The Logun Domin8tor: Part 1
A light hunting rifle worth consideration
by B.B. Pelletier
Logun's new Domin8tor is a lightweight, powerful new hunting rifle. Shown here with a Bushnell 6-18x Trophy scope.
I've been shooting a .22 caliber Logun Domin8tor for the past few weeks. It has some good points - and some great points - that I'll share with you today. By the way, this was a poor choice for a model name, since the Walther Dominator has already been on the market for 4 years. Do not confuse the two rifles.
Biathlon-style "flipper" cocking
The first thing I had to get used to was the biathlon flipper that cocks the gun. On the new gun, it was stiff and sticky. After 100 rounds had been fired, it smoothed out and became easy to operate. Cocking the rifle is easy: your shooting hand pulls back on a sidelever that's located where a conventional bolt would be. It's called a flipper because, on a biathlon firearm, all the shooter has to do is flip his shooting hand backward to cock and reload. On the Logun Domin8tor, however, you must close the bolt positively. Don't rely on the flipper return spring, or you'll get misfires that lead to double feeds.
The flipper handle flips back to cock the rifle, and a spring returns it to the forward position. You must make certain the bolt is locked closed or the pellet will not fire well. Notice the circular magazine sticking up above the receiver.
One final comment on the bolt. It loads very smoothly. You probably won't feel resistance when the pellet enters the breech.
This rifle weighs just over 5 lbs., making it one of the lightest precharged rifles around. Only a few Falcons are lighter. The adjustable trigger is very crisp and positive, breaking at 1 lb., 4 oz., on the rifle I've been shooting. It's a delight to use!
First of all, the 8-shot circular magazine sticks up above the receiver, so you must use two-piece scope mounts. Second, it has pellet length limits that can just accommodate a Beeman Kodiak (I tested the .22 caliber rifle). When you release the mag from the receiver to load it, be ready to catch it - as a spring throws it from the gun. It fits the receiver only one way, so there will be no confusion about which side the pellet goes in - assuming you know the pellets will eventually exit the muzzle!
The Logun Domin8tor has adjustable power with three settings. The lever to select which power you want is on the left side of the action. It is EXTREMELY HARD to move until it has been cycled several times. Then, it loosens up, but it becomes hard to move again as the rifle sits between sessions. My advice is to plan what you want to do beforehand and set the power then. This problem will be especially noticeable in cold weather.
A detent holds the power adjustment lever in each position. This is set on high.
The three levels are very well planned for most shooting. On high power, I got an average of 914 f.p.s. with 15.8-grain JSB Exacts, which works out to an energy of 29.32 foot-pounds. I got about 18 shots from a charge on that setting. The rifle was clearly most accurate at that setting, too. I also tried some 20.5-grain Logun Penetrators, which gave an average of 792 f.p.s., but they varied widely in velocity. The spread for 8 shots was 68 f.p.s., and they were not quite as accurate as the JSBs.
On the medium-power setting with the same JSB pellet I got an average of 769, which is a muzzle energy of 20.75 foot-pounds. Accuracy at 50 yards was not quite as good. On low power, the average was 635 f.p.s. for an energy of 14.15 foot-pounds. Accuracy was average at long range.
Tomorrow, I'll finish this report with a look at some targets and some other features of the gun.