Hello Philip, I owned an RWS model 34 that I had for five years, but I could never keep it sighted in with a $70.00 Bushnell airgun scope. It would shoot about a dozen shots on target and then go out. I sold it and bought a Gamo .22 cal Silent Cat. This gun was about half the price of the RWS, but shot better. However, after about 50 shots it too needed a little adjustment. This lasted about four years and now has the same problem as the RWS. I called two airgun dealers and they both said the same thing, which is that I need a $400.00 scope that will stand up to the vibration that the springers generate. I can’t see putting a $400.00 scope on a $200.00 gun. Are there any scopes out there for under $100.00 that will work and not wear out, or should I give up on the spring air rifle and go back to .22 rimfire? Sam
Hello Sam The problem of keeping a scope zeroed on spring/piston airguns is nothing new and the fact that America has no power restrictions on airguns means that the models that you buy are even more violent than our 12 ft.lbs. versions. The most common weakness is the mounts. The ones that come free with scopes aren’t the best, so I would replace them with a very high-quality, one-piece unit, such as the ones manufactured by Sportsmatch. They have a much bigger gripping surface and are extremely strong, so resist slipping along the scope rail much better than cheap twopiece ones. I’d try a good mount before changing your scope because it’s the cheaper option. If the scope has failed internally, putting your new one in a good mount makes sense anyway. Ed.
A one- piece mount is the top choice for any recoiling rifle