by B.B. Pelletier
I’m sorry this final report took so long, but the weather just didn’t cooperate. Even today when I did get out, the wind was gusting 10-20 mph. But at least the day was dry and sunny.
Everything is getting smoother
The gross detonation stopped after about 250 rounds. I have grown fond of the strange two-bladed trigger and now look forward to the engagement of the second stage. I haven’t adequately described how different this trigger feels, but it is one of the best features of these Mendoza breakbarrels.
Gel pad didn’t work!
I tried the Pyramyd Gel Shooting Support at first, hoping to continue the great success I had while using it with the Hammerli Storm Elite. Unfortunately, it didn’t. The rifle would group two pellets together, then flip the next two an inch away at 25 yards. Even given the wind speed, that was too much of a spread. It seemed like it was being caused by a bad hold. So, I removed the pad and used the open palm of my off hand, and the rifle began to shoot!
As I reported earlier, this rifle likes a heavier, fatter pellet. The 14.3-grain Crosman Premier that works so well in many air rifles (and feeds through the magazine of this one) just isn’t suited to the RM 2000. It’s too narrow for the bore, and I was loading all pellets into the barrel myself. With the scope mounted, the magazine was just too difficult to use. It’s much better with the fine open rear sight Mendoza provides, though I cannot get the same level of accuracy when using it as I can with a scope. By the way, I will be discussing pellet fit in airguns tomorrow.
I then tried Eley Wasps, which are the fattest lead pellet I know. Instead of 5.5mm they are 5.6! Shooting from the gel pad, they jumped around like the others; but when I put the stock on my palm, just in front of the triggerguard, the groups tightened to what I wanted! Even better, perhaps!
Eley Wasps are a good general-purpose fatter pellet.
Obviously, Wasps are not premium pellets, but their larger size makes up for their crude appearance.
Five Wasps at 25 yards. The larger hole in the center passed three pellets.
They worked remarkably well. I know things would have been even better if the pellets didn’t have to fight the wind gusts. Pyramyd Air doesn’t sell Eley Wasps at present because the North American Eley distributor refuses to bring them in. That’s really too bad, because other airguns also like Wasps, like older BSA rifles and all older Webley rifles and pistols.
But that doesn’t solve your problem. You need a viable pellet for the RM 2000 that you can also buy. Well, I may have found it. The Beeman Kodiak, which is also the H&N Baracuda, seems to be nearly as good as Wasps. The groups they produce are only a trifle larger than those made by the Wasps, though they do move the point of impact about three inches lower.
Beeman Kodiaks were almost as good as Wasps.
I didn’t try to shoot Kodiaks off the gel pad – only the flat of my hand. The difference in velocity that was reported in Part 2 was evident by how much longer they took to get to the target. The adverse wind may have had more of an influence on them on this particular day, because the Wasps arrived on target much quicker.
The bottom line
The Mendoza RM 200 I tested earlier is a no-brainer. At its low retail price and high quality, there is no other .22 caliber rifle that can match it. The RM 2000 is a different story. It has fine features that no other air rifle (other than Mendoza) has, like the two-bladed trigger, the piston seal oil port, the fine rear sight and the repeating magazine. Added to that are a metal finish that Weihrauch would be proud of. But at the price it retails, there are several other good guns to consider, making the choice more difficult.
The RM 2000 needs lots of shooting technique, like most breakbarrels. Handle it right, and you’re rewarded with fine accuracy and reasonable power. You must decide for yourself if the unusual features tip the scale in favor of Mendoza.