by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

BSA Meteor
BSA Meteor Mark I.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

A history of airguns

This report covers:

  • Front sight hood
  • The test
  • RWS Hobbys
  • Sights don’t adjust for windage
  • RWS Superpoint
  • JSB Exact RS
  • Summary

Today we start looking at the accuracy of the BSA Meteor Mark 1. I will just shoot with open sights today, and to do that I had to remove the hood over the front sight. It doesn’t provide enough clearance to see the bead otherwise.

Front sight hood

The hood is a stamped steel part that slips over the muzzle and slides over the front sight bead. It removes easily. I think it is amazing that it’s still with the rifle after a half-century!

BSA Meteor hood
The hood that fits over the front sight is too low to see the target well. It slips off, so I removed it.

The test

I shot the rifle from 10 meters off a rested bag, using the artillery hold. This rifle might also shoot directly off the bag, but I didn’t try that today. I used a 6 o’clock hold on a 10-meter pistol target.

RWS Hobbys

RWS Hobbys were the first pellets I tested. Shot number one went high so I lowered the rear sight leaf. The next 10 shots are the group I will show. They landed to the right of the bull, at 3 o’clock. Ten Hobbys went into one hole that measures 0.585 between the centers of the two pellets farthest apart. That’s a great start!

BSA Meteor Hobby target
Ten RWS Hobby pellets made this group at 10 meters. It measures 0.585-inches between centers.

Sights don’t adjust for windage

After such a good start I expected great things from this rifle. The one drawback is the sights do not adjust for windage, other than by drifting the rear sight sideways in its dovetail. That may be why the rifle come with a scope. At any rate, I left everything where it was for the rest of this test.

RWS Superpoints

Next I tried some RWS Superpoints. I believe reader Dom said these would be great. And they were. Ten went into 0.615-inches, with 9 in 0.311-inches. That’s phenomenal!

BSA Meteor Superpoint target
Ten RWS Superpoints went into 0.615-inches, with 9 in just 0.311-inches at 10 meters. A great pellet for the Meteor!

I will say that when I shot the Superpoints, the rifle jolted forward with every shot. There was no vibration, but the extra jolt was noticeable.

JSB Exact RS

The next pellet was also the last. The JSB Exact RS pellet is also supposed to be good in the Meteor. Ten of them made a group measuring 0.674-inches at 10 meters. It’s the largest group of the test, but also very close in size to the other two!

JSB RS target
Ten JSB Exact RS pellets went into 0.674-inches at 10 meters. This is the biggest group of the test.

I noticed a lot of vibration with this pellet. The forward recoil that was there with the Superpoints was gone, but vibration that I hadn’t felt since the gun was cleaned and lubricated was definitely back when RS pellets were shot. It was not as bad as when the gun was not lubricated, but it had been some time since I felt any vibration at all, so it came as a surprise.

Summary

I am very pleased with how well the Meteor Mark 1 preformed. As mentioned, the next test will be with the scope mounted, and perhaps after that I will back up to 25 yards.