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Thread: Best .20 springer

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    Hi guys,

    I'd appreciate some views on .20 springers. Basically the idea is to get opinions on the best value for money options. There is obviously a catch with lots of power and great accuracy but there should be some trade off on both sides, where there best value for money is.
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    As far as I know the only real option is the HW97. They are great.
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    What else is available std in .20?
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    In .20, HW offer the widest variety and best value. Models available by HW in .20 are:
    HW77/K (Underlever Spring)
    HW80/K (Breakneck spring)
    HW85/K (Breakneck spring)
    HW90 (Breakneck gas ram)
    HW95/K (Breakneck spring)
    HW97/K (Underlever Spring)
    HW98 (Breakneck Spring)

    The gap to next level is quite large with Theobens and if you want the ultimate cream then there's only one....Whiscombe's, that offer high power(19 to 26fpe) with VERY low/almost no recoil and amazing accuracy.

    Farmer's right though, in SA the HW97K .20 is hard to beat and is more available too.
    Last edited by blankster; 23-07-08 at 00:07.
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    How much better are the Theobens?
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    My Theoben .20 Eliminator is an awesome rifle...but you'll have to go over to the UK and fetch one unless you want to pay the earth for somebody to import it for you.
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    Might be mistaken but Theobens start from about R10K and go up to R20K+. Would love to get my hands on the Eliminator
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    Cost wise (value for money) you wont beat the HW97K. I just went through this whole exercise and it is the riflr to buy.
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    Current price for a new Eliminator is around 650 Pounds in the UK. Three years ago I was quoted R22k for the agents to import one for me (Twinbore, I think). I bought mine new for around 450 Pounds when I was over there. Be warned, it's a nightmare to get a F.A.C. rated air rifle shipped privately to SA...but worth it! Unlike my S410 (non-FAC version) which I simply brought back as baggage (not one airport official asked to inspect it!).
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    Good on you mfezi! its a great rifle
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    I haven't shot with an Eliminator before, but my Theoben Crusader .20 is out of this world. Well made & engineered, very smooth firing & relatively easy to cock the gas ram, it shoots flat as an arrow from 10m out to 40m with H&N FTT. At 50m the hold over is about 2cm. It is very quiet for a springer and smooth as silk. Personally, I'd rather spend more and get one good rifle than start off with a cheapie as everyone recommends and build up from there.
    As for Twinbore, don't get me started - they are clearly not interested in the air rifle business in this country as their service is seriously lacking and their prices are ridiculously expensive.
    I rate Airgungfanatix - they have the Crusader at a very good price. I bought mine second hand, and their new Crusader is only R1000 more than what I paid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blankster View Post
    ...if you want the ultimate cream then there's only one....Whiscombe's, that offer high power(19 to 26fpe) with VERY low/almost no recoil and amazing accuracy...
    Are they still available?
    Some months ago they didn't answer my e-mail enquiry from their website
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    they dont make them anymore....

    best .20 out of the box is the HW80 which can be tuned up to 18-20 ft\lbs
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    yeah guido, the HW80 will someday be my next gun. I am in love with the 1980-1995's venom tuned hw80's with the walnut stock and volumetric (?) silencer with a tiny bit of scroll engraving....
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    On this topic, I have been thinking of upgrading my springer from my Gamo to the HW97K, seems to be the most popular, what is the benefit of the .20 v the .177?
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