by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Umarex Lever Action
Umarex Legends Cowboy Lever Action BB gun.

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Part 3

This report covers:

  • Pellet cartridges?
  • The test
  • H&N Finale Match Light pellets
  • Qiang Yuan Taining pellets
  • Sig Match Ballistic Alloy pellets
  • JSB Exact RS
  • Air Arms Falcon
  • Shells
  • Discussion
  • Summary

Today we will look at the accuracy of the new Umarex Legends Cowboy Lever Action BB gun with pellets. You will recall that this is the most accurate BB repeater I have ever tested, so I’m looking forward to today.

Pellet cartridges?

Someone may have asked but if not I’m sure we all wonder how the gun does when pellet cartridges are used. The gun (it’s a smoothbore, so I can’t cal, it a rifle) comes with 10 BB cartridges that Pyramyd Air says are the same as Colt Peacemaker BB revolver shells. But there were no cartridges designated for pellets, so I used 5 of the pellet cartridges from the 1875 Remington BB and pellet revolver. They cycled through the action without a hitch, so I thought they might work. I will get to them in a moment, but first I wanted to establish a baseline of performance with the BB cartridges than came with this gun.

The test

I shot the Cowboy Lever Action off a sandbag rest at 10 meters. I shot 5-shot groups, but if a pellet seemed especially good I would shoot a 10-shot group. Obviously the open sights that came on the rifle were used because there are no options to mount an optical sight. This rifle ejects the shells straight up, so there may never be a scope option.

H&N Finale Match Light pellets

First up were H&N Finale Match Light pellets. I tested the first 5 using the BB cartridges and a second 5 with the pellet cartridges. Five from the BB cartridges went into a 0.651-inch group at 10 meters. That’s not too bad for a smoothbore.

Umarex Lever Action BB cartridge Finale
The Cowboy Lever Action put 5 H&N Finale Match Light pellets into a 0.651-inch group at 10 meters.

Now it was time to try the pellet cartridges. I used the same Finale Match Light pellet because we now had a baseline of performance with which to compare. This time 5 pellets went into 1.766-inches at 10 meters — not what I expected! Now, nothing says that a different pellet might not do much better, or even if I used a different pellet cartridge — like one from a Colt revolver — but there is enough of a difference between these two targets that I will stick to the BB cartridges that came with the gun for the rest of this test.

Umarex Lever Action pellet cartridge Finale
Using the pellet cartridges, the Cowboy Lever Action put a second 5 Finale Match Light pellets into 1.766-inches at 10 meters. I will use the BB cartridges for the remainder of the test.

Qiang Yuan Training pellets

Next up were Qiang Yuan Training pellets. Five of them went into 0.643-inches at 10 meters. Another decent 5-shot group.

Umarex Lever Action BB cartridge Chinese Training
Five Qiang Yuan Training pellets went into 0.643-inches at 10 meters.

Sig Match Ballistic Alloy pellets

Next to be tested were 5 Sig Match Ballistic Alloy pellets. These are sometimes the most accurate pellet I test in a gun, but not this time. Five went into 0.925-inches at 10 meters.

Umarex Lever Action BB cartridge Sig Match
Five Sig Match Ballistic Alloy pellets went into 0.925-inches at 10 meters.

Now it was time to try some domed pellets. Given the BB gun’s low power level, I stuck with the lighter ones.

JSB Exact RS

The first dome I tried was the JSB Exact RS pellet. They did pretty good, with 5 going into a 0.756-inch group at 10 meters.

Umarex Lever Action BB cartridge JSB RS
Five JSB Exact RS domes went into 0.756-inches at 10 meters.

Air Arms Falcon

The final pellet I tested was another dome — the Air Arms Falcon. These often do remarkably well. But not in the Cowboy Lever Action. Five went into 1.316-inches at 10 meters — the second biggest 5-shot group of the test.

Umarex Lever Action BB cartridge Falcon
Five Air Arms Falcon pellets went into 1.316-inches at 10 meters.

Shells

I will say that the shells ejecting are a small problem. They want to go everywhere! I put a cloth pad on the bench and was very careful about working the lever, and still dropped about 4 out of every 10 cartridges to the floor.

Discussion

Well, the Legends Cowboy Lever Action BB gun is okay with many pellets, but not great with any of them. At least not in my testing. But it’s a can-killer for sure. And don’t forget — I tested it at 33 feet today.

On the other hand, this gun is the most accurate BB repeater I have ever tested! It borders on the accuracy of the Daisy 499. Even the Hammerli trainer for the Swiss K31 rifle is not as accurate!

The shells are a bother, I will admit. But they are also a large part of the realism. Just know that they need to be managed.

Summary

We have taken a good look at this new BB gun and it’s a winner for sure. The look, weight and accuracy are all where we want them. With a nice long gun like this can airgun Cowboy Action Shooting be far off?