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And by affordable, I mean the least expensive that will still be accurate enough and powerful enough for rabbits out to distances at least 25 yards. I'm not wanting to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars and compete in the Olympics. :rolleyes: Also something that does not use CO2 cartridges. Someone recently recommended a Remington air rifle, but I didn't realize there was more than one model of Remington air rifle, and the guy is currently not available for me to follow up with him for about a week. Although I may still get a Remington, I wanted input as to other brands and models that would also do the job for dispatching smaller critters without using shotguns or bow and arrows.

In case anyone's wondering why I'm not asking this question in another thread r/t airguns and survival, this has nothing to do with survivalism. Also not looking to use bow and arrows even though I have them. Besides, that thread has devolved into tp discussions. :rolleyes:
This question is simply about pellet rifles. :)
 

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You can still find an old Sheridan blue streak in great shape for $250. Find any olld pumper and have it rebuilt better than new with todays valves and seals. It's called a steroid kit. Mac-1 air guns will sell you the parts or rebuild it for you for less than tha $175. 1960-2005 Benjamin, Franklin or Sheridan pumper better than new for less than$300.
A .22 cal. pumper making 900fps with a lead pellet is a air rifle! They don't make a good heavy barrel like they did back in the 60's -80s today. Find an old gun with a good barrel and restore it. 10 time better than break barrels. For hunting small game the .5 mm or .20cal is far better than .177 or .22 in a old pumper. Just go to any air gun forum and any of collectors or serious shooters have at lest one or more .20cal Sheridan blue or silver streaks. I have a rocker safety 1968 blue streak and it will kill ***** with a head shot no problem. Clean hole in the skull. It is accurate and as powerful than any rim fire .22 inside 50 yards. I'm killing squirrels stone dead out to 75 yard with mine. Go to GTA air gun forum and read about the Dans (Sheridan). They are legionary and highly valued as a hunter. Baker air guns has some old rebuilt Dans for sale ever now and than. Look at their webb site.
 

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Have you checked Walmart? Some years ago I felt the need, got a Crossman 177 that was 100 bucks. It wasn't bad, though I'd rather have a .22 for rabbits, something a little more powerful than my old Benjamin pump up I had when I was a kid. My first rabbit took 4 pellets to put down. :laugh:
 

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If you want a PCP, I would suggest you look around for a place to recharge them. Most of the cost in a PCP is in refilling the air tanks. That said, if you are somewhat rural, go to your volunteer fire department and ask if they can refill a dive tank. Many VFD's have compressors to refill their own air tanks. These are compressors that are refilling breathable tanks and at high pressure, so they are perfect for refilling PCP tanks. They may even have a cheap tank for you to use to recharge your PCP in the field. Many will refill your tank for free, but they always appreciate a donation.

Benjamin makes a good solid PCP that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. But lately there are some newer players bringing in competitive model PCPs, like Hatsan and Umarex.

Springers are the hardest to shoot, but are unencumbered with extraneous equipment needs. If you do go for a springer, and they are the cheapest, look for one that has a gas piston. They will shoot just a little smoother and be a little easier to cock. You will see a lot of "high powered" springers, and they are a little harder to shoot because of the stronger action, but in actuality, the high powered springer IMO mean shoot a heavier pellet and try to keep them barely sub sonic, or around 1,000 fps. Ruger and Remington both sell rebranded springers. Look around at some of the discount online sellers, like Pyramid Air. They will have a lot of videos, and you tube is useful for reviews on different models.

If rabbits at 25 yards are what you are after, I would advise you go with a .22, as opposed to the .177. The .20 is just to hard to find pellets for, IMO. Silencers are legal if they are permanently attached to the air rifle barrel, but they will cost you a little velocity.
 

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You can still find an old Sheridan blue streak in great shape for $250. Find any olld pumper and have it rebuilt better than new with todays valves and seals. It's called a steroid kit. Mac-1 air guns will sell you the parts or rebuild it for you for less than tha $175. 1960-2005 Benjamin, Franklin or Sheridan pumper better than new for less than$300.
A .22 cal. pumper making 900fps with a lead pellet is a air rifle! They don't make a good heavy barrel like they did back in the 60's -80s today. Find an old gun with a good barrel and restore it. 10 time better than break barrels. For hunting small game the .5 mm or .20cal is far better than .177 or .22 in a old pumper. Just go to any air gun forum and any of collectors or serious shooters have at lest one or more .20cal Sheridan blue or silver streaks. I have a rocker safety 1968 blue streak and it will kill ***** with a head shot no problem. Clean hole in the skull. It is accurate and as powerful than any rim fire .22 inside 50 yards. I'm killing squirrels stone dead out to 75 yard with mine. Go to GTA air gun forum and read about the Dans (Sheridan). They are legionary and highly valued as a hunter. Baker air guns has some old rebuilt Dans for sale ever now and than. Look at their webb site.
Before the seals went bad in my old Benjamin in the early 80s, I had just gotten my first chronograph. I tested the chronograph with the air rifle (.22 caliber) and got a consistent 400 fps. The old gun never set the world on fire, but it was my intro to small game hunting at 7 years of age. I got it for Christmas.
 
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I’ve read that you must dry shoot several times to help set the seals so they don’t leak later down the road . ^^^^^^^
 

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Well, mine lasted about 20 years before the seals started leaking.
 
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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 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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