1-year limited warranty
List Price $279.99 Save $40.00 (14%)
Want it delivered 12-16-2013
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Things I liked:Did a lot of research before purchasing with so many options to choose from at pyramyd air. I decided I wanted to start enjoying some of the activities I had growing up after coming across my old crossman 760 after many many years since last use. After too much research and bothering the incredible staff at pyramyd air for their recommendation, I went with the vortex 85 sniper .22 caliber. I did the 10 for 10 and was truly like a kid at Christmas time digging into the 5 diff pellets and air rifle. I grew up near the woods and shot all the time growing up. Do yourself a favor and get back into shooting. Maybe not all the critters you shot at before. I set up a little indoor/garage range and outdoor. It's great to distress with shooting a half inch group with just about all ammo. Makes you feel like a kid again. Staff at pyramyd will have you making purchases with them over and over. They helped me with multiple issues and were great about everything.
Things I would have changed:My expectations. I wasn't buying another crossman 760 and new it. This does have a little kick, nothing bad at all and makes you feel like you are shooting an airgun that really can do some damage. So realize that it may not be the first airgun your young kids may want to shoot even though you may feel like a kid again
What others should know:Treat yourself to a quality airgun like this and you won't be sorry. Yea you will have to tighten some screws again from time to time or use locktight like others have mentioned. My airgun shot tight groups with and without scope pretty much from the start. I definitely liked the rws superdome and h&n hunter extreme for lightest groups and h&n hunter extreme for blowing through back of 3/4 inch boards. I saw someone asking ammo preferences but really everything has shot fairly well as this is breaking in more. I would give this 5 stars on all but I keep getting kicked out when I try and put my star ratings in. I hope the staff corrects this.
Things I liked:This gun has excellent power. Blows through both sides of a steel coffee can like it's not even there. Power is about comparable with a .22 CB rimfire round.
Things I would have changed:I put over 500 rounds through this gun at my 30-yard range with the included Optima scope mounted. Accuracy was unacceptably poor and did not compare with my Daisy Powerline 953. In frustration, I removed the Optima scope and began shooting with iron sights. Accuracy then became acceptably decent. This leads me to conclude that the included Optima scope was to blame for the accuracy issues I experienced. I intend to try a 50 millimeter AO scope and see what it can do at longer ranges. This gun tends to buck scopes off (both rings and bases come unscrewed from the force of recoil), so make sure those screws are tight, and periodically check to ensure that there's no wobble when you touch the scope.
What others should know:Not as quiet as a shrouded CO2 or PCP, but once the gun settles down and stops dieseling from factory oils, it's acceptably quiet for backyard plinking. Much of the sound is what I call mechanical noise, which you'll notice in your right ear (if you're a right-handed shooter). The muzzle accessory contains several baffles, which definitely diminish report. With the .22 cal version, the pellet impacts and ricochets will be much louder than the shots and may give away the fact that someone is shooting. Our neighbor asked me the other day if I heard someone shooting, so I told her I had been shooting a pellet gun. She said it sounded like it was coming from somewhere off in the distance. I think she was hearing the pellet impacts and ricochets. So don't expect this gun to be silent - it isn't. But the muzzle accessory does diminish the sound of the actual shot and may mask your exact location. There isn't much to be done about the sounds of pellet impacts and ricochets, except perhaps to engage more distant targets.
Things I liked:This is an exceptional air rifle for the money. Lightweight synthetic. The spacers are a total breeze to insert with the existing provided Phillips screws. Took me all of 3 minutes to unscrew, insert spacers, and rescrew. The LOP was too short for a full grown man. This gun sighted in perfectly within 5 shots. I mounted and sighted in the scope in another 5 shots. It's not great but what do you expect for a free scope and rings that mount well. The provided bipod is flimsy yet certainly does a decent job for prone sight in. This gun is powerful. Within 30 shots from 15-20 yards, it destroyed my steel bone collector pellet trap, bending and bulging the steel. The design is excellent. This is one attractive rifle. The muzzle break/integral silencer is badass. It looks like a real can, much beefier than I was anticipating and love the look. I cannot comment on ultimate quietness as I want to put another couple hundred pellets down range to let it break in, but its definitely a quiet gun compared to my webley stingray springer. The vortex gas ram is smooth and delivers with a thunk and no twang. The open sights are excellent fiber optic adjustables. Cocking effort is easy and you cannot beat being able to leave it cocked indefinitely while waiting for that right moment to take that varmint down. I have many air guns and for the money, this is quickly becoming a favorite. I chose the 85 on purpose to stay below the sonic crack which negates any noise dampening features.
Things I would have changed:Nothing. If you complain about the quality of free accessories, when the quality of the gun is on par with much higher priced airguns, then you're just looking to complain. Sure the sling is cheaper, the bipod is flimsy, and the scope is entry level, but they all perform their intended purpose. It's the rifle that shines and the extras are simply gravy on top. The trigger adjustment is ok, but its not an objectionable trigger. Breaks consistently and is not overly tough. Again, there is nothing I would change on this gun, and aside from upgrading the scope and or trigger group to high end items, you have a kick ass air rifle right from the box.
What others should know:The vortex gas piston is a winner. As good if not better than the cross an nitro version I have in another. Hatsan is churning out a solid well built rifle and the ergonomics are well placed. It's an extremely comfortable rifle to shoot. Balances extremely well for an air rifle that has such a huge "silencer" on the end...again, it's a badass muzzle break. The grooves in the stock are comfortable too...a nice change from run of the mill checkering. Feels good to hold and provides nice traction. The recoil is mild due to the internal system as well as the cushy butt stock piece. All in all this gun is a winner front to back. Tactical and sleek and just a real "looker". Super light and delivers a huge punch...destroying a brand new gamo steel pellet trap in under 50 rounds from 20 yards away. That said the 125 sniper must truly bring it but at super sonic speed and will yield a loud crack...this 85 delivers a nice 950-1000 fps "thunk" sound. Heavy pellets are even more accurate and quiet as velocity drops a bit. I have more testing on various pellets to do. If you are on the fence at all about quality, sound, looks, functionality and ergos and bang for your buck...do NOT hesitate to try this winner out. I'm actually considering getting the same exact gun in .22 just to take larger game, but I think this rifle will have no problem with varmints as large as coons and woodchucks. Small game like munks, birds and squirrels do not stand a chance. GET THIS GUN.