by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier
This report covers:
- The test
- RWS Hobby
- Air Arms Falcon
- Sig Match Ballistic Alloy pellets
- RWS HyperMAX
- RWS Meisterkugeln
Things are back on track today and we will look at the accuracy of the Umarex Legends Ace in the Hole revolver. I hope it’s good!
I shot from a sandbag rest at 10 meters. Ten meters is far for an action pistol, but I am trying to establish where the Ace is, in terms of hitting the target.
I wore my reading glasses so the sights would appear sharp. Single action sights work a little differently than any other revolver sights, because the rear sight is a notch in the back of the frame. The sides of this notch slope up toward the notch on both sides and I find myself holding the front sight blade a little higher than I am used to. Once I get the sight picture, though, I can do good work with an SAA.
The target was fuzzy, but it’s supposed to be. I aimed at 6 o’clock on the black bull.
I shot 6 shots rather than 10, just because this is a 6-shot revolver. That allowed me to test several different pellets.
The first group of RWS Hobby pellets was pretty scattered, but I was still learning the sight picture. So I waited until the end of the test and shot another group of Hobbys. This target is representative of what I can do with the Ace I’m testing shooting Hobbys.
Six pellets went into 1.82-inches at 10 meters. The group lies a littler left of center.
Air Arms Falcon
The next pellet I tested was the Air Arms Falcon. These lightweight domes will sometimes surprise you. Not this time, though. Six Falcons went into 1.663-inches at 10 meters. Once again the group is vertical and to the left of center.
I was hoping for better accuracy than this. Though the Ace probably won’t be shot at paper targets, it still should be able to hit a bottlecap at 25 feet. And then it happened.
Sig Match Ballistic Alloy pellets
The next pellet I tried in the Ace was the Sig Match Ballistic Alloy wadcutter. This time I didn’t look at the target through the spotting scope. Until I walked down to change targets I had no idea this revolver had just put 6 pellets into 0.553-inches! And the group is at the exact point of aim!
Why are the Sig pellets so much more accurate? I don’t know, but I can say they fit the cartridges tighter than the first 2 pellets I tested. Also I know from experience with them that these pellets are often superbly accurate. How about that — lead-free pellets that will shoot!
The RWS HyperMAX pointed pellet is a lightweight lead free pellet that I haven’t tested much in the past. They go fast because they are light, but in the testing I have done they haven’t been too accurate. In the Ace 6 HyperMax pellets made a group that measures 1.055-inches between centers. That’s better than the first two pellets and not bad for an action pistol at 10 meters.
The 8.2-grain RWS Meisterkugeln wadcutter is an old favorite. They also make a 7 grain Meister for pistols, but I didn’t have any on hand. At 10 meters 6 Meisterkugeln went into a 0.915-inch group. That’s very good!
Three of five pellets tested gave good groups. One was astounding. The Ace in the Hole revolver is more accurate than I thought it might be. The crisp light trigger on the gun I am testing no doubt added to the accuracy, because I could hold very steady on target.
I did try my best with all pellets. I even re-shot the Hobbys, because I had learned the sights.
This would normally be the last test for an air pistol like the Ace, but I want to try one more thing with this gun. I have an Air Venturi Dueling Tree target that was made for guns like the Ace. I want to try it on that. It should be fun!