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Not a rimfire, but please provide thoughts on a good 22 caliber air rifle to think about purchasing...

 

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Without knowing your criteria, I can tell you I have an Xisico (Chinese RWS rip-off) that’s pretty accurate and can put a .22 pellet clear through two steel soup cans

 

i would have sprung for the real RWS but I knew I’d shoot it so rarely I couldn’t justify

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Use the wisdom of the crowd.  Go to Pyramid Air and put in your criteria and 4 stars or above.  You should be able to find something suitable.

Just curious, any particular reason for 22 over the more common .177?

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One reason to consider .22 over .177 is that the pellets are easier to pick-up, handle & load, especially if you are considering a single shot air rifle.   Pyramid Air is an excellent online resource for investigation/purchase of your air rifle.  After much research I purchased a PCP (Pre-Charged Pneumatic) rifle that uses a 10 round magazine in addition to single shot.  PCP air rifles have a cylinder that holds compressed air (or CO2 if they use cartridges) and can fire multiple rounds on a single charge.  They will be more expensive than pump type air guns.  If you want to have maximum fun plinking, I recommend you check-out PCP air rifles.  More shooting, less work pumping and with a magazine, less time loading.

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I am thinking a self-contained pump.  Scorpio, I already have a .177 caliber one.  Just looking to expand the toolbox.  I don't remember exactly what it is, but I'm going to say Gamo Big Cat.   I have seen ones that are convertible between the two and that is a little interesting to me.  Shocker, thanks for the advice.  I don't think it would be used too often, either.  Just something else the kids can plink with.   I have an Ithaca Model 49 and it is a fun gun in .22LR for them to shoot.  Heck, I like shooting it, too, single-action and all, but a scoped pump .22LR pellet gun would be nice.    I never thought I would enjoy the Ruger Wrangler as much as I do as well.   Sometimes it is just fine to take your time.  

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Air rifles are one of my "things", so I have quite a few. I collect mostly older models, but also hunt small game with one. My current favorite for hunting is a Benjamin Trail NP XL in .22. (~ $200). Benjamin is now made by Crosman. The NP stands for "Nitro Piston", which means it uses a compressed gas piston instead of a spring. Less vibration, and no loss of power when it's cold outside. Be careful when selecting - many of the newer high power air guns have an integrated suppressor, and that's illegal in NJ. 

Gamo also makes a decent air rifle, although they can be "plasticky".  Both Gamo and Benjamin are available from Cabela's in Hamburg. 

If you decide to scope it, make sure you purchase a scope designed for air rifles. The 2 direction recoil of a spring air rifle will make short work of a standard .22 scope. 

CO2 guns are fun, bit cannot achieve the same power as a good spring-air rifle. They are also next to useless when it gets cold outside. 

PCPs are also nice, but you will make a significant investment in both the gun and a pump.  For casual plinking a single shot spring air is the way to go. 

Good luck and let us know what you end up with. 

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