Recommended Air Rifles

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Hanover Bill
Posts: 615
Joined: Thu May 14, 2009 3:10 pm
Location: Pennsylvania/Hanover Township
Martin Colony History: 2009 & 10 - 0
2011 & 12 - Visitors
2013 - 2 pr. fledged 9
2014 - 3 pr. fledged 13
2015 - 7 pr. fledged 27
2016 - 15 pr. fledged 72

Could I please get some recommendations for the best air rifles for pest control. I have seen some posted in the past but have forgotten them.

Preferably reasonably priced ones if possible.

Thanks;
Hanover Bill.
2009 & 10 - 0
2011 & 12 - Visitors
2013 - 2 pr. fledged 9
2014 - 3 pr. fledged 13
2015 - 7 pr. fledged 27
2016 - 15 pr. fledged 72
bacato
Posts: 87
Joined: Thu May 26, 2011 8:20 am
Location: Arkansas/Little Rock

This is something I struggled with for a bit. The trick is finding a combination of air rifle and pellets that shoot consistently. Not all pellets are created equally. I tried a couple of cheaper brands (guns and pellets) until reading up on here, and after taking advice from other members I went for the Beeman R7. Bought a sampler kit of pellets, and based on several recommendations I also ordered a tin of JSB Exact 7.87gr pellets (which I found work nicely with this gun). The rifle I purchased also came with a factory scope - which after about a dozen shots and a small amount of adjustment, I rarely miss sparrows. Starlings are not really challenging anymore.

Good luck!
2010: two pair nested, 1 bird fledged.
2011: starlings/sparrows destroyed nests. I shut down the house early to save PM lives.
2012: new T-14 with SREH, & a Beeman R7. Four fledged this year.
2013: Destroyed many house sparrows, but fledged 21 PM's!
Emil Pampell-Tx
Posts: 6743
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Martin Colony History: First started in Gretna, La in 1969 with a small homemade house, have had martins ever since at 2 different homes in Texas

Beeman R7
PMCA Member, 250 gourds, 6 poles, 2traps
M.Stephens
Posts: 1130
Joined: Tue Apr 07, 2009 3:14 pm
Location: Texas/Texarkana

I recently purchased the Benjamin Trail NP AW in 22 caliber. It's a reasonably priced airgun and very accurate. There is also the Benjamin Titan GP and I believe it can be gotten in .177 caliber or .22. They both come with a Centerpoint scope. Before I got the Trail I had gotten the Titan but after reading reviews on the Trail I exchanged mine for this rifle. These rifles are accurate and were real easy for me to site in. I suggest you go to some air gun sales sites and check out the reviews on these rifles and any others you may be interested in.
Malcolm
2015 (110 nesting pair)
2014 (92 nesting pair)
2013 (75 nesting pair)
2012 (35 nesting pair)
2011 (20 pair)
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jeffwilliams72
Posts: 267
Joined: Tue Apr 27, 2010 9:22 am
Location: Indiana/Carthage

Beeman Model-DE with Beeman scope rings, and a Leapers 3-9x40 scope,using Predator Polymag 8gr. pellets. Dime size patterns @ 30yds all day long.
2008/1st pair/ 4 fledged
2009-2010 visitors only
2011/2 pr/9 eggs/8 fledged
2012/9pr/33 fledged
2013/27pr/101 fledged
RC Moser
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really need to explain what your needs are: This would include the highest price your willing to pay, what surroundings you will be shooting (out on the farm or in close built community?) how powerful you needs are (I wouldn't want to get 1200 FPS loud rifle that sound like shotgun going off for housing additions on top of each other, just don't make since having all that power if you miss you target or housing).

Three things I look for in air rifle are. Acturate, FPS, and price. I try to match those up with my needs. You can spend $100 to $4000. Buying expensive gun don't guarantee you can hit anything with it.

Not say the R7 or any other rifle recommended are expensive, loud, too powerful, but it it's not quiet and you have close neighbors you have to consider your surroundings and whats beyond your set-up. My needs may not be what your looking for?
TheCav-MO
Posts: 64
Joined: Fri Mar 25, 2011 2:56 pm
Location: Missouri/Macon

The Benjamin Marauder is about the best air rifle on the market in my opinion. But it's not cheap either. I have one and wouldn't trade it for any air rifle on the market.
Chriscreole
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Joined: Tue Aug 17, 2010 9:31 am
Location: Texas, Hutto

I'm picking up a bengamin marauder in a .177 , and a carbon fiber alum wrapped 80cf air air tank @ 4500psi this next week
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James Strickland FL
Posts: 2249
Joined: Thu Nov 13, 2003 8:04 pm
Location: Reidsville NC
Martin Colony History: 2017 Had a lot visitors no Matins nesting, hoping 2018 will be different.
2018 Had 1 pair
2019 had 30 pair

Beeman R7 is the best one I have owned.
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daveh
Posts: 653
Joined: Wed Oct 22, 2008 7:40 am
Location: Kingsville Mo.

I have the Hammerli 850 co2 pellet gun. It seems to be really accurate at 30-35 yds with little wind. It's not real fast, the pellet, about 820 FPS, but takes care of starlings and sparrows just fine. I sure like the price of a Hammerli 850 compared to the Marauder. Also, with the compensator, this gun is extremely quiet. Might make a difference in a HOA.

dave
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Doug Martin - PA
Posts: 1920
Joined: Thu Mar 25, 2004 10:47 am
Location: Pennsylvania/Fombell
Martin Colony History: First pair in 2009 after 28 years of trying. 3 pairs 2010, 17 pairs 2011 and 35-45 pairs since. Many additional colonies are now springing up around mine in an area once completely void of Martins. I offer 50 compartments at my site consisting of primarily Excluder II gourds on Gemini racks. Also a wooden T-14. I utilize electric fence type predator guards on the base of the poles. Supplemental feeding is crucial in maintaining my colony. I platform feed throughout the season as needed. My site tends to be a stop over point for additional birds as they migrate further north.

Bill,

I got one of these. Plus 15% off.

http://www.sierratradingpost.com/crosma ... rFamily=99

It is a great gun for the money.

Doug
Supplemental feeding plays a major role in western Pennsylvania. Finally got my 1st pair in 2009 after 28 years of effort. 3 pairs in 2010. 17 pairs in 2011. 35 pairs and 150 young in 2012 & 2013. Plus a new 22 pair colony right down the road from me.
Emil Pampell-Tx
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Location: Tx, Richmond (SW of Houston)
Martin Colony History: First started in Gretna, La in 1969 with a small homemade house, have had martins ever since at 2 different homes in Texas

Many different guns are adequate for shooting S&S. What happens to most people is that they do not practice enough, they can't hit a spparrow at 40ft on a regular basis. It takes a lot of practice, and the correct pellet, to be able to hit a dime size target at 40 ft, so its even harder to hit such target at 30 to 40 yards. PRACTICE with a scope is what often is needed, but its normal for most people to blame the gun :lol: :lol:

Its important to be able to hit them, the S&S are usually tame enough for a good shot, but if you miss, they get more elusive, and then its harder and harder to get that good shot
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Don~VA
Posts: 391
Joined: Fri Mar 13, 2009 11:01 am
Location: Virginia/King George
Martin Colony History: Had a colony many years ago which dwindled over a couple of years and then did not return. Kept trying each year for almost 20 years and finally had a small success in 2011 with two pairs nesting. Colony has grown slowly each year with 22 pairs in 2015. In 2016 my gourd rack of 18 gourds filled up so I added 4 more gourds and then put up a small rack of 6 gourds. All of those were claimed within a few days so I believe I have at least 25 pairs this year.

Bill, I will add another vote for the Beeman R7 as I just purchased the R7 Elite and received it two days ago. Right out of the box it performed great. I have been fooling with a Gamo Varmint Hunter for two years and could never get a consistent group so its going on Craigslist. My advice - don't waste money on a lesser quality gun as you will be dissatisfied and wind up spending more for better quality in a year or two like I did.
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Hanover Bill
Posts: 615
Joined: Thu May 14, 2009 3:10 pm
Location: Pennsylvania/Hanover Township
Martin Colony History: 2009 & 10 - 0
2011 & 12 - Visitors
2013 - 2 pr. fledged 9
2014 - 3 pr. fledged 13
2015 - 7 pr. fledged 27
2016 - 15 pr. fledged 72

Thanks for all of the great tips and advice on the pellet rifles. I will do some online research and comparing.

As always, the tips and advice are fast and very helpful.

Thanks;
Hanover Bill.
2009 & 10 - 0
2011 & 12 - Visitors
2013 - 2 pr. fledged 9
2014 - 3 pr. fledged 13
2015 - 7 pr. fledged 27
2016 - 15 pr. fledged 72
Tim Stover
Posts: 505
Joined: Fri Jan 22, 2010 4:04 pm
Location: Tennesse/Madisonville

new rifle Ruger air hawk at the number one selling store in amercia price $107.99 premier hollow point pellets accuracy unbelievable enough said
2009 2pair 2010 24pair 2011 106 pair
2012 124 pair
2013 145
2014 170 pair
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pmcharter1
Posts: 110
Joined: Tue Apr 03, 2012 2:59 pm
Location: iowa/madrid

a friend of mine has a sheridan, powerfull gun. i may sound cheap here, but my grandpa , worked at the daisy factory in arkansas, after he retired from jhon deer, as a night gaurd, just to keep busy. Before he passed away, he gave me a daisy 880 pump, i put a scope on it, sighted it in , its deadly,he gave me gallon jugs of bbs, and pellets, and they shoot true, . to be honest, ikeep cleaning out that one room they try and frequent, and cap it off as all others are occupied by martins,, if they keep coming, game on! the 880 has been a great deterant! ive trapped the house sparrow, only to catch it and release it 5 miles away ony to have another replace it.as a land owner, we need to look after our colony,!if you endnager my pms, this ones for you! good night skippy!
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