I am looking to purchase my first PCP to be used for FT and Plinking in the back yard and would like to know the pros and cons for both of these PCP's.
Information on the multishot versions would also be appreciated.
As a rifle for FT and general shooting the S400 is difficult to beat in terms of accuracy, reliability, consistency and value for money.
The trigger is a genuine two stage pattern, and since the general upgrade to the three sear pattern is capable of match grade pull characteristics.
The S400 also has potential for upgrading as well with different length reservoirs and muzzle brakes to improve further its handling characteristics.
The above rifle started life as a walnut stocked S400 Classic but has since had the cheekpiece raised and a 520mm reservoir and brass muzzle weight added. This action now serves as my reserve FT action should my main FT rifle, which is also a modified S400 that is fitted with a dedicated FT stock, give a problem.
In terms of the multi-shot system the AA system uses a very simple magazine that does not use any kind of internal spring / ratchet system to rotate and so is very reliable. The only thing you might notice is that cocking effort on an S410 is slightly higher as operating the bolt also operates the magazine indexing mechanism. The other thing about the multi-shot is the extra cost - for what you are looking to do you would be better to spend extra money on the scope and go with the single shot S400.
i'm not going up to GP to shoot this weekend.......see u at the range sat afternoon? i will bring both
there's really nothing in it between the 12ftlbs versions of S400 and Hornet re accuracy/consistency......etc. (fac detuned versions......it really depend on the tuner). it's really down to personal preference on weight/design/fit/shape.......etc
having said that the AA just does it so easily.........with out the need for regulators, thick free-floating barrels.........etc.
it's easier to work on (AA), and there are more parts available. another point to consider is that AA local back-up and product knowledge is far more superior.
i don't work for AA, nor get any kick backs from them (maybe i should?) and i've got both S4x0 and Hornet in my airgun collection.......
I demand quality and reliability from the equipment I use. I have never once had a Leupold break or otherwise let me down in competition, something that I can't say for some of the cheaper optics I have owned in the past.
Also Leupold were one of the few makes back when I first started shooting FT that offered the sort of high magnification (and high quality) scopes that we were looking for and I have just stuck with the brand ever since.
One of my 6.5-20x40 Vari-XIII's I bought second hand in 1990 and it is still going strong - that is why I like them.
As far as I am concerned there are only three kinds of scope - Vari-XII's, Vari-XIII's and Mk4's. You might ask me what sort of rifle is that under that Leupold scope? 8)
In all fairness however other cheaper brands are getting much better nowadays.
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