Brocock Commander PCP air rifle facing right

BLOG #20. Air Rifles Australia

Supplying Air Rifles Australia wide.

Reading this blog you will know that I supply Air Rifles Australia wide, in fact, West Australia is one of my lowest sales areas due to our over-zealous gun laws and those that enforce them. That is why I moved to Queensland. What I want to get across in this blog are the hurdles we face both as an air rifle retailer and an air rifle consumer (you) and work out how to get around these obstacles.

Air Rifles and Accessory Orders.

I have installed new software for ordering air rifles, airgun parts, scopes and accessories etc. All that needs to happen now is that I have to learn how to use it. That said, can I please ask that you order by email only as I am getting orders verbally over the phone when I am driving, orders by text, orders on voicemail even orders on ‘Comments’ under articles, etc., etc.  The problem here is that my phone is always constantly busy and I receive heaps of texts etc., and with the outcome that some orders fall through the cracks.

Example: The other day my wife answered a phone call from Ben Thomas as I was driving. He wanted to order something and asked that I call him back and was his phone number visible? My wife told him his number was visible and that she would get me to call him back within an hour. Straightforward? It should have been but Ben Thomas’s mobile phone number (ending in ***910) gave this response when I called; “Thank you for your call, this is an outbound number only, have a great day….” No doubt Ben Thomas thinks I have better things to do than call him back…

The same thing has happened with texts where I have replied and yet get no answers. My order page will send the order to a different address we have and to yourself, if you do not receive a copy of your order then you have entered the wrong home address.

New orders will get a response from myself or Rob with any queries that I may have and an estimated time if I have to order it in. You will be updated using my new software as to where your order is in the queue. Presently I have taken orders verbally by person and by phone, by texts, emails and smoke signals and the result is leading to confusion to put it politely.

Orders ONLY for Air Rifles Australia wide.

You guys reading this from overseas, please note we can ONLY supply air rifles Australia wide and NOT overseas.

Air Rifles Australia Daystate Red Wolf model

Daystate Red Wolf PCP

Ok guys, I know some of you are getting pissed at waiting so long for your air rifles, namely Weihrauch, Brococks, Daystates, AirForce and Marauders etc. So here it is for you: Weihrauch only sends to the Australian wholesalers 2 and sometimes 3 times a year. However, to get an air rifle in the stock order, Weihrauch has to have it already made and if they do not have one in stock, (which happens quite a bit), then your air rifle has to be built. Daystate and Brocock are all made to order! There has also been a recent hold up getting permits to export air rifles out of Germany and I can only see things getting tougher as gun laws get tightened.

Air Rifles Australia Kral Puncher S model

Kral Puncher S Bullpup in a Synthetic Stock

Understand this, they will not build just one air rifle, so it goes into a queue and is built on a schedule which can mean that your air rifle doesn’t leave in a timely fashion. In fact, I can tell you that I have waited 2 years for one HW30 a while back. The problem is not me (this time…) but the fact that Australia is way down the pecking order and getting air rifles, parts and accessories is a frustrating task.

Brocock Commander Air Rifle

Brocock Commander 480 Black Right Facing

At the time of writing this, I had around 9 people waiting for Weihrauchs, 2 for AirForce Texans, 3 AirForce Condors, 2 AirForce Talons, 3 for Evanix Blizzards and 2 for Eun-Jins. Guess what, some of these orders were placed 8 months ago! Once I place the air rifle order it is out of my hands as I am sure you can now realise, so don’t shoot the messenger.

Pricing Orders.

I am buying in some orders that are then cancelled once the air rifle gets here, so if you don’t want to put a deposit on an order, then I will only order it if it is a normally stocked air rifle, like any of the Weihrauchs, Brococks, Daystates, Cometas, AirForce PCPs or Krals. To save me repeating myself, the ordering system for air rifles is on Blog #16. If you order in a rifle like a Hatsan then I will need a 50% deposit so I know the order is serious and not some whim where I get left with an unusual air rifle with a limited market.

SamYang Sumatra Air Rifles Australia

Samyang Sumatra 2500 500cc

Air rifle parts are a particular problem as locating the correct part is only part of the equation, getting it sent here is where the problem lies. Example, I have just ordered a seal from the USA that costs US$5.30 and US$33.50 USP express post as this is the only postal service they use. That is $52.41 landed here, who wants to pay that for a pissy little seal?

As a result, when I get orders for some accessories or parts I will ask you if you want to pay Express rates or if you are prepared to wait until I order additional products from the supplier so that postage is reduced (economies of scale…).

I am stocking MTC Scopes from the UK whereas Hawke Scopes are available locally. This includes the Hawke Airmax range that I sell a lot of but even they are quite elusive to get at times.

New Air Rifles.

As you know by accessing this website, the air rifles I carry are Brocock, Daystate Cometa, Weihrauch, Kral, Samyang, Benjamin and AirForce. If you want to see other air rifles carried by myself then please get back to me. I am looking at stocking some big bore air rifles but have yet to see any real interest from my customers or website readers.

 Air rifles Australia model Kral Puncher One

Kral Puncher One Bronze PCP Air Rifle

The same goes for pellets and accessories including Tuning Kits that are now in stock by Vortek. I get some products from Air Venturi so if you want to browse their site first and then get back to me via the Order Form we can take it from there as they stock a large number of different air rifles. Please note that air rifles Australia wide vary in compliance, that is an air rifle like the Benjamin Marauder is legal in Queensland and illegal in West Australia where I am not even allowed to stock it as a Dealer (when I was one there) for sale over east. Total BS.

Air Rifles Australia Summary.

So please use the online ordering panel as much as possible under the category STORE/BUY NOW/ Order Form, where you can also ask a question and be assured that we will get back to you. What I am trying to do here is to supply accessories, parts and air rifles in a speedy manner and follow the order through software but I need you guys to please USE the Order Form. This is the best way for us to supply parts, accessories and air rifles Australia wide in an efficient manner.

BLOG #19. Leapers Bug Buster and Airmax Scopes for controlling Vermin

With many of my customers buying an air rifle for vermin control I have researched and found 2 very suitable scopes for this exact purpose, they are the Leapers Bug Buster 3-9x32AO and the Hawke Airmax 2-7x32AO. Both these scopes are compact models and rated for spring air rifles with both being guaranteed for life.

The Leapers Bug Buster.

This little Leapers Bug Buster scope (Pt #2505) has grasped my attention like no other scope over the last year as it is full of features. To start with it has an Adjustable Objective to eliminate parallax error with crystal clear focusing. This is done at the front objective bezel rather that the now very common side focus turret. Zoom is a very usable 3-9 with a 32mm objective lens that allows sufficient light entry due to the scope’s short overall length.

Leapers Bug Buster Scope From Above

Leapers Bug Buster 3-9×32 AO Top View

The Bug Buster has Mil Dots with a step-less adjustable illuminated reticle in either red or green for low light conditions. However, the best feature of this little scope is the focusing ability from 3 yards (2.74 metres) to infinity. Yup, that is correct, focus down to 2.74 metres that will allow you close up focusing within sheds or around machinery chasing rats. The 10 metre minimum focus on most scopes has always been a contentious issue with guys shooting rats and other vermin within sheds etc., well now you can overcome that hurdle at a price that won’t break the bank.

Leapers Bug Buster 3-9x32 Angle Image

Leapers Bug Buster 3-9×32 AO Angle View

The construction of this Leapers Bug Buster scope is rugged to put it mildly, it feels every bit a working scope. It comes with 2 piece Leapers UTG mounts that are proving to be very popular with their sharp and effective dovetail claws that limit scope ‘walk-back’ on most springers. The Leapers Bug Buster is manufactured by Leapers UTG who manufacture literally hundreds of shooting accessories and are marketed out of the USA.

Leapers Bug Buster Scope Facing Forward

Leapers Bug Buster 3-9×32 AO Forward Facing

The Leapers Bug Buster comes packaged with Picatinny mounts that are swapped out for Leapers UTG 2 piece mounts without price adjustment. The weight of the Leapers Bug Buster is 492 grams with an overall length of 209mm. As far as dedicated scopes go, I give this scope 9.8/10 with negatives being non-etched glass reticle when put alongside the Hawke Airmax.

Leapers Bug Buster Scope

Leapers Bug Buster 3-9×32 AO Side Facing

The Leapers Bug Buster is shown below on a .25 cal  AirForce Talon for scalability.

AirForce Talon with Bug Buster Scope

Leapers Bug Buster on AirForce Talon

The Hawke Airmax 2-7x32AO.

The smallest of the Hawke Airmax scopes is the 2-7x32AO (Pt#13 100) scope that I thought was really small until I received the Leapers Bug Buster above. Not to detract from the Hawke Airmax, it is a great scope, rugged chassis for heavy recoiling ‘springers’, and top quality optics.

Hawke Airmax 2-7x32 AO Side Image

Hawke Airmax 2-7×32 AO Side Facing

The Hawke Airmax comes with a quality glass etched reticle to withstand sudden recoil redirection with an AMX reticle. The AMX reticle still has Mil Dots but also comes with lower windage bars as below. Focusing is 10 yards (9.14 metres) minimum that is a bit restrictive when shooting small vermin in confined quarters such as sheds.

AMX Airmax Scope Reticle

AMX Reticle on Hawke Airmax

Unfortunately this little scope does not come with an illuminated reticle or side focus that seems to be on the ‘must have’ list of new scope buyers. That aside, adjusting the objective is no big deal as the scope is very short with a well within reach without having to reposition your hold on the rifle.

Hawke Airmax Scope Front Objective

Adjustable Objective on Hawke Airmax

The weight of the Airmax is 564 grams with mounts and an overall length of 272mm. As with all Hawke Scopes, these come with a lifetime warranty and are not packaged with mounts. I give this scope 9/10 with the negatives being no illumination, 10 yards minimum focus, weight and length when compared to the Leapers.

Hawke Airmax Scope Angle View

Hawke Airmax 2-7×32 AO Angle Image

Compact Scope Summary.

My ratings are based on the key features of each air rifle scope and a prospective buyer should take this into account. For example, if a non illuminated reticle is what you prefer and if you can work with a 10 yard minimum focus then I say you should buy the Hawke. However, if 3 yards minimal focal distance is what you want then you will need to consider the Leapers Bug Buster.

Hawke Airmax and Leapers Bug Buster Scopes

Hawke Airmax Top and Leapers Bug Buster Lower

Overall, both the Hawke Airmax and the Leapers Bug Buster are damn good scopes and that is the reason I carry them.

Hawke 30mm Droop Mount at angle

BLOG #18. Barrel Droop in Air Rifles

Barrel Droop has nothing to do with the ageing of your air rifle, because you droop with age it doesn’t mean that your rifle does too. I constantly get guys telling me that the barrel on their air rifle droops because it’s old and due to constant cocking (no pun intended) action while loading. Bottom line guys, air rifle barrels are a lot stronger than that and no matter how many times they are loaded (“Break” barrel models of course…), they will not bend.

What Causes Barrel Droop?

I am going to stick with air rifles here. The “Break” barrel model air rifle has more moving parts and so is subject to wear, especially through lack of lubrication or poor maintenance. The main clevis pin that the barrel hinges on is subject to wear as is the locking detent or latch on some models. However, even new air rifles, “Break” barrels, fixed barrel models like the Weihrauch HW77K and even PCPs can have a percentage of “droop” or misalignment. This is caused by tolerances in mating surfaces and in most cases goes un-noticed.

Weihrauch HW77KSE

Weihrauch HW77KSE with ‘fixed’ barrel.

Weihrauch HW80

Weihrauch HW80 ‘break’ barrel.

When we use the term ‘droop’, this can mean misalignment to the left, right or upwards, it does not have to mean that the barrel points down, though in most cases it does with air rifles. In a lot of cases we do not realise that the barrel has some droop or is misaligned to some degree as the telescopic sights tend to compensate for the misalignment issue.

In most cases that I have come across, barrel droop is due to the machined mating orifice in the breach being out of alignment by a very small amount. The very small error in alignment is caused by machining tolerances and is difficult to detect using common lathe tools and so it is often overlooked or undetected. Early Diana air rifles were also commonly attributed to having barrel droop, so it is quite a common fault. Other causes are misaligned bores where the actual bore has been drilled through at a slight angle, though this is fairly rare, I have seen it on several air rifles over the years.

Damaged crowns have also been blamed on barrel droop, so before you go pulling stuff apart, take a look at the barrel crown to make sure there is no “ding” in it. If there is, re-crowning in a relatively simple and cheap fix when done right.

How to check for Barrel Droop?

I’m asked this a lot but can’t help wondering if the issue is not evident then why look for it? So in case you guys think you may have a barrel alignment issue, try this:

  1. Wind out both the side and top turrets individually to the end of their threads – DO NOT GO NUTS HERE, just apply enough pressure to insure you are at the end of the thread. Any more than that and you may do some damage.
  2. Then wind the turrets in till they bottom out while counting the turns in doing so.
  3. Lastly, wind the turrets back to the centre by dividing the total turns on each turret by 2.
  4. Then shoot the rifle from a rest into a target at say, 20 metres.
  5. You should be in the black, however, if the group is way off then I suggest that you do the following:
    1. Swap the scope for another and repeat the test. This will establish whether there is an issue with the barrel or the original scope.
    2. If the results are the same, that is the group is way off the centre, then do the following:
      1. If your air rifle is a PCP and the barrel can be rotated, do so by 180 degrees and test fire again.
      2. If the deviation moves around 180 degrees then have an issue with the barrel not the mating surface. If the shot deviation is random, that is it moves from the original POI, then look at the mating point of the barrel.
  • Re-machining the mating joint is an expensive alternative and not always successful. I would opt to fit Droop Mounts or 25MOA scope ring inserts to compensate as this is the quickest and cheapest alternative.
  1. If you cannot rotate the barrel do a physical inspection of the bore and barrel mounting.
  2. On fixed barrels like the HW77/97 series Weihrauch air rifles there is little you can do other than a barrel swap and there is a difficulty in doing so. If this is the case, I would fit a Droop Mount, 25MOA spacers or quit the rifle as the expense of rectifying it would be more than its worth with results that cannot be guaranteed.
  1. There is one other issue that I have come across and that is the shooter him/her self. Having had a HW100T sent to me 2 years ago with the owner complaining of barrel droop, I tested the rifle to find that is was true and correct. So if you reach this point, may I suggest that you get a buddy to shoot the rifle once you have centred the reticle. If he gets the same results as you then the problem is with the rifle or scope, and if his results are different, then the problem is you.
  1. “Break” barrel air rifles have several moving parts between the barrel and breach that unjustly worries guys as they anticipate a lot of wear and movement in these moving parts. Any droop with a “Break” barrel air rifle is evident when a scope is fitted and not discernable when using steel sights. Why? Because the fore and aft steel sights are mounted on the barrel which is straight whereas the scope is mounted on the breach housing.

Fitting Droop Mounts or 25MOA spacers.

The Droop Mounts are straight forward to fit like any other scope mount. I would however, caution you about using such droop mounts on a heavily recoiling air rifle that may well send the droop mount on its way. My take on this is only use a Droop Mount on a PCP to play it safe and these can be purchased here.

Adjustable 30mm Barrel Droop Mount

HM6168 30mm Droop Mount Angle View

Side View of Barrel Droop Mount

HM6168 30mm Droop Mount Side View

On a spring powered air rifle I prefer to use the 25MOA tapered bushings that go under the scope inside the ring. You will need to check that the arrows point forward and the each bushing is positioned as marked (Front bushing – Rear bushing)

25 MOA inserts

25mm x 25MOA Inserts

After fitting the bushings carry out a repeat of the above tests and you can alter the MOA to some degree by moving the scope rings in closer together to increase the MOA or move them apart further to decrease the MOA. This is not an exact art as measuring the exact barrel droop in Minutes of Angle is beyond most people.

I have come across numerous scopes that have had small shims made of Coke or Beer cans mounted under the scope and between the ring. A bit untidy but it works much like fitting the 25MOA bushings.

Summary on Scope alignment.

I think I need to point out here that you can’t just go adding shims to the rear mount until you have compensated for the droop. There is a real danger that you will bend the scope due to the differential in heights and alignment between the front and rear scope ring. The misalignment is a ‘stepped’ drop between the rear and front ring with both mating surfaces remaining parallel to the horizontal while the scope tube is at an angle, or as an Aussie would say, “it’s on the piss…”. I have seen this on 3 occasions over the last year so it does happen.

Before you get too involved in rectifying barrel droop in your old air rifle, consider the cost as there is a better than even chance that the gun is a financial write off when taking into account the high costs of parts and labour.

BLOG #17. AirForce Condor

Well guys, it is now May, 2016 and I have finally got my stock order of AirForce Condor, Talon and Texan PCP air rifles here at Gun Room, Yanchep, West Australia, after waiting since September 2015. You guys who have shown an interest in these high powered PCP air rifles over the last few months had best contact me while I still have stock if you are still in the market.

AirForce Talon, Condor and Texan

AirForce Talon, Condor and Texan PCPs.

Pre-shipment testing of air rifles.

Both the AirForce Condors and Talons have several issues that I correct prior to testing and shipment that can be a source of problems to the end user. These PCPs are excellent performers that lend themselves to tuning for accuracy, distance and power but even they have their idiosyncrasies.

I get calls every single week from guys who have just purchased an air rifle elsewhere and they have a problem with it, be it a malfunction or the fact that it lacks accuracy or whatever. The problem I have with this is two-fold, firstly these are not my customers but are another gun dealer’s…..

When I suggest they take it back to the dealer, I’m then told that the gun dealer who sold the air rifle does not know anything about them, he just bought it in on demand. Then it is still his problem and not mine, so if those of you who are reading this are looking at buying an air rifle from another dealer, please select a dealer who knows air rifles and can give you the after sales support.

Secondly, my responsibility is to my customers and given that I am always chasing my tail here, I do not have the time it takes to get into long-winded conversations with guys who do not purchase from me. You should also know this: I do not get paid for warranty work, I get the parts (sometimes…) required at no cost but it is generally quicker and cheaper to just repair the air rifle myself and get on with life.

This is an on-going problem with some new air rifles, regardless of make or model, and it has prompted me to test every gun I sell prior to shipment. It is Sunday, May 8 and I am writing this after finishing testing a Weihrauch HW77k for Stuart P. of Tasmania who purchased a Blackline from me.

The air rifle lacked accuracy out of the box and had a rough feel loading it that resulted in my stripping it, polishing the piston, sleeve and housing inner, re-greasing it and re-assembly. This is what it took to bring the gun up to speed and it is done at no cost to the customer, saving him time, money and patience in the long run. If I can do this with a new gun prior to shipment at no cost to the customer, then other gun dealers can do the same and not pass the buck to me because I specialise in air rifles.

Weihrauch HW77K Nickel Blackline

Weihrauch HW77K Blackline.

AirForce Condor and Talons.

I am carrying the AirForce Condor and Talon PCPs in .22 and .25 calibres and with the Texan I have the .457 calibre in stock. I have on order the Texan in .308 and .357 calibres for those of you chasing large bore PCPs, so please let me have your interest if this is you. If you wish to order a new Texan in .308 or .357 or any air rifle at all, please go here to see what options you have available to you when ordering.

For those of you who buy an AirForce PCP from me I also have the following after market Tuning parts available:

  • Hammer Springs
  • Hammers with anti slap seals
  • 3 styles of Top-hats
  • M14 Grips with extended trigger guards
  • Trigger Shoes
  • Wok Butts
  • ‘Z’ Valves
  • Gauges
  • Carbon Wrapped cylinders
  • Tri Rail Risers
  • Air Strippers
  • Barrels etc.
AirForce Wok Butt

Wok Butt to suit the AirForce Range of PCPs.

As the cost of purchasing and holding AirForce after-market parts is both expensive and time consuming sourcing the accessories from the USA, I presently only make them available to my own customers that support me. In the past I have sold tuning accessories for these AirForce PCPs to anyone who ordered them and later regretted this when stock was difficult to get and I had my customers waiting.

AirForce Talon with Hawke Scope

AirForce Talon with some3 aftermarket accessories.

Summary of AirForce and other big bore PCPs.

I am moving into stocking and tuning high powered PCPs like the AirForce Condor and Talon together with the Evanix Blizzard in .22, .25 and .357. These PCPs lend themselves to performance increases that are not over the top expensive while providing a truly custom air rifle in the process.

Big bore PCPs are now making headway into the air rifle market and this has lead me to order in the Sam Yang Dragon Claw in .50 calibre and the Recluse in .357 from the USA. Again, if you are looking for such an animal, then please contact me.

Sam Yang Dragon Claw .50 Cal

Sam Yang Dragon Claw .50 Calibre PCP Air Rifle

The order also includes ammo in .357, .457 and .50 calibres in support of those of you getting into big bore PCPs. I am sourcing reloading dies and accessories for these 3 models that will allow you to mold your own slugs at a saving. Shortly expect to see more big bore PCPs like the Sam Yang Dragon Claw and Recluse in stock, not just the AirForce Texan, supported by tuning accessories and ammo.

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BLOG #16. Air Rifle Ordering from Gun Room

I recently read on an air rifle forum several comments that I have taken issue to, and basically it was this, “my friend ordered and paid for an air rifle 4 months ago from Gun Room and he still hasn’t received it…”. Words to that effect. I do not know what the writer was trying to say but maybe if he can get stock quicker than me then I have a job for him….. I thought not.

I have looked through my records and I do not see anyone who has waited 4 months. There are a number of guys who have paid DEPOSITS and they have been waiting 3 months and a couple of guys have paid in full, the longest was 3 months ago approximately. So what is the problem?

Ordering Guns.

Let me give you an idea of what is involved when we order guns into the country here in West Australia. Firstly you need to be sure that the Police will grant you a B709 permit to import the weapon(s). You can go ahead and order them and when you have paid for them, the seller issues you with the serial numbers. You then apply for a B709 along with the serial numbers and when the police get around to issuing you the B709, you have to hope that they have not rejected any firearms you have paid for at this stage. That being the case you have a problem.

I don’t have any faith in the WA police firearms approval guys who are just too negative in my opinion and as the firearms act is archaic to put it mildly, too much is left to the interpretation and discretion of the issuing officers. To get an idea of what they are like, visit my Blog #12 where I have put a list together of what I want to bring into Australia and they have gone ahead and rejected several items: because in their “opinion” the guns look like “military” weapons. What about the Mausers and Enfields that have fought numerous wars, they are true “military” weapons but the police don’t ban Winchesters, Remingtons etc. I see two standards here and then again, we are only talking Air Rifles FFS!

They let in the AirForce (below) but not the Benjamin Armada (2nd image down) into WA. Go Figure…..

AirForce Talon PCP Air Rifle

AirForce Talon

Benjamin Armada PCP

Benjamin Armada

Once you get the B709 issued to you, you forward it to the seller and they then apply for a permit to send it out of their country and to ours. This does NOT happen overnight. Then when it does happen the guns either come by sea or air. Guns coming by sea take 6-8 weeks before landing in Customs where there are further checks and delays.

Guns coming from the EU by airfreight must go by an air carrier that does not land in Singapore or Dubai, good luck with that. More cost.

The Delays.

Ordering from the manufacturer does not assume that your order will be processed immediately. In all the cases where I have dealings, even through wholesalers, the orders get processed when a “manufacturing run” is scheduled for a particular model.

An example in this I refer to AirForce where I was told at the Brisbane Shot Show in August 2015, that new stock was due in November 2015. I sold out my stock at the Brisbane Shot Show and took orders for more. I managed to buy a couple of Condors from another dealer who had stock a few months later and it is now the end of April, 2016, and the AirForce guns have only just arrived into Customs.

If you don’t have a calculator or calendar handy, that is 8 months I have been waiting. So pray tell me just how do I supply someone with an AirForce Condor in a timeframe less than this? From what I am told the AirForce delay was due to their back orders of Texans and the new development of the .308 and .357 Texan variants.

I have also waited 18 months for some Weihrauch HW30s a couple of years ago and over 2 years for some Smith & Wesson handguns. I am currently waiting for some Weihrauchs (HW30s again and the HW100TK Laminate) that were ordered around 6 months ago. Getting firearms and accessories is not exact science and we are probably at the bottom of the food chain for these goods, just above North Korea I would think.

Orders for air rifles and how they are handled.

When it comes to ordering an air rifle, there are three options, and here they are:

  1. Option #1. Order your air rifle and pay for it upfront and an agreed price.
    1. You are guaranteed to receive that air rifle at the price agreed, no more or less, even if it has cost me more.
    2. You are first on the list when the order arrives.
    3. If you change your mind you will receive a refund with a 10% ‘return to stock’ fee if the air rifle is a model we stock. If the rifle is a different model than we carry, there is no refund unless it is damaged or whatever.
  2. Option #2. Order your new air rifle and pay a Deposit.
    1. If there are any guns left over after supplying those of you who used the Option #1, then you are next on the list.
    2. Your price is NOT set and if there has been a price rise, then you have the option of paying it or receiving your deposit back.
    3. You are not guaranteed to get an air gun from the stock order as priority is given to Option #1 buyers.
  3. Option #3. Place an order without a deposit.
    1. This will mean that I will call you once the orders have been dispatched and providing there is stock left over.
    2. No price is guaranteed.

Please note this: In 2014, I ordered a bunch of Weihrauch HW77Ks in various configurations and they were not shipped with the order that left by sea (no reason was given). Instead they were flown here weeks later and the price increases ranged from around 18% through to 29%, which will tell you that I lost money on ALL the air rifles in that order.

Weihrauch HW77SE Air Rifle

Weihrauch HW77SE with Hawke Sidewinder Scope

You cannot anticipate scenarios like this, nor can you anticipate being told the air rifles on your order have ‘been shipped’. When the order gets here, guess what, some of your order is missing. I have also ordered and paid for several air rifles from an Australian Wholesaler who told me he had them in stock. No prizes for guessing what happened next, he did NOT send the air rifles and after quizzing him, said that they were sold ‘that day’ by accident. I am ugly, not stupid… He couldn’t repay me because he had ‘cash flow problems’ and so after 3 months I managed to get alternative air rifles that I didn’t actually want. After 2 years I still have them in stock!

Summary on importing air rifles.

So you guys on forums, before you go and crucify your local gun dealer, just think about it carefully as we are up against the police, customs, wholesalers, import agents, freighters, suppliers and or manufacturers, whereby any one of them can damage your credibility as a gun dealer.

On top of that, we have antiquated firearm regulations, overzealous public servants trying to justify their jobs and Greenies who in most cases know FA about firearms but want to be seen as being politically correct. So the last thing we need to do is fight amongst ourselves as gun dealers, suppliers or end users of air rifles, as there are many that want this sport illegalised at best or made even harder as a compromise.

Benjamin Armada PCP facing forward

BLOG #15. Gun Room Updates

After my progression to a new software accounting and stock control package things are moving quite a bit more effectively giving me more time on this Gun Room website and marketing. I am moving forward in the following areas that you may need to consider when placing orders.

New Air Rifles.

I am getting a constant stream of calls from guys who have purchased their air rifles from other dealers and have issues with accuracy, pellet selection, ‘twang’, trigger and scope/gun suitability packages. The problem here is I do not have the time to sort out other dealer’s problems, though I do sympathise with the customer. Our work schedule is full at present with Gun Room customers where we are tuning and doing air rifle Pellet Selection testing full time.

These problems that guys are having has prompted me to test fire every air rifle prior to it leaving here to insure the air rifle meets a standard set by us so that you don’t have the same problems. This testing applies to EVERY air rifle sold through Gun Room as of May, 2016.

Please note that the testing sequence is where we shoot a variety of pellets into a target until we get a specific grouping. We will then nominate the pellet that has achieved this grouping and include the target with the rifle we send out.

Note: This is NOT a Pellet Selection Test per se, as we only test a few air rifle pellets and that ceases the moment a pellet reaches a grouping parameter we have set. It is therefore very possible, in fact most likely, that there are better performing air rifle pellets than what Gun Room has tested the air gun with. We do not shoot through a Chronograph in this test sequence.

Only a Gun Room Pellet Selection Test will determine a better preforming pellet and supply you with the Chronograph test results including pellet energy, speed in fps, extreme spread, average speed, highest and lowest speeds and standard deviation in a spread sheet and graphs. Targets are also included.

Hawke and Leapers Scopes.

Those of you who take the time to read these blogs will know that Gun Room now stocks Leapers scopes as well as Hawke. What you do not know is that all scopes sold after May, 2016, will include Leapers UTG scope rings within the price, that includes both Leapers and Hawke scopes. Those of you who select another brand or style of scope ring can do so and only pay 50% for your choice of scope ring in a swapping out process. The prices between Hawke and Leapers have been adjusted to take into account that Leapers come with Weaver mounts included that I will swap out to 11mm Leapers UTG Mounts if required.

Leapers UTG Scope Mounts

Leapers UTG Scope Mounts

When buying a new air rifle we will test fire the gun using your new scope – in the past all testing has been done with a shop scope that we use every day.

New Pellet Stock from the USA.

I am now buying in some new air rifles and a range of different air rifle pellets from the USA as I am having difficulty getting supplied by some wholesalers here is Australia, as I am, quote, “a backyard dealer…”. I just love that. These are probably the same people who advocate that we should “buy Australian”, well, I have tried that and with the exception of a few wholesalers here, I keep getting snubbed.

My Gun Room air rifle pellets selection is due to grow with the introduction of an additional 40+ types of pellets giving us quite a comprehensive range: that should benefit you guys having problems sourcing pellets. That said, if any of you guys are after specific air rifle pellets please email me and I will happily add it to the order going in shortly.

Predator Polymag Pellets

PolyMag Pellets

Eunjin Pellets

EunJin Pellets

New PCPs from the USA.

I am still having a few dramas getting confirmation from the Police that they will issue the required B709s for the PCPs I want to import into Gun Room stock. Going to a lawyer later this week (18/4/16) to see what can be done…. As Fraser once said, “life wasn’t meant to be easy…”, well he wasn’t effing kidding but I don’t think it was meant to be this hard.

When I eventually get these PCPs from the States we will have calibres all the way up to .45 cal and possibly .50 cal plus the ammo to go with them. For those of you considering getting a new PCP that I have listed in Blog #9 please get in touch with me so I can get an idea of the numbers. I am not asking you to palace an order, just an “interest” so I can sort out demand and numbers. If you are looking for a specific air rifle or PCP then take a look at AirVenturi online and if you see something there, please get back to me.

Here is another PCP in .25 cal that I have ordered along with the air rifles in Blog #9.

Benjamin Armada Air Rifle

Benjamin Armada PCP Air Rifle

On site pricing.

Well I am finally getting around to putting prices and descriptions on products on the Gun Room website, starting with .177 calibre pellets. I will also be adding images, descriptions and prices for products that were only listed in my Price List. Hopefully within 4 weeks or so, the Gun Room website should have everything priced and described plus a bunch of new products.

BLOG #14. Air Rifle Scope Selection

With the landscape changing with procurement of Hawke Scopes and the prices increasing at a steady rate, I have finally decided to stock Leapers Rifle Scopes due to their quality, cost and suitability as Air Rifle Scopes.

Presently they are being sold faster than I can get stock but hopefully over the next few weeks this will change as more supplies come in. So if you are looking for a Scope for your air rifle, or any rifle come to that, I have the following range in stock of Leapers Scopes.

My Range of Scopes.

Here is the initial range of Leapers Rifle Scopes I am carrying:

Leapers 2-7x44 Scope

AA2502 Leapers UTG Accushot 2-7×44 – 30mm Tube – L E R – SWAT – Illuminated Mil Dot ** above.

3-9x32 Bug Buster Scope

AA2503 Leapers UTG New Gen Bug Buster 3-9×32 – 25mm Tube – Illuminated Mil Dot * above.

Leapers Accushot 3-12x44 Scope

AA2510 Leapers UTG 3-12×44 – 30mm Tube – Compact – SWAT – Illuminated Mil Dot ** above.

2-16x44 Scope by Leapers

AA2522 Leapers UTG Accushot 2-16×44 – 30mm Tube – SWAT – Illuminated Mil Dot ** above.

Accushot 4-16x44 Leapers Scope

AA2524 Leapers UTG 4-16×44 – 30mm Tube – Compact – SWAT – Illuminated Mil Dot ** above.

Leapers 6-24x56 AO Scope

AA2530 Leapers UTG Accushot 6-24×56 – 30mm Tube – SWAT – Illuminated Mil Dot ** above.

Leapers Accushot SWAT 8-32x56 Scope

AA2540 Leapers UTG Accushot 8-32×56 – 30mm Tube – SWAT – Illuminated Mil Dot ** above.

 

All Leapers Scopes come with your choice of Picatinny or 11mm Scope Rings.

* This is a dedicated Air Rifle Scope for Springers with the adjustable objective at the front, it is Red/Green illuminated, has a focus from 3 yards to infinity, it comes with sunshade, scope rings and a total length of 205mm. For you guys who shoot rats, maybe worth looking at the 3-9×44 with its close up focus.

** These Leapers Rifle Scopes have the option of fitting a Side Wheel for parallax adjustment and Ranging. You can choose between 60mm, 80mm and 100mm Side Wheels at extra cost. Illumination is 36 colours.

  • SWAT – Side Wheel Adjustable Turret.
  • L E R – Long Eye Relief – For rifles where the optics cannot be mounted directly above the action and must be mounted forward.

Presently these are the 7 scopes I have selected for my range of Leapers Rifle Scopes as they cover my current best selling range very well.

First impressions of Leapers Scopes.

If we look at the compact models, being the 2-7×44, 3-9×32, 3-12×44 and 4-16×44 they appear to be a very sturdy scope with the 30mm scope tube and short overall length. This will appeal to many who are now shooting carbine air rifles and short length springers.

When we look at the 2-16×44 it is a much different scope in length and cost with an etched glass reticle the same as the 6-24×56 and the very large 8-32×56. These three Leapers Scopes are on the large side and feel very strong indeed. The only criticism here is that these Leapers Scopes generally tend to feel a bit heavier than the Hawke range, if that can be a problem, please note.

All Leapers Scopes come with Picatinny mounts that I will swap out for you to regular scope rings at no extra cost.

Summary on the Leapers Rifle Scopes at Gun Room.

With the exception of the 3-9×32 Bug Buster, all the Leapers Scopes I carry have Side Wheel Adjustable Turrets (SWAT). By fitting a large wheel, this allows you to make range finding and parallax adjustments using your left hand without releasing the support of the air rifle. For those of you reading this who have never used a Side Wheel adjustable objective, you will not look back once you have mastered the fine adjustments made available by the large wheel.

Warranty on the Leapers is a Lifetime Limited Warranty that is applicable to the initial purchaser of the scope. I will be loading a sub category under Articles/Reviews titled Scopes & Optics. There will be 2 further categories, one for Hawke Scopes and the other for Leapers Scopes. I will test and review each scope that I stock and provide you will a full technical breakdown and large images of each scope. If you want to look more closely at the workings of these Leapers Rifle Scopes now, click here and this will take you to the Leapers Manual that covers all their scopes.

HW77K Laminated Special Edition

BLOG #13. PCP verses a Spring Air Rifle

I must get at least 1 phone call a week asking about the advantages of PCP verses a spring powered air rifle that has prompted me to write this blog.

It is just too easy to say, for example, “a PCP is the better alternative…”, as this is not necessarily accurate in terms of customer needs and proposed functions for the intended air rifle. Then there is the cost factor to consider, accuracy, pellet energy, maintenance, ease of handling and in the case of PCPs, refilling their air cylinders.

It is quote common for guys to say to me, “I want a springer as it is cheaper and doesn’t need an expensive pump or scuba bottle and valve assembly”. They have already made up their minds and won’t even consider a PCP and then when they get their spring air rifle, I get calls saying, “it is not very accurate”, “it is not really powerful enough” and “what does it cost to tune it? Will I get more power?” OK, so I am going to address each of these issues chapter by chapter.

What you should know about air Rifles.

Before you race out and get a new air rifle you really need to get it into your head the following:

  1. Is it for Target shooting?
  2. Am I going to hunt with it – like rabbits (rather than small birds)?
  3. Is the intended air rifle for short or long distance shooting?
  4. Am I going to control vermin such as rats and birds (like the Indian Miner – Acridotheres tristis, or the Noisy Miner – Manorina melanocephala)?
  5. What is my budget?
  6. Does this include a Scope?

Target Shooting.

If you are going to shoot competitively then a visit to your local air rifle club is warranted where you can talk to experienced guys and see what calibres they are using, the class (discipline) they shoot in, what types of air rifles and what size of scopes they use. This will define for you whether it is a spring air rifle, a PCP, what calibre and scope size. Armed with this information, it is easy to work out a package that will do the trick.

Weihrauch HW77KSE Air Rifle

Weihrauch HW77KSE with Hawke Airmax 4-12 x 50 Scope.

You should need to know that with target shooting and to be any good at it, you will need to tune your air rifle which can add substantially to the cost, especially a spring air rifle. Bear that in mind in this scenario, as it applies to all spring air rifles, including Weihrauchs.

Hunting with an Air Rifle.

So you think you might like to hunt Rabbits and larger vermin, say as large as a Fox. Then this comes down to what environment you are intending to shoot in. An example of this would be where I shoot rabbits, it is sporadic bush where I seldom have to shoot greater than 40 metres due to a limited field of view as I am not shooting in a farmers field. Then a basic spring air rifle in .22 calibre works just fine and does not need extensive tuning due to the short range for rabbits.

Taking out a Fox can be done with a .22 spring air rifle at close quarters but I would hesitate to advise this as I am of the opinion that it would results in more wounded foxes than ones killed outright.

Shooting at greater ranges.

If you want to shoot out at greater ranges, say in a farmers paddock, where the field of view will necessitate you shooting at greater distances than 50 metres, then look at a PCP air rifle. If you are just shooting rabbits (with the occasional other small vermin) then .22 calibre PCP air rifle is OK. If you want to take out Foxes then I think you need to consider a .25 or .30 calibre PCP air rifle. Before you jump on the phone to me with “I have shot a fox at 50+ metres with a .177 or .22…), let me say this: My take of calibre selection is based on getting the best results, and that is a clean kill the MAJORITY of the time over greater distances. A lucky shot with a .177 does not do it for me.

Weihrauch HW100T PCP Air Rifle

Weihrauch HW100T with Hawke Sidewinder 8-32 x 56 Scope.

Small Vermin Control with Air Rifles.

Quite a few of my customers get spring powered air rifles in .177 and .22 for controlling birds in an orchard, rats and associated small vermin. In this scenario a spring powered air rifle with open sights works well and is a cheap option. Put on a scope and you have an even better platform giving increased accuracy together with better identification of vermin and bird types.

Shooting on a small property such as 5 acres or a small orchard suits a springer over a more powerful PCP air rifle due to the increased power of the PCP, as you have a Duty of Care as to where a stray pellet may go after exiting your property. The Police here is WA have indicated that they would like to see larger properties such as 15-20 acres plus, for guys licencing PCP air rifles for this given safety concern.

Air Rifle Budget.

I would hesitate to advise you to purchase an air rifle strictly to meet your budget, as doing so will in most cases result in an airgun that is not designed for its intended use.

You need to ascertain exactly what you want to do with the air rifle based on the points above and if your budget does not extend to cover the price of the specific air rifle type, then consider purchasing a second hand air rifle. There are many out there that have seen little use and would save you a bundle whilst giving you the air rifle that will do what you want.

Just remember that tuning an air rifle can be (not definitely) expensive with some spring powered air rifles costing more to tune that the basic rifle costs. This should be taken into consideration when tossing up between a PCP and a spring powered air rifle.

Air Rifle Scopes.

An air rifle is only as good as the scope you put on it, simple. Buy a good air rifle and then mount a crappy scope will result in a rifle that is compromised in performance due to an inadequate functioning scope.

I seriously suggest that you should look at recommended scopes such as the Hawke Airmax range or the new Leapers Scopes that I now carry as well. Over the years I have sold numerous scopes, all manufacturer approved for air rifles and have found that many do not do the distance. This has resulted in me decreasing my stock in Hawke Scopes as the performance and longevity of some of their scopes leaves a bit to be desired.

Hair Rifle Scopes

Hawke Range of Scopes

With the ever changing landscape in scopes, performance and cost, I have sourced a range of Leapers Scopes that I will stock alongside my Hawke Scopes. These scopes are both cheaper in some cases (than Hawke scopes) with additional features and come with the same warranty.

When asking for a quote, please give me as much information as you can so that what I quote you will be more accurate in the final analysis.

Air Rifle Selection Summary.

Take your time and work out exactly what you intend doing when getting a quote, so that with your new purchase you actually get what you are after and do as near as, what you want.

Buying a PCP does not necessarily mean that you will spend more money going this route as there are several PCP air rifles on the market now that are very well priced and will come in under the price of a tuned spring air rifle.

Please bear this in mind, when tuning an airgun, I tune it for accuracy or power, not both as in most cases these factors are inversely relative, so a compromise has to be reached especially when tuning an air rifle for hunting.

BLOG #12. My take on Air Rifle laws in West Australia (WA)

Air Rifle laws across Australia all vary between States and Territories with regulations that appear to be left to the interpretation of the issuing Officer(s) on many occassions. I think the main reason for this is that these regulations have not kept pace with air rifle development, style, calibres, power or consumer demand. And there again, if you read the Regulations, the first words out of your mouth are WTF…???

Let me give you an example: I want to get a B709 to import some PCP air rifles, namely the Evanix Max-ML Bull-pups and some Benjamin Armadas from Korea and the USA. For those of you new to B709s, it is a Police Certificate that states that the Firearm (to be imported) meets with the State regulations for licencing to the public. So first thing I did was send the list of air rifles to the Border Protection guys (Customs) who responded that THEY had NO issues with the import providing the suppliers removed the silencers and shrouds and the state Police approved.

I then sent the same air rifle list to the Police Firearms branch for pre-approval so that I would not have any dramas when and if I bought them into the country. Well they knocked back the Evanix Max-MLs and the Benjamin Armadas because they “resemble firearms that are prohibited under Regulation 26” (Military Style). So do any number of other PCP air rifles, so what? They are only bloody air guns at the end of the day.

Benjamin Armada PCP Air Rifle

My interpretation of this regulation is that it is intended to prohibit these air rifles (and rifles) that look like the prohibited guns of Regulation 26 from being licenced in WA. I did point this out to them and also stated to the Firearms Branch that these 2 air rifle models, the Max-ML and Armada, are approved for sale in Queensland for example, where I do a lot of my business and have orders for the same.

I do not believe the regulations were aimed at a Dealer who sells inter-state as the regulations were written a long time ago, probably before the Internet, maybe even before the typewriter, who knows. As a Dealer I feel I should be allowed to stock these PCP air rifles if only for sale over East, as to prohibit me from doing so, they effectively limit my ability to earn a livelihood.

Evanix Max-ML Bull Pup PCP Air Rifle

I don’t want to come across as ‘bashing’ the Police in the Firearms Branch, as my dealings with the guys who do my air rifle audits and security has been great, better in fact than one would expect. The issue is that of “interpretation”, when it is mistakenly influenced by political correctness and left at the discretion of what appears to be negatively thinking personnel. There appears to be little if any regard to issues such as mine as a Dealer, where their decision has a negative impact on my earning capacity.

Firearm Buy Back Scheme.

Let’s look at the Firearm Buy Back scheme that was probably drawn up by relatives of the greenies and tree huggers who made their point in the WA Firearms Act written in about the 1800s. What did they intend to achieve apart from disarming Australians? Think it through guys.

Can you see a bunch of Bikers taking their Glocks in for a cash payment, or the local gangs, muggers, bank robbers and criminals doing it? I will tell you who handed them in, it was the ill informed Australian Public who fell for the dialogue of the spin doctors who were appointed (at great cost no doubt) to “sell” the idea to the public.

Did it make Australia a safer place because some greenies felt that there were too many illegal gun owners or the criminals had too many firearms? It isn’t the public that needs educating on firearms, it is the greenies and politicians who want to be seen as doing the ‘right thing’, regardless if it is right or not. Just plain BULLSHIT.

Participating in a gun buy back program because you think that criminals have too many guns is like having yourself castrated because you think your neighbours have too many kids.

That says it all.

Air Rifle Regulation Summary.

As for restricting me from holding these PCP air rifles, the Max-ML and Armada, I will be seeking legal advice on the matter and looking for a ‘work-around’ as I am far from finished yet. Any of you legal beagles reading this that have an idea, please text me on 0421 733 818 and I will call you back.

I want to explore the options of whether a Bonded Warehouse would side step this issue or similar trading or storage option can be used. Any ideas?

The main point that the Firearms Branch is missing, is that consumer demand has driven manufacturers to develop air rifles using pressed section metals in their frames and casings (i.e., Max-ML and many of the Evanix Range) to reduce cost, increase reliability and still provide longevity and ease of maintenance. This provides for inter-changeability of parts, benefits in economies of scale (of production) and a commonality of parts.

This is basically the same criteria used by manufacturers of “military” firearms as they have to compete on price and performance much like the manufacturers of air rifles do, so it is not surprising that they end up using similar materials and designs to achieve this outcome. They end up looking more Industrial than Military but again, that is open for interpretation.

Hatsan Gladius Bull Pup

How my application to stock these types of air rifles has been assessed negatively is an all too common occurrence here, whereby the few officers assigned to ‘interpret’ the regulations lack imagination and foresight, so they play it safe with the status quo.

A Dealer who stocks these types of PCP air rifles for sale over East does so to keep abreast of consumer demand and failing to do so, means failing in business and getting left behind. At the end of the day, we are talking about an air rifle not a Winchester 308 Magnum and whether or not I stock them, has no bearing on licencing them to the public in WA, in fact it does not negatively impact on anyone or anything, except perhaps some over-inflated egos.

BLOG #10. Air Rifle Pellets and the Selection Process

All air rifle pellets are not equal, just like every air rifle is different, be it in accuracy, smoothness, velocity etc. That is basically the DNA of every rifle and every pellet.  If you can accept these statements then read on, if not, best to exit now. Those of you new to air rifles can start here.

I deal with air rifles every day of the week, including Saturdays and Sundays (I am actually writing this on a Sunday) and have been doing so for years as this is my full time job and only livelihood. With the majority of sales coming from this website and going East, I have taken it on myself to shoot every single air rifle prior to shipment as the customer is not here to test fire it. That is, I shoot it to insure it groups well enough but this testing does not include Chronographing the results or tuning. The one thing that stands out more than anything else is the difference that pellets make between one air rifle and another of the same brand and model.

H&N Baracuda Pellet line up

.25, .22, .20 and .177 Baracuda Pellets

In the event I get a poor group with a new rifle I then swap pellets and in most cases that fixes the problems, even if I have to try 3 or 4 different pellets and weights. So in this Blog I want to introduce you to what is required to get the best from your air rifle without the expense of buying a Chronograph, with the only outlay being an electronic weighing machine – China of course @ $25.00 or thereabouts. Make sure you get one with a sample weight for resetting the machine.

This is only an overview as I am writing a more detailed Pellet Tuning article that covers this in more depth.

Your Air Rifle.

This may sound dumb, but you need to have an air rifle that can at least hit an A4 sheet at 25 metres with enough power to punch through a card target. I have had quite a few instances where guys have rocked up with old and won out air rifles producing 5 – 7 Fpe with the results that their shots wander all over the map. Before you jump on the phone and call me saying that some indoor events are sub 7Fpe, I know that but they are not shooting with air rifles older than I am with just as many creaks and groans.

You need to have an air rifle that is consistent and that also applies to your shooting ability. It is difficult to tune an air rifle if either you or your gun are inconsistent. If you can punch out a group of let’s say, 30mm at 25 metres (or 50 metres), this is an example only, and you can do that every day of the week but cannot improve on it, then read on.

Providing your air rifle does not have a flaw of some kind, and if you follow this regime you should tighten up your group and if not, it should indicate a problem with your rifle.

Grouping with your favourite Air Rifle Pellets.

When selecting a pellet type and weight for an air rifle I do a Pellet Selection Test that is requested by the customer. Now this test is done by firing through a Chronograph, recording the Speeds, Energies, Standard Deviation, Extreme Spread and Foot Pound Energies (Fpe). This is only the start of tuning with pellets, but it does put you on track to shoot well.

Below are several sample targets from a Pellet Selection Test of 6 shots per target.

Target with JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy

JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy

Target with H&N Baracuda

H&N Baracuda

Target with H&H Baracuda Match

H&N Baracuda Match

Target with H&H Field Target Trophy

H&N Field Target Trophy

From this test we see that H&N Baracuda pellets are shooting the best in this air rifle but that is not as far as you can go. As I said earlier, all pellets are not equal and nor are their weights and shapes. So if the air rifle above was yours for example then you would take the H&N Baracuda pellets and shoot a good number of them yourself (as it was me that tested your gun in this case) until you can replicate or improve on my groups. If the air rifle is new, then expect it to improve with use up until 1500 – 2000 shots. Once you reach this point, you can now get involved in pellet selection.

Air Rifle Pellet selection.

When you have your targets and you know the groups you can shoot consistently, then buy yourself around 4 or 5 tins on the best pellets you have found for your gun so far, in the case of this example it is H&N Baracuda pellets. Do not think for a second that because H&N pellets are the better than JSB pellets in this air rifle that it applies across the board. This is NOT the case, JSB are exceptional pellets and equal the quality of H&N pellets every day of the week.

 H&N Baracuda Tin of Pellets

H&N Baracuda Pellets in .22 Calibre

H&N Baracuda Pellet Close up

Close up image of a H&N Baracuda .22 Calibre Pellet

On a well lit table and on a clean linen cloth (do NOT use blankets or materials with loose lint that can stick to your pellets) empty the pellets carefully onto the cloth. Then one by one weigh them and put them into different groups of weights. In this example we have H&N Baracuda Pellets in .22 calibre with a Tin weight of 21.14 grains per pellet.

Once you start weighing them you will find that they may well vary between 20.07 through to 21.22 grains for example. That being the case here, sort them into different piles of different weights. The next step is to physically check them for deformities of the skirts and discard any that are out of shape.

You will need at least 30 pellets to sample of each weight and then you rotate each weight of pellet through a set of targets. Between the lightest and the heaviest you will find that one particular weight delivers the best group and that is the weight you want with that pellet type, H&N Baracuda in this example.

So if you are into competition work you will know to sort out your pellets into the selected weight and visibly inspect them prior to the competition. This is the short story guys but it is a start to understanding pellet architecture and performance.

Pellet Test Summary.

What I have described here is only but a fraction of the mechanics involved in pellet selection if you want to take it to the top level. Then you do need a chronograph as well and you will need to consider pellet sizes as printed on the back of the tins. Those new to air rifle pellets and shooting will see that some .22 calibre pellets can be purchased varying from 5.49 through to 5.53 in diameter, with vastly differing results and speeds with the same pellet type.