PCP or pre charged

Discussion in 'Rimfire and Airguns' started by 700lefty, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. 700lefty

    700lefty New Member

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    While I have all my high powered, big bang stuff already in the safe, I've started to look at air rifles.
    I've always had a Benjamin pump .22 but hadn't really looked into a "good" air rifle until I stumbled across a couple of informative web sites dedicated to air guns.
    (I don't know if I can say the name of the sites here)
    So, what I've kinda of settled on is one of the PCP or pre charged .22 Benjamin Discovery Rifle & Pump combo. I have a scuba tank that takes care of one piece of the puzzle. The combo comes with a hand pump, so that fills in any voids as well.

    Any comments or suggestions on this setup?
    I'm open to all.
     
  2. donw

    donw Member

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    the Benjamin discovery is a great PCP air rifle from all I've read about it.

    i have the Benjamin Marauder in .25 caliber.

    if you want a 'shrouded' PCP, go for the Marauder. it's more expensive but worth the difference.

    i do not know if optics may be employed on the Discovery as it is supplied with open sights only and the Marauder is supplied for Optics only.

    PCP air guns are evolving into high quality hunting and target arms very rapidly.

    you can pay well into the thousands for a big bore air rifle capable of taking elk, deer, pigs, etc.

    you'll need the K-valve adapter for your SCUBA tank to feed the Discovery or the hand pump that accompanies it in the combo package often times offered.

    pumping the small reservoir on a PCP by hand up to the 3000 PSI* operating pressure**, can be arduous and boring yet many choose that option for economy purposes.

    PCP's are very hard hitting and can be accurate to the extreme, however, like other air guns, they are not normally long range shooters.

    the world of PCP air rifles is a very challenging and exciting one. the PCP picks up where the springer leaves off in terms of power and accuracy.

    another world within the airgun world that's emerging with great promise is the Nitrogen piston and the IGT (Inert Gas Technology) guns.

    IMO, the PCP has them both, the springers and NP/IGT beat insofar as ease of shooting and accuracy though in what I've experienced thru the years.

    like any arm, the PCP can be pellet "Finicky"...mine prefer JSB's

    IMO, PCP is the best way to go if you wish to do serious airgun hunting.

    *some PCP's require more pressure, such as the Walther 1250 Dominator...4800 PSI

    **PCP's may operate on lesser pressures than those shown or recommended, you'll just get fewer shots per refill. my .25 Marauder runs off of 3000 PSI but i get only 20-25 'full power' shots before the drop in trajectory/power.
     

  3. 700lefty

    700lefty New Member

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    Thanks for all the good info.
    I've posted my thoughts in red.
     
  4. donw

    donw Member

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    i also have one of the Benjamin Trail Nitro in .22; if you elect to get one, be prepared to do some "Adjustments"

    if you want to PM or EM me i can go into much more detail.
     
  5. dogdinger

    dogdinger Writers Guild

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    anybody have the hammerli ? I am getting real close to ordering one. saw a real good video review of it and it is about 100$ cheaper. AJ
     
  6. 700lefty

    700lefty New Member

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    I'll have to admit, that is one of the rifles I was considering. It comes complete, sans the pump but does have many good features.
    One being ambidextrous.
    I am left handed.
     
  7. FAL Shot

    FAL Shot Well-Known Member

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    Most PCP hunting class air rifles have variable power. Springers do not.

    The BSA Lonestar and Benjamin Marauder are adjusted by varying the hammer spring pressure. My Lonestar came perfectly adjusted for .25 JSB Exact King pellets, they are just starting to get noisy and barely into the transsonic zone, but not enough to affect accuracy. H&N Baracuda could take a bit more power, being heavier. H&N Field Target Trophy are too light and make a ballistic crack and are not accurate. On examination of a pellet stopped by water, the FTT had a bulged out rear skirt caused by the too-high power level. The FTT is a springer pellet unless you turn down your PCP power. It would get you more shots, but a bit less range, if you did that.

    I had a Crosman Nitro Piston springer. They are junk compared to a PCP.

    The Marauder and Lonestar have adjustable match grade triggers.
     
  8. mutedblade

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    I know this is throwing the lasso around an old topic, but I wanted to see if there is any interest in a BSA Super Ten .22 cal PCP with 2 bottle buddies, 4 magazines, tasco red dot and several quality pellets. The only negative about this rifle is there is a crack on the left stock at the palm swell that is serviceable and a scratch or two on the right of the stock. Not looking for anything crazy, but throw an offer or two out there if you are interested and I'll get some pics put together.

    Thanks,

    Justin