by B.B. Pelletier
Sorry, my friends, but the Beretta CX-4 Storm that I scheduled to blog today has been delayed. It will be a couple more weeks before I can get to it.
Crosman Premier lites
The final pellet I tried was the Crosman Premier 7.9-grain, which shot 2″ groups at 25 yards. It also loaded very loosely in the breech and would be the perfect example of a pellet that doesn’t fit the bore very well. It also noticeably increased the amount of mainspring buzz.
If you own a Genesis, don’t stop there. There are plenty of good pellets that I didn’t try, and I think you should give them all a chance in your gun. I do believe that the heavier pellets will probably not shoot as well as the lighter ones, because that’s how it usually goes in breakbarrels.
Trigger and powerplant
Back in parts one and two of this report, I said the powerplant and the trigger acted like they would probably smooth out over time and use, and that’s exactly what they’ve done. The trigger is still single-stage and still drags and creeps, but it’s lighter and smoother than it was in the beginning. In part two, I said I could feel the beginning of a first and second stage, but that hasn’t materialized. After a few thousand shots, the trigger should be very smooth. The spring buzzes very little now compared to when the gun was new. I think this rifle might respond well to a tuneup. All detonation (which I called dieseling in parts one and two) has ceased.
The Bug Buster 2 was just the right scope for this airgun. It mounted easily and was all the magnification I needed to get the job done.
The Bug Buster 2 was good on the Genesis. It fit well and went on quickly. The power was sufficient to give the accuracy shown in Part 3 of this report. Notice the flat portion of the stock just forward of the triggerguard. That’s where the rifle sat on the gel pad.
I was most impressed by the performance of the Gamo Tomahawk pellet in this rifle. It saved the day like the cavalry! That will lead me to do a special test of the Tomahawk at some time in the future. With 750 pellets in the tin for as little as they charge, this pellet is one heck of a good deal!
The Tomahawk is a hollowpoint with a raised cone in the center. I don’t know how well it expands, but it certainly made the Genesis a shooter!
The velocity has dropped and gotten more uniform now that the rifle is no longer detonating. I had gotten 785 to 811 fps with Heavy JSB Exacts in part two last year, and now the gun gets 734-747. RWS Hobbys go 887 to 901. Gamo Tomahawks go anywhere from 838 to 865, so their accuracy should decline at longer ranges.
Gel pad and stock shape
The Gel Shooting Support was another lifesaver for this rifle. Who would have thought that such a small thing would have such a dramatic impact on group size? The Genesis stock is perfectly shaped for the gel pad, too. It has a wide flat spot on the bottom, just ahead of the triggerguard. That’s how field target rifles are shaped. While the Genesis will never be a field target rifle, the shape makes it easier to rest the rifle almost anywhere.
I think the reason the gel pad works so well is that it gets your other hand off the rifle. The Genesis is very hard to hold softly because the thumbhole stock design invites squeezing. Using the gel pad isolates the gun from your body to make a noticeable difference downrange.
The Genesis is in a price range with some tough competition – the toughest of which is the Gamo Shadow 1000 which is $20 cheaper. The Shadow can do anything the Genesis can do, but it doesn’t have the nice grippy synthetic stock. So, buyers have to choose.