Date: 13/6/2024 0:17

Stoeger Arms A30 Reviews

Stoeger Arms A30 S2 Air Rifle Combo

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Rating 4.04.0 (12 reviews)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Rating 5.05.0 5.0

Rating 5.05.0 5.0

Rating 5.05.0 5.0

By Ken from USA on 2015-08-14 11:52:09

Things I liked:

It has practically all the features I'm looking for in a break action air rifle.... The weight, balance, OAL..... in short, the shooting/handling characteristics are excellent. Accuracy after break-in is excellent. Excellent QC from the factory.... everything properly installed and adjusted. Clean good looks without and useless fiber optic sights. A well designed stock with a comfortable butt pad. A gas piston power plant that provides good pellet energy and velocity with moderate cocking effort. A nice, solid Picatinny/Weaver rail. Extremely smooth loading and firing cycle. And BTW, they are now using 4mm hex head screws for the front stock attachment screws (instead of those easily burred Phillips head screws). A joy to shoot!

Things I would have changed:

Where's my damn sling?!!! Although this isn't a heavy rifle, there are times that I want to carry a rifle but have both hands free. Also the 4X fixed objective scope and mounts are not really worthy of this rifle. The bundled scope and mounts probably work OK, but I didn't bother with them (I went directly to a higher power AO adjustable scope). I'm not an "automatic safety fan", but the safety button is in a good position on the A30. The trigger is not too bad. Trigger travel on my rifle is a bit long but smooth (after break-in period) with a crisp consistent break measured at 4lbs. 6oz. (avg. for 5 shots). I'm going to leave the trigger "as-is" for the time being. I'm pretty sure the GTX trigger will fit if I decide to change out the trigger later. Despite the comments above, I'm still going to give this rifle a 5.....because it's really a great rifle.

What others should know:

I cleaned the barrel and used JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy 18.13gr. pellets for the first couple of shots. Zero dieseling. I used Crosman Premier HPs for the rest of the break-in period. I've only used the pellets above, JSB Exact Jumbos and H&N FTT pellets for accuracy testing so far. The H&N FTTs with 5.53 heads have been the most accurate.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Rating 1.01.0 1.0

Rating 1.01.0 1.0

Rating 1.01.0 1.0

By Mark from USA on 2015-09-02 20:32:23

Things I liked:

It looked nice

Things I would have changed:

The trigger and firing cycle

What others should know:

Hi had high hopes for this rifle trying hoped to find something in the $200 range that was decent well this isn't it and it probably doesn't exist. HORRIBLE trigger basically unusable and after you finally get the the point where the gun fires it almost leaps out of your hand. I could get better group using a shotgun. The gas ram seems to be at too high a pressure. It think manufactures want high FPS at the expense of a nice shooting rifle. I'm done with the cheap springers I will stay with HW from now on.

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  • Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    Weight and balance. Accurate and hard hitting.

    Things I would have changed:

    Nothing yet.

    What others should know:

    Good value.

  • Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    THE GUN IS JUST WHAT ALL OTHER REVIEWS SAID I LIKE IT EVEN THE WIEGHT FEELS LIKE A BIG GAME GUN

    Things I would have changed:

    NOT YET

    What others should know:

    NONE

  • Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    Everything! Ii purchased two other brands and could not hit the broadside of a barn. I took this rifle out of the box mounted a leapers scope, took one shot at 25yrds adjusted my dope and proceeded to shoot the 1 inch centet out of the target. Same result at 35yrds, opened up at 45yrds, 1.55 inch c2c. Loves h@n field target trophy 14.66 grain.

    Things I would have changed:

    Put it on a diet,,and of course,a better scope.

    What others should know:

    These. Guns are made by same company that makes Benelli shotguns, good quality gun.

  • Rating 4.04.0 4.0

    Rating 4.04.0 4.0

    Rating 4.04.0 4.0

    Things I liked:

    Stubby. Good fit n feel.

    Things I would have changed:

    Less hold sensitive.

    What others should know:

    No legs. Good up close gun. Scope is less than Jake.

  • Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    Right out of the box my son was able to shoot consistent quarter size groups. I shot it as well with the same result. Using the least expensive pellets we had I was impressed. A few fliers but for our purposes it is doing what we want.

    Things I would have changed:

    The trigger is poor.

    What others should know:

    Our purpose is for plinking and maybe some small game and the rifle so far has been as good as could be expected for the price.

  • Rating 4.04.0 4.0

    Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Rating 4.04.0 4.0

    Things I liked:

    Everything except the scope and trigger both of which have to go. Has a solid feel, stock is comfortable, rifle is fairly quiet, easy to cock and load, and accurate considering the poor trigger. The powerplant is very consistent and produces low velocity spreads.

    Things I would have changed:

    Scope and trigger. I would also dull the points on the checkering which are sharp and tend to make your hand sore if not properly handled.

    What others should know:

    Taking advantage of P/A's 20% off sale and free shipping made this gun a real bargain. The firing cycle is not as smooth as my X20S2 or ATAC but it's not too bad and may improve when broken in. As mentioned, the powerplant is very consistent but only produces moderate velocities. For a 10 shot average 11.9 Hobbies went 780fps, 14.3 Premiers went 717fps, and 21.1 Baracudas went 600. This particular gun favored H&N Baracuda Match 21.1gr and H&N Spitzkugel 13.4gr pellets. Crosman 14.3 Premiers did pretty well but would produce 1-2 flyers every time out of a 10 shot group. The trigger is typical on an air gun in this class making accurate shots difficult. I will be replacing it with the GTX trigger which made a big difference on my other two Stoegers. Overall, this is a lot of air gun for the money and I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone looking for a decent quality air gun without spending several hundred dollars.

  • Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    Fun to use Easy to cock Accurate My second air rifle and I have had a ball with it, squirrels not too pleased!!

    Things I would have changed:

    Scope is ok but would like a set of fixed sights also.

    What others should know:

    I got mine on sale and for what I paid it has been a lot of bang for the buck!! So far I am very happy.

  • Rating 4.04.0 4.0

    Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Rating 4.04.0 4.0

    Things I liked:

    The stock, the balance, the shrouded barrel are all really nice and the Picatinny scope rail. Not to mention I picked up the .22 cal on a super sale.

    Things I would have changed:

    The scope is very basic and entry level. Replace it! (I ran out of room below) Keep in mind guns in this price point usually do not shoot that well out of the box and it takes a bit of an effort to get the most out of your gun. Most airgun users do not understand this and thus we get some unfair reviews. You need to find the best pellet for your specific gun and this takes time. You need to clean the barrel. Most all the triggers need some work or even replacement. Also you need to learn how that specific rifle likes to be held. Once you figure these things out you will get the optimum performance. Don't expect 20 yard 1/4" groups from a $150 break-barrel. But you might get 3/4" groups once your gun is tuned up.

    What others should know:

    This is similar to the ATAC (Which I own) but definitely not the same gun. The first thing I did was replace the trigger with a GRT III (1lb 8 oz trigger pull now). The stock trigger is really bad. I smoothed out and polished the safety spring catch. The safety is now extremely smooth to disengage. I went through numerous pellets and discovered the JSB EXACT 14.35 gr pellets are by far the most accurate (1/2"-3/4" group at 20 yards/ chrono'd at 790 FPS). Unlike my ATAC which liked the 18 gr pellets. I also mounted Picatinny rails on both sides of the forward stock for split bi-pods. I mounted a UTG 4-16x50 RGB Mil-dot reticle scope. Also remove the stock screws and use blue locktite and reinstall. Still tight after 400 plus rounds. Keep in mind the Stoeger rifles appear more pellet sensitive then most others. But, once you find the right pellet they are great guns.

  • Rating 3.03.0 3.0

    Rating 4.04.0 4.0

    Rating 4.04.0 4.0

    Things I liked:

    For the money, this is great gun. It's a joy to shoot. Had horrible groups with the tinned Crosman premier hollow points but they cleaned up nicely with the predator polymer pellets. The trigger is terrible and I am looking for a replacement. Outside of that the gun has plenty of power. The cocking effort might be a bit much for younger shooters, I use it for plinking and backyard pests. Overall this is a great little gun minus the crazy long pull on the trigger but for the price I guess they had to cut costs somewhere.

    Things I would have changed:

    Better trigger and adjustable scope at a higher price point

    What others should know:

    Nice pinker and small varmint rifle.

  • Rating 2.02.0 2.0

    Rating 3.03.0 3.0

    Rating 1.01.0 1.0

    Things I liked:

    i like the feel and looks of this rifle and the break barrel but.

    What others should know:

    when sighting the rifel in at 35 yards i put my sights on the target it shot high to the right, i the put my sighs on the same spot on the target, it shot lower left, i continued to shoot in the same spot with out ajusting to scope and it was all over the target. i called stoeger and they said it was the scope and they would send me a new one, throw the old one away.i received the new scope, mounted it , same thing. but not as bad, i installed a new bsa 4x16x40 and it still has a losey group.i am useing a dxl percision compression shooting rest, so it is not human error. is it hte rifel or do i have to shoot 200 rowds to break it in.

  • Rating 1.01.0 1.0

    Rating 1.01.0 1.0

    Rating 1.01.0 1.0

    Things I liked:

    It looked nice

    Things I would have changed:

    The trigger and firing cycle

    What others should know:

    Hi had high hopes for this rifle trying hoped to find something in the $200 range that was decent well this isn't it and it probably doesn't exist. HORRIBLE trigger basically unusable and after you finally get the the point where the gun fires it almost leaps out of your hand. I could get better group using a shotgun. The gas ram seems to be at too high a pressure. It think manufactures want high FPS at the expense of a nice shooting rifle. I'm done with the cheap springers I will stay with HW from now on.

  • Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Rating 5.05.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    It has practically all the features I'm looking for in a break action air rifle.... The weight, balance, OAL..... in short, the shooting/handling characteristics are excellent. Accuracy after break-in is excellent. Excellent QC from the factory.... everything properly installed and adjusted. Clean good looks without and useless fiber optic sights. A well designed stock with a comfortable butt pad. A gas piston power plant that provides good pellet energy and velocity with moderate cocking effort. A nice, solid Picatinny/Weaver rail. Extremely smooth loading and firing cycle. And BTW, they are now using 4mm hex head screws for the front stock attachment screws (instead of those easily burred Phillips head screws). A joy to shoot!

    Things I would have changed:

    Where's my damn sling?!!! Although this isn't a heavy rifle, there are times that I want to carry a rifle but have both hands free. Also the 4X fixed objective scope and mounts are not really worthy of this rifle. The bundled scope and mounts probably work OK, but I didn't bother with them (I went directly to a higher power AO adjustable scope). I'm not an "automatic safety fan", but the safety button is in a good position on the A30. The trigger is not too bad. Trigger travel on my rifle is a bit long but smooth (after break-in period) with a crisp consistent break measured at 4lbs. 6oz. (avg. for 5 shots). I'm going to leave the trigger "as-is" for the time being. I'm pretty sure the GTX trigger will fit if I decide to change out the trigger later. Despite the comments above, I'm still going to give this rifle a 5.....because it's really a great rifle.

    What others should know:

    I cleaned the barrel and used JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy 18.13gr. pellets for the first couple of shots. Zero dieseling. I used Crosman Premier HPs for the rest of the break-in period. I've only used the pellets above, JSB Exact Jumbos and H&N FTT pellets for accuracy testing so far. The H&N FTTs with 5.53 heads have been the most accurate.

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