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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
By JohnnySweden from USA on 2008-07-27 09:42:05Things I liked:Extreme value for money, very accurate and powerful enough. Good woodwork with fine fit & finish. My 177 makes 900 fps with 10.20 gn pellets, easy to shoot sub 1 inch at 50 yards, sometimes 1/2 inch. Easy to work on, seems durable and with inexpensive spareparts. Very easy to pump due to low pressure valve. Havent tried Co2 but lots of shots using a divers tank. Excellent filingsystem (Foster) and very good plastic fillingcap to protect them
Things I would have changed:The triggerunit is plastic. It works decent but feels very cheap. The triggerhouse and triggerblade should be metal. The two-screw triggermod should be standard from factory. Same as the retrofit power-adjuster. Degasser should be included with every gun. The screws holding the valve visable from the outside of the tube shold be allentype for better looks.
What others should know:I have used about every PCP on the market during the last 10 years and owned several of them too. This Discovery is a very good rifle and outstanding in value for money.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
By RoninUT from USA on 2010-06-12 01:17:39Things I liked:Price was excellent. This is the most powerful .177 air rifle I've owned to date. Crosman has lived up to the Benjamin name. Accuracy was very good, but not jaw dropping. I was surprised at how good the trigger was. It could be better, but is already better than the trigger on some of my rimfire cartridge guns. Pumping can be tedious, but at 2k psi, it's not difficult to recharge from 1200 or so. The stock is no-nonsense, but attractive in a utilitarian sort of way. I didn't try shooting with the iron sights, but they appear to be well executed, and again, better than the sights on some of my cartridge firearms.
Things I would have changed:All of the changes I'd suggest would bring the gun into the Marauder price range, and the Discovery is meant to be an entry into PCP guns. That said, I'd like to see a barrel shroud, a tighter bolt (mine can fall open if the gun is inverted) a dedicated breech block and bolt for the .177 gun (there's too much room in the breech for .177 pellets to easily tip over when loading), and a weaver type scope mount instead of the 3/8" dovetail. The dovetail mounts are simply not robust enough in my opinion. Even if they simply drilled and tapped the breech block for existing aftermarket weaver bases, it would be a huge improvement. I'd also like to see a "book" type manual rather than the big "map" type fold-out single page manual. They're a lot easier to read. I'd also like to see some O rings and seals included in the event the rifle needs to be serviced, or at the very least, a list of the size and durometer of the seals used so they can be sourced. Another thing I'd change is the location of the fill nipple. Rather than place it on the front end of the gun, I'd prefer to see it installed in the bottom of the reservoir close to the gauge. This way a person could easily connect a remote line from a regulated air source (or CO2) at the gun's optimum working pressure and shoot all day without having to stop to fill. A paintball CO2 remote would work fine for this purpose. Finally, it would be nice to include a small bottle of lubricant with the gun.
What others should know:It's LOUD. It might be my imagination but the first time I fired it I thought the pellet went supersonic. It was really that loud. If I had it to do all over again, I'd get the .22 version. the only reason I bought the .177 is because I already have three .177 airguns and wanted ammo commonality. My next air rifle will be a .22 caliber. I really like the Marauder's specs and reviews, but I'm put off by the 3/8" dovetail scope mount. If the gun isn't going to have iron sights and is intended to have a scope, it had better be a substantial mount like a weaver or picatinny rail. Quality pellets make a huge difference. I went to sight my scope in and was shooting 3" groups at 25 yards with regular Crosman pellets. I tried the premier hollowpoints and the groups shrank to an inch or so. I ordered some of the 10.5 grain Premier dome pellets and haven't grouped them yet, but I expect they will be even better. Don't skimp on pellets. They're cheap enough, and make the difference between a hit and a miss when it counts. Why buy a nice rifle and feed it substandard ammo? This was my first PCP airgun, and I'm convinced it's a great system. Best part is a lot of accessories from my paintball days carry over. PCP is a good powerplant for aging paintball players.