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I am thinking my next air rifle will be the Benjamin Marauder .25 Cal. I want something quieter. It is supposed to be a lot more quiet than the Air Force.
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I've always wondered about the air force rifles though, they seem pretty cool.
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They are nice but are as loud as a 22. I find it difficult to get behind the scope because the tank is the stock. They are accurate with none of the funky recoil of a springer. The newer Air Force lines come with a shrouded barrel and will be more quiet than mine. If you get one, go for the .25 cal It has more accuracy and stopping power. The .177 gets unstable at longer range. Pellet selection is key. Some of the lighter pellets seem to lose the skirt when shot at high power.
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Originally posted by SVT_Tactical SVT_Tactical wrote:

I've always wondered about the air force rifles though, they seem pretty cool.


What do you want to know? I have a Condor .22 cal. It shoots great, though it is pretty loud. I don't think it's quite as loud as a .22LR. My only real complaint about it, apart from the fact you need a scuba tank to charge the cylinder, is I don't care for the cheap feeling, "jiggly" safety lever in front of the trigger. They've redesigned the safety since I bought mine, so the new ones may be much better.

The "SS" models (Condor SS and Talon SS) have the built-in "suppressor" barrel shroud, and are much quieter.
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What would be the advantage of them over a regular 22?
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Advantages vs. .22LR:
- Much cheaper to shoot
- Nowhere close to the effective range of a .22LR, so in many cases, you can use it for pest control in your yard in complete safety. My neighbors are far enough away from me in several directions that I kill squirrels in my yard all the time with mine.
- Though loud, not as loud as a .22LR
- No ammo shortage


They have Lothar Walther barrels, so they're pretty accurate, and no springer type airgun I'm aware of can match their velocity.

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Originally posted by Urimaginaryfrnd Urimaginaryfrnd wrote:

http://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Sam_Yang_Big_Bore_909S/516   You might find this interesting, it's  .45 cal
 
http://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Diana_RWS_34_Breakbarrel_Rifle_T06_Trigger/402  I have and RWS 34 that I find adequate for squirrels but there are a lot of choices out there depending on your tollerance for cost.   Also note that not too many scopes will hold up to the type of vibration an air rifle spring makes so be sure any scope you put on it is made for air rifles or go cheap and replace as needed.


You once YELLED at me for buying a cheap scope... (though I still have it and use it)...

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I think the .177 is louder than the .22 or the .25. The older ones before you could tune the air release are louder and have fewer shots on a charge.
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There are lots of good PCPs, I think the air force wouldnt be the best pick.

Benjamin Marauder is a good bang for the buck and is silent, but there are better airguns.

Air Arms rifles are good (spring guns and PCPs, with lothar walther barrels) and most of the English manufacturers (Daystate) make good rifles.

FX guns are also good (have smooth twist barrels).

Edgun bullpup rifles and Kalibr gun bullpup rifles are really good. (I think both have lothar walther barrels)

Weihrauch and Diana make PCPs too, but i dont have too much info on them.
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Not a Springer, but you might have a look at the Daystate airwolf and it's variance. But in most cases there is quite a difference in the rifle that you would take to the bench to proclaim the most accurate. And the one that you would take to the field to proclaim it to be the most accurate field or hunting rifle.

FX, is another company that makes very fine rifles to consider. Before anyone could get serious about answering such a question one might need to know it's intended use. And maybe preference in caliber and also if there are budget constraints to consider.

I'm in agreements with the fellow who mentioned the PCP configuration they seem to be preferred by many as a field or bench rifle. But also they tend to be at the top of the price range for most manufacturers. Another good question that might follow your choice of rifle would be "What is the most accurate pellet out there"? And of course this relies very heavily on rifle choice as they each tend to like what they like not allowing the convenience of one-size-fits-all if you will.

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Good info, thanks for that. I am considering the latest version of FX's bobcats in 25 caliber. I'll check out the bull pups you mentioned as I wouldn't be too angry at finding an offering of equal quality and design without the $2000 price tag to go along with it. LOL

Oh, and too the originator of this string, I meant to mention the FX BOBCAT to you as well, I hope this serves. Very intriguing rifle that has undergone a very quick evolution of improvement thanks to customers volunteering their ideas for improvement and a company like FX that are quick to see a good idea and act on it.
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I just got an Air Arms TX2OO HC. I am in love!  Those Brits can do airguns justice.





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most accurate spring gun is air arms xt 200 4.5cal
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