by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier
This report covers:
• Baracuda Match 4.53mm pellets
• Baracuda Match 4.50mm pellets
• Crosman Premier lite pellets
• And, finally — JSB 8.44-grain Exact pellets (for G&G)
• Overall evaluation
It was New Year’s Eve day, and all of you were still snug in your warm beds when I crept out to the frozen 50-yard rifle range to test the Walther LGU. I arrived when it was still dark. After a 20-minute setup, I began shooting. The morning sky was just brightening when the first shot went downrange. North Central Texas is usually a nice place any time of the year, but we had a cold snap that I believe the whole country was enjoying at the time.
Naturally, there was some scope adjustment needed because the pellet drops a lot between 25 yards and 50 yards. It took 3 rounds to get on target, again.
Baracuda Match 4.53mm pellets
The first pellet I tried was the H&N Baracuda Match with 4.53mm heads. I’d taken both sizes of these pellets to the range because I knew one was very good, but I couldn’t remember which one it was. This pellet put 10 rounds into a group that measures 1.961 inches between centers, so this isn’t the one. I confirmed that when I returned home and reread Part 3 of the report.
Baracuda Match 4.50mm pellets
Next, I tried H&N Baracuda Match with 4.50mm heads. These are the pellets that did the best in the 25-yard test. Sadly, at 50 yards, 10 of them went into a group that measured 1.953 inches between centers. That’s almost as large as the pellets with the 4.53mm heads!
Now, I wondered if the LGU was going to be able to shoot a tight 10-shot group at 50 yards with any pellet. My next pellet to try was the 7.9-grain Crosman Premier lite. This was the pellet that shot the second-best group at 25 yards.
Crosman Premier lite pellets
Premier lites came through, again! Ten of them went into 0.988 inches at 50 yards, giving me the best group of the day! Furthermore, these pellets were centered nicely on the bull, where both Baracudas had been slightly left of center.
And, finally — JSB 8.44-grain Exact pellets (for G&G)
The last pellet I tried was the JSB 8.44-grain Exact dome pellet that blog reader Guitars & Guns begged me to try.
These were the worst pellets of the test. Ten of them went into a group that measures 2.003 inches between centers. For the record, these pellets have 4.52mm heads.
Based on this test, I have to say the Walther LGU is a potentially worthy challenger to the TX200 Mark III. As it comes from the box, it’s just about as accurate, with a slight edge going to the TX. The trigger isn’t as good as the TX trigger out of the box, but it’s still pretty good. No telling what can be done to improve it. And the firing cycle has a definite slight buzz after about 150-200 shots have been run through. That’s probably an easy fix for an experienced tuner.
Knowing you guys, some of you will embrace the LGU because it’s a new gun, and you may think the TX200 has occupied the top spot long enough. You’ll feel that any gun you buy is going to get some work done, so why not save some money?
Others will say the TX beats the LGU in every performance department, which it certainly does right out of the box. You’ll want to stay with the gun that has a proven track record.
In my opinion, the Walther LGU is a valiant product for Walther’s first try at a sporting underlever. I remember the TX200 Marks I and II, and they both needed the gunsmithing that this rifle needs to put them into top shape. In fact, I sold my TX200 Mark II that had over $400 worth of tunes done to it because the Mark III was just as nice right out of the box.
What I’m saying is that you can buy the LGU without fear. It’s a very worthy air rifle. I feel certain that we’ll start seeing this rifle on the field target circuit in 2015.