by B.B. Pelletier
Today, we’ll look at power, gas consumption and accuracy of the 2300T. First, I chronographed two pellets I felt were likely candidates for the accuracy test – the Gamo Magnum pointed and the Crosman Premier 7.9 grain. When I refer to a Crosman Premier, I always mean the pellets packed in the cardboard boxes, unless I say otherwise. The other “Premier” pellets in tins are not sorted by die lot and may vary more in size and weight. You never know, so I use the ones in cardboard boxes.
First, the chronograph
With a fresh powerlet installed (always with a drop of Crosman Pellgunoil on the tip), I was ready to clock some pellets. The Gamo Magnum pointed pellet is the heavier of the two, so you would expect it to shoot slower than the Crosman, which it did. I got an average of 515, with a spread from 494 to a high of 522. The Premier lite gave an average of 520, with a spread from 501 to 529. Both pellets had a spread of 28 f.p.s., which is a bit high for a CO2 gun.
Problems with the Premiers
If you recall the loading difficulties I mentioned with the 2300S pistol, they carried over to the 2300T. The Gamo Magnums loaded okay, but the Premiers were rolling on their noses and jamming sideways in the breech. Either that or they would not chamber at all – having hung up on the sharp edge of the breech. I think this is something Crosman needs to address in both pistols. A shooter in the field isn’t going to appreciate having to rod the bore every third shot, and a competitor won’t stand for it.
Sights were difficult to use!
I noticed that the front post is very narrow on this pistol, compared to the rear notch. There is a lot of daylight between the notch and post, which makes it difficult to estimate when the post is centered. Because of this, I believe I will mount a red dot and try it again. You don’t get any more precision with a red dot sight, but the difficulty of aligning the sight elements goes away.
Because the 2300T has no power adjustment, the gun was at full power from the start, so I went right to work at the power that proved most accurate for the 2300S. It must be for this gun, as well, because I shot a better group than I did with the 2300S. That’s doesn’t mean the T is more accurate than the S, but it DOES mean that Crosman’s barrel has a lot going for it! The average groups were larger than the one shown, but they were still smaller than an inch.
Gamo Magnum pointed pellets were the best. This 15-yard group can be covered by a dime.
Groups with the Premier were a quarter-inch larger than the Gamo groups. The sighting difficulties affected them, as well, but I think the Gamo Hunter did do better, even with that taken into consideration. I will test them again when I mount the dot sight, so there will be no mistake what each pellet does.
Crosman Premiers made this best group at 15 yards.
Crosman rates the 2300T at 40 shots per powerlet, but I got 60. I think the 2300S would do the same if you ran it on high power all the time.
I think Crosman has hit one out of the park with both the 2300S and the 2300T pistols. The T lacks the power adjustability of the S, but the Crosman barrel loses nothing to the Lothar Walther. If a shooter wants a good all-around pellet pistol, the T is the one to buy. If you want to compete in airgun silhouette, the S is for you. Either way, you’re getting a great American airgun.