I bought a used Gamo Hunter (.22) and was quite impressed with it’s accuracy up to 25 yards. It had good power, although I believe the breech seal might be leaking… remember, I’m a novice with the workings of air-rifles! At 25 Yards it will throw a 10 shot 1/2″ pattern in a dead still wind. It does drop a bit on a damp morning, which is why it hasn’t gone hunting yet, but will still maintain a solid 1/2″ pattern under the same conditions.
It’s also a sweetheart to cock… for most folks. My wife can even cock it once, but it does take a serious effort for her… the big sissy! She’s got arthritis pretty bad so we don’t tease her too much if we can help it. It’s a very comfortable for even an artritic to shoot.
Pigeons, starlings, and chippies do not stand a chance with this little rifle hanging at the back door, or in the henhouse, but it’s such a nice looking rifle I hate leaving it out there with the dust.
My sons have all shot this little rifle and all were tickled with it’s accuracy, but they too felt the power was lacking considerably… especially after shooting the RWS-34.
Balistics tests showed it only penitrating 5 layers of cardboard with a pointed pellet, where the RWS-34 went in 9.
I have no way of measuring speed, so the cardboard is my only way of getting a good feel of power.I would not use it to tag a coon, unless the coon was in my trap and I was a foot away using a wadcutter to the back of the head. I don’t feel there is enough power for it to make a hollow point effective (at this point in time). I don’t give points easily for anything, but with the comfort, ease of operation, looks, and noise level, I will give it a solid 3 1/2.
Once I get the seal replaced, my recommendation will most likely go higher, but until I see what the additional power does to a pellet I have to stay right there.