Is a £300 PCP airgun good enough for hunting rabbits?

Is a £300 PCP airgun good enough for hunting rabbits?

You don’t have to spend £1,000 on a pre-charged pneumatic airgun – or PCP for short – in order to hunt rabbits, but it helps! That’s the message from West Country gunshop owner Ian Hodge. He picks two of his most popular PCP airguns off the shelf to explain.

There’s a BSA R10 with rubberised black plastic stock and a fitted scope, priced at £985 for the kit. Then there’s a Stoeger XM1, which he sells as a kit with a scope for just under £300. Which one is best for you? Watch the video to find out.

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  1. Airgun Fun on January 27, 2023 at 4:40 am

    Yes finish is different but so is accuracy in the reviews I’ve seen of that stoeger

  2. Olly Killick on January 27, 2023 at 4:40 am

    Picked up a new Kral NP02 and a three litre dive bottle for less than the price of a new high end springer. There’s no reason to risk shooting quarry with a springer. Also at 12 foot pounds legal limit, I really can’t see any value on spending big money unless you’re target shooting.

  3. axeami135 on January 27, 2023 at 4:42 am

    You’ve gotta use what you have, my £80 Springer would happily kill a rabbit if I chose to do so, I don’t hunt myself though I stick to cans 😂

  4. Phil Cann on January 27, 2023 at 4:42 am

    Iv got daystates and air arms but my kral np02 is just as good

  5. Graham peters on January 27, 2023 at 4:45 am


  6. Douglas Tobor on January 27, 2023 at 4:47 am

    Yes, my old BSA Mercury(forty years old)still puts rabbits and Woodies in my freezer.👍👍😆

  7. Fieldsports Kernow on January 27, 2023 at 4:49 am

    I actually have one of those stoegers, I can take rabbits out to 40 yards, then my old R10 would do the same, it was more consistent but for what I do (pest control as a living) you don’t need to spend that kind of money

  8. matt bush on January 27, 2023 at 4:49 am

    Thanks to Ian for saying it how it is, if you have cash and want to go mad then go for it. If you want a capable gun for 4 weekends a year then buy budget. lots of snobbery in the airgun market but we all had humble beginnings with springers.

  9. Christian Nelson on January 27, 2023 at 4:50 am

    Shame that cheap things can’t hit nothing lol

  10. TIKTOKHAZARD PUBG on January 27, 2023 at 4:53 am

    i have an air arms s510 and a bsa ultra se,big price difference but both do the job very well,both accurate

  11. hunting wales on January 27, 2023 at 5:05 am

    What be a good test is to get a load of people that only just getting in to shooting and don’t know price of guns and makes. Put a cheap one as a high price tag and the other low and see who can tell . I bet most pick the expensive one as it makes them feel more better shooting something expensive. Its more mind than use if that makes sense.

  12. ratdad48 on January 27, 2023 at 5:07 am

    Wow your government allows grown men to have an air rifle? Shocker!

  13. Tony Black on January 27, 2023 at 5:08 am

    I believe its pronounced "wabbits".

  14. stephen gunrunner hanson on January 27, 2023 at 5:08 am

    I have shot pigeons rats rabbits crows jackdows gray tree rats with a sub 12ftlbs rifle and the price just less then a £100 yes it can be done and I have as much fun as the man with his £300 rifle ready for the shock it was my very first Hw35 and it might be less then a £100 not heavy to carry there for a game bag rabbits and pigeons

  15. crm2507777 on January 27, 2023 at 5:09 am

    If your going to buy a “cheap” pcp go for the Gamo GX40

  16. Hector Taylor on January 27, 2023 at 5:13 am

    The question wasn’t answered. Is a 12ftLb gun sufficient irrespective of how much it costs. Yes, maybe at 20 metres but it’s rare to get that close.

  17. Javi on January 27, 2023 at 5:15 am


  18. Gangster88232 on January 27, 2023 at 5:16 am

    Civilians dont need airguns.

  19. Paul Harrison on January 27, 2023 at 5:27 am

    shooting rabbits! you hunt with dogs

  20. James Bowskill on January 27, 2023 at 5:27 am

    I HAVNT SEEN any price reductions ON pcp’S…………….I do see lots of price increases…Clearly he knows little about pcp’s both sub 12’s & FAC models have an enormous difference in power output, I fail to see his point that power outputs are similar……..If so, why is there a need for an FAC before purchase……….TOSH

  21. D Doherty on January 27, 2023 at 5:28 am

    @Fieldsports Channel Hi Charlie, earlier in the year you were asking for evidence of Corvid predation. (I haven’t managed to get footage as I live in rural Lincolnshire and we have a community tree🤣) I am in Lublin Poland at the moment and after two weeks in the city (there’s lots of mature trees 4-5 stories tall and good habitat in parks and allotments) the only birds I have seen have been Magpies, Crows, Jackdaws and Feral Pigeons. My mother in law lives here and says they used to wake up to a dawn chorus of songbirds, this morning it was like something Hitchcock directed. Outside the flat there must have been 6-8 magpies and 50+ carrion crows/jackdaws squabbling with each other. My wife is planning to write to the council to suggest a cull and putting up bird boxes for songbirds. If you want to find irrefutable evidence, here might be a good place to start. I have never seen so many Corvids and so wiped out a songbird population where there is good habitat and ready food sources. This is all down to top heavy predation that has not been controlled by shooting. Ironic really as the balconies on the flats are ideal shooting positions 3 floors up in such a densely populated area. Hope this is useful.

  22. manatoa1 on January 27, 2023 at 5:29 am

    Just discovered today that YouTube unsubscribed me from your channel at some point. I’d started wondering why I hadn’t seen a video from you in a long while.

  23. Dark Shaman on January 27, 2023 at 5:30 am

    Myself have a few airguns also shotguns and rifles, but my mate have bought a few PCP’S and they are really accurate and will kill rabbits and all small pest species as good as anything also he had the HW100 which is quite a heavy rifle but and better quality built but these cheaper PCP’s are just a good and will do the same job, I have put pellet on pellet at the range of around 30 meters so you won’t get better than that also another mate got a Daystate and they are just as accurate as that even for a lot less money… Myself got a few expensive guns but you can’t go wrong for the money with these cheaper ones also you have your faults with them but they come guaranteed but saying that the more expensive ones have also come with their factory faults.

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