│I've had a Gamo break barrel .177 (1000fps) for several years now which I've │used to kill rats and gophers on occasion and scare away the coyotes. But since │it's really a long range/scoped gun, it's not very practical for the up close │encounters I typically have with our tree/roof rats. └─[DM=>AC]
The break barrel I have is a Beeman "dual-caliber" Sportsman RS2. It comes with a .177 and a .22 barrel. I shot it a little with the .177 when I
first got it, then put the .22 on and so far have not switched it back. I use it to shoot targets, and have found it real accurate with the open sights at ~ 10 yards. I have not been able to get out somewhere in the
open to shoot it any greater distance than that just yet.
It came with a scope, uninstalled. From what I read about it online, the scope is difficult to keep zeroed (or even installed) on the spring-piston gun as it has too much recoil. Since I never tried it, I am not sure if that is true. I instead installed the scope on my 766. It is not bad for
a cheap scope, and that gun does not move much when fired, even with 10 pumps in it.
Walmart sells the RS2 as the "Grizzly X2" for somewhere around $120US. I would imagine that it would put a tree-rat in a heap of hurt.
│I was looking for an air pistol for myself recently (for those "up close" rat │encounters) and was seriously considering the Crosman 357 (.177 pellet), but │decided I needed a .22 pellet for more effective (and humane) pest control. │That's when I found the world of Crosman 2240 and all the modders/kits etc for │it.
Based on my experience, I would say you made a good choice against the 357.
It is a nice-looking gun, and I have found it is good fun for close-range plinking -- soda cans, etc. It is not much of a target pistol, and is not very accurate at more than 5-7 yards. If one were to try to use it for anything that required precise targeting... shooting a bullseye, or a small animal... I would expect they'd be frustrated with it.
I have limited experience with the 2240, but I think it is a much better choice. It is quite a bit more accurate than the 357. I believe it packs
a little more punch also. Only downside I have found so far is that it seems to go through CO2 a lot quicker.
The 1322 (the .22 version of the 1377) is also a nice pistol. It is a pump-pistol. I believe the barrel is a little longer than the one on the 2240, but the breech, bolt, and rear sights appear real similar. Like the 1377, it is also pretty accurate.
I don't know how much experience you have with .22 pellets, but my experience has been that the Crosman Premier domed hollow-points penetrate things like duct seal or old, thick software manuals a lot better than the other kinds I have tried. :) Fired from the springer, they will go
through a 1/4" aspen plywood board.
│ I ended up ordering a custom gun through Crosman's online ordering method (a │ 2400kt "carbine"). It's a longer barrel than I really wanted (14" instead of │ 10"), but I like the foregrip idea of the 2400 (based on the 2250, which I │ guess is marketed as the "Rat Catcher" in some places). And I think all told │ with a lifetime warranty, it was only $116. It should arrive in a couple of │ weeks. I already have a CP laser/light combo ready for it.
Sweet. I saw that link the other day. Maybe I was not using the site correctly, but it appeared that they only really offered one "base gun" to start with.
I was thinking it might be nice to get one of their rifles
with a larger-calibre barrel than they usually come with.
│ I like air guns because I can shoot them in my backyard and most everything │ about them is much cheaper than firearms (except maybe the optics). └─[DM=>AC]
Yes, the optics do not seem much cheaper, and I am leary of the ones that are. :)
│This'll be my first .22 pellet gun. I purchased a Crosman/Benjamin sample pack │of pellets (100 of each type) and I'm looking forward to
experimenting with │them.
If that is the "Discovery" pack, my somewhat limited experience with their
.22 pellets says that all 4 of the offerings in that sample will probably please. I don't have any experience with the .22 Destroyers (the ones that are "hollow" and "pointy"), but the pointed pellets, and both of the domed varieties, seem to carry some punch.