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Stoeger X10 and Crosman Quest 1000X

Stoeger X10 and Crosman Quest 1000X

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Comparative review of the Stoeger X10 and Crosman Quest 1000X air rifles with test targets and detail photographs.
Comparative review of the Stoeger X10 and Crosman Quest 1000X air rifles with test targets and detail photographs.

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Stoeger X10 and Crosman Quest 1000X Comparison
Stephen Archer,Archer Airguns Inc.29 November, 2010
“The Stoeger X10 and the Crosman Quest 1000X are
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the same 
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air rifle, so whydoes the Stoeger Cost over $20 more than the Crosman. And is it worth it?”
These are the questions this comparison aims to address.
Summary:
The Stoeger X10 is a clearly superior air rifle with:1.Better performance (muzzle velocity and accuracy).2.Mounted scope (Quest scope is un-mounted).3.Better quality stock (superior quality wood, finish and shape).4.Automatic safety (Quest is manual only).5.Much better open sights.6.A far superior scope stop.7.Far better “feel” and appearance.So, is the X10 worth the $20.00 premium over the Quest? That must be a personaldecision, but in my opinion the answer is clearly “yes!”. For most users, that premium isprobably justified just by having a mounted, sighted-in scope fitted to the gun so it canbe shot “right out of the box”.
Pricing:Crosman 1000X ComboStoeger X10 Combo
Stoeger MSRPN/a$159Pyramyd List$150N/aCrosman.com Price$129.99N/aPyramyd Selling Price$115.99N/aStoeger MAPN/a$139So, the Crosman Quest 1000X (Model C1K77X) costs $23 (17%) less than the StoegerX10 Combo (Model 30015). How can the Stoeger X10 be worth that premium?
Stoeger X10 and Crosman Quest 1000X Comparison
Stephen Archer, Archer Airguns Inc.
 
Manufacturer:
Both air rifles are manufactured by BAM in China. Both are based on the B18/B19platform and have similar specifications with many identical BAM part numbers. Butthere are clear differences in the detail specification and manufacturing finish of theseair rifles. The Quest 1000X is clearly designed and manufactured to achieve theminimum possible cost (and hence selling price). The Stoeger X10 is designed andmanufactured to provide a superior quality air rifle - but, of course, this is only achievedat a higher price.
Specifications:Crosman 1000X ComboStoeger X10 Combo
ModelC1K77X30015Weight Without Scope5 lbs 13 oz6 lbs 6 ozScope4 x 32 Unmounted4 x 32 MountedRingsTwo pieceTwo pieceLength44.25 inches42.625 inchesBarrel Length18.42 inches16.5 inchesPull Length14.5 inches14.5 inches
Performance:
A sample comparison of one Crosman Quest 1000X and one Stoeger X10 WoodCombo (chosen at random) shows that the X10 provides a significantly higher muzzlevelocity than the 1000X and improved accuracy.Test targets for these guns are reproduced on the following pages. The X10 target wasthe only one I shot. The Quest 1000 target is the best of three shot immediately after theX10 target. The same pellets and scope (Leapers 3-9 x 40AO set at 9x magnification)were used for both guns to make as fair a comparison as possible.Note that the X10 was still dieseling while the Quest 1000 was very dry. This is a part ofthe reason for the difference in muzzle velocity, also for the much better StandardDeviation shown by the Crosman gun. This table shows the results compared to typicalfigures achieved over dozens of Archer Airguns “Gold Service” tests on “dry” StoegerX10 and X20 models. (The X10 and X20 are exactly the same, apart from stocks andscopes).
Stoeger X10 and Crosman Quest 1000X Comparison
Stephen Archer, Archer Airguns Inc.
 
The tested X10 will undoubtedly settle to somewhere around the average X10/X20performance over time. But it will still be around 100 fps faster than the Quest.
Crosman 1000XCombo TestedStoeger X10Combo TestedStoeger X10/X20Average
Muzzle Velocity856 fps1,049 fps950 fpsMuzzle Energy12.9 ft/lbs19.36 ft/lbs15 ft/lbsStandard Deviation4.79 fps21.33 fps5 - 6 fpsThe accuracy achieved by both tested guns was in the sub 0.5-inch CTC range for 10shots using Crosman Premier Light pellets from the same tin, as was expected and isnormal for the average Stoeger X10 and X20 under “Gold Service” testing.But note that the Crosman target is the best one out of three that I shot, and that “subhalf inch” accuracy is obtained only by excluding the two “fliers”. I had great difficulty inpreventing vertical “stringing” of the shots with the Quest 1000X.In contrast, the X10 test target gave excellent accuracy immediately. As I have provedfrom other testing, group sizes fall as the spring air rifles stop dieseling (and muzzlevelocities become more uniform), so I would expect the tested X10 to provide evenbetter accuracy in future shooting.Trigger pull weights were 4 lbs 10 oz for the Quest and 5 lbs 3 oz for the X10. Again,experience proves that the trigger pull weight reduces marginally as the gun is shot andthe trigger parts have residual roughness worn away. So, I would expect the tested X10trigger pull to fall with further use. Both triggers fall into the typical X10/X20 tested rangeof around 4.5 to 5.5 lbs pull. The trigger pull is long and - although far from the worstfound on low-cost spring air rifles - continues to be the weakest element of the basicB18/19 platform and the air rifles based on it.
Stoeger X10 and Crosman Quest 1000X Comparison
Stephen Archer, Archer Airguns Inc.

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