Browing 800 Express Or RWS LP8 ....

Joined: September 1st, 2016, 2:30 pm

November 9th, 2017, 10:56 am #1

....which one do you like and why.
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Joined: September 22nd, 2000, 7:58 pm

November 9th, 2017, 3:17 pm #2

I have had a Browning 800. I was really disappointed with it. The recoil absorbing was plastic on plastic and not very precise.

I have a Diana LP8 and it is very nice, all metal with a much higher build quality.

However, I would recommend trying to find an old BSA Scorpion pistol. I like them better than either of the pistols you asked about.

You can find test on all three pistols on the Pyramyd Air Blog.

David Enoch
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Joined: September 1st, 2016, 2:30 pm

November 9th, 2017, 6:47 pm #3

What caliber do you have and are parts available for these ?
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Joined: March 18th, 2011, 6:24 am

November 9th, 2017, 7:44 pm #4

....which one do you like and why.
look on Gun Broker right now, there is a nice setup RWS on there now
if I needed one I might even buy it

the 800's recoil is very hard, I tried to quickly put a red dot on one and it will throw it off in a few shot, as to the floor

the Diana 5g mag has stiff recoil but the weight of the LP8 calm most of it down
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November 9th, 2017, 8:26 pm #5

Thanks for the heads-up Michael, but after Davids post, I've done some research and like what I see with the BSA Scorpion. I have a couple guys I've bought FWB 300's from abroad seeing what they might be able to find for me.

However, I told them I want something in excellent to pristine condition.
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Joined: September 22nd, 2000, 7:58 pm

November 9th, 2017, 9:02 pm #6

I have both 177 and 22. Parts are available. Unless someone had been inside them they need the buffer and piston seal replaced. I have an article that tells how to do the work. I did the repairs on the two I shoot.
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Joined: September 1st, 2016, 2:30 pm

November 9th, 2017, 9:55 pm #7

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Joined: March 18th, 2011, 6:24 am

November 10th, 2017, 5:35 am #8

Thanks for the heads-up Michael, but after Davids post, I've done some research and like what I see with the BSA Scorpion. I have a couple guys I've bought FWB 300's from abroad seeing what they might be able to find for me.

However, I told them I want something in excellent to pristine condition.
knowledge about his or her Scorpion they don't go cheap
never seen one that was a get away and few come up for sale here or on the other Auction sites

well what ever you buy good luck and take care

just a note the Blue Book says a 100% BSA has a value of 225.00 to 250.00 but I have seen them sell for 400.00 in less condition
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Joined: July 20th, 2005, 1:28 pm

November 10th, 2017, 9:51 pm #9

I have had a Browning 800. I was really disappointed with it. The recoil absorbing was plastic on plastic and not very precise.

I have a Diana LP8 and it is very nice, all metal with a much higher build quality.

However, I would recommend trying to find an old BSA Scorpion pistol. I like them better than either of the pistols you asked about.

You can find test on all three pistols on the Pyramyd Air Blog.

David Enoch
Agree with David on the BSA Scorpion pistol from the early 1980s. They are powerful and accurate. Best spring piston pistol that I have ever used.
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Joined: April 18th, 2001, 2:28 am

November 11th, 2017, 1:03 pm #10

Thanks for the heads-up Michael, but after Davids post, I've done some research and like what I see with the BSA Scorpion. I have a couple guys I've bought FWB 300's from abroad seeing what they might be able to find for me.

However, I told them I want something in excellent to pristine condition.
...a very nice boxed Scorpion was at the Hickory show last month (don't recall seller or price unfortunately!). They are "out there" if you are patient.

Just curious, have you considered the HW 45/P1 at all? Very nice and hard-shooting pistol in a more compact format, pricey but easy to find of course. I love mine.

Another OOP higher-powered barrel-cocker you might consider is the LP8's predecessor, the Diana LP5 Magnum. This interesting design used the empty space available at the rear of the classic old LP5's receiver tube (which was shared with the LP6 double-piston recoilless pistol), to get a longer spring and more piston travel in there. It also has more traditional blued-steel construction, as opposed to the LP8's cast outer shell.

Neither here nor there I guess, but a friend of mine had a Scorpion back in the day--fun to shoot, but wow it was one big ol' heavy hog-leg of a handgun! I remembered thinking a light rifle (meaning R7, Diana 27, BSA Meteor in those halcyon days) would be about as easy to carry, have similar power, and be a lot easier for me to actually hit something with, LOL...
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