by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

BSA Meteor
BSA Meteor Mark I.

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A history of airguns

This report covers:

  • The test
  • Scope not good!
  • Sight-in
  • RWS Hobbys
  • The state of the tune
  • RWS Superpoints
  • Results

Today I shoot the BSA Meteor Mark I with its factory scope. This is a 2-power scopes that I doubt was ever filled with nitrogen, so the optics are less than sparking. They are at the toy level, at best.

The test

I’m shooting at 10 meters, using the two pellets that were the most accurate in the last test. The rifle is rested directly on a sandbag, because it demonstrated that was okay in the last test. Last time I shot at 10-meter air pistol targets, but this scope magnifies two times, so now I’m using 10-meter air rifle targets.

Scope not good!

I cannot see much through this scope. The bulls appear as black dots and I have to center the reticle on the outside of the bull, rather than on the center. What I’m saying is I hold the rifle so the lines appear to bisect the bull at the outside edge. This is not precise aiming!

Sight-in

The scope was simple to mount. The bases are fixed on both the scope and the rifle, so all that had to be done was slide the clamps in place and tighten the thumbscrews. That took about one minute. In the end, though, the reticle is not completely vertical and the way this scope is constructed there is no way to correct it. So I held the rifle on a cant to align the reticle every time. That is not ideal, especially when the scope is so hard to see through.

Shot one was on paper to the right of the bull and slightly high. I adjusted the reticle and discovered something interesting. This scope has two distinctly different kinds of clicks. There are fine clicks and there are coarse heavy clicks. I think the fine clicks don’t do anything and the heavy clicks are the real ones. There are two or three fine clicks between every heavy click. It’s strange to say the least. It took me three more shots to get where I wanted and then I was sighted-in. You will see that it’s not perfect, but with this scope it’s about as good as I can do.

RWS Hobbys

The first group was shot with RWS Hobbys. I put 10 pellets into 0.685-inches with 9 of them landing in 0.443-inches. Shot number 4 is the one that strayed to the right, and, given how hard this scope is to aim, I can’t tell whether it was a wild shot or just an aiming error.

BSA Meteor Hobby target
Ten RWS Hobby pellets went into 0.685-inches at 10 meters, with 9 of them landing in 0.443-inches.

The state of the tune

I will mention that the rifle is starting to buzz just a little. I think the Tune in a Tube is either settling in or wearing off. I’ll keep an eye on it and let you know because I will be shooting this rifle some more.

RWS Superpoints

The next pellet I fired was also the last one for today’s test. RWS Superpoints appeared to be the most potentially accurate pellets in the last test with open sights, and I hoped that with the scope they would shine. Let’s see what they did.

At 10 meters 10 pellets landed in a group that measures 0.817-inches between centers. But there is another flyer that happened somewhereiin the middle of the strong. Nine of the pellets are in a group that measures 0.586-inches between centers.

BSA Meteor Supewrpoint target
At 10 meters 10 RWS Superpoint pellets landed in 0.817-inches with 9 in 0.586-inches.

Results

I’m not satisfied with today’s results. I think this rifle has more accuracy to show and the scope and open sights are both conspiring against it. That means there will be another test. Next time I will mount a real scope and I will back up to 25 yards for the test.

I like the Meteor Mark I except for the open sights that do not adjust for windage. I would never leave a scope on an air rifle like this, so whether it does better or not in the next test, I’m probably not going to keep it. I will sell it, but I paid top dollar and it may take some time to move. All things consideredn my Diana model 27 moves back into the top spot. BSA missed it by a sight!