope as well though, jeez these days sometimes the scope is more expensive than the rifle.
Your question about fixed barrel being more accurate than break barrel. It has always been said that the answer to this question is "yes" due to the barrel not being disturbed when cocking. However having owned both I cant say that I noticed. I had a Prosport and couldnt hit shit with it! I had an ASI Paratrooper and it was the most accurate my shooting has ever been The moral of that is not that I am a shit shot (although this is definetly true) but more that for a fixed barrel rifle to be noticibly better than break barrel you would have to be a consistently good shooter to notice it (again only IMO). Also with my Prosport vs Paratrooper comparison, I dont think there is anyone else in the world that would agree with that so sometimes a certain type and set up of rifle just suits you better than others.
You could pick from most the well known BSA springers for that budget BSA superstar etc. HW97, HW77, HW80 etc you cant really go wrong with any of these. Webley's too you will have a lot of choice not sure if you like shooting with open sites as a lot of modern rifles dont have them so thats something else to maybe think about? Ive never shot a TX200 but have only heard good things about them.
hi mate tx200,prosport,hw77,hw97,hw80 all brill rifles but all heavy 8lbs +. id would go for a hw95 well built,light,accurate,tunable, all you ever need
Another vote here for the Weihrauch HW95k. Brilliant rifle, without being too heavy. I too have problems with one arm, but can manage the 95 easily. Nice and accurate too.
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I have found break barrels to be more than accurate enough, certainly not noticably less accurate than an underlever in the real world.
I got fed up messing on loading underlevers, so have just hung on to break barrels in springers, much easier to load. For what it's worth, my 95 is a pleasure to shoot, having had a decent home tune. Very accurate, easy to cock, very little recoil.
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I would go with the 97k or a 77K - I like the underlever loading -I would strip and add a piston sleeve - old fairy liquid bottle or a red bull can cut to shape - have just sleeved my 97k and the difference is mind bending - now shoots like a rimfire, with no spring noise and defo accurate enough for FT. The trigger is really nice (I added a set back trigger)
Looks like Hotmail was playing up the chap sent me a message on Friday that I only received today. I did look at the Weihrauch HW95k but they appear to be in the £280+ bracket.
Must admit I did fall in love with a Theoben Fenman .177 but at £365 it's well out of my price range.