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Things I liked:In Cal .357 this is POWERFULL hunting rifle... Because of the air tank capacity I choose the Windy city over the other Evanix .357 rifles... This air tank should give more consistent shoots.
Things I would have changed:Nothing.
What others should know:This rifle is longer (about 4 inch) that my Windy City Cal. .25..... With this caliber .357 you should REALLY BE CAREFULL of how you use it... I know both rifles Windy City Cal. 25 and Windy City .357 are very powerfull rifles and not to compare with a bb rifle, but just for knowing what we are talking about, in terms of power, when you ar using a Daisy Red Ryder bb rifle, you are closer to the power of Windy City Cal. 25 (61 ft-lbs) than when you are using a Windy City Cal. 25 (61 ft-lbs)to the power of a Windy City Cal .357 (121.6 ft-lb).... Defently this is a very powerful hunting rifle
Things I liked:I purchased my WC 9mm back in September of 2013. I tested the WC as it came delivered, no adjustments. I did try the 115gn and 105gn, but I could not get those dialed in on short order. My WC 9mm really liked the JSB 76gn and the 67gn round balls pretty much right out of the box, so that is what I used for testing. Here’s a 14 shot string using JSB (end at 140bar): 1) 824 8) 781 2) 819 9) 770 3) 821 10) 755 4) 816 11) 744 5) 810 12) 738 6) 795 13) 730 7) 792 14) 731 Velocity: HI: 824, LO: 731, AVG: 780.4 fpe: HI: 117, LO: 92, AVG: 105 ES: 94 Here’s a 7 shot string using 67gn rnd: 1) 876 2) 866 3) 858 4) 846 5) 839 6) 832 7) 828 Velocity: HI: 879, LO: 828, AVG: 849 fpe: HI: 114, LO: 102, AVG: 107 ES: 48 My targets were set at 50 meters. I was sitting off the balcony behind my house resting the front of the gun on a sand filled stabilizer. It’s not a full “bench rest” test (there is room for error). The first 7 shots of the JSB grouped very well at 50 meters (about 1.5”). Shots 8-14 started to drop, with an overall spread of about 3.5”. But at least the drop between each shot was 0.5” or less. No flyers. The round balls had a very similar grouping. However, notice the rapid change in velocity on the round balls Vs the JSB. I attribute that to the flat spot that all of my 67gn rounds have which creates a small area for the high pressure air to get around (i.e., when the valve is open, more air escapes each time, thus creating a faster roll off in velocity).
Things I would have changed:Sound: I use recording equipment in a controlled environment to capture the sound of all of my airguns. I once owned a Sam Yang Recluse and still own an FX Royale 500 (among many others). The recordings capture the quality of the sound of each airgun relative to the others (and is very close to how I hear it; it also provides a visual depiction of the sound. Although the WC 9mm is loud, it is significantly less than the report of the Recluse. The report of the Recluse is higher in amplitude and the period of the amplitude is longer than the WC. The WC’s report is sharp and quick, with more of a “ping”. For comparison, my FX Royale 500 is the quietest airgun I own. Build Quality: Overall, I was satisfied with the build quality. The tank is carbon fiber wrapped. The wood stock is solid. A minor nit, some of the cutouts (where the safety is located and fill port area) could have been sanded better. Another minor nit is that since the stock is ambidextrous there are finger guides on both sides of the handle. I would have preferred the side which my palm grasps to be smooth. The receiver, cocking lever, bolt and barrel assembly is very well built, machined and polished. I like the matte black finish. The trigger guard is kind of plain and has the appearance of cheapness relative to the rest of the airgun. My opinion of the overall build places it a bit above the Recluse, but slightly below my FX 500. But that is also reflected in the price point of the WC (right in the middle).
What others should know:Overall I am very pleased with the Windy City. It looks good, shoots straight, is priced right; but most of all is super fun to shoot. I love demolishing old cell phones and other junk from 50 to 70 meters. Compared to the Recluse, the WC does have a lower ft-lbs rating; yet (as noted above) still has plenty of power. The WC also has a higher shot count, tighter accuracy, and definitely not as loud. When I first shot the Recluse, I was surprised by the amplitude of the report and considered I might actually disturb my neighbors (even though I live in the country). However, the WC report is much less intrusive (not concerned at all about disturbing my neighbors), but probably not recommend for more urban areas. Due to the fact that my FX 500 is only 0.25 cal (among other differences), I will forgo a direct performance comparison between the two. I can say that the pull of the trigger on the WC is fairly heavy compared to my FX; however, the trigger of the WC does pull evenly allowing me to squeeze off consistent shots which aids in shot to shot accuracy. In the end, I bought the Windy City because I wanted something with enough power for the “fun” factor, but not necessarily to be used strictly for hunting. I enjoy using it in my backyard for plinking (my backyard has the room). At the same time it has sufficient power to humanely dispatch a varmint that invades my chicken coup without being concerned I will damage the coup (or kill my chickens). I would buy Evanix again.
Things I liked:The gun is of high quality. I love everything about it - the wood and finish, the smoothness of the side lever, the magazines are easy to load, the trigger is great and the gun is accurate.
Things I would have changed:Nothing.
What others should know:My .25 caliber gun likes the JSB Exact Kings in 25.39 grains. It shoots the same hole at 20 yards and 1" groups at 50 yards. When sighted in to zero at 20 yards the gun will shoot the same spot at 50 yards with no holdover using the 25.39 grain Exact Kings. At full power using these pellets, I was getting up to 959 fps which is 51.86 fpe. Using the Eun Jin 35.8 grain pellets, I got 861 fps which produces 58.94 fpe, but these pellets were not accurate. Shot five squirrels the first time out and have taken a total of seven with one shot. The reservoir gauge on the gun does not read the exact air pressure as shown on my Hill Pump - it reads slightly higher. I fill the gun to 200 bar as it reads on the Hill Pump, not on the gun's gauge.
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