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Diana Model 48 Sidelever Action Spring Piston Air Rifle

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By gregwhetstone from USA on 2007-10-14 11:54:12

Things I liked:

I really like the heft of this rifle,smooth cocking action,did not get a chance to try open sights,as mine came with scope mounted,after what I call "settle down period",about60-75 shots,this gun shoots very good groups,IF you do your part,I own several .22 cal air guns ,so I sighted in with the type my other guns like,I had one other type on hand,so after sighting in,I tried those also,they produced tight groups a little low and left,consistently,but by alternating,and mixing the two types,my rifle definitely is very accurate and knows what it likes,my regular type of pellet continually groups inside 1" at 35 yards,which I find is the average distance I do all my shooting,whether hunting or plinking,its a lot of fun to shoot small fruits,like cherry tomatoes ,and cookies and crackers at this distance,this rifle packs a serious wallop,is extremely accurate and is a joy to own and shoot,I'm glad I chose .22 in this model,I own several high-end .177's also,but this rifle dlivers smashing terminal velocity,and I am sure the more I shoot it,the smoother it will get,and the velocity will creep steadily higher until it reaches maximum.

Things I would have changed:

not one solitary thing

What others should know:

sight in with your favorite pellet,then try one or two other types,you may find it likes a type other than your favorite,I was lucky ,because me and my rifle both are very fond of the same pellet!

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By Rich from USA on 2021-07-14 14:56:04

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Diana RWS 48 and JSB Diabolo Exact Jumbo Heavy (1.175g). Falcon 4-18x44 M18+ B20 FPP mil/mil. RWS 48 purchased in 2017. Figured it was time for a review ;-) Recently found my groups were getting sloppy, and found the 2 screws holding the barrel assembly to the stock were loose. After tightening, I decided to sight in @ 14 m, and test @ 21.5, 30, and 40 m. Bench rest, single point, Caldwell Bench Shooting Bag. Groups were 10 mm at 14..30 m. At 40 m, the group opened up to 15mm. 40m groups predictably low 4 cm (conveniently 1 mil). 5 shots measured with Competition Electronics ProChrono Digital Chronograph: 216 216 216 218 215, avg 216.2 m/s +- 1 m/s, ME 27.5J I have found that the open sights are very close to these results out to 30 m. The sights have too much visual real estate for me to shoot accurately beyond that. (I have peep sights on my .30-30, and have no difficulty at 100 m.)

Things I would have changed:

In light of the popularity of aftermarket tune up kits, I think that the mfg should simply supply these rifles with those upgrades. The upgrades themselves are not that expensive, so could reasonably be included. The vibration at shot time is my biggest criticism. The idea of spending an additional 100+ USD, and then all the labor to do the mod is...well...I have not done it yet. I use this mostly for hunting, though I do enjoy target shooting. I print my own targets. 6x4 10 mm black dots, 40 mm spacing, on 8.5x11" paper.

What others should know:

All the usual. I use lube sparingly on pivot points. Ditto moving surfaces. Weekly, I wipe it down and wax the stock lightly with Staples "Crystal Clear", and wax the metal surfaces (except scope) lightly with Renaissance. It is heavy, so not for a casual walk in the woods. It is hard to cock, but with one hand on the fore-end of the stock, it goes well enough. I have not changed the trigger settings. I find them predictable for each stage. It is a pleasure to shoot an airgun as reliable and repeatable as this.

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    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    Accuracy. Finding the right pellet is paramount. The best pellet I have found for this rifle is the H&N Barracuda Hunter Extreme .177 cal. Bye bye squirrels!

    Things I would have changed:

    Heavy rifle perhaps the option of a synthetic stock would reduce the weight

    What others should know:

    The iron sights are ok but add a scope using loctite on all screws as this rifle has some kick.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    4.0 4.0

    Things I liked:

    Going on 4 years and 11,000 pellets, and have enjoyed all of it. Replaced 3 seals, just broke the trigger leg spring (need to order one), and noticed the stock has cracked inside at the receiver inletting. I have tried all sorts of pellets and keep coming back to Crosman Domes for plingking / accuracy and the H&Ns with a 5.54 head size for accuracy, Diabolo 14.3s are pretty good too. Accuracy is so so, I read other posts about accuracy out to 80 to 100 yards, but I question those ranges and one's range estimation skills. I measure off at 16, 25 and 45 meters, and never get groups as small as others have. 3/8" is pretty darn good at 16 meters.

    Things I would have changed:

    Nothing. The aluminum cocking rod lever has a tendency to bend, though I suspect that is an engineering design to prevent damage to the bear claw and other parts (the rod bends first)

    What others should know:

    Tends to vary in accuracy and POI by temp and altitudes. I live in the desert and find my POI changes by temperature and altitude. It's a pain, but after dealing with it in the .177 and .22, I have just learned to deal with it, each shooting session requires a re-zero, along with re-zeros throughout a long shooting day as temps changes. Scope is centered, just have to make clicks right or left, up or down, to re-zero.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    this gun is on the heavy side. it likes h&n 17.13 gr silver points. the trigger is excellent and shoot it with benchrest hold off the back porch. i mounted a hawke IR3-9x50 on her and have had no problems with a floating reticle. i think the all up weight is a little easier on the scope. i shoot rabbits at night in the wifes garden with the garage floodlite on. the iluminated reticle makes things real easy. it shoots rws 14.5 gr. pills really fine but won't anchor a rabbit unless you put one in his ear. the h&n silver points make a really distinct THUD when the pill hits home and that will do it for the rabbit.

    Things I would have changed:

    not a thing now that i've gotten used to a side lever

    What others should know:

    don't know what the muzz. vel. is with the silver points, but guess it's close to 700 fps. i'm really starting to like this big cannon. cocking is not very difficult even tho it has a fairly stout main spring. cleaning the bore is a pain in the neck because you can't push the cleaning rod thru the bore from the breech end. you have to be very careful with the rifling at the crown. i'm gonna try a 22 cal snake and see how that works. i had a lot of lead buildup in the rifling near the muzzle when i first started testing pellets. it's gotten much better after 400+ pellets thru the barrel

  • 4.0 4.0

    4.0 4.0

    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    Diana RWS 48 and JSB Diabolo Exact Jumbo Heavy (1.175g). Falcon 4-18x44 M18+ B20 FPP mil/mil. RWS 48 purchased in 2017. Figured it was time for a review ;-) Recently found my groups were getting sloppy, and found the 2 screws holding the barrel assembly to the stock were loose. After tightening, I decided to sight in @ 14 m, and test @ 21.5, 30, and 40 m. Bench rest, single point, Caldwell Bench Shooting Bag. Groups were 10 mm at 14..30 m. At 40 m, the group opened up to 15mm. 40m groups predictably low 4 cm (conveniently 1 mil). 5 shots measured with Competition Electronics ProChrono Digital Chronograph: 216 216 216 218 215, avg 216.2 m/s +- 1 m/s, ME 27.5J I have found that the open sights are very close to these results out to 30 m. The sights have too much visual real estate for me to shoot accurately beyond that. (I have peep sights on my .30-30, and have no difficulty at 100 m.)

    Things I would have changed:

    In light of the popularity of aftermarket tune up kits, I think that the mfg should simply supply these rifles with those upgrades. The upgrades themselves are not that expensive, so could reasonably be included. The vibration at shot time is my biggest criticism. The idea of spending an additional 100+ USD, and then all the labor to do the mod is...well...I have not done it yet. I use this mostly for hunting, though I do enjoy target shooting. I print my own targets. 6x4 10 mm black dots, 40 mm spacing, on 8.5x11" paper.

    What others should know:

    All the usual. I use lube sparingly on pivot points. Ditto moving surfaces. Weekly, I wipe it down and wax the stock lightly with Staples "Crystal Clear", and wax the metal surfaces (except scope) lightly with Renaissance. It is heavy, so not for a casual walk in the woods. It is hard to cock, but with one hand on the fore-end of the stock, it goes well enough. I have not changed the trigger settings. I find them predictable for each stage. It is a pleasure to shoot an airgun as reliable and repeatable as this.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    Overall quality is great. Love the fixed barrel with side cocking. Accuracy is almost unbelievable, 25 yards easy 3/8" group or less. At this time I have shot 5500 rounds (that is correct 5,500). Gun will still shoot 3/8" group. Not bad for a 76 year old guy!!

    Things I would have changed:

    Heavy, heavy, heavy!!!

    What others should know:

    Great gun, great quality, what else!!

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    There is nothing cheap about this gun. It is well balanced and drives tacks at 25 yards. Devastating on small game. I find its not fussy when it comes to ammo either, its shoots premiers just fine. If you plan on longer range game a droop compensator wouldnt hurt. It drops pigeons at 70-80 yards or further but I try to keep targets within 50 yards. Nice wood stock blued barrel, light t06 trigger right out of the box. I bought this gun new 5 or so years ago from these guys, it hasnt failed or disappointed me once.

    Things I would have changed:

    Nothing

    What others should know:

    Its heavy but expect that from a springer. I find shooting with a military hold once learned helps with the accuracy with this gun and you will soon see very tight groups from it. Its a little noisy for back yard city shooting but not loud enough to bother the squirrels like a 22 caliber firearm does. I tend to bag my limit sooner with an air rifle compared to a powder burner. One other thing its a fixed barrel so no barrel hinges or end seals to wear out.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    Amazing power, quality, trigger and accuracy.

    Things I would have changed:

    Its probably 10 pounds and can be destructive on cheap optics. Plan on spending $200 on quality glass or you probably wont even get it sighted in before it breaks. Its not for a 10 year old

    What others should know:

    Im 50 and grew up shooting everything from firearms to pellet rifles. My pellet rifle as a teenager was a Sheridan .20 cal. I put thousands of rounds through it but I had wanted a RWS Diana 48 rifle since I first saw it as a teenager. About 5 years ago I finally purchased a Diana 48 .22 and added a Vortex 4x12 scope. Its a great rifle with iron sights but with a good optic it goes from a great plinker to an utterly devastating hunter. I regularly take squirrels at 80 plus yds and have taken a red Fox at 25 yds. One 14.3 grn pellet behind the ear gave him a bad case of helicopter tail. I dont live in a city ,aka human aquarium, so I have plenty of other high power options for pests but its Just a lot of fun to use the 48. I would highly recommend it.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    It is a great rifle. Very accurate and stable

    Things I would have changed:

    Nothing

    What others should know:

    It is a little heavy, but well balanced.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    I like that the RWS 48 is a self contained unit. All you need is a tin of pellets, the RWS 48, a target and a safe backstop and you are good to go. There's no need for expensive pumps or tanks or compressors. At 25M or less my 48 in .22 hits like a hammer. With the proper pellets it's one -ragged-hole accurate at 25M. I cannot think of anything I don't like about this airgun.

    Things I would have changed:

    Nothing.

    What others should know:

    Shooting a spring-powered airgun takes some practice. There's a learning curve as a springer shoots differently than a PCP. Follow-through is very important. The 48 will certainly help develop that aspect of your shooting skill. This is not a bad thing as it is an important part of accurate shooting no matter what rifle or handgun you are using. I also found that the RWS 48 is finicky as to the type of pellets it prefers, with those with thinner skirts giving the best groups. JSB Hades 15.8gr seemed to be the best accuracy-wise. The cheap Crossman PHPs were also acceptable for plinking and actually performed better than some of the more expensive brands. JSB Exact shot reasonably well, as did home-cast 20gr pellets from a NOE pellet mould. Either would suffice if the Hades weren't available, with the advantage going to the home-cast, as they produced acceptable accuracy and allow the recycling of used pellets. I found this particularly useful given limited pellet availability.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    This gun is awesome...very easy to operate...loading the pellet(s) are pretty easy (my large hands/fingers gets in the way a bit)...This gun is very accurate.

    Things I would have changed:

    I wish it was a bit more quite (but it's a bad gun LOL)... I wish I could use a pellet pen for inputting the pellets

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    Weight (just kidding)-not, how it fits to your shoulder, precision, cocking effort is low, I got one with nice dark finish and wood grain, smooth shooting, power, mine in .22 and is shooting 930+ fps w/11.9gr hobby pellets. Trigger is phenomenal, in my opinion a "Record" beater. I have it set less than a pound on my 350 N-tec and you can not beat it.

    Things I would have changed:

    Shave some weight but they are all that heavy in its class. Other than that it is what it is, a great classic gun.

    What others should know:

    Honestly I think this is the top springer for the money the power and the accuracy out there. This one is by far more powerful than all the Weihrauch's and Air Arms out there yet it shoots smooth, cocks easy and it is super accurate. Its a win for me, yes it looks like a chiseled 2x4 at first but you get used to it and then you start liking it over all the trinkets on the other guns. Simple, functional, elegant, powerful and most accurate. I owned 5 of the 460 magnums, they all blew a breach seal at some point and none were more accurate than 48, the 48 shoots better.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    I was lucky to buy a refurb at a reduced price. Other then a raggedy box, everything looked new. I found the "plain" stock (with a relatively short length of pull) to fit well when using the open sights. I love the open sights, more like "target sights" then the cheap sights that often show up on lesser guns. Even with my aging eyes, I was able to easily find my target and shoot with consistency. Sights were dead on at 20 yards. I was shooting off-hand standing at 20 yards and I hit everything I targeted. In fact, while I was planning to put a nice scope on my gun, I may leave the open sights, just for the fun factor. At some point I'll probably scope it, just to see how accurate she is out to 50 yards. The trigger is great and I won't touch it. Compares well to the Weirauch Rekord trigger. I didn't notice any recoil, although I was shooting with the artillery hold. Mine is the .22 caliber, but I think this would make a fine springer field target gun. Two thumbs way up!

    Things I would have changed:

    Nothing so far.

    What others should know:

    This is a heavy gun. For me that's a positive, but I can see young shooters struggling with the weight. For those who Like walkin' the woods, I'd suggest installing sling swivels and a sling. I found that I liked the Diana trigger better then the Rekord. That being said, the first stage was a bit long and some may want to adjust a bit. The Diana reminded me of shooting a Swiss K11 rifle with a long first stage trigger with crisp and light second. Very sweet to me.

  • 5.0 5.0

    4.0 4.0

    4.0 4.0

    Things I liked:

    Side cock. 1100 fps spec with 177 pellets. Heavy weight. Adjustable trigger. Accurate. Lethal.

    Things I would have changed:

    Lighter stock. Different scope mount rail or furnish shims. Longer barrel.

    What others should know:

    Front sight is plastic. Muzzle shroud is plastic. Side lever cocking takes some strength and effort but not excessive. Not a toy. This thing is lethal on yard pests. Scope base is problematic for me. Nikon 6-18x40 almost ran out of elevation. This an adult air rifle. I had an old Chinese side cocker for 20 yrs. Really like the concept. This rifle even sounds the same as the $50 Chinese springer when cocking. I am 4 for 4 on squirrels as of today. Broke in and sighted in with 40 Meisterkuglen pellets. There is probably a more accurate pellet and I hope either PA or an other owner lets me know. A little spendy but a quality piece of kit.

  • 4.0 4.0

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    3.0 3.0

    Things I liked:

    Rifle was delivered as advertised packaged well no complaints. Fit and finish was nice. Have not had a chance to really shoot it yet to speak of.

    Things I would have changed:

    Nothing

    What others should know:

    Brand new to air gunning. itll take some time to learn how to shoot it properly.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    A beautiful, well balanced and powerful .22 air rifle. It was accurate out of the box with overlapping holes at 15 yds (using RWS super domes) - a short distance but the front blade was wider than the 3/4" dots I was using on the target at that distance. It feels a little gritty right now (less than 100 pellets) but I absolutely know this will smooth out. The ordering process and shipping by Pyramyd Air was excellent. The rifle arrived just a few days after ordering and was packaged securely.

    What others should know:

    My first model 48 was a .177 purchased in 1987 (stamped with "made in West Germany"). After a 25 year break, I had the time again to enjoy shooting air rifles. With no maintenance and thousands of shots through it decades ago, the rifle is still smooth, powerful and accurate. This new .22 model looks identical to the one that's 32 years old (obviously the trigger is now a T06 and it appears the bear claw release metal is a little thinner - not flimsy, just thinner). There's a reason why these have changed so little over so many decades of production, they work very well and can last a lifetime.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    I purchased the .22 and the .177, the .177 is now over 2,000 pellets, and keeps getting better, same with the .22. They definitely need some time and pellets to settle into their grove. The more I shoot it, the more it settles in. After months, I am finally getting consistent accuracy from day to day, verses a wandering zero, stringing and such, and no, it was not due to the shooter. Great workmanship and a nice wood stock for an air gun. For springer, probably the best you can get.

    Things I would have changed:

    Plastic rear sight (broke one already after snagging it) and trigger guard could be upgraded to metal. Safety, well it is not easy to place back on safe once disengaged, it is not 'safety' lever friendly.

    What others should know:

    It's a scope eater, as expected and annotated by reviews. RWS scope package version broke quickly, them went thru a UTG scope already, and now on the third scope (UTG again) with the .177. Check your screws, and use Loctite and let it cure in. I had a serious stringing of pellets on both rifles, turns out the stock screws kept coming loose, the looser they are, the more shot stringing I had. It took multiple Loctite sessions to get the stock screws to settle in (the .22 is still an issue).

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    Good heavy gun. I bought this 48 for my wife. I have an older model 52 and love the accuracy. We shoot targets for a couple of hours at a time before she gets tired from cocking the gun. She likes the side cocking more than the break barrel. She was always afraid that some of my barrel cocking guns would pinch her hand. This gun was not accurate right out of the box. It has taken a tin of pellets before it began to shoot consistently. Not sure if it is the gun or her getting use to the heft of the rifle. We both like shooting and I think this was a good choice for us.

    Things I would have changed:

    The sights are really good but if I had a choice, I would rather have the green and red fiber sticks.

  • 5.0 5.0

    4.0 4.0

    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    Quallity workmanship

    Things I would have changed:

    In my normal shooting position, the stock doesn't line up in a comfortable position on my sholder. The top endge of the butt is above my sholder. I'm not using a scope so maybe that makes the difference.

    What others should know:

    The leverage makes it an easy pull. The gun is heavy, but to me that means the mechanism is sturdy.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    Everything

    Things I would have changed:

    Nothing

    What others should know:

    I had a 54 some time ago which I had to sell. I am shooting an M1-A now so I just couldn't justify the price tag for a new 54 with Sierra Match Kings at 30 cents a piece, so I stepped down a notch and purchased the Model 48. I am very happy with it. If you are able to shoot a spring piston well a firearm is a piece of cake as far as trigger control...at least it is for me. This 48 helps me tremendously. I can also practice in the back yard without a visit from SWAT, which is never nice. Seriously, I would recommend without a bit of reservation. It is a pleasure to own.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    I like this air rifle very much. Overall quality of this rifle is very good. I like how the automatic safety operates. This rifle is very accurate.

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