What do you consider to be the best heavy weight domed .177 pellet for this rifle?
I like the JSB 10.34 and H&N Barracuda Match. The Crosman Premier round nose is very popular and good but I prefer the others. These guns can be finicky so I'd try all three of those to see which you and yours likes best. One step heavier would be the JSB 13.43gr, but that's as far as I'd go since springers lose power as weight goes up and generally I draw the line at 10.5gr for this gun in 177.
Can TKO or another third party manufacturer make a muzzle brake for the Shockwave NP that will noticeably reduce how loud it is?
Not sure if an aftermarket will fit without some mods, better to ask the mfg of the unit. A TKO is designed for a CO2 or PCP which don't see any abuse, but this gun will try to launch the unit so it would need to be very securely attached. The best idea imo is to get the barrel assy from the older Trail Hardwood which has a suppressor. It's about $25 delivered to make it happen. I have all the part #'s and details if you want, chevota at hotmail. The info I have also has other tips to net the most power and as a result make the mechanical noise a bit quieter too. Optionally you can get a lighter spring which drops power of course but makes it quieter and a nicer shooter overall. Like people with neighbors that complain, or people that target shoot and don't need all that power. It's much easier to cock as well. The spring is $26 from Crosman
is the accuracy better than vantage np
Same gun and barrel so no. The guns accuracy varies drastically so either one is a gamble and you cannot compare one Vantage to one Shockwave any more than two Vantages etc. I think at this price range your best odds for accuracy would be a Hatsan, but still no guarantees. One really good thing about Crosman is you can buy another barrel for cheap. I mod the gun and barrel to get better accuracy, if that fails I get a new barrel, $20 delivered from Crosman. You can also change caliber or get the suppressor barrel if you want. Other brands are either expensive or impossible to get parts like that. If you want to step up in price I'd look at Weihrauch, like the HW95 which isn't too expensive and has a very nice barrel. Diana is popular too, and while I don't care for the barrel quality out of the box it can be fixed fairly easily. chevota at hotmail for info on how if need.
The farther you go up the price ladder then quality and accuracy get better.
What is the difference between the Crosman Shockwave and Phantom models, please? Just the stock? Thank you. Norm
The stock and the Shockwave comes in .177 and .22 caliber.
1. Is this a new Crosman model to replace an earlier model? 2. Is the barrel shrouded? The Description hints that the barrel is shrouded but the picture does not show a shroud. 3. Is it quiet enough for an urban environment? Thanks in advance.
You're right, PA says it has a shroud, but it does not... It could, just order the barrel assy from the Trail Hardwood or Regal. It's ~$24 delivered if you recycle as many parts as possible from the old barrel. Not sure if a TKO would stay attached to a springer, but if it does it's still kinda $pendy. Ultimately the guns are not quiet unless comparing to a firearm. Your neighbors will know you're shooting.... Here's an ad for the Gamo Whisper; http://tinyurl.com/zyx9euj Know that the Gamo, or this gun is substantially louder than this claim. If you can get by with less power you can use a lighter spring, and along with a suppressor and other mods you can get it much closer to what that ad claims. If you want to reduce power to be quieter it's better to buy a coil spring gun because their power is very adjustable where the NP has only two spring options, the full power and one about a third weaker. chevota at hotmail if you want details on that. I think the best would be a gun like the Marauder with an extended suppressor and the power turned down. I hear the Maximus with a TKO is pretty quiet too.
The barrel does not have a shroud, I checked this rifle out at a department store that had it on display.
I own the .22 version of the shockwave and it is loud but if you have pesky neighbors it's wouldn't be the best choice of airgun, if you need a shroud for it I would recommend TKO muzzle brakes and get the largest one possible.
1. I don't believe so. 2. it does not come with a shroud. I verified with manufacturer. 3. I don't have an answer for that one yet. I've only put about 40 rounds through it and it still blowing smoke out of the barrel. Right now it is most definitely the loudest air rifle I've ever owned. Crosman said the decibel sure drop once I put another hundred or so rounds through it.