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    Product: IZH 61 multi shot air rifle

    IZH-Baikal IZH 61 multi shot air rifle Air rifle
    Review entered on 2013-12-10 13:53:34

    Overall rating:4.0 4.0

    Value for money:5.0 5.0

    Accuracy:2.0 2.0

      By Derek from USA on 2013-12-10
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    Things I liked:The repeating mechanism is nifty and works well. The trigger is better than expected. It's a great value, especially if you catch it on sale. "Fun" describes it well!
    Things I would have changed:Not much. Accept its limitations due to its price point and enjoy it. Assembly quality control could be improved (nothing is in line - mine needed a severe windage adjustment to hit target). The factory iron sights are mediocre. It seems to be over lubricated from the factory.
    What others should know:It's a pretty small gun. The buttstock can be adjusted further than you think - just remove it and relocate the nut which should be obvious. The factory says that they use a lot of preservative, and that the bore should be cleaned before use. Heed this recommendation; out of the box, my bore was unbelievably filthy!! After one cleaning, I was getting 1" 5-shot groups at 25-feet. After a second more extensive bore cleaning, I got down to half-inch 5-shot groups at 25-feet. I suspect further improvement will occur with use and additional cleanings. Heavier pellets seem to fit the clips better. Yes - the pellets can fall out of the clips, but this isn't a big deal as it is easily preventable. It's a great grab and go rifle for plinking cans at 25 to 33 feet. Most of the time, these guns come with a spare mainspring - I didn't get one.

    Product: Hawke Sport Optics 2-7x32 AO Sport HD Rifle Scope, Mil-Dot Reticle, 1/4 MOA, 1" Tube

    Hawke Sport Optics 2-7x32 AO Sport HD Rifle Scope, Mil-Dot Reticle, 1/4 MOA, 1 inch Tube
    Review entered on 2015-02-23 14:16:48

    Overall rating:5.0 5.0

    Value for money:5.0 5.0

      By Derek from USA on 2015-02-23
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    Things I liked:I like the zoom range, the AO parallax range, and the smaller objective lens size - see more details on this below. This is probably the best scope available for rifles that shoot at 700 FPS or less, or routinely used for shooting at 100-feet or less.
    Things I would have changed:Nothing! I'm very surprised this isn't the most popular scope PA sells. Peanut gallery comment: why bother with the more expensive Illuminated Reticle (IR) version of this scope?
    What others should know:Many air rifles now come with a 4-12x40 scope (or just a straight 4x). Why? It's a lot easier to offhand shoot at 2x than 4x. If you need 4x or more, you have it available, plus the 2x gives you a much wider field of view. Next: we all know that an adjustable Objective (AO) is necessary for air rifle shooting distances. Contrary to what PA says; my Hawke 2-7x32 has a minimum parallax adjustment of 15-feet, which is great for shooting indoors. Finally: while 40mm and 50mm objective lenses look cool (and are great for dim conditions), they can cause an exit pupil problem in brighter conditions. The smaller 32mm objective lens doesn't let in as much light, so the exit pupil "black cloud" effect is much less under typical daylight conditions. Another peanut gallery comment: PA reports that this has a wire reticle. In my experience, wire reticles can be fragile in magnum springers. Hawke's Airmax line is probably better for these.
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