by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier
This report covers:
- The test
- First up
- H&N Baracuda Match with 4.50mm heads
- Heavier pellets were too long
- H&N Baracuda Match with 4.53mm heads
- Baracuda with 4.52mm head
- Baracuda Match 4.50mm the second time
- Baracuda Match 4.53mm the second time
Today we discover whether cleaning the barrel of the Air Venturi TR5 Multi-Shot Target Air Rifle makes any difference to the accuracy. I am going the extra mile on this airgun because it satisfies a large group of shooters who just want an accurate plinking rifle. No, it’s not a target rifle despite the name. But is it a handy and compact spring-piston plinker that sells for a reasonable price?
I shot the rifle from 10 meters off a sandbag rest. I held the rifle in a non-artillery-hold way, with my off hand around the forearm. I had mounted the UTG Micro Reflex dot sight because I felt the rear sight notch might be a little too broad for the best accuracy. All groups will be 5-shot groups until I find a pellet that’s accurate.
I sighted in with JSB Exact Heavy pellets yesterday, so they were the first pellet to be tried today. The first five went into an open group whose size I can’t report because one pellet went off the paper. Four pellets went into 1.064-inches at 10 meters. Since I can’t show the 5th shot I’m not showing this group. I fired a second group right away, after dropping the dot sight three clicks.
Group two is 5 shots in 1.353-inches at 10 meters. Not that good. So this pellet is out!
Okay, now it was time to try the larger pellets I selected because of the large bore. Maybe these would do the job? But before I get to that — a word to reader GunFun1.
GF1 asked me how loose my adjustable stock was and, if it was loose, to try shooting with the stock fully collapsed. Well, the TR5 is supposed to be a target rifle, so that’s how I have been shooting it — with the stock collapsed. You shoot a target rifle with a very short pull, usually, to bring your eye close to the rear peep. I didn’t have to do that with either the factory open sights or the dot sight I installed, but I did it anyway.
However, GF1 asked me to extend the stock, which I did. To my surprise, the stock was no looser extended than when fully collapsed. I shot groups with it both ways and could not detect a difference. Okay — back to the test.
H&N Baracuda Match with 4.50mm heads
The next pellet I tried was the H&N Baracuda Match with a 4.50mm head. I tried it because I wanted to try the same pellet with larger head sizes to compare to this one. However, this pellet surprised me with 5 in 0.929-inches at 10 meters. While that isn’t a great group, it is the smallest one I have seen so far. Maybe cleaning the barrel did help?
I resolved to return to this pellet and shoot another group with it at the end of the test. Maybe this was a good one.
Heavier pellets were too long
I did attempt to load JSB Exact Beasts and H&N Baracuda Magnums into the TR5 clip, but both of them were too long to fit into the rifle. They stuck out both ends of the holes in the clip. That’s a problem with some repeaters — their clips can’t accept longer pellets.
H&N Baracuda Match with 4.53mm heads
Next I tried the pellet I thought might do the best — the H&N Baracuda Match with 4.53mm heads. Five went into 0.861-inches at 10 meters. That’s slightly better than what the same pellet with a 4.50mm head did, but not enough different to be conclusive. Are we onto something? I definitely have to try this pellet again at the end of the test!
Baracuda with 4.52mm head
The last new pellet I tested (making 16 different pellets in all, between Parts 3 and 5) was the H&N Baracuda with the 4.52mm head. But they didn’t do well at all. Five made a 2.306-inch group at 10 meters. Yikes!
I’m not seeing much improvement from the cleaning I did. Maybe a couple groups are smaller, but overall we are almost at the same place we were in Part 3. However, I still have those two Baracuda Match pellets that did the best to try again. Let’s see what they can do on the second time.
Baracuda Match 4.50mm the second time
By this point in the test I was dialed-in. The dot sight was working perfectly and I knew just how to hold it on the target. On this second go-round, five H&N Baracuda Match pellets with 4.50mm heads went into 1.121-inches at 10 meters. That’s about two-tenths of an inch larger than the first group with the same pellet.
Baracuda Match 4.53mm the second time
I tried 5 Baracuda Match with 4.53mm heads next. They made a 1.466-inch group at 10 meters. That’s 6 tenths of an inch larger than the first group.
The Air Venturi TR5 pellet rifle is a recreation of the now-banned IZH61 pellet rifle. It’s lightweight, small and handy and has a nice trigger. But, despite everything I did and all the pellets I tried, I could not get the one I tested to shoot very well.
Reader Michael uses his to shoot at soda cans at 10 meters and he says it works well for that. If that’s what you want, the TR5 may be just right for you.