Hatsan Proxima underlever repeater: Part 3

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Hatsan Proxima
Hastsan Proxima underlever repeater.

Part 1
Part 2

This report covers:

  • Single shot?
  • The test
  • Sight-in
  • Remember the sights!
  • JSB Exact Heavy
  • Firing cycle
  • RWS Superdome
  • Baracuda Match
  • Discussion
  • Summary

Today we start looking at the accuracy of the .22-caliber Hatsan Proxima. Since it has open sights, I started with them.

Single shot?

You guys dumped on me last time about the single-shot feature. Okay, I admit there are some aftermarket single-shot adaptors for the Proxima, but I doubt anyone will ever use them. You see, cocking this rifle and closing the cocking lever is a two-handed proposition. Don’t forget the cocking lever release has to be pressed to close the lever. Unless you have a third hand to load a pellet with one of those adaptors while all that is going on, I don’t think it will happen. Is it possible? Sure. But it’s a bar bet — not a way to shoot.

The test

I shot the rifle off a rest today, using the artillery hold with my off hand at the rear of the cocking slot. I shot that way because the Proxima recoils significantly. I shot from 10 meters. All groups were 5-shot groups because the Proxima is too hard to cock to shoot more. Even 5 shots was tiring. Once the rifle was sighted for the first pellet I didn’t adjust the sights. I’m looking for possible accurate pellets that will be represented by their small group size — not for where they hit.

Sight-in

I sighted in with the first pellet I planned to shoot for a group — the Sniper Magnum from H&N. The sights were on for elevation but too far to the right. Four shots got them close to the center of the black, which was all I wanted for today’s test. The real accuracy test will come later.

Five Sniper Magnums went into 0.792-inches at 10 meters when using the open sights. The group is horizontal, with three pellets sticking close to each other in the center. It’s difficult to tell whether or not this pellet will work in this rifle. I think that will become clear as we progress.

Proxima Sniper Magnum group
Five H&N Sniper Magnum pellets made this 0.792-inch group at 10 meters with the Proxima.

Remember the sights!

Before we continue I want to remind you that I’m shooting with open sights. And not just any open sights. These are fiberoptic open sights that have a large front bead. So, some of the group size is probably due to the lack of precision of the sights.

JSB Exact Heavy

The next pellet I tried is one that was not shot in the velocity test — the 18.13-grain JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy. Five of them went into a group that is an impressive 0.464-inches between centers. For clunky open sights, that’s pretty good. It was also the best group of the test.

Proxima Exact Heavy group
Now, that’s a group! Five JSB Exact Jumbo Heavys in 0.464-inches at 10 meters. The Proxima can shoot!

Firing cycle

I must comment on the Proxima’s firing cycle. The rifle jumps forward in recoil, but there is very little vibration. Since I’m using the artillery hold, I notice the jump, but it always seems like the pellet gets a good sendoff. This rifle is smooth, and feels powerful.

RWS Superdome

Next up was the RWS Superdome pellet. I expected them to do great. Did they? Five Superdomes went into 0.708-inches at 10 meters. It’s a vertical group, which may indicate sighting issues. And the bottom pellet hole almost looks like the pellet went through the target sideways, though that may just be the way the paper tore.

Proxima Superdome group
Five RWS Superdomes made this 0.708-inch group at 10 meters. Look at the bottom hole. Doesn’t it look like a pellet went through sideways?

Baracuda Match

The last pellet I shot was the H&N Baracuda Match with a 5.51mm head. Five of them gave a very horizontal 1.353-inch group. They are definitely not the right pellets for this Proxima.

Proxima Baracuda Match group
Five Baracuda Match pellets with 5.51mm heads went into 1.252-inches at 10 meters. Not the pellet for the Proxima!

Discussion

We can see from the second target that JSB Exact Jumbo Heavys are going to be good in the Proxima. I think my next step will be to scope the rifle and test with them. After that I will try other pellets.

I want to say once more that the Proxima is a hunting airgun, only. This isn’t a plinker. The cocking effort keeps it from being that.

Summary

I am surprised that the groups are as good as they are today. I didn’t expect a group smaller than one-half inch. That gives me a good feeling that the Proxima is probably going to be a solid hunting rifle.

16 thoughts on “Hatsan Proxima underlever repeater: Part 3

  1. As a fanatical fan of eliminating variables, if you feel the need to say,

    Before we continue I want to remind you that I’m shooting with open sights. And not just any open sights. These are fiberoptic open sights that have a large front bead. So, some of the group size is probably due to the lack of precision of the sights.

    you should probably be using a scope IMHO.


    • Seantheaussie,

      Tom is testing the gun with the supplied sights in order to demonstrate the potential owners that the gun is accurate enough with the supplied sights and will be more so with optical sights. Not everyone is fortunate to have ready access to scopes capable of handling spring piston recoil.

      Siraniko


      • Siraniko. I just think testing the sights at the end of the test, when he has already pinpointed the best pellet, and what it is capable of with a scope, is the way to go. He should shoot a group with the, “iron” sights after taking the scope off for shipping the rifle back IMHO.

        Sean



  2. B.B.,

    With the Proxima recoiling/surging forward with each shot a reduction in piston weight by a tuner may probably reduce this tendency and give a better shooting impression. I agree that shooting from the magazine would be better for a rifle of this type which will also reduce the chances of producing a “One Thumb Harry”.

    Siraniko

    PS Section Sight-in First paragraph, last sentence: “The rear (real) accuracy test will come later.”



  3. BB,

    I cannot recall if you discussed this yet though it has been discussed some by myself and others in the comment section concerning the long transfer port inherent in designs such as this and the effect such have on the power output versus the power input.



  4. Everyone,

    Reader Kevin emailed me a private message that I think he didn’t want to surprise me with on the blog. But it is germane to this conversation.

    “Hi Tom, I was reading your blog on suppressors and I do believe that the requirement for a “sign off” by the Chief Local Law Enforcement Official (CLEO) is no longer in place. There is a provision for the CLEO to be notified of the transaction but the days of some local dokel pain in the butt being a roadblock are indeed over.

    Kevin”

    I have learned something. If this is true, then the laws have relaxed a bit.

    B.B.



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