by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier
This report covers:
- The test
- Check sight-in
- RWS Hobbys
- Beeman Kodiaks
- RWS Superpoint
- JSB Exact RS
- RWS Superdome
- JSB Hades
Today we learn how accurate the Daisy 22SG is. The rifle was already scoped so I hoped it would be close to zero, if not spot-on. I didn’t know what pellet(s) shot well in the rifle, so this test starts from the beginning.
I shot the rifle off a sandbag rest at 10 meters. I shot 5 shots per group and pumped the rifle 6 times for each shot. In the velocity test we learned that 6 pumps pushes an RWS Hobby pellet out at around 500 f.p.s. That’s fast enough for punching paper.
Since the rifle is scoped I first checked the zero from 12 feet before shooting from 10 meters. The pellet hit about an inch below the aim point and a little to the right. It was hand-held, but that was close enough to start shooting from 10 meters. I expected the pellet to rise at that distance and it did. It’s hard to say how much it rose because 5 Hobbys went into 0.925-inches at 10 meters, but the center of that group seems to have risen about 3/4-inches. I am not showing that group.
I adjusted the scope up several clicks and shot a second group. This time 5 Hobbys went into 0.659-inches at 10 meters. The group looks larger than that because the top pellet tore the target paper a bit, but I can see where the pellet impacted and I measured from there.
Someone may have commented that their 22X or SG shoots well with Baracudas. I tried some Beeman Kodiaks next, which are the same pellets as Baracudas. Five of them went into 0.691-inches at 10 meters. The group is horizontal, but I didn’t notice that while testing. I’m not sure I could have done anything about it, either.
The Daisy 22SG put 5 Beeman Kodiaks into 0.691-inches at 10 meters.
After this group I adjusted the scope up and to the left. There seems to be no stiction in this scope because the first shot after adjustment went right were it should.
The next pellet I tried was an old standby — the RWS Superpoint. They are often quite accurate in vintage airguns. The 22SG put five of them in 0.661-inches at 10 meters. And that is an interesting measurement, because the first two groups measured 0.659- and 0.691-inches. At this point in the test it started to look like that was about the group size I would get regardless of the pellet that was shot.
JSB Exact RS
Well, the next pellet — the JSB Exact RS — blew that theory right out of the water! Five of them went into 1.131-inches at 10 meters
Next to be tested were five RWS Superdomes. Five of them went into 0.783-inches at 10 meters. Okay, we are back to the good range again!
The last pellet I tested was the JSB Hades hollowpoint. They do very well in many airguns, so I thought, “Why not?” Except for the unusual “hollowpoint,” this pellet is a domed diabolo. And, like the JSB RS pellets, five of them went into 0.96-inches at 10 meters. This was the second largest group of the test, with the JSB RS being the largest.
The Daisy 22SG is not a tackdriver, that’s for sure. But it puts pellets where they are aimed for the most part. It’s certainly a good little plinking airgun.
There may be one or more pellets that deliver stunning accuracy that I just haven’t found, but what we see from my little test is the rifle will put five pellets it likes into less than 3/4-inches at 10 meters.
The rifle might have tightened up a little with more pumps, but I pumped it 240 times just for today’s results! That’s enough!
I learned a lot in this test. I resealed the pump in five minutes on the fly, which is the fastest any airgun has ever been fixed by me.
The trigger is heavy, but the pump effort is light. This is an air rifle you can shoot a lot, as long as you aren’t in a hurry.
The scope’s parallax isn’t adjusted for 10 meters, but it works. I don’t think I’ve ever shot this rifle with the open sights.
There are a lot of recent “vintage” airguns, if you just take the time to research them. This has been a detailed look at one of them that is admired by more than just airgunners.