Gamo Hunter 440 [ 177cal ] Reviews



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Gamo Hunter 440 [ 177cal ]


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Reviewer: James E. Butler
Recommended: Highly Recommended
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I purchased 2 examples of this rifle at the same time one for me and one for a friend.The difference between the two guns is night and day.My example is a very smooth operator and has a nice solid wood stock (although the finish wasn’t much to talk about) my friends example wasn’t nearly as nice.This is one of my reservations with Gamo’s.QC is a hit or miss proposition.

My example is a winner.Good power,shoots across my chrony in the mid to high 900fps range with litle twang and good accuracy.I did some minor refinishing to the stock and consider it one of my nicer Gamo’s to look at and shoot second only to my CFX.I added a GTX III trigger and made a good gun a lot better.A classic pellet rifle in my opinion enjoy looking at it as much as enjoy shooting it.Light enough to carry all day something I can’t say about a lot of my other magnum guns.


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Gamo Hunter 440 [ 177cal ]


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Reviewer: Ross
Recommended: Highly Recommended
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I bought mine two years ago at Big-5 and it shares the honor, along with my RWS 48 (in.22) as the airguns I actually take hunting with me. I truly love these two guns, because after putting in the initial work of stripping stock screws of oil and replacing them with loctite blue (which you should do with every airgun you own), and going to the 25yd. range to sandbag sight-in with as many different pellets you can get your hands on, these little sweeties perform. Deiseling stopped after about 100 rounds, which is about 800 rounds (and counting) less than a Mendoza rm600 that I have (though a nice rifle also). This is important because the “final” sight-in process will never be finished until the smoke is done exiting your barrel for good. You can expect 3/4″ groups at 25 yds. if you are an average shooter with the 440 (that’s with off the shelf $3.00 per tin crossman premium field points-thank goodness for these pellets for the price v.s. quality!), or if you are able to go beyond Wally World for some pellets, like Sportsman’s Warehouse, try the Wolverines, because you may find like me, they will produce nearly 1/2″ groups for about $6.oo per tin.

Here’s the deal guys (and hopefully some gals!), you’ll be tempted to go for the Benji Silver Streaks and the Remington Summits ( both of which I have bought and ended up bringing back) in hopes of star wars-like performance. But when you’re done dealing with the barrel droop (which is so extreme that you can’t sight it in without changing to a shimmed ring/base combination),the poorly drilled non-concentric barrels, so much oil and grease intermingled with metal machining dust in the action and seals, you’ll be searching for a quality product and giving up the empty promises. With the Gamo you have the best chance of “getting what you see”. I’m not a fan of broad statements like that, but after reading in another entry that they may be ending production of the Gamo 220, I may go out and pick up one of those little gems also. The 220 hunter, 440 hunter and shadow as well as a few other gamo’s share the same powerplant, so all things being equal I feel good about the statement. I have been fine with the included 4x BSA scope that came with the 440 combo so far, but even if it gives up the ghost, the gun is easily worthy of a quality 3-9 variable with Adj.Obj. I use this gun in-particular to shoot pidgeons and starlings at up to 40yds. cleanly at a friends barn property. 50yds. is pushing the limit for the “one shot one kill” with the .177 on these birds, where my best shot is a 75 yarder on a pidgeon with my RWS 48 in .22 due to the remaining energy with the heavier pellet. I believe enough in the Gamo’s so far that I am eagerly awaiting a Hunter Elite combo with 3-9x50AO (refurbished from Cabela’s none the less) this week. I’ll be posting a review of this rifle when it comes! I am former law enforcement guy, an avid varmint shooter and reloader, so I don’t take quality or accuracy lightly, and I hope this review helped out. Good shooting, and stay safe!