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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

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