Hatsan 85 MOBU Sniper Combo: Part 4

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Hatsan 85
Hatsan 85 Sniper rifle combo.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

This report covers:

  • Open sights were the baseline
  • Mounting the scope
  • Sight-in
  • JSB Exact Heavy
  • The scope
  • Sig Ballistic Match Alloy target pellets
  • Summary of this test

Today we look at the accuracy of the Hatsan 85 Mossy Oak Break Up with the scope and mounts that came with it. I find it’s best to test these scopes first before buying a replacement because I have received a few with package deals that really worked.

Open sights were the baseline

Part 3 was a test of the rifle using the open sights that came installed. That test provided a baseline for today’s test, because I know the rifle has to at least be as accurate as it was with open sights. Since I tested it at both 10 meters and 25 yards, I decided to start today’s test at 25 yards.

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Sig Match Ballistic Alloy target pellets: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Sig Match Ballistic Alloy pellets
Sig Match Ballistic Alloy pellets.

This report covers:

  • Five-shot groups
  • Crosman Challenger PCP
  • FWB-300S
  • The final test
  • Not done yet
  • The results

You may recall that a few weeks ago I tried the Sig Match Ballistic Alloy target pellets in the Morini 162MI target pistol and they came out winners. I said at the time that I planned on conducting an exhaustive test to see if these lead-free pellets are really capable of competing at the world-class level. If they are, I promised to be their principal cheerleader.

Today will be the first test of these pellets. I will pit them against other world-class target pellets in airguns of pedigreed accuracy to gauge their relative performance. I don’t expect them to win every time, because no target pellet can do that, no matter how good it is. Different airguns will prefer one pellet over all others regardless of the quality of the respective pellets. We see that in every accuracy test I run, so why should this be any different?

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Hatsan 85 MOBU Sniper Combo: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Hatsan 85
Hatsan 85 MOBU Combo is an affordable breakbarrel with nice power.

Part 1
Part 2

This report covers:

  • Start at 10 meters
  • H&N Baracuda Match 4.53mm
  • H&N Baracuda Match 4.50mm
  • Crosman Premier 10.5-grains
  • JSB Exact Heavy 10.3-grain
  • 25 yards
  • Baracuda Match 4.53mm at 25 yards
  • JSB Exact Heavy at 25 yards
  • JSB Exact Heavy at 25 yards
  • Air Arms Falcon pellets at 25 yards
  • The feel of the gun
  • Summary

Today we begin looking at the accuracy of the Hatsan 85 Mossy Oak Break Up air rifle. We now know this is a powerful rifle that seems to have a smooth trigger. Let’s see if that means anything downrange.

Start at 10 meters

I started this test at 10 meters. Instead of 10-shot groups I fired 5-shot groups with each pellet. The only thing I’m trying to do is refine the sights and select the best pellets for further testing. All shooting today is off a rest (sandbag), using the classic artillery hold with the off hand touching the front of the triggerguard.

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The Gat’s where it’s at!: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord

Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Gat
The Gat is a timeless classic air pistol. Shown uncocked here.

A history of airguns

Part 1
Part 2

  • Special test
  • Holding the gun
  • Heavy trigger
  • Air Arms Falcons
  • Solution to hard cocking
  • RWS HyperMAX
  • Darts
  • Final assessment

Okay — it’s accuracy day for the Gat. Which is like saying we’re going to have a snail race. Bring your calendar!

The Gat is not an accurate airgun — a fact I discovered during the velocity test when I saw my pellets curving high and to the left on the trap three feet away.

Special test

Because of what I saw there, I decided to shoot not at 5 meters but at 10 feet — slightly over three meters. I was concerned to keep all the pellets in the trap. While I did achieve that, the first group walked up and off the paper target. I took its picture while it was still attached to the pellet trap, so you could see.

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Paper Shooters Zombie Slayer Kit: Part 1

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Paper Shooter Zombie Slayer
Paper Shooter Zombie Slayer.

This report covers:

  • I started out as a kid…
  • Time to cowboy up
  • Today’s report
  • 138 pieces
  • Plastic parts and steel screws
  • Special tips
  • Parts go in one way, only
  • It worked!
  • Last tip

When Val Gamerman, president of Pyramyd Air, asked me if I wanted to put a Paper Shooters Zombie Slayer Kit together and report on it, I jumped at the chance! I think that surprised him, but he didn’t know my history.

I started out as a kid…

I have been interested in how things work all my life. When I was given a watch for my 10th birthday and told it was waterproof, I promptly held it under the faucet. It wasn’t waterproof, by the way. When I was told that the way to carve an elephant from a block of wood was to remove everything that doesn’t look like an elephant, I set about with a jack knife to find the pachyderm. Looked in lots of wood blocks — no elephant yet. Lots of stuff that doesn’t look like one, though.

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Hatsan 85 MOBU Sniper Combo: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Hatsan 85
Hatsan 85 Mossy Oak Break Up rifle.

Part 1

This report covers:

  • Hatsan has potential
  • Hatsan is conservative
  • RWS Superdomes
  • H&N Baracuda Match
  • Crosman SSP pellets
  • Trigger pull
  • Cocking effort
  • Scope base
  • Summary

Man, did I ever bump the beehive with this report! Part 1 certainly got a rise out of a lot of you. And you said what was on your mind. I bet you are the kind of guys who would tell me that my dog is ugly, too.

Okay, I’m rooting for the Hatsan 85 Mossy Oak Break Up rifle that I’m testing. Why? Because according to the advertised specs, it puts out a little more power than an RWS 34 (remember — we aren’t calling them Dianas any longer), yet sells in this combo package for 50 dollars less than just an RWS 34P, by itself. If this rifle is accurate, we have a potential world-beater on our hands.

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Haenel 310 bolt action trainer: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Haenel 310
Haenel 310 is a different kind of trainer.

A history of airguns

Part 1

This report covers:

  • How does the magazine work?
  • Velocity
  • Oiled the leather piston seal
  • Re-test velocity
  • Smart Shot lead BBs
  • Conclusions

Today we look at the velocity of the Haenel 310 trainer. I was asked by one reader whether the Smart Shot lead BBs will work in the gun, so we will also look at that.

How does the magazine work?

Another thing I was asked by a reader is how the magazine works. You saw a picture of the mag in Part 1, but the angle was wrong for understanding how the balls feed. Here are three pictures that tell the whole story.

Haenel 310 mag with follower down
Here the steel ball follower is held down by the magazine feed pawl (arrow). This spring-loaded pawl is pushed down out of the way by the bolt as it passes.

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