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    Product: Hammerli 490 Express

    Hammerli 490 Express Air rifle
    Review entered on 2010-04-11 19:02:34

    Overall rating:4 4.0

    Value for money:4 4.0

    Accuracy:4 4.0

      By Pete from USA on 2010-04-11
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    Things I liked:Nicely shaped and good looking stock; reasonably priced. Easy cocking action, although if you have the gun inclined after loading a pellet, the pellet will sometimes fall out of the breech while closing the action.
    Things I would have changed:The trigger is lousy - a better trigger would dramatically improve the accuracy and overall experience of this rifle. The automatic safety is a pain in the neck, gritty and stiff - you need to release it using your left hand. Once the safety is released, it cannot be re-engaged. Pretty anemic power: I wasn't looking for 1,000 fpm, but this gun is definitely on the wimpy side. The scope mounting rail is 11mm or 3/8", so if you have a scope with a Weaver style dovetail, you'll need to buy new mounting rings. Reasonably accurate, but not up to the standards of even another inexpensive rifle like the Gamo Big Cat.
    What others should know:This could be quite a good value IF you could replace the trigger with a GRT trigger like you can do with the Gamo guns and variants. The action on the 490 is completely enclosed and basically cannot be worked on without significant disassembly. With a better trigger (or at least the ability to modify or easily tune the trigger) and a little more power, this would be a terrific bargain at the price. As it is, it's an OK buy, but not much more than that.
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