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    Posted: August-18-2018 at 7:35pm
Cobalt, yep, there's a section on the gun that slides up to allow for loading a pellet at a time.  It is a bit of a trick to load with fingers, but any pellet pen makes it an easy proposition.  I didn't notice a huge increase in accuracy with pellets (because mine is crazy accurate with bbs), but I did find that using heavy 177 pellets I could flip targets like the Auto-Quad Airgun Target at 15 yards! They hit with enough force that the reset target worked too!  Oh, and $60 is a fair price, IMHO.  I got both of mine for $40 ea, but they both needed resealed.  


Airitis.. well, I agree for the most part.  But I've definitely noticed that some guns prompt side purchases more than others.  For instance, I bought my Peacemaker before the new line of holsters was released.  Sooooo, I wound up buying a "real" peacemaker holster.. a nice black tooled one with the gunfighter drop, and a mess of loops for spare ammo.  Well, then I had to get more Peacemaker "bullets", because you can't have all empty loops, right?  All my action handguns have at least one spare magazine, if not two.  And, well, then I had to get some holsters so I could carry the gun and the magazines, right?  Then I could practice tactical draw, handling and reloads!  Ah, back when I had a budget ;)  Did I mention I don't really have neighbors?  :)  But, most of the long guns don't really need accessories.  Most of the time with long guns all I needs is extra bbs in those bic pen bb holders.  

I know, I have a disease. :) 
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Admit it, Burgh! All air guns are Gateways. I never owned my own BB gun as a kid (even though Ralphie looks like my clone). But a few years ago I got a Red Ryder. Then I wanted a Buck, then a Winchester 11 and M14, then a model 25 like my big brother had when we were little, Then some older ones and wide frames, then a 499, then...., then...., then....

Add in a few pop guns and Crosmans and I'll soon need an intervention. The thing is, I have no intention of slowing down. I may change course but it's FULL SPEED AHEAD!!!   
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Just saw a Crosman 73 for sale, says recently resealed and wants $60 for it. The gun looks pretty good and seems to be complete. One thing, the ad mentions "Crosman 73 with .177 loader in good working order". What is ".177 loader" referring to?
 
ETA- I think it's the pellet loader that being talked about. I hadn't thought about the 74 shooting pellets too.
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Heard that!!
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Oh, no... I can't go there. That's one of those"gateway" guns. First the gun. Then you buy extra magazines, and then how can you not get a repro wood stock / holster!?! :)
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Glad to hear you've received them. I'll definitely be checking out the C73! I recently downloaded the OM and EVP for it because another member at GTA had been talking favorably about it. And darned if PA hasn't put the semi auto Legends C96 CO2 BB Pistol on sale for half price! There's just no escaping!!
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I know this is a moldy old thread, but it is kind of new to me as the proud owner of one of Cobalt's 74s.  I have to say, "I get it". :)  This is a really fun little gun!  

But I'd feel I wasn't being a good board member if I didn't share what is still my favorite plinking bb gun: The Crosman 73 Saddle Pal.  It is a like the Hahn Super / Crosman 166 discussed earlier in this thread, in that it is a finger action lever.  It has the same short lever stroke that the Hahn has.  But where the Hahn was kind of a gas hog, my 73 has shot 100 bbs off 1 co2, starting over 500fps, ending in the low 400s.  And its accuracy easily rivals the D74.  For the cost of having a lever to cycle, you get a nicer trigger.  It is smallish, light, fast, easy, accurate, efficient, and fun.  

Of course it isn't nearly as easy to find, and it does cost more, given how long it has been out of production. But it is easy to work on, and parts are still available.  Oh, and you can shoot pellets with it too!  For anyone who likes the Hahn Super / Crosman 166, I'd heartily recommend checking out the 73. 

Have a good one!

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I need to toss a fresh cartridge into mine and get in some fun trigger time, too! Recently I've been trying to deal w/a CMP Daisy 853 that is suffering from a low MV and high ES. Hopefully I got it fixed this time- it's like the 4th time dis- and re-assembling it w/various 'fixes' each time. I haven't tried it over the chrono after this latest round, mostly because if it's still sick I really don't want to know about it- at least not until I have a little break from working on it!
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Now that it is hot outside mine is shooting very well with the valve mod. 60-70ft. stuff is no problem.
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Thanks for everyone here who 'promoted' it. I doubt I ever would have tried one without the recommendations.
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