Beeman Double Barrel air rifle: Part 4
by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier
This report covers:
- The test
- RWS Hobby pellet
- Falcon pellet
- JSB Exact RS
- Which is which?
Today I shoot the Beeman Double Barrel air rifle with a quality red dot sight mounted. I will tell you now that I learned a lot from today’s test.
This was an accuracy test using a Tasco Pro Point red dot sight. I shot rested at 10 meters and I shot left-handed because my right eye is not working well. I’m not looking to hit the target in this test. I’m looking at the groups I get with different pellets, plus I have a couple surprises to share with you.
After mounting the sight I fired one shot and saw that the pellets were hitting about where I wanted them. I left the sight as it was and moved back to 10 meters.
RWS Hobby pellet
The first pellets I shot were RWS Hobbys, because in the last test with open sights they were the most accurate. I fired 5 shots which was 10 pellets and got the same two groups that we saw in the last test. Oddly, these groups were larger than those fired with open sights. Don’t read anything into that, because later in the test I do shoot a tighter one.
The upper group measures 0.71-inches between centers and the lower one measures 0.72-inches. That’s almost exactly the same. In the last test with open sights, the lower group measured 0.297-inches and the upper group measured 0.951-inches. The dot sight has made the groups closer to the same size. Let’s see if this trend continues.
Next I tried the Falcon pellets from Air Arms. This time the groups were sized differently, with the upper group being 1.356-inches between centers and the lower group measuring 0.702-inches. That was how the open sight test turned out, as well. The upper group there was 1.245-inches, while the lower group was 0.619-inches.
JSB Exact RS
Finally I tried some JSB Exact RS pellets. This is where the first surprising thing happened. I didn’t fire 5 shots from each barrel this time, because the dot sight fell off the gun on shot number 4. You might be tempted to think that was the reason these groups aren’t as small as those shot with the open sights, but just look at the upper group. It measures 0.583-inches between centers. While that’s not a great group for only 10 meters, look at the lower group with the same pellet. It measures 1.492-inches between centers.
These 8 shots with JSB Exact RS pellets gave us both the smallest and the largest groups of this test! Since only 4 shots are in each group I don’t want to compare them to the other 5-shot groups. What I want to do is draw your attention to the huge difference in the size of each group. Obviously this pellet behaves much differently in each barrel. I have said the same thing many times, but this is the first time I have been able to show it so dramatically.
Which is which?
I wanted to know which barrel shot which group. I thought the lower barrel was shooting the lower group, but I didn’t know for sure. One way to find out was top shoot a hobby from one barrel and a Falcon from the other. The Hobby, being a wadcutter, would cut a larger cleaner hole than the domed Falcon.
So I put up a fresh target and shot one of each pellet. The Hobby was loaded into the lower barrel and the Falcon was loaded into the top barrel. When I saw the target I could see that the bottom barrel was placing groups on top and the upper barrel was placing them below.
This is as far as I’m going with this rifle. Sure there are more oddball things I can do, like try to find two pellets that will cross at a certain distance to give one good group, but this isn’t an easy pellet rifle to shoot. The trigger is rough and heavy and the scope base on the spring tube is humped up high, making scope mounting difficult. I have other airguns and accessories to test that are worth the effort more than this one.
Still, this has been an interesting air rifle to test. I wonder what medication the designer was on when he came up with the idea. Or perhaps he hasn’t been treated yet? This is one of life’s truly oddball airguns!