$350 for a BB gun ??

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No. I did not spend $350 for a BB gun. That was just to get your attention. See Mel Tappan "Survival Guns"

RWS-Diana spring-piston pellet rifles range from $200 for utility grade to over $2000 for Olympic competition models. The spring-piston pellet rifle is not the familiar pellet rifel that you must [ump several times. Pull the cocking lever one time to fully cock the rifle, load and fire.

The RWS-Diana spring-piston pellet rifle, made in Germany, is a precision instrument. Assuming you do your part it will place a .177 or .22 cal lead pellet into a 3/8 inch group every time at 30 feet..

At Wal-mart .177 pellets are $1.97 + tax for 250 Daisy pointed field pellets. That it $853 per thousand (Texas salkes tax included).

Within a range of 50 to 75 feet you can make one-shot kills on small game .... rabbit, pigeon, squirrel etc.

Meaty little volunteers eagerly come to a feeder placed near you back door. They will be there at the candy store when you need them for the stew pot.

-- Vlad (Strelok60@yahoo.com), December 03, 1999


Drat !!! That should read $8.53 per thousand pellets. Not eight hundred fifty three dollars ....... eight dolalrs and fifty three cents per thousand pellets.

-- Vlad (Strelok60@yahoo.com), December 03, 1999.

I've got a scope-sighted RWS, my main Y2k meat gun.

RWS makes excellent .177 pellet handguns. Accurate, cheap, silent pistol practice.

-- Not Whistlin' Dixie (not_whistlin_dixie@yahoo.com), December 03, 1999.


Several years ago (20+), I bought a Daisy Feinwerkbau (sp?) with the spring/piston action. It was made for Olympic use (or so I was told). I put a 6X scope on it and with match pellets and a sandbag rest, I could consistantly kill flys sitting on a fence at 25 yards (measured). But only on a calm day. I still have the pellet gun. The only thing I found wrong with it was it's mortar-like trajectory. You have to be really good at estimating range to be able to reliably kill small game with it. A misjudgement of just a few yards will put you low or high enough to not deliver a killing shot on a squirrel. But it IS silent and accurate. The gun was slightly used when I got it for $80.00, which I thought was atrocious for a pellet gun at the time. A drop of WD-40 in the base of the pellet will greatly increase the velocity (as noted by the "crack" when fired), but I've only done this a few times and never checked to see how it affected the accuracy but it shoots high, though.


-- Gerald R. Cox (grcox@internetwork.net), December 03, 1999.

Gerald. Pls no more petrolube in spring-piston pellet guns. It can blow them up. That is exactly how diesel engine detonate fuel ....sudden compression of air makes heat.

When piston surges forward the air in chamber temporarily may reach 1800F and that will detonate petrolubes.

www.dnrws.com is Dynamit-Nobel the people who handle US sales of RWS-Diana.

I use molybdenum disulfide in both air chamber and mainspring on my Diana rifles. Make for increased velocity and smooth operation. I have two rifles model 36 and model 48 both .177.

MidwayUSA sells "Drop Out" graphite in an evaporative carrier for bullet moulds. I sprayed pellets with Drop Out. Let dry overnigt Graphited pellets will penetrate 0.020" aluminum sheet. Unsprayed pelelts make nice dent but do not penetrate.

-- Vlad (Strelok60@yahoo.com), December 03, 1999.


Yep, I knew it wasn't good for the gun so that's why I only did it a few times (maybe 8-10 total). I bought it originally to practice my shooting without a rest. It is fairly heavy; about the same as a deer rifle, so I thought it would be some cheap off-hand practice. I was really surprised at it's accuracy.


-- Gerald R. Cox (grcox@internetwork.net), December 03, 1999.

One thing that impressed me with our .177 Diana pellet rifle was when we were using empty aluminum soda cans as targets, and I thought that the boys were missing the cans- but they weren't--the pellets were punching a hole right through the cans, and the cans hardly moved. I thought that indicated pretty good velocity when the pellet hit the can. This was at 30 to 50 feet. I'm glad that we bought the pellet rifle years ago, even though it cost almost as much as a decent .22.


-- Jim (Jiminwis@yahoo.com), December 03, 1999.

I have a Crosman American Classic .177 breech-loaded single-shot pump pistol that I can consistently ten-ring on a standard handgun sillhouette (sp?) target at 75 yards. I've also done a half-inch group of ten pellets at that range with it. No scope, just the built- in sights. Smaller than a rifle airgun and variable power to suit your needs. Same ammo, but the gun's $50 or so. Just an option in case a rifle's not your strong suit...

O d d O n e

-- OddOne (mocklamer_199@yahoo.com), December 05, 1999.

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