H&N Hornet pellet: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1

H&N Hornet

H&N Hornet pellets

This report covers:

  • The first test
  • Today’s test
  • On to the Hornet
  • What’s next?
  • 2015 Pyramyd Air Cup

Readers suggested I test the Hornet in my TX200 Mark III. I could do that, and it would be easier than the rifle I chose to use for today’s test. But is it realistic? Most readers don’t own a TX and won’t buy one. I chose to test the pellet at high power in my Diana RWS 34P — a rifle of incredible accuracy when the correct hold is used. This is an air rifle that many more shooters around the world are likely to own.

The first test

In part 1, we saw the Hornet pellet tested in my Beeman R8 rifle. That rifle shoots the Air Arms Falcon pellet best, so that was the test standard. You can read part 1 to see everything that happened, but the bottom line is that the Hornet is only average. It was okay, but the Falcon outshot it.

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RWS Diana 45: Part 9

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
Part 8

RWS Diana 45 air rifle
Diana 45 is a large breakbarrel spring rifle.

This report covers:

  • First shot at 12 feet
  • Firing behavior
  • At 25 yards
  • First group
  • Second group
  • Velocity retest
  • Overall evaluation

Today, I’m testing the tuned Diana 45 at 25 yards. This time, I’ll use a scope. I mounted an obsolete CenterPoint 3-9X40AO scope on the rifle. Because this is a vintage Diana rifle, which is always a drooper, I used a UTG drooper scope base. The one I used was a prototype that was left from when I was testing different base angles for Leapers. I selected one with a very slight droop of a couple degrees — less than what you can buy from Pyramyd Air.

First shot at 12 feet

I always sight in close to the target, so I know that I’m on when I move back to 25 yards. I was so close that the target was blurry in the scope with the parallax set as close as it would go.

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Mosin Nagant 1891 CO2 BB Rifle: Part 4

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Mosin Nagant CO2 BB gun
The Gletcher Mosin Nagant 1891 CO2 BB rifle (gun) is extremely realistic.

This report covers:

  • The 1891 Mosin Nagant
  • The test
  • The sights
  • Daisy BBs
  • Black Diamond BBs
  • Crosman Copperhead BBs
  • Overall evaluation

April is a busy month for me. I’ll be attending the Findlay, Ohio, airgun show this Saturday, April 11; then next week, I’ll be filming American Airgunner episodes for 4 days in Arkansas. A few days after returning, I’m driving to the Malvern, Arkansas, airgun show held April 24-25. I’ll be selling a lot of vintage airguns at the Malvern show. If you can attend either of those shows, please stop by my table and say hello.

I’m also planning this year’s Texas Airgun Show, which will be held in Poolville, Texas, on Saturday, August 29. We plan to have everything that was at last year’s show, plus a big bore airgun match that’s new. We also plan to have a special filming of the Round Table for American Airgunner the evening before the show. This will be an event the public is invited to, which means you’ll get to watch us put together a segment of the show. What takes 3 minutes on-screen often takes a hour to film, plus you can watch us do all the stuff that never makes it to the air.

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H&N Hornet pellet: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

H&N Hornet
The H&N Hornet is a new pointed pellet. Is it any good? This test hopes to find out.

This report covers:

  • Off the dime
  • The Hornet
  • The test
  • Air Arms Falcon pellets
  • H&N Hornet pellets
  • The verdict

How do you test a new pellet? You shoot it in as many airguns as possible and compare it to what you know those guns can do.

How do I test a new pellet? Pretty much the same way, only I’m on a time schedule, plus I have to publish my findings – findings that will be scrutinized by thousands of readers for multiple purposes.

I have to be very careful when testing a new pellet, because I could give it a bad reputation without meaning to. For this reason, I’m very careful.

Off the dime

Well, this fact has bothered me, so I came up with what I hope will be a simple solution. I will test the pellet in a few guns of known capability and let the chips fall where they may. One of those guns is my Beerman R8 Tyrolean that I always reach for when I want to test accuracy. Today, I’ll shoot the H&N Hornet .177-caliber pointed pellet in my R8.

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The Benjamin Bulldog big bore: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2

Benjamin Bulldog
Benjamin’s new Bulldog bullpup big bore air rifle is a .357-caliber 5-shot repeater.

This report covers:

  • Scoped rifle
  • Feel of the rifle
  • Tin Starr bullets
  • Pellets are next
  • Degassing the Bulldog
  • Trigger-pull
  • What comes next

Scoped rifle

Today, I’ll take the Benjamin Bulldog to the range to try it on targets for the first time. Crosman sent me a Centerpoint 4-16X56 scope and rings for the rifle, so they were mounted before I went to the range.

Benjamin Bulldog scoped
Centerpoint 4-16X56 is sized nicely for the Bulldog.

This is the first time I have seen this particular Centerpoint scope. Pyramyd Air doesn’t carry it because it’s brand new and won’t be commercially available until later this year. I like 4-16x scopes anyway, and this one’s bright. The duplex reticle has mil-dots on both lines and appears to be etched glass. The crosshair is fine, but the mil-dots make it easy to find. The parallax focus is on the left side, where it is handy for adjustment. All in all, a nice scope!

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Hatsan BT65 QE: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2

Hatsan BT65 QE
Hatsan BT65 QE

This report covers:

  • Uh-oh!
  • Shooting dynamic
  • Benjamin domed pellets
  • JSB King pelletss
  • Tried the solid bullet
  • The plan

I have quite a report for you today on the accuracy of the .25-caliber Hatsan BT65 QE precharged air rifle. This is a rifle I’ve long wanted to test because of its reputation for power and accuracy at a great price. Twenty-five caliber air rifles have become legitimate hunting guns over the past decade, mostly because of the improvements in pellets. It’s now worthwhile to think of a .25 instead of a .22 if all you want to do is hunt.

Uh-oh!

I actually went to the range a week earlier to test the rifle, but no matter which pellet I tried, the best it would do was about 5 inches at 50 yards. This rifle is really too powerful to test inside my house, so I skipped any 25-yard testing. Pellet after pellet went into large groups. I felt there had to be something wrong with the test rifle. Rather than report on a failure at the range, I contacted Hatsan, which sent me a link to one of Rick Eutsler’s videos on improving the accuracy of the rifle. After watching that video, I removed the barrel from the rifle and found that its crown had some damage.

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Qiang Yuan pellet comparison test: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2

Qiang Yuan pellets
Qiang Yuan is a pellet name that’s unknown in the U.S. Olympic pellets in the red box (200); Match grade pellets in the yellow box (200) and Training Pellets in the round box (500) below. These 3 will be pitted against equivalent pellets that are well-known.

This report covers:

  • Qiang Yuan Olympic Grade pellets
  • Test design
  • Sidebar: My large cent
  • FWB 300S air rifle
  • FWB 300S air rifle: Bottom line
  • Crosman Challenger PCP air rifle
  • Comparing all the Qiang Yuan pellets
  • Bottom line

Qiang Yuan Olympic Grade pellets

Today, I’m finishing the test of the Qiang Yuan pellets with a look at the performance of the Qiang Yuan Olympic Grade pellets. I mentioned in Part 2 that the Qiang Yuan Match Pellets were pricy, at $32.48 for 500 (they come packaged 200 to a box). That made them less expensive than the RWS R-10 Match Heavy pellets, which cost $47.95 for 500, but they’re still a costly pellet.

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