I actually bought this spring piston break barrel air rifle over a year ago. I think it's a good value. I like the non-wood stock just fine. This thing has a lot of power. I want to talk about scope installation on the Phantom. Being a spring piston air gun, this thing has the unique two way recoil that makes these type of air guns a challenge to shoot accurately, and to mount a scope. Here is my experiences. First, I mounted a 2x7 AO scope with regular tow piece scope rings. This gun's recoil caused the scope to move. So, I ordered a one piece scope mount with a scope stop pin. Then, the recoil broke the internal mechanism that adjusts for elevation. At that point, I removed the scope and mount, and am just shooting it with the open sights. Be advised, if you want to mount a scope, use a mount with a stop pin, AND, be sure you get a scope approved for magnum level spring piston air rifles, or it will not last. My 62 year old eyes don't work great for open sight use, but, about an hour ago, I shot a decent half inch center to center group at 10 yards off a rest using Benjamin hollow point pellets. This is a pretty loud air rifle, so I tend to keep the shooting sessions short. I have other, quieter air rifles that I shoot more. My Phantom, early om, showed a preference for the Crosman Premier wadcutter pellets also. I haven't used this Phantom to shoot pests with, but have used other quieter air rifles to rid our chicken coop of rats that go in at night to get some food. I would not try the Phantom for this at night due to the loudness, but it has a lot more power than the gun I am using. This is an airgun you will have to put some effort into, not only for scope mounting, but also experimenting for pellet accuracy, and how you hold and shoot the gun. Shooting smokeless powder burning rifles, while that will be good experience in sight alignment and trigger control, the way you hold a smokeless burner will probably not help you to shoot this beast. Stay with it. It also needs a long break in time, and should settle down a bit for you with more shooting.
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