I'm considering getting a springer for HFT, and possible FT use.
How does the recoil and/or hold sensitivity compare between these 3 rifles? Assume all three have Vortek PG2 kits.
Also, if I can install a PG2 kit, stone the trigger, deburr the cocking slot (with files/emory cloth), and polish the crown (with a brass bolt and compound) - is there any advantage to getting a pro to tune the gun?
History shows the TX200 dominates the springer division but some have done well with the 77/97 but those folks tend to do well with any springer. Brad Troyer is a good example of that. All the guns you mention are springer so they will bbe identical in recoil and hold "IF" they are the same power level. Most tunes involve fit and finish and lower the power. I competed with a TX for 10 years and won plenty of wood but that was do mostly to sending pellets down range. The HW's have long trigger reaches which I can not tolerate and I also prefer the looks of the TX. My advise is get a 12ftlb TX200 and buy lots of pellets. If it twangs some heavy lube that won't fling off would be all I would change.
I don't shoot HFT but if they dont separate the springer/puffer divisions (I don't know if they do) then don't waste your time shooting a springer in HFT because you will only be frustrated by the high power puffer guns.