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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 7:14 pm 
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I want to buy a springer to shoot Field Target. I am torn between 2. Air Arms TX200 MKIII or a Weihrauch HW97K.
Which one is the better gun and why? Or which would YOU buy and why over the other?

Thanks Kevin


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 7:42 pm 
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For Field Target the choice in springers is invariably between the TX200 and the HW97k. These are the favourites FT springers of FT shooters everywhere, and especially in the U.K., where they are very enthusiastic about the sport. Each gun has its strong supporters, and the debate over which is better would fill volumes. A common sentiment shared among most people who aren't rabidly partisan is that the AA and HW guns are equals. The TX was made by Air Arms in response to the outstanding success and great popularity of the venerable HW77. They are in many ways similar. HW later countered with the 97, which was designed for scope only (the 77 has open sights) and with a higher comb on the stock. Both guns are by reputation and in practice excellent guns, equally qualified as a top field target springer. A factor that comes into play more in Canada than in the U.K. is the difference in price between the two. Across the pond the price difference is slight. Here the TX200 Mark III, which is the favoured model of TX for FT, is more expensive than the basic HW97k. The thumbhole model of the HW97k is, however, about the same price as the TX200 Mark III. Either gun in .177 -- which is, of course, the commonly used caliber for FT -- would be an excellent choice. Having said that, I'd be surprised if there aren't posts in response that vociferously declare one gun better than the other. Quite often people advocate for the particular gun they own, perhaps to validate their own choice. Again, both guns are equally good for FT.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 8:53 pm 
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I would throw the HW98 into the mix as well. Extremely accurate and not very hold sensitive, atleast mine isn't. I know many would say its a break barrel so cannot be as accurate but I think you would have to be an extremely good shot to ever notice any difference, if there is any to notice.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 8:57 pm 
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jaxcat wrote:
I would throw the HW98 into the mix as well. Extremely accurate and not very hold sensitive, atleast mine isn't. I know many would say its a break barrel so cannot be as accurate but I think you would have to be an extremely good shot to ever notice any difference, if there is any to notice.

I agree wholeheartedly. Mine is also extremely accurate and not hold sensitive.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 9:04 pm 
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Between people who actually shoot springers in high level FT competition, there is about an 80/20 split in favour of the TX200. I shoot pcp, so not trying to justify anything, but if you are basing a decision based on what FT folk actually do, well .....

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 11:25 pm 
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I ,am still on the learning curve but I know it,s me and not the gun I did my research and went for the hw and a tx I could always sell the one that did not fit me now I,m stuck with both :lol: 95 for hunting and the tx for hunter ft/tx200hc054_zps1796b7ad.jpg.html]Image[/url][/url] Image


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buddy that “Scenery is breathtaking!” 8) , and some beautiful rifles to complement it to boot. :wink:

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 1:48 am 
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and the wife wants to move back to Richmond hill :evil: NOT :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


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Nice shot Curtis! Why you using a kayak rack for a gun rack??? :D

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 10:40 am 
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The difference is like a women you want to marry. Pretty enough and a great cook with a personality of its own , the HW or the Tx , gorgeous but squacks a lot. The Tx has this ratchet system when cocking that is an additional safety on the loading port cylinder, it has 3 noisy cracks that you don`t have with the HW. It bugs me sometimes.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 11:04 am 
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I hold the bear trap in while cocking tx this keeps the noise down.saltydog I hope the pm was helpful and Rick that a bow rack no wait a glazers rack or what ever rack :lol: :lol:


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 12:03 pm 
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I shot Dave's TX200 at Old's - when I was wound up on PCP's - the Air Arms was OK- nice, beautiful (to me) even - but didn't like all the noise and for me, it was cumbersome to cock and load but it was a NICE rifle. When it came time to buy a couple springers for myself, I went with 97 and 98 Weirhauch. The TX was VERY nice, though.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 12:18 pm 
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I'll chime in. Consider a Diana 54. I shoot mine for F/T and it is my "go to" gun cause I almost always go back to it. It is a rock solid gun that never fails to out perform me and when I have a good day, it keeps up with the AA's, HW's and almost every thing else.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 1:17 am 
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Lots of help guys. I am leaning towards the TX200 I think. I will have to learn to put up with the clacking of the bear trap I guess. Now, who has the best prices or deals so to speak.

Kevin


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 7:33 am 
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saltydog3317 wrote:
Lots of help guys. I am leaning towards the TX200 I think. I will have to learn to put up with the clacking of the bear trap I guess. Now, who has the best prices or deals so to speak.
Kevin

I think there's only one dealer that sells the Mark III, and that's Air Gun Source.


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