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Anyone have any experience with this air rifle?

It's $99.... and I have read a couple of reviews that it is the best deal on the planet for a .22 cal air rifle.

Biggest negative is the cheap scope, but that is to be expected for this price range.


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Crosman owns them now, so I don't think that helped quality any.
Benjamin used to make a great air rifle.

The last Benjamin .22 nitro air rifle I bought worked great for about 20 shots then died. I assume the ram went bad. I haven't bothered with it since. I suppose it could be rebuilt.

I would at least check the warrantee and try to use it enough to determine if it has a defect before the warrantee runs out.

Otherwise it was a great gun. very nice wood stock.
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I have never understood buying a nitro air gun. You must buy the ammo and the gas. I also have never understood the scopes with such guns. Seems to the the purpose is to teach shooting. IMO that needs to start with iron sights. IMO the scopes are just a marketing ploy to pre-teens.

So I would focus on non-nitro guns and forget about scopes.
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I have a nitro piston Crossman in 177. It is similar to the Benjamin. It is more quiet that my 22 walther springer. I did change the scope out. It is accurate and somewhat powerful. It takes rodents out to 25 yards with ease. It is louder that my Benjamin pump up but more powerful quicker to get follow up shots. Pick one up, you will enjoy it. fun to shoot, and if legal able to put small game on the table.
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One interesting thing about these air rifles.

You might think a .22 is stronger than a .177.

Not sure if that is the reality, since the .22 velocity is significantly slower than the .177
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Ok... I opted for this one.....

Crosman Vantage .22



I just ordered three.... two sons and son-in-law for Christmas presents. We have a family rule of limiting gifts to $100.

I am a bit spoiled with a RWS Diana and love the gun and it has been awesome for over 12 years without a single issue. Just a little oil and she keeps lofting .177's at 1k.

Anyway.... I wanted a wood stock and a gun without a scope...(cause the package scopes are junk).

This one has a really great reputation and I purchased from Pyramid Air.


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I have a Crosman Nitro-Piston in .177. absolutely fantastic air rifle!!! I use the heavy 10.5 grain pellets and have taken squirrel, rabit, racoon, pheasant and even a turkey with it! very accurate and extremely powerful......it aint like the BB guns I had as a kid.....its a real game getter!

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and it will be as loud as a 22 LR when new, but will quiet down after the 1st 100 shots. pellets hitting the target or game will be louder than the actual report of the air gun firing!
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Received all three guns this evening, compliments of Brown Truck.

I will lube and shoot all three in the next week to make sure they are 'good to go', but I did pull one out and handle it this evening.

WOW.... The Crosman Vantage's are all there. Very solid and sturdy guns. I love the wood stock.

If these dudes are accurate and have some life to them.... they are an unbelievable $100 purchase.

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DO NOT LUBE THEM!!
if you get lube in the barrel, piston, piston chamber or pellets the lube will ignite!!! you will actually get fire and smoke out of the barrel!!
this is what air-gunners call dieseling. it will burn out your seals, cause erratic velocities and be very loud.
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DO NOT LUBE THEM!!
if you get lube in the barrel, piston, piston chamber or pellets the lube will ignite!!! you will actually get fire and smoke out of the barrel!!
this is what air-gunners call dieseling. it will burn out your seals, cause erratic velocities and be very loud.
It's also a lot of fun when done right!
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Ok... I opted for this one.....

Crosman Vantage .22



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Good choice for budget airgun, it's not much high-end sport equipment, but overall work fine as plinking gun. Watch out for scopes, spring-powered airguns produce a lot of vibrations at the shot, and as effect more delicate scopes just break down. What to say more? Uhh, collect used cans, cans poorly survive longer target shooting sessions.
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You can always spend more money on an Air-gun, but in the nitro piston class of airguns the Crosman is no slouch! you wont get better performance from other makers.

you really don't need a silencer on an air-rifle, they are pretty quiet with out them, and if you want better accuracy from an airgun, buy better pellets. In Nitro-Piston airguns they heavier the better!

Myself I found the crosman 10.5 gr premier domed pellets (177) gave the best accuracy and knock down power on small game.

like I said you can spend more money if you like, but why? Crosman makes it right at an affordable price!

Absolutely nothing wrong with the Air-Rifle you bought! be proud of it!
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I have never understood buying a nitro air gun. You must buy the ammo and the gas. I also have never understood the scopes with such guns. Seems to the the purpose is to teach shooting. IMO that needs to start with iron sights. IMO the scopes are just a marketing ploy to pre-teens.

So I would focus on non-nitro guns and forget about scopes.
You are confusing gas-piston and PCP (Pre-Charged Pneumatic). The gas piston as in the OP rifle is similar to pneumatic tailgate lifters. PCP rifles have an on-board compressed air cylinder which is charged from an external source. Pressures are upwards of 3000 psi.

All the gas piston rifles do is replace a metal spring with an air spring.

Springer air rifles will destroy a normal scope due to the reverse recoil of the spring.

Lead pellets are relatively cheap going for around $10 per 500.

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You can always spend more money on an Air-gun, but in the nitro piston class of airguns the Crosman is no slouch! you wont get better performance from other makers.

you really don't need a silencer on an air-rifle, they are pretty quiet with out them, and if you want better accuracy from an airgun, buy better pellets. In Nitro-Piston airguns they heavier the better!

Myself I found the crosman 10.5 gr premier domed pellets (177) gave the best accuracy and knock down power on small game.

like I said you can spend more money if you like, but why? Crosman makes it right at an affordable price!

Absolutely nothing wrong with the Air-Rifle you bought! be proud of it!
You can spend big bucks on air rifles. I did for a couple of reasons; quality and accuracy. One of my rifles came with a suppressor as they are legal. The best and most accurate rifles come from Germany and England but are usually expensive.

There are dozens of different pellets available and each rifle may be particular to one brand, one weight or one diameter. I had to do a lot of testing to find the most accurate ones in my guns.

Some of the magnum rifles such as the nitro piston are loud with the pellet going supersonic.
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I have one in .177. It shoots great! The only reason that I stopped shooting it is that I bought a PCP pellet rifle. the nitro piston is more quiet that the Walther springer that I have in .22. Both are more powerful and faster than my PCP. but the PCP is very quiet and has enough power to kill small game. I have a couple of pump up benjamins which have not been shot in many years. They are also quiet but slow on the second shot. the nitro piston is much faster on the second shot. the PCP with its clip is as quick on the second shot as any bolt action rifle.
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