RWS Diana 45: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1

Diana 45 left
Diana 45 is a large breakbarrel spring rifle.

This report covers:

• Velocity with Premier lite pellets
• RWS Superdome pellets
• Air Arms Falcon pellets
• RWS Hobby pellets
• Cocking effort
• Trigger-pull
• Evaluation so far

Today, we’ll look at the velocity of the Diana 45 I’m testing. I think you’re in for a surprise. I know I was startled when I saw the numbers. I’d forgotten so much!

The 45 was a magnum air rifle for its day, but in that day 800 f.p.s. was considered the fastest velocity that airguns could achieve, and only a few of them, like the Diana 45, could do it. Air Rifle Headquarters catalogs of the late 1970s show Diana 45s getting up to 860 f.p.s. after their qccurization (their name for a tuneup), but stock guns were only able to get just above 800.

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Don Robinson BSA Airsporter: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1

Don Robinson Airsporter right
UK maker Don Robinson made this beautiful BSA Airsporter — a testimony to his work on airguns!

This report covers:

• Velocity — Premier lite pellets
• Air Arms Falcon pellets
• H&N Baracuda Match pellets
• Cocking effort
• Trigger-pull
• Evaluation so far

Today, I’ll test the .177-caliber Don Robinson BSA Airsporter velocity. As you recall from part 1, this rifle was given a Master Tune by airgunsmith Dave Slade. I’ve selected 3 pellets to test today that I think will show us the power and consistency of this rifle very well. Let’s get to it.

Velocity — Premier lite pellets
The first pellet I tested was the Crosman Premier 7.9-grain dome — the Premier lite. This pellet averaged 594 f.p.s. in the Airsporter, with a low of 585 and a high of 605 f.p.s. That’s 20 f.p.s. spread. At the average velocity, this pellet produces 6.19 foot-pounds of energy at the muzzle.

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Walther’s new LGU: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2

Walther LGU right
Walther’s LGU underlever is a beautiful new spring rifle.

This report covers:

• Scope
• Target 1 — Crosman Premier lite pellets
• Target 2 — Baracuda Match 5.53mm pellets
• Target 3 — Air Arms Falcon pellets
• Target 4 — H&N Baracuda Match 4.50mm pellets
• Shooting behavior
• Other observations

Let’s see how accurate the new Walther LGU underlever rifle is. This is a report that’s as serious as they get; because if this rifle proves to be accurate, the LGU will be a clear choice for those thinking about a TX200 Mark III. And, although I personally do not have good experience with them, there are just as many shooters who like the HW 97 just as much. Today we’l; see if the LGU fits into this top niche of spring guns.

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Umarex NXG APX multi-pump air rifle kit: Part 4

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Umarex NXG APX rifle
Umarex NXG APX multi-pump air rifle.

This report covers:

• Sight-in
• Accuracy, starting with Premier lite pellets
• On to RWS Superdome pellets
• What to do?
• Anything else?
• Summary

It’s been a long time since I looked at the Umrarex NXG APX air rifle kit. The last part was published on October 3, and it was an accuracy test at 10 meters with open sights. The next test was supposed to be shot at 25 yards with the scoped rifle, and that is what I’ll do today, but there was a problem.

Try though I did, I couldn’t find a scope mount that fit the top rail of the rifle! Without that, there’s no way of mounting a scope, and there goes the test.

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Crosman’s 2400KT Carbine: Part 4

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Today’s report is the continuation of a guest blog from reader HiveSeeker about his Crosman 2400KT rifles.

If you’d like to write a guest post for this blog, please email me.

Over to you, HiveSeeker.

Crosman 2400 KT
The 2400KT CO2 Carbine is available exclusively from the Crosman Custom Shop.

This report covers:

• Velocity: .177 caliber
• .177 pellets I tested
• What’s going on with the .177?
• Can you help?

Velocity:  .177 caliber
Finally — let’s settle down to a serious velocity discussion! I tested a wide range of different-weight pellets to get a good cross-section of the Crosman 2400KT’s performance. The 2400KT .177 generated an average of 569 f.p.s. with the .177 boxed Crosman Premier Lights, B.B.’s favorite all-around, typical .177 pellet. [Note: I obtained these pellets after completing the shots-per-fill testing with the Crosman Premier Hollowpoint hunting pellets, which was the closest match I had at that time.]

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Walther’s new LGU: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1

Walther LGU right
Walther’s LGU underlever is a beautiful new spring rifle.

This report covers:

• Velocity with Crosman Premier lite pellets
• H&N Baracuda Match pellets
• Air Arms Falcon pellets
• Firing behavior
• Cocking effort
• Trigger-pull

Okay, sports fans, today we’ll test the new .177-caliber Walther LGU underlever rifle for velocity. And there are a couple other things we’ll look at.

Velocity with Crosman Premier lite pellets
Getting right to the task, I first shot the rifle twice to warm up the action. Then, I loaded a 7.9-grain Crosman Premier lite pellet and started the clock. The velocity started out in the 870-880 region, but on shot 7 it dropped to 842 f.p.s. The high for this string was 888, and the low was 842 f.p.s. That’s a spread of 46 f.p.s. that I think is due to the newness of the rifle. After it gets broken in I think it will settle down to a spread in the 20s or less.

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The great pellet comparison test: Part 5

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

This report covers:

• Test results
• Best bargain?
• The rest of the pellets
• Gamo Silent Cat pellets
• What’s next?

Today, we’ll look at the test I presented last Friday and see if we can make some sense of the results. As you remember, this test was to see how premium pellets performed compared to bargain pellets when all were shot from an air rifle of known accuracy. I used my tuned Beeman R8, and there was some discussion about that, as well.

Kevin told us that the R8 I have was based on an older Weihrauch model that’s no longer made and it differs from the current HW 50S that can be bought today. From that discussion, we learned that several of you have either received HW 50S rifles recently, or placed an order and are awaiting their arrival. There was some discussion about which was better — old or new — but I should point out that my rifle has been tuned and any new rifle would have to be tuned to match it.

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