by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier
This report covers:
- The test
- Air Arms 16-grain domes
- JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy
- Beeman Kodiak
- Ten from the magazine
- I wondered…
- The unthinkable
Today I shoot the Air Venturi Avenger repeater at 25 yards for the first time. And, at the end of this report I will make a first-time announcement. Don’t skip ahead — enjoy the experience!
I shot the Avenger at 25 yards indoors off a sandbag rest, I selected the three best pellets from the last test at 10 meters for today’s test. I shot all three pellets from the single-shot tray until the final target when I used the magazine. Let’s get started!
Air Arms 16-grain domes
First up were the 16-grain Air Arms domed pellets. The first shot told me the group would be high. It was 1.3-inches above the aim point and dead-center, right and left. I wanted it to be above the aim point because I’m shooting with a scope and there is nothing worse than shooting your aim point away. But I vowed to lower the scope setting after the group was completed.
The second shot did not enlarge the hole at all. The third shot did make it a little larger, and by the time 10 pellets had gone through the target the group they left measures 0.348-inches between centers. That is a good 25-yard group!
After this group I adjusted the scope down 6-8 clicks. I don’t bother counting unless I’m doing something extra special, plus each pellet goes to its own impact point anyway. This was the last time in this test that the scope was adjusted.
JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy
Next to be tested were the JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy pellets. As before the Avenger put the first two pellets into the same hole. Then the third shot started to enlarge the hole. That lead me to something I will explain at the end of today’s test. By the time all 10 pellets had been fired, the group measured 0.426-inches between centers. It’s a good group, but not the absolute best. And I think I am responsible for the difference.
The next and last pellet I tried was the 21.14-grain Beeman Kodiak dome. In the last test at 10 meters they had shot the smallest group of all. But on the second shot I blew away the 10-dot that was my aim point. From then on I guessed where the center of the bull was. Ten pellets went into a group measuring 0.399-inches between centers at 25 yards. That’s another good one, and I had to guess where the aim point was!
Ten from the magazine
Now it was time to load ten into the magazine and see what happened. When the mag is loaded you can keep watching through the scope and just flick the sidelever by feel.
I chose the Air Arms 16-grain dome for this last test. Ten from the mag. went into 0.434-inches at 25 yards. That’s another good group, but it left me wondering whether I couldn’t do even better.
Before this test I expected the Avenger to equal my Air Arms S510XS at 25 yards. But it didn’t. The smallest group fired with the S510XS was 10 Air Arms 16-grain domes in 0.18-inches at 25 yards. That is enough smaller than the 0.348-inches of the Air Arms pellet fired single shot today that I have to take note.
The best group with the Air Arms S510XS was 10 Air Arms 16-grain domes in 0.18-inches at 25 yards. It’s enough smaller to make a difference. This photo was taken before I began to use the trime and gold dollar for group size references.
I wondered why I had shot such a group two years ago and couldn’t equal it today. Two reasons come to mind. First, I am two years older and the number on my trip meter is getting large. Second, I shot the S510XS with the Meopta Optika6 scope that has a super-fine dot at its center. Does a fine scope make a difference? Ordinarily I would say no! I am aware that most airgunners think a better scope means more accuracy, but I have never ascribed to that belief. But in today’s test I noted that the dot at the center of the UTG Bug Buster scope is several times larger than the 10-ring on the target, so perhaps there was some aiming error.
What’s really motivating me is the possibility that this $300 Avenger could be just as accurate as the $1,500 Air Arms rifle that I said I would buy. The Arms Arms rifle has the better trigger and that rifle is more ergonomic than the Avenger, but the Avenger has an externally adjustable regulator and the rifle gets bundles of powerful shots on a fill. So I am about to do something I said I would never do.
I am about to mount the Meopta scope on the Avenger and run a test at 25 yards to see if just by adding that scope I can get the Avenger to shoot better. I will literally be comparing the Avenger to the S510XS.
I don’t need the Avenger to equal what the Air Arms rifle did two years ago, because I was a little younger then and that could also have been a lucky day for me. However, if I come close enough to show that with the Meopta scope the Avenger does become more accurate — well, Lucy, then I got some serious ‘splainin’ to do!
As you can tell, I am most impressed by the Air Venturi Avenger. Tyler Patner said I would be, and he was right!
I thought this would turn out to be a large test and it looks like I was correct.