Any comments for a newbie

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  1. Richard Jones

    Richard Jones New Member

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    Hi
    I have shot airgun fire arms etc but not for 25 years plus. A lot has changed so im basically starting a fresh. I want to get an all round air rifle .177 pcp and im drawn to a Weihrauch HW110. You can get the gun,scope,bi pod etc for £799 . Then ive got the gas bottle so a basic set up of about £1000 but after the initial set up i guess its quite a cheap hobby. Anyway im open to any help and would appreciate any thoughts on my choice of gun. I dont know what direction i will go in yet regarding specialising . I will join a club. get used to the gun and all the equipment and see what happens!!
     
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    What are you wanting to use it for is the obvious question? Welcome to the forum
     
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    Hi Mickey, I want something that can be a good all rounder . I need to get to the range and learn the basics and find a disipline i enjoy .short answer ..I dont know yet but plenty of targets to start with
     
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    I would suggest visiting your local club before buying a gun, see what discipline they shoot and you’ll also get the opportunity to look at and try different rifles first hand.

    You’ll then stand a better chance of getting your first purchase right, good luck, :)
     
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    Excellent advice above, join a club. I'd have saved a fortune if I'd done that! ;) The hw100 & air arms s400/410 has a much bigger following than the hw110.
    If you find a discpline you like then it'll be far easier for us to advise you :p
     
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    I have the oportunity to try a few guns at the local club and i plan to visit Ronnie Sunshines in the next month to see the guns i like the look of that imnot able to try out. I guess its a matter of try before you buy . ive seen a lot of youtube reviews as well . im all for listening to people who are in the know as i know nothing!!!
     
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    You will get several different opinions here and at your local club (+ to a lesser extent at Ronnie Sunshine as they'll try to flog you what's in stock) but basically pick what fits you or just feels "right " when you shoulder it. The hw110 you gave your eye on WILL do most things but you might find something more suitable with a bit more research?
     
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    The only thing I can advise after going to a few local clubs for a visit and try is, the bottle of gas your after is compressed air (dive quality).
     
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    I'd say try and resist the urge to buy something with a mag. If you're doing competitions then they always ask them to be removed between lanes and if you're not then they're a good way of going through pellets at a rate of knots... fun, but costly. Also they can lead to problems with accuracy depending on how the pellet is loaded. It's one of those less is more things. And .177 a better calibre for target shooting, and just as effective as .22 for hunting... shops are keen on .22, you might be less so when you see the difference in a price of a tin of pellets. Speaking of pellets, go straight to AA or JSB diablos first and once you're happy you can experiment with other after... but it's unlikely you find anything better.
     
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    Thanks for the advice . its all appreciated. I hope that I can get some experience and knowledge from the club i hope to join before i blindly run out and buy the ''prettiest rifle in the shop'' and regret it! Its not just the gun and the type of target shooting. its all the other stuff like youve all mentioned like quality pellets and the correct air..and everything else thats involved in this pastime/sport/hobby , Thats why ive joined a forum to help me to avoid the novice mistakes (although i will still make them) and listen to the seasoned shooters . Ill be happy to just hit paper targets for the first year until i discover the other disciplines . I have a lot to learn so im glad to be here!!
     
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    Best advice I was ever given...

    Listen to a lot of people, but accept that advice is that - advice! There are often no rights and wrongs, just opinions...

    Ultimately, make your own decision based upon what YOU believe from YOUR research! Just keep seeking those opinions and trying those guns. Something with "click" with you.

    Enjoy your shooting! Stay safe!


    As a PS - the HW110 is a great bit of kit! And AA Fields / JSB Diabolos are a fine place to start - but these are my opinions!
     
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    Best way of doing it.
     
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    So far you have received some damn good advice from some knowledgeable people.My advice would be don't rush into
    spending your hard earned money,really have a good look around at every available gun that you like in your price range
    It would be advisable to buy something with an adjustable stock { butt and cheekpiece } you can then adjust to fit you
    and not you trying to fit youself to the gun.
    Sorry to add to your problems but the next thing to consider is what scope to mount on your gun and that will greatly depend
    on what shooting discipline you wish to follow and how much money is left in your pocket.
    Good luck.
     
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    Thanks for that. Iwas advised to start with a
    Thanks Ash ive heard good things about the Diabolos so ill get a tin for when im trying out air rifles
     
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    Sorry Terryn ill finish that sentence !! .. start with a Hawke 3-9 0r 4-12 50 AO and get used to that while im shooting paper targets at the range
     
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    Some fantastic advice on here : I joined a club and my knowledge (and thirst!) went up and up. If you're lucky to find a club as friendly as Redfern's, there will usually be someone on hand to offer useful advice AND let you try a variety of guns. Most shooters are happy to show off their pride and joy.
    It is absolutely down to personal preference, but please please please try before you buy. There's a sentence up there that really caught my eye regarding 'don't buy the prettiest thing in the shop' Never were more truer words spoken. I very recently bought an FTP900 (stunning) and could not get on with it. To be fair, the reg was creeping, but once you've fallen out with a rifle, your confidence in it and your ability can take a hit. Fortunately the shop I bought it from were happy to put things right, and loaned me a Steyr... that next gun is sometimes an itch you just can't scratch. I have to be honest : apart from the Steyr being a little 'lacking in personality' it is accurate beyond belief. If it doesn't like JSB pellets, It doesn't go in my collection! that might be narrow minded/short sighted, but the club does a fantastic discount!
    Single shot is the way to go if you're staying in FT : I was certain I needed a rifle with a mag. I didn't.
    Best/favourite rifle so far : the Air Arms MPR in the pic. Just sold.
    Long story Short : after a furious dint of buying and selling, I have a Steyr LG110 & a Nikko Diamond 10-50x60. As much rifle as I'll ever need. Oooh - that challenge looks nice over there... I wonder if the red dot Nikko really is better....
     
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