I have read somewhere that the lower velocity gun has a shorter barrel---Does anyone have both guns and compared them side by side?
I have both. C-7 is an inch or two shorter when sitting side by side.
Is the 695fps on the C7 with lead (I always use 14.3 pellets for testing velocity on 22cal guns and usually 7.9 pellets for 177, just so I always have the same base line)
My C-7 averages 648fps with 14.3 Premiers.
I also read it is about as easy to cock as an R7, any truth to this one?
Very similar. I have a .177 cal. R-7 I recently tuned with a Macarri kit & Vortek seal shooting almost identical velocity as the C-7. Cocking one right after the other it is easy to tell the C-7 requires a small extra effort but it cocks with the same buttery smoothness of the tuned R-7. Cocking the C-7 immediately after cocking the full-power C-8 is where the contrast is so stark! Ultimately I'll probably wind up installing a C-7 gas ram in the C-8.
Is the trigger in stock form adjustable at all? Is it a decent trigger?
The trigger is the downfall. I installed a CdT golds trigger in the C-8. Frankly I'm not tremendously impressed despite the glowing reports of others. Took the trigger out of the C-7 yesterday and removed the pin along with the spring in the trigger. Installed 3 thin nylon washers on the 'fat pin' and reinstalled it. Only shot it once to prove function but it felt at least as good as the gold. Will test it for safety, function and feel today.
How is the recoil? Would it need a magnum scope or is it light like an R7?
Very solid thump! Will need a quality scope for certain.
Is barrel droop a problem with this gun?
I'll be using a drooper mount.
Does it come new with open/iron sights besides the cheap scope?
I am asking as I am considering trading for one and have a bad back, so it has to be fairly light and easy to cock and shoot.
That's the very reason I got the C-7---old, infirm, poor health and bad back---and I'm loving the rifle! It's even hinting that it may be content with the W-M CPHPs. Don't know if I've just gotten lucky for a change but my current advice would be to go for it. HTH, Tom
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