BSA Supersport SE: Part 4

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

BSA Supersport SE air rifle BSA Supersport SE

This report covers:

• RWS Superdome pellets
• JSB Exact RS pellets
• 8-32X Aeon Classic rifle scope
• Baracuda Match pellets, 5.53mm heads
• Different hold
• Evaluation of the rifle

Today, I’m shooting the .22-caliber BSA Supersport SE at 25 yards. I’m also testing the Aeon 8-32X50 Classic rifle scope with a trajectory reticle mounted in the Diana Bullseye recoil-reducing scope mount. Those 2 products will each get their own separate reports because today I’m concentrating on just the rifle.

In Part 3, I shot the rifle at 10 meters using the open sights that came with it. From that test, I selected a couple pellets to try today. But first, I want to show you a picture of the Aeon 8-32X50 scope mounted on the rifle, because in the last report I mentioned how short it is for this range of power.

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Testing a Diana model 23 breakbarrel air rifle: Part 5

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Diana 23

Diana 23 was a find on Gun Broker. The finish is bad but the gun works well.

This report covers:

• An update
• Today — disassembly

An update
I started this report back in September 2013 — 16 months ago. I’d purchased a Diana model 23 breakbarrel rifle off the Gun Broker auction website for $30. With shipping, it came to $50. We discussed cruising Gun Broker for airgun deals yesterday, and this is one that I got.

This rifle is really a Winchester model 423, which is how Winchester had Diana mark all their air rifles (in the 400-series, with the Diana model number being the last 2 digits). Most Winchester air rifles are .22 caliber, but this one came as a .177, which is more appropriate to its small powerplant.

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BSA Supersport SE: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2

BSA Supersport SE
BSA Supersport SE

This report covers:

• Refresher
• The test
• First up — RWS Superdome pellets
• Next — H&N Baracuda Match pellets
• JSB Exact RS pellets
• Firing behavior

Today’s report is for blog reader Charlotte Henry, who has been waiting patiently for it since March 25, when Part 2 was published. I must have wiped this test from my mind, though the rifle sat in the pile that awaits testing all that time.

Refresher
This BSA Supersport SE is a 13 foot-pound .22-caliber spring rifle, so the accuracy could be pretty good. Today, I shot it from 10 meters, just because I haven’t shot the gun in so long that I was uncertain if there were any problems. There were none, and the test turned out well.

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An airgun test you weren’t expecting: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1
Part 2

Gamo Hunter Extreme
Gamo’s Hunter Extreme 1250 was a big, beautiful wood-stocked magnum rifle. Today’s guns have synthetic stocks but similar powerplants.

This report covers:

• Very sensitive to hold
• Today’s accuracy test: Round 1
• Round 2
• JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy pellets
• Gamo owners justified
• 50 yards comes next

I shot the .22-caliber Gamo Hunter Extreme 1250 at 25 yards for accuracy, and I learned a lot! I confirmed what I thought was happening at 50 yards when I first tried out the rifle in Part 1.

Very sensitive to hold
When I shot this rifle in Ohio at the Pyramyd Air Cup, I was amazed that I hit a 1.50-inch killzone offhand at 50 yards. Then, in Part 1, I had it at my local rifle range. I shot one trial group of 10, just to see how good it shot. I was amazed when the first 2 shots went into the same hole, though that sort of thing does happen sometimes and then the shots scatter all over the place. But this time they didn’t This time, the group grew slowly as more shots were fired. That’s indicative of 2 things — me getting tired, but more than that — nerves!

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An airgun test you weren’t expecting: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Part 1

Gamo Hunter Extreme
Gamo’s Hunter Extreme 1250 was a big, beautiful wood-stocked magnum rifle. Today’s guns have synthetic stocks but similar powerplants.

This report covers:

• Crosman Premier pellets
• JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy pellets
• RWS Hobby pellets
• Cocking effort
• Trigger-pull
• Evaluation to this point

Let’s look at the velocity of the .22-caliber Gamo Hunter Extreme 1250 that Rich Shar has tuned. You learned in Part 1 that I was surprised by the smoothness and light recoil of this powerful spring-piston air rifle. Today, we’ll discover what it can do.

In Part 1, I mentioned that the .177 Hunter Extreme 1250 that I tested back in the 1990s did shoot RWS Hobby pellets at 1,257 f.p.s. That was the first time I’d seen an airgun produce velocities that high. The rifle I’m now testing is a .22, so of course the pellets will not move that fast, because they’re twice the weight, at least. But they should move fast enough to give a respectable velocity for a breakbarrel springer. Let’s get to the test.

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An airgun test you weren’t expecting: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Have you already read this blog, and you’re now waiting for a new one? Maybe you missed yesterday’s blog…

This report was accidentally published on Thursday — along with the regular Thursday blog. This is only the second time in nearly 10 years and 2,500+ reports this has happened. As soon as I discovered it Thursday morning, it was unpublished and rescheduled for today. Sorry about that, but I’m already working at max capacity and can’t have two fresh blogs competing with each other!

This report covers:

• I saw it at the Pyramyd Air Cup
• What is it?
• But does it work?
• The proof!
• Can be applied to most spring guns
• Description
• At the range
• The plan

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BSA Meteor: Part 9

by Tom Gaylord, The Godfather of Airguns™
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

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

BSA Super Meteor
My rifle is actually a BSA Super Meteor.

This report covers:

• What we’ve learned so far
• Mounting the Tasco Pro-Point dot sight
• 10-meter accuracy RWS Hobby pellets
• JSB Match Diabolo pellets
• H&N Finale Match Pistol pellets
• RWS R 10 Pistol pellets
• The Meteor is good

What we’ve learned so far
I began the review of the BSA Super Meteor in October 2013 — almost a year ago. I acquired the rifle at the Roanoke airgun show (and, no, I don’t know whether or not it will be held again this year) from Don Raitzer, because I’d always wanted to review the rifle. I commented that Meteors had always looked like cheap airguns to me; but after researching them, I discovered they went through the transition period when BSA went from being a world leader in airguns, through several attempts to make their guns less expensive to build and eventually to the point where the company was bought by Gamo.

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