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PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 2:59 pm 
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Hi,

I'm considering a non-PAL Diana around the $200 price point, as all these are:

    240C (Classic, I presume) in .177
    240C (Classic, I presume) in .22
    24C (short-barreled carbine) in .177
    24B ('standard' 24) in .22

I've read that the 240 came after, and is a 'cheaper' version of the 24.
In what ways are they different?
Is the 24 a better airgun?

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 3:58 pm 
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The 24 has a rail to fix a mount to, the 240 just has the dovetail machined in the compression tube.
The 24 has a larger comression tube and the linkage where it breaks is larger than the 240.
I believe the stocks are different wood. My 240 has a rubber but pad, the 24 does not.
Metal trigger guard on the 24, 240 has a plastic trigger guard.
Some 24s have a t04 trigger, some have a t05. I believe all 240s have a t05.
The 240 has fibre optic sights, the 24 doesn't but the new ones may.
The 24 has been around for years so there are a few variants but the 240 is fairly new in comparrison.
The 24 shoots around 50 fps faster than the 240.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 4:14 pm 
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the 240 stock has a ambidextrous stock, my 24 has a right handed stock.
the 24 weights 5.7 lbs, the 240 is 5 lbs.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 3:30 am 
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The 24C is about the same length as the 240. However, it's a larger, heavier receiver and thicker barrel, too. Skuttlebutt on our USA forums is that your chances of getting an 'accurate' 240 can be hit or miss. In nearly 20 choices of pellets on-hand, I only found 5 that group somewhat well in my 240. IF you want a plinker, and you're not too demanding, it would be a satisfactory choice.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:32 pm 
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Thank You, Skanzy.

That's a lot of definitive information that I've not been able to find in any one place.

The 24(C) has a larger 'barrel block'. Why is this?

The 24(C) piston tube is noticeably larger. Does this make the 24 more of an upgrade candidate?

Is cocking especially difficult on a 24C? I suppose a non-PAL version would be easier to cock.

The stock on your 24 appears to be of the hogback design and is R/H.

F/O sights are fine for plinking, but not for more serious target work (w/o a scope).


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:37 pm 
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Hi pneuby

(I like your ID... a combination of pneumatic and newbie)

Would this include the 24(C)?
Or more of a 240 'problem'?

Then again, you're saying that 5 pellet types that group 'well' on your 240 isn't good enough?
I though that airgunners can usually only expect 1-2 pellet types to shoot well in any rifle.


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The 24C is about the same length as the 240. However, it's a larger, heavier receiver and thicker barrel, too.
Skuttlebutt on our USA forums is that your chances of getting an 'accurate' 240 can be hit or miss. In nearly 20 choices of pellets on-hand, I only found 5 that group somewhat well in my 240. IF you want a plinker, and you're not too demanding, it would be a satisfactory choice.


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I suppose the smaller breech block on the 240 is to save material and money but I really don't know why.
The only thing you could do to make the 24 shoot faster is shim the spring which i would not recommend doing, it would take away from the smooth shot cycle. The 24 and 240 are not made to be magnum springers, go to a 280 for more power or a 34, they are larger rifles. Cocking is easy on both rifles, obviously harder on the carbine but not too much. When I had a carbine barrel on my 24 I put a muzzle break on the end to help, it only added an inch but gave more of a handle to grip.

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