I splurged and purchased myself a new air rifle. It’s a Ruger – Targis, .177 caliber. It is a break over barrel type that does not require it be pumped 8 or 10 times before loading and firing.
This air rifle is much more powerful and has a muzzle velocity more than two times faster than the my old Crosman 760 pump-up.
Brand: Ruger *bigbox store price $90.00
Caliber: 0.177 (4.5 mm)
Ammo Type: Pellets
FPS w/Alloy Pellet: 1200
FPS w/Lead Pellet: 1000
Barrel Length: 18.7″
Barrel Type Rifled Bore
Total Length (inches): 44.75″
Action: Break Barrel
Power: Spring Piston
Trigger Pull (lbs): 3.5 (adjustable trigger travel)
Length of Pull (inches): 14
Cocking Effort (lbs): 34
Comes with unmounted 4X32 scope
Crosman(Daisy) 760 air rifle
Power Variable Pump 3 – 10 pumps
Velocity Up to 600 fps
Product Weight 2.10 lbs
Barrel Material Steel
Barrel Type Smooth Bore
Front Sight Fixed Blade
Rear Sight Elevation Adjustable
Trigger Single Stage(non-adjustable)
Length of Pull (inches): 13
Total Length (inches): aprox: 33
I un-boxed inspected and checked all screws for tightness. Several were not as tight as I feel they should have been. I made a target from 8X11 paper, placed it at 15 yards to zero this air rifle.
Crap after 6 shots my shot pattern was 4 inches across, not one shot struck any closer that 2 inches to my target dot. I can’t make any sight adjustment until /unless my shot pattern is no larger than a quarter.
Double checked all sight mounting screws, I once again fired 3 shots. Again all over the paper. What’s up with this?
After a bit of research, I discovered that my problem could be the type of pellet I was firing. I was using a common pointed tip pellet made by crosman. SO, I changed to a dome head pellet, also manufactured by crosman, and suddenly my 3 shot grouping settled down and could be covered with a dime.
One windage and one elevation adjustment and I was zeroed.
Inspected the scope, mounting rings, assembled and mounted the scope on my air rifle.
New target, same range. Hint: Insure you have the scope rings securely mounted.
I fired 2 rounds. Two inches high, 3 inches right. Adjusted scope windage and elevation. Fired 3 shots. One inch right, made one more windage adjustment and fired 3 shots. Yea for me. Three holes appeared in the 1/2 black dot on my target.
My Review: For less than $100.00 I think anyone would be hard pressed to find a finer air rifle.
* I’m 69 and I find the rifle easy to cock and load.
* I love the illuminated open sights. Works great for an old guy that doesn’t see as well as I once did.
* Scope is better quality than I would have expected considering it is included with your air rifle purchase. It has a nice large field of view and ample magnification for any target within shooting range of a .177 caliber air rifle.
* Big plus – Ruger air rifle automatically puts the rifle in safe mode when you break over the barrel to cock the rifle.
Late yesterday afternoon I harvested a rabbit at about 40 yards for my table. One shot, one rabbit, doesn’t get any better than that.
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