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    .22 break barrel air rifles

    I had a RWS 34 .22 break barrel air rifle as a kid that I must have shot everyday for years with tens of thousands of pellets through it. I gave it to my cousin before I joined the Army and he still has it.

    I am in the market for another backyard plinker in .22 similar to my old 34. There are a ton of options now. Much cheaper than the RWS. Anybody have a solid sub 200 dollar rifle they care to share some info about?

    Also are airguns not popular anymore? Only one post in this forum.
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    I can't recommend one <$200. The only one I got under $200 was a Benjamin Trail NP. I didn't like it. The trigger was poor and didn't have the advertised velocity and power. There is an NP2 model out now but don't know about it. I sent it back and got a Hatsan 125 sniper. It is closer to $300. If you are interested I can tell you more about it.

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    The best options I know of is to check out the ones at Walmart or Academy. Depending on what you want, some are not to bad.
    But if you want a better quality airgun, Paramid Air online is probably your best bet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sucker76 View Post
    I can't recommend one <$200. The only one I got under $200 was a Benjamin Trail NP. I didn't like it. The trigger was poor and didn't have the advertised velocity and power. There is an NP2 model out now but don't know about it. I sent it back and got a Hatsan 125 sniper. It is closer to $300. If you are interested I can tell you more about it.
    I have researched the Hatsan and it seems to be good rifle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrbfishn View Post
    The best options I know of is to check out the ones at Walmart or Academy. Depending on what you want, some are not to bad.
    But if you want a better quality airgun, Paramid Air online is probably your best bet.

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    I have been looking at them at both Wal-Mart and academy, and will likely pick up one of the lesser expensive ones there. Was looking to see If anyone would recommend one over another. I have read lots of reviews on multiple ones on airgundepot and pyramidair. All of them seem to be about equal when it comes to these sub 200 dollar rifles. I guess I'll just pick one I like and go with it. I believe Wal-Mart has a good return policy if I get one I don't like.
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    Also, I have a vortex or gas spring(nitrogen?) rifle. Some rifles come available as coil springs or gas springs. Find out which one you would prefer and that will narrow down your search.

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    https://www.airgunsoftexas.co

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    I picked up a Remington 22 Express from Walmart a few months back. They had dropped the price from $109.99 to $39.99 and I could not resist getting a .22 springer for that cheap. They are not very accurate and I have tried several different pellet shapes and settled on dome shaped pellets to achieve the least ugly groupings. It's a springer so getting the artillery hold just right is key to keeping the groups together. But no matter what I tried, I always had a flyer or two and would not try to do any varmint hunting past 25 yards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sucker76 View Post
    I can't recommend one <$200. The only one I got under $200 was a Benjamin Trail NP. I didn't like it. The trigger was poor and didn't have the advertised velocity and power. There is an NP2 model out now but don't know about it. I sent it back and got a Hatsan 125 sniper. It is closer to $300. If you are interested I can tell you more about it.

    Trey, the Trail NP ^^ is actually what I would recommend. Remarkably quiet for the FPE it generates. The trigger can be easily and cheaply upgraded (http://www.airgunsofarizona.com/part...en-ii-trigger/).

    After understanding how to properly do the "artillery hold," my Trail NP was very accurate and consistent.

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    Thanks for your input everyone. I plan to pick one up this Friday. I have experience with these springers a little. Its been years since I had my old RWS. I do remember they like to recoil a bit. I do want open sights though. Most of the ones I keep seeing are set up for optics and from my experience never really held zero well. I'm probably going to go over my budget. I want something nice.
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