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By Alaska_Yeti from USA on 2013-08-04 20:41:39Things I liked:There's been lots of nice surprises getting to know this rifle. I have several other air pistols, rifles and a good assortment of firearms for hunting and defense, but, needed something that would dispatch nuisance critters in a rural neighborhood quickly and quietly. Using that "Narrow Your Search:" tool on Pyramyd Air's web site is wonderful and the Umarex Octane was the ONLY rifle listed after using a search criteria of .22 cal, 3-medium loudness and a velocity of over 1200' fps. It looked like a great value under for $219, the pictures and description listed more features wanted for my purposes, (like peep sites, rifled break barrel and a composite stock), plus features considered a "luxury" for my needs but expected on rifles $600 and up. Kind of sounds too good to be true but it comes with a 3 year warranty and I knew the folks at Pyramyd Air would make it right if this thing wasn't "represented" truthfully. So, I added an assortment of .22 pellets to my "shopping cart", did a "check out" with PayPal that was so easy & painless it was scary. The confirmation email they sent gave me everything I needed to track my package with just a few clicks and it arrived exactly as estimated. I tried to slip outta work a little early to go play with my new toy but that didn't work out. My wife didn't express any sympathy or even feign a tiny bit of concern for my dilemma. What's up with that? I guess we'll see just how much I emotionally invest in her next order from Amazon, eh? The box everything came in was packed very well. Nothing damaged or scratched and the cats are still having "adventures" in the large box. There have been many nice surprises getting know this rifle. It feels solid, no rattles, the materials and craftsmanship are top shelf. Wasn't sure about the quality of the peep sites in the pictures but they're great. Fiber optic, three dot, two color, (red in the front, green in the back). The rear fine adjustment wheels for windage and elevation aren't sloppy and the clicks are firm with no play. Initially, I thought the front site could be a little flimsy but it's actually pretty solid. Granted, an iron site would hold up better in tall grass and thickets but a little extra care in the bush is well worth the superior target acquisition these things provide, I'm a fan. This rifle is accurate as well, pellets are surprisingly fast and hit the target really hard. So far, I've shot about 150 rounds of Gamo Hunter 15.43 gr. from my back deck at 50' and 93'. (can't get any longer distances in my yard), it was almost dead on out of the box and easily got it dialed-in in about 5 shots. Consistent bulls eye hits about the size of a nickel on these targets at 50 and 93 feet. The noise is minimal, I've asked my neighbors on ether side and nether heard our plinking. I haven't set up the chrony yet but this thing hits hard. The pellets completely penetrate 1/4" plywood and go deep into 3/4", (haven't tried 1/2" yet). Cocking the barrel takes effort but the stock has a nice feature. There's a "void" behind the pistol grip, kinda triangle shaped, and it's perfect for griping with your left hand while cocking with your right. Dunno if that was intentional when they designed it but it's handy and makes cocking much easier. It came with a scope and I "assumed" it was gonna be junk, but, I'm happy with everything like it is, without a scope it's perfect for my intended purpose. However, took the scope out of the box today and tinkered with it, (not mounted on the rifle), and the quality is much better than expected. The duplex reticle is a nice feature. The site picture is clear, sharp and surprisingly bright even in low light all the way to the outer limit. The rings are smooth and easy to bring views into focus at all powers. It feels solid and doesn't rattle anywhere. Basically, it looks and feels like a well made scope and appears to perform as well as any other scope I've got, (5 total), and paid much more for. Another nice surprise from Umarex.... I'll probably mount the scope someday, but, for now, the peep sites are working great!
Things I would have changed:At that price? Nothing.
What others should know:Best value on the planet on my opinion. Fund something better? Please let me know.
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By Ken from USA on 2015-04-03 18:12:52Things I liked:It certainly has enough power. I suspect that it is capable of good accuracy when working properly. The scope works well (if you get one that has been properly assembled). Pyramid Air has been very helpful getting quality control issues resolved. This rather negative product review has nothing to do with Pyramid Air's customer service. They've been very helpful.
Things I would have changed:Obviously, UMAREX' quality control is out to lunch. This is also true of their customer service. It has a very heavy trigger pull, it's extremely long and heavy, and I don't like the fiber optic sights. I could live with these shortcomings if the rifle worked as it should.
What others should know:The first Octane rifle I received had the front sight mounted slanting about 5 degrees to the right. It was quite obvious. I have no idea how this got through UMAREX quality control checks. I informed Pyramid Air of the problem and they quickly sent me another gun. Unfortunately, the scope on the second gun had an objective lens that was loose (it was so bad that it rattled when I picked it up). Luckily, Pyramid Air stepped in and contacted UMAREX on my behalf. UMAREX sent me a new scope the next day. Now I'm having "accuracy" problems. The rifle will shoot very well for a few shots, then shots will go unpredictably wild. By "wild".... I don't mean a "flyer".... I mean a foot to a foot and a half at 45 feet range! I think this might be caused by a "baffle strike" in the SilencAir tube. Whatever the cause of this problem, I can get no assistance or help from UMAREX. All get is a "full mailbox" message from their warranty/repair number
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