by B.B. Pelletier

Photos and test by Earl “Mac” McDonald

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Today, I’ll test the accuracy of the Gamo Whisper CFR. You may remember that the CFR is a more powerful underlever that resembles but is not identical to the BSA Polaris that I tested a few weeks back. I say that because the Polaris was such a wonderful spring rifle and, although I don’t normally make comparisons, in this case I can’t help it. The two rifles look too much alike.

Let’s get right to it
The first pellet Mac tested was the JSB Exact 8.4-grain dome. It produced the second-tightest group of the test, with 10 going into a group measuring 1.23 inches at 30 yards.

Second-best group of the test is this 1.23-inch group of 10 JSB Exact 8.4-grain domes fired at 30 yards.

Okay, I know what you’re thinking. This is an overly powerful air rifle; and maybe if we shot heavier pellets in it, the slower velocity would make them more accurate. The next pellet Mac tried was the 10.5-grain Crosman Premier. Well, it did about the same, only a little more open, at 1.39 inches for 10 shots. It’s very interesting that both groups to this point are very open, with no sub-groups within the main group. So, this is the accuracy and no excuses about it.

Ten 10.5-grain Crosman Premiers went into this 1.39-inch group at 30 yards.

Okay, so Mac decided to try his favorite RWS Superdome. He knew the risks of shooting a thin-skirted pellet in a powerful spring rifle like this, but what the heck?

The CFR blew the skirts out of the RWS Superdome pellets. You can see the smears left by the lead around some of the holes in this 2.1-inch group. Look at the bottom hole.

Superdomes are obviously not the pellet for this rifle. The powerful air blast blew their skirts out!

Next, Mac tried the JSB Exact heavy domed pellet. Knowing that the light pellet did well, it was reasonable to assume this one would, as well. It did better than the Superdome, but was no match for the lighter pellet by the same maker. It grouped 10 in 1.48 inches.

Ten pellets in a group measuring 1.48 inches at 30 yards. Notice that there’s no real tendency to bunch up within this group.

The final thing Mac tried was a second group of JSB Exact lites. Like the first group, this one was the best of the day, at 1.2 inches on the money. So, this pellet is very consistent in the CFR, at least with Mac on the trigger!

Best group of the test was this bunch of 10 that went into 1.2 inches at 30 yards.

The bottom line
The Gamo Whisper CFR is a very powerful underlever that the owner will have to learn to shoot. Start with the JSB Exact lite and search for a pellet that can beat it.

If underlevers are your style, this is one for the hunters.