The .25 caliber Career Carbine
by B.B. Pelletier
A lot of you like to hunt with your airguns. I'd like to show you a carbine that's a hunter's dream - the Career Carbine in .25 caliber! (Scroll to the bottom of the page to see specs & prices.)
The Career 707 Carbine is a trim little rifle with a BIG PUNCH! In .25 caliber, it will roll the largest airgun game.
The Career 707 was one of the first powerful Korean repeaters to come to this country. It has been a huge success, mostly due to the smashing power the rifle develops. In fact, it's so powerful that Americans were asking for modifications to LOWER the power before the first year of importation was up (1995). That's a switch! The big plus with a Career is the accuracy. These rifles can deliver sub-1" groups at 50 yds. and still deliver the same muzzle energy as a .22 short!
The Career Carbine came several years after the rifle. It has the same general appearance as the rifle, but the shorter length makes it lighter and faster in the woods. You will lose some shots due to a smaller reservoir, and the power is not as great as the rifle, but the Career Carbine is still a very powerful air rifle! Instead of 70 foot-pounds, you're down somewhere in the 50s. Big deal! The woodchucks won't know the difference.
The Carbine is also a loud airgun. It has to be with that much air coming out of a short barrel. If you decide to buy one, do so for the convenience of a small handy carbine that still exceeds the power of most European airguns. Because you will shoot diabolo pellets, you will have the same safety range as lesser air rifles. I'll make pellet recommendations in a moment, but there's one more thing I want you to think about.
The Career Carbine in .25 caliber!
As long as we're going big today, why not go all the way and get a .25 caliber carbine? While I was looking through the pages on the Pyramyd Air website, I noticed how difficult it is to find the Career Carbine. Then, I noticed a sale on the .25 caliber Career Carbines. Do you know what a great deal this is?
I think that airgunners sometimes order a carbine without knowing how powerful it will be. Maybe they're shooting an RWS Diana 52 at present and this little carbine that weighs LESS THAN 7 LBS. is MORE THAN TWICE AS POWERFUL as their rifle. They don't stop to consider how the Carbine accomplishes that. It does it with a lot of compressed air, and the muzzle blast reflects it. If you're prepared for the sound of a .22 rimfire, the carbine sounds nice. If you compare it to a spring rifle, it will assault your senses.
Today's Career has an adjustable pellet feed, so the gun can adapt to long or short pellets. My No. 1 pick is the 36.6/36.8-grain super-heavy Eun Jin pellet. Yes, they're expensive compared to smaller-caliber pellets, but this is a hunting rifle we're talking about, and these pellets really reach out and do the job. Never scrimp when it comes to ammunition for hunting! My second choice is the (almost) 31-grain extra-heavy Beeman Kodiak pellet. In fact, try both pellets in your gun to see which is the best. Some guns shoot the Kodiak better than the Eun Jin.
Two more pellets
I know from experience that the 21-grain Diana Magnum pellet is very accurate in other .25 caliber airguns, so give it a try in the Carbine. It's lightweight (imagine 21 grains being called light!), so you'll get more velocity to reach out farther and flatter for squirrels and rabbits. The H&N Field & Target pellet also looks good. At 24.4 grains, it's a medium-weight pellet in this caliber.
If you use a scope, you've GOTTA pick the new Leapers 6x Bug Buster. It's built on Leapers new TS super-strong platform and has more power than ever - yet it's sized perfectly for the Career Carbine. The article I linked to is about a different TS scope, so don't be confused by the slightly different appearance.
The bottom line for the Career Carbine is this - it's not for everyone. But, for hunters, it's a good 'un. If you hunt where light weight and small size are important, this one might be for you.