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    This looks like a pretty good $100 deal from Midway

    https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1021417380
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    The .20 is just to hard to find pellets for, IMO.
    i order on line. They stocked them for me a Gander mt but they closed up. Same price free shipping on Az prime.
    I had just gotten my first chronograph. I tested the chronograph with the air rifle (.22 caliber) and got a consistent 400 fps
    Take that old gun and ship it to Mac-1 air guns and the steroid reseal job well get that Benjamin.22 doing 900fps with a lead pellet. The .20cal shoots flatter than the .22.
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    Check Ebay for the .20 cal stuff. I'm seeing blue and silver streaks ranging from about 103-250 with most under the 150 range. they do jack you on shipping though.
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    I bought one of these a few years back in .22 caliber. Taken a few tree rats, a possum, and a few feral cats.

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    https://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Gamo_Silent_Cat/1860

    I only found a link to the .177 version. I did update the scope to a 3-9x32 air rifle scope.
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    I forgot all about this one. This thread jogged my memory, so I dug this out today.

    I bought it about 15 years ago at a traveling Chinese tool sale. I nearly passed up this stack of air rifles and pistols. As a last item purchase, I bought a pellet rifle. The thing looks like the love child of a Daisy BB gun and an SKS, sporting a Desoto bumper jack handle.

    It's made of blued steel and wood. Weighs in at 7 lbs. Single shot .177 cal. They were so proud of this thing that they left off the country of origin and manufacture stamps. Only markings to be found are the rear sight index lines. Grooves are cut for a scope mount.

    I set a foam ice box & target out about 20 yds. and shot some pointed tip Daisy pellets across the Chrony. 560 fps average at the muzzle. I'm satisfied with it's accuracy. These pointy pellets penetrated 4'' of ice box styrofoam.

    The guy at the tool sale offered to sell me a case of ten air rifles for $150 when I bought this $19 gun. I went back the next day and the tent sale was on down the road.
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    No better value or accuracy for air rifles than the Sheridan/Benjamin rifles. I prefer the .22 cal in either one. I shot a Sheridan Blue Streak .20 caliber or 5mm as a kid, bought my oldest son a Silverstreak as an 8 year old, and then shot tree rats for a number of years with a Benjamin/Sheridan for over 9 years. They are all pump ups, highly accurate. I'm not a fan of the spring air. At age 69, my arms and shoulders started having problems so I bought a Sheridan .22 caliber in a single CO2 cartridge configuration with an integrated scope, and it like all the others is a tack driver with many shots being head shots (on squirrels) at 30-45 feet. Only 550- 600 fps, depending on temp, but puts the pellets where I send them. Pyramid Air has the best deals.
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    Benjamin rifles manufactured after 2005 are junk. Mac-1 air guns will not work on them. Who is Mac-1 ? His grandpa was one of the first authorized repairman for Benjamin. His dad took over and now he does it. He can make a pump Benjamin, Sheridan, Franklin like new for about $100 and way over spec for $175. Just make sure it still has a good barrel that is not separated from the pump tube.
    Now I'm taking rabbits with my 1377 Crossman pistol. You can rebuild the doo doo out of it. Longer barrel, full stock, higher pressure value... I'm stoning bunnies
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    @ 25-35 if i brace the pistol on the hand rail of the deck. To much fun and very good in the crockpot!
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    I bought a Beeman at Wal-Mart for $99.00 it comes wit two barrels .177 & .22 . I mounted a Center Point scope 4-16x40AOIR made for air rifles ($60.00 at Wal-Mart) & a good scope mount from Bass Pro made for air rifles. Mine shoots great & every thing I hit in the head drops. The only thing the rifle is a little heavy.

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    I have a Gamo Big Fat that came with a scope. I got it on sale at Cabelas a few years ago for $100. Break barrel .177cal at around 1000fps. Great accurate rifle.
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    Thanks for all the great suggestions so far. Some family member of mine made a couple more suggestions also. One was the Remington again, the other was a Ruger AirHawk Elite 2 with scope, 177 cal, $100 at Walmart. Going to probably check there and and the one mentioned at Cabelas also so far. (Big Cat) not usually a fan of ordering online but will check out midways offering and give it consideration also. (I've ordered stuff from them before)
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