by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier
This report covers:
- The test
- H&N Baracuda Match with 4.50mm head
- Bug Buster scope performance
- JSB Beast
- What now?
Today we see how the Beeman QB Chief precharged pneumatic air rifle does at 50 yards. Get ready for a pleasant surprise!
I shot the rifle last Friday, which was my banner day at the range. The weather was perfect with no hint of a breeze — perfect for testing the accuracy of an air rifle. The test was ourdoors at 50 yards. I shot off a sandbag rest and the rifle was scoped with the UTG 3-12X32 Bug Buster scope.
I looked at the 25-yard test results and selected the two best pellets. First up was the H&N Baracuda Match with 4.50mm head. At 25 yards the QB put ten of them in 0.334-inches. Sight-in took several rounds and then I shot the first group. I filled the rifle after each group, as we have established that the QB Chief gets around 15 good shots per fill to 2000 psi.
H&N Baracuda Match with 4.50mm head
The first group of 10 Baracuda Match pellets went into 1.386-inches at 50 yards. As you can see, the group is left of center, so after the group I adjusted the scope to the right. The height seemed to be aove the center of the bull, so I left it alone. I don’t want to shoot out my aim point.
Bug Buster scope performance
Several readers have mentioned that the crosshairs of the Bug Buster scope are thick, and indeed they are. I can still see them inside the bull, though, and as you will see shortly, they do work quite well. I adjusted the scope to the right after the first group.
Next I tried some JSB Exact Beasts. These 16.2-grain domed pellets are super-heavyweight for .177 caliber, and as such make good hunting pellets if the accuracy is there. At 25 yards they gave a 0.36-inch group that is all the accuracy you need, but at 50 yards the 10-shot group opened to 2.217 inches. They may have destabilized by 50 yards because I noticed several of the holes are torn to the left.
After seeing what the Beasts did I didn’t feel the need to try them again, but the Baracudas were tantalizing. So, I refilled the reservoir and shot a final group of them. This time it was different. The scope was adjusted pretty well and the shots didn’t wander at all. Ten of them packed into a tight 0.873-inches at 50 yards.
That is a very good group, but I want you to understand that I probably can’t shoot another one as good for quite a while. Rather than say the QB Chief is capable of groups less than an inch at 50 yards I believe the true accuracy of the rifle is somewhere in-between both groups. It’s somewhere around one inch for ten shots.
This has been a thorough test of a budget PCP. It turned out better than I expected. The trigger was adjusted to a very light and convenient pull and the accuracy is spot-on where it should be.
The rifle has good adjustable open sights and a nice 11mm dovetail atop the receiver. You only need pellets and air to get started with this rifle, but it will grow with you as you want it to.
It is short on breath (fewer shots per fill) but the fill stops at 2000 psi, which is very user-friendly. All things considered, I think the Beeman QB Chief is a best buy.