Written on: 22/12/2006 by Gamo177shadow1000 (4 reviews written)
Accurate, Powerful, Wood Stock, nice weight and balance for making accurate shots
Kinda heavy for a beginner, w/scope mine is probably 8-9 lbs. Plastic iron sights and trigger. Longish.
I bought my RWS 34 in .177 in October of 2006, I am very pleased with it so far. I have shot around 1500-1600 pellets through it now and it is a very quality. From the first shot I was amazed that it didn't crack or have the report of having too much lube in the compression chamber, which was really nice. I recieved the rifle on Halloween night of this year, I bought it online. From an initial quality standpoint it is the best rifle I have ever held and shot. I have had in the past a AM77 and a Gamo Shadow 1000 both of which were great guns for the money, but for quality the RWS 34 beats them both by quite a wide margin.
First off this rifle is accurate. This rifle is more accurate then any rifle I have had in the past and that includes firearms. At 30 yards, which is where I sighted in my scope, I can consistantly hit bottle caps. This rifle gets around dime to nickel size groups at 30 yards, which is plenty accurate for a hunting rifle.
Second, this rifle is powerful. It isn't as powerful as the Gamo Shadow at first, but once broken in this rifle is an awesome hunting weapon. I have taken many birds with it from various ranges form as close as 5 yards out to around 35 yards. I haven't taken any squirrels yet, but that's only because I haven't been on very many hunts with it yet. The first month of this rifle's life was spent breaking-in by shooting around 1200 pellets before I tested for a hunting pellet. My rifle now prefers the Beeman Coated Hollow Points.
It is my preference that I like wood stocks and find this stock to be of a great quality if cared for properly. I periodically wipe down the stock and the entire rifle with a rust preventative oil that is non-corrosive, I use Hoppes #9 oil. I wipe off the excess oil about 1-2 minutes after I put the oil on so there is a nice coat of protection without uneven spots.
This rifle has a nice balance and weight. Now weight can be good and bad, it all depends on the shooter. I wouldn't recommend this rifle for a younger kid learning how to shoot, I would recommend this rifle for a person that can handle an 8 pound rifle accurately. The good balance of the rifle makes for good pointability and accurate shot placement.
I personally don't care for all the plastic, but even though the iron sights are plastic they still provide great accuracy for the cheap look. With the iron sights I could hit the bottle caps at 30 yards even. I now have a scope on my rifle, a BSA .22 special 4X32mm. It's a smaller scope, but it has a nice picture and serves it's purpose well out to 50 yards.
Well after your reviewing of all your choices, I would recommend looking at the RWS 34 as a very good quality .177 caliber hunting weapon.