RWS Diana 48 - .22 cal Reviews

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★★★★★

“Solid gun, heavy hitter and certainly one of the main...”

Written on: 05/07/2010 by AirgunAddict (10 reviews written)

Solid gun, heavy hitter and certainly one of the main springers out there. The triggers need adjustment (and need to actually be metal) but aren't terrible.

Cocking this rifle can get a little old after a lot of shots, but it's a fun rifle to shoot and can produce some great accuracy at distances up to 55-60 yards with the right shooter… Read Full Review

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“After about 150 shots of shooting cans and whatnot I...”

Written on: 02/07/2008 by Piston Jackson (1 review written)

After about 150 shots of shooting cans and whatnot I am starting to put 3-4 14.3gr Benjamin Diabolo pellets in the same hole at 25yrds with the open sights using Gamo targets and the gun has never "twanged" or dieseled while firing since I have had it. The gun makes a quick thump and the recoil is certainly there but the gun is very comfortable to shoot over 50 times in a row and does so quite consistently but because of the spring heating up I wouldn't shoot any more than that at one time.

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“The new RWS 52 has a one inch longer stock than the 48...”

Written on: 24/04/2008

The new RWS 52 has a one inch longer stock than the 48 which is a needed improvement. Judging from the extreme elevation adjustment (to the stop) I had to make with my Beeman scope mount, it is evident that there is built in barrel droop which is apparently standard in Europe for use with peep sights in competition. Strange but can be compensated for. Great gun otherwise. Very solid feel, good trigger pull, very powerful and accurate. Bullseyes at 50 yds with scope! Kind of wish I had… Read Full Review

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“Perhaps by and large the RWS 48 .22 is for those at...”

Written on: 11/11/2007 by Marlon James (9 reviews written)

Perhaps by and large the RWS 48 .22 is for those at the intermediate level of airgunning, requiring the practice of holding and shooting. You might have to be in good physical condition to carry or wield the solid beast, or to hold the crosshairs still while one is "in the zone". Cocking the 48 is easy for me. A very minimum of chamber oil on the breech slide makes it glide with only residual excess oil needing to be wiped on closing the breech. Yes, yes the 48 can be loud and will alert non… Read Full Review

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Kicknotes's Response to Marlon James's Review

Written on: 18/03/2008

Hi, Marlon...<br/><br/>I recently removed the rear sight from my RWS 54 because the little cylindrical pin that fits into the hole at the front of the rear sight kept creeping outward. Not sure if the rear sight was defective from the factory or if the recoil was simply rocking it out -- but after pushing it back in several times (and putting a small scratch into the action bluing once! :( -- I finally removed it entirely (along with the front sight ramp).<br/><br/>While RWS doesn't offer a rear sight cover plate like Beeman does, they are sending me two screws which they said can fill the holes and will sit fairly flush (only the screw head will be visible versus the entire screw stem). I'm guessing it will look like the screw that sits at the back of the scope rail.<br/><br/>In any event, the screws were $2.75 each, plus about $5 to ship (ouch! -- why not just a 41-cent stamp?!), but if they cleanly close the holes and look better than either two open holes or two tall screws protruding upward (the original rear sight screws), I'll be happy.<br/><br/>I'll let you know how it goes once they arrive!

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Marlon James's Response to Marlon James's Review

Written on: 14/04/2008

Thanks for the info, I'll order those screws just to see how it looks. My 350 had the same problem; the front pin on my rear sight that allows the sight to move up or down drifted out every 11 to 15 shots. The sight was replaced when I sent it back for tuning among other things.
<br/>Have you seen the 2008 Diana Mayer airgun catalog? It's the one in Germany. Within the catalog there is a section offering various stock upgrades for the 350 & 48,52, series in lamination, walnut, and premium as they refer to it. The grain, finish, stain checkering, grip cap and rubber pad look exceptional.
<br/>On contacting Diana, they referred me to, of course, Umarex USA. I sent a request to Umarex for info on trying to get one of those beautys. When and if they'll get it in stock, and how much they cost.
<br/>Thanks for the info again.

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★★★★★

“This was my first stab at a "good" airgun (I don't...”

Written on: 11/05/2007 by vinceb (46 reviews written)

This was my first stab at a "good" airgun (I don't think my RWS34 counts) after acquiring a variety of Crosman, Gamo, Norica, and Chinese rifles of various sorts.

I'll start off with the bad points. Or rather the bad point. The rear sight could be more rigid, and its rear notch is too small. The sights are non-fiberoptic, but that is a tradeoff - in certain light conditions this is an advantage, in others a disadvantage.

Now that that's out of the way...

Yes, the rifle is a bit on the heavy… Read Full Review

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Marlon James's Response to vinceb's Review

Written on: 11/11/2007

The weak points or parts of the rifle that are plastic truley do become a non issue once a shooting session begins. Having a proper set up of scope, mounts trigger adjustment, lubrication and pellet selection begin to make the rest of the gun shine in power accuracy and basic function. It's very solid in my experience. But it sure would be nice to have a custom steel or metal trigger guard a metal trigger, a muzzle brake or custom stock. I used "dry slide" a petroleum based product w/ molybdenum disulfide. After drying it out, the gun shot incredibly powerful. I don't have a chronograph but the steel sheet pellet trap was punctured at 12 yards. Yeah baby. But that was years ago, they don't make "dry slide" any more nor do the company's condone the use of it due to dieseling or even detonation and the blowing of piston seals. It's good to read that others are finding the virtues of a big powerful gun. Does anyone out there care to comment on the differences of the RWS 48, the Beeman Kodiak or Premier or Theobin Eliminator against the Gamo Hunter Extereme in .22? ( the new powerhouse on the block?). Be blunt tell the truth.

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“I purchased the RWS Diana 48 in .22 after owning one...”

Written on: 14/09/2006 by webscrounger (3 reviews written)

I purchased the RWS Diana 48 in .22 after owning one in .177 cal. for a couple of years. The .177 was such a fine airgun I couldn't resist the same package with more power.

Everything that is true about the RWS 48 in .177 is true in spades for the .22 cal model. Just more power, more punch. Distance shots I pulled with the .177 were not an issue with the .22. I knew the reach and energy was there.

As with my first RWS Diana 48, the fit and finish is mostly first rate, as you would expect… Read Full Review

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Erik11's Response to webscrounger's Review

Written on: 18/12/2006

What king of scope do you have on your 48? How is it holding up?

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Webscrounger's Response to webscrounger's Review

Written on: 19/12/2006

Just using std sights now.

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