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Thread: Best fac air rifle

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    Best fac air rifle

    I'm thinking of getting a fac air rifle, just wanting some informed opinions please.

    I'm not sure I want to get into pcp, although I realise they are very accurate etc.
    Too much kit involved + cost of refills etc. but I must admit I don't know too much about them.

    What are the alternatives + what power level is best + calibres ?.

    I'll be shooting squirrels around a hen run, ferals in a very big barn and maybe some woodies in trees.

    Also, I'm a left hander so those stylish right hand stocks are no use to me.

    Thanks

    fraser
    Last edited by private fraser; 19-01-2014 at 20:00.
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    I know you said no PCP - but Daystate Airwolf at 40ftlb (or so). It has an ambi stock and you can even swap the bolt over to be true left hand if you like. A real tack driver. Worth the spend on an air tank, which will last ages between fills.
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    +1 i have had a few of these ,can't beat them in fac.
    Quote Originally Posted by Eric the Red View Post
    I know you said no PCP - but Daystate Airwolf at 40ftlb (or so). It has an ambi stock and you can even swap the bolt over to be true left hand if you like. A real tack driver. Worth the spend on an air tank, which will last ages between fills.

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    FAC springers are pretty heavy and jump around like mad, i chopped mine in for a left handed S410 xtra. Also has a power adjuster dial so i can turn it down abit when im in sheds. Wasnt mega money second hand and a bottle of air lasts ages (use 30ish shots a week) and costs 3 fill

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    Looks like pcp is the way to go.
    I'm guessing around 18 - 20 ft lbs is enough for what I need.
    I'll check the market.

    Thanks guy's
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    i think the old fac wolf/ mk4 have 15 different power settings from say 30/40 down to about 15 ft lbs and adjusted in seconds using the trigger.go 22 as 177 is a waste in fac and i would not limit yourself on power an 18 ft lbs 22 probably would not shoot as flat as a sub 12 ft lbs 177 . the 177 fac suffers from over penatration and you can't have the same energy without de stablising the pellet and going through the sound barrier.

    Quote Originally Posted by private fraser View Post
    Looks like pcp is the way to go.
    I'm guessing around 18 - 20 ft lbs is enough for what I need.
    I'll check the market.

    Thanks guy's

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    If you're not going down the PCP route a Weihrauch HW80 would be the way to go but make sure you get it tuned to take the extra twang out of it. The HW80 has a larger cylinder than any other of the Weihrauchs. Diana also do a Magnum but they are a lot more expensive.

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    Assuming that you already have a 22 rf what about looking at the 22 CB - a29gn bullet with 32 ft lbs of muzzle energy. Ie pretty much identical to a FAC air rifle methinks. Whether you can such ammo from local gunshop haven't a clue, but if you can might be worth trying. Can't see it doing any more damage than an FAC air rifle, and just the job for around buildings etc.
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    Last edited by Heym SR20; 20-01-2014 at 11:57.

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    I now use .22rf cb longs for the bridge between subfac air and subsonic rf. Owned several FAC air and for me, more trouble than they are worth.

    FAC air has its diehard advocates and in some (IMO very limited) applications its uses but overall, very expensive, heavy(if you want a sensible shot count) high maintenance use of a slot on my FAC.

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    I've been round the houses on this one.
    Tried cb longs and couldn't get a decent group from them from my cz 452 which shoots sub 1" at 100 using winchester subs.
    Very unfortunate that, as I agree re the fac slot useage. Two other shooters couldn't get the cb's to group either, in different make rifles.
    It's a shame Theoben went bust as the last air rifle I had was a Fenman, lovely wee rifle...never should have sold it as they say.
    They did a couple of fac rated gas-rams that would maybe tick all my boxes but since Theoben aren't around I would probably be struggling to get any parts/problems fixed.
    I quite fancy a .20 12 ft/lb rifle as that would be a good compromise re trajectory etc. The problem is that up here we don't know what's going to happen re air rifles thanks to mad Kenny...sorry, our illustrious Justice minister. We may/may not be able to add an airgun onto our fac or we may be asked to pay for a separate licence, probably a steep price too.
    Thanks for the info.
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