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Things I liked:The workmanship on this rifle is excellent. The minute you pick it up the feel of this piece is serious rifle. The scope was easy to zero in and started getting good groups after 50 pellets.
Things I would have changed:I would not change a thing this is a great addition to anyones collection.
Things I liked:A true "mans" rifle! This thing packs a wallop! Fast, accurate and hard hitting. I have the 22 version.
Things I would have changed:trigger reach is slightly long, but very manageable. More a hunting rifle trigger length.
What others should know:The fron muzzle brake makes for easy cocking and better balance of the rifle over-all. I did remove mine and replaced with a much lighter alum brake. Doing so does change the rifles natural balance. It also drops nearly a pound. An advanced shooter may like to do the same. The factory brake steadies the rifle better, but the trade off is weight.
Things I liked:Everything except the scope and the scope mount. I ordered this rifle in .22 cal together with the 10-for-10 test. I ordered my rifle on Thursday night (Feb 09). PA performed the 10-for-10, and still shipped the rifle out on Friday. I received it on Saturday. Now, that's what I call great service. My sincere thanks to PA for this. The rifle is just what you'd expect from RWS - very well made, with good quality components. The metal parts have a very even satin finish, and the hardwood stock (beech, I believe) is very well made. The long forearm and stubby little barrel (if you can call 15 inches and change "stubby") give the rifle a somewhat odd look, but it grows on you. :) The trigger is plastic, but that's not a problem. It has a smooth first stage with a crisp, clean, predictable break on the second stage with no creep. Personally, I like the trigger. The pellets used in the test were Beeman Silver Bear 12.65 gr pellets. The shot string is: 871.23 834.53 892.76 866.99 863.40 792.83 815.58 867.74 863.22 864.99 All-in-all, this is a very good rifle. High quality, hard-hitting, accurate.
Things I would have changed:Scope and mount. The rifle itself is great. The scope, on the other hand, is another matter. It's adequate, nothing more. In my opinion, this rifle definitely deserves a better scope, and at a selling price of $429.50, one would think that PA would at least provide a scope with mil-dot reticule. The scope mount is pretty solid, but personally, I don't like it. The rings only have a single retaining bolt on either side, and while the scope mount's base is pretty solid and has two stop pins, it's long enough to where the scope fits into it with absolutely no allowance for adjusting the eye relief. In my opinion, this is a definite minus. I used a dab of nail polish on all the bolts to make sure that neither the scope nor the mount jar loose from the recoil of the rifle, and yes, this rifle does have a decent kick to it. I'd suggest offering a better scope with a mil-dot reticule, and decent heavy-duty high rings. Other than this, I wouldn't change a thing. I only gave 4 stars overall because of the scope and mount. It's still great bang for your buck.
What others should know:If you're going to be doing some paper-punching, make sure that you have an adequate backstop. I'm using an old, very heavy steel toolbox as a backstop - the steel is 1.2mm thick. I put a 1" thick laminated plywood board in front of the toolbox for pinning my targets to. I thought that the plywood board might be enough to stop the pellets at 20 meters, with the toolbox as added insurance just in case. Apparently, the pellets don't acknowledge the existence of the board because they go right through it like it's not even there, leaving decent dents in the toolbox.
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