by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

Beeman R10
Beeman R10.

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This report covers:

  • The test
  • Scope
  • Sight in
  • JSB Exact RS
  • JSB Exact 
  • JSB Exact Jumbo
  • Falcon
  • 10-shot group of Falcons
  • Shootin’ machine
  • Summary

Welcome to the last report on the Beeman R10 that I tuned. This will be the accuracy test at 25 yards.

The test

I shot the rifle off a sandbag rest at 25 yards. I used an artillery hold with my off hand back by the triggerguard. I shot 5-shot groups to test more pellets and then 10-shot groups when I found a good one.

Scope

I scoped the rifle with a UTG Bug Buster 3-12X32 scope. It fit the R10 quite well, and when you see my groups I think you will agree that the scope worked.

R10 scoped
The Bug Buster fit the R10 well.

Sight in

I knew the scope was shimmed to take care of moderate barrel droop so I fired two shots at 12 feet and was immediately able to move back to 25 yards. Shots three and four were used to refine the zero and then I fired the first 5-shot group.

JSB Exact RS

Five JSB Exact RS domes went into 0.45-inches at 25 yards, with the last 4 shots going into a much smaller group measuring 0.108-inches. 

R10 RS group
Five JSB Exact RS pellets went into 0.45-inches with the last 4 going in 0.108-inches at 25 yards.

JSB Exact 

The second pellet I tried was the 8.44-grain JSB Exact dome. They didn’t do so well. Five made an open group measuring 0.622-inches between centers at 25 yards.

R10 Exact group
JSB Exacts that weigh 8.44-grains didn’t do so well in the R10. Five in 0.622-inches at 25 yards.

JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy

Next, the heavier 10.34-grain JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy pellets did quite well. Five of them went into 0.307-inches at 25 yards.

R10 Exact Jumbo group
The R10 put 5 JSB Exact Jumbo pellets into a 0.307-inch group at 25 yards.

H&N Baracuda Match with 4.52mm heads

After that came five H&N Baracuda Match pellets with 4.52mm heads. They made a 0.314-inch group at the lower left of the bull. 

R10 Baracuda Match group
H&N Baracuda Match made this nice 0.314-inch group at 25 yards.

Falcon

The last pellet I tried was the Air Arms Falcon dome. The first shot went just above the 9-ring and then four more went into one hole at the bottom of the bull. The group measures 0.61-inches with 4 in 0.249-inches.

R10 Falcon group
The R10 put 5 Falcons in 0.61-inches with the last 4 in 0.249-inches.

There are five 5-shot groups fired from the R10. Three or four of the five pellets did well enough to warrant further testing, so I decided that since I had just shot Falcons, they would be the pellets I tested further. Because they were low on the bull I raised the scope by 5 clicks.

10-shot group of Falcons

I put up a fresh target and proceeded to shoot 10 Falcons at it. The first shot removed the 10-ring. Shot two was a called pull that hit to the right of that. The other 8 shots all went where the first one did. That’s 10 in 0.452 with 9 in 0.205-inches. I don’t care who you are — that’s a good group for a springer!

R19 10 Falcon group
Ten Falcons shot at 25 yards from the R10. The single hole on the right was a called pull. Group measures 0.452-inches with nine in 0.205-inches.

This target was so encouraging that I tried to repeat it, but alas without success. My second 10-shot group of Falcons measures 0.495-inches between centers and I figured that was it for the day.

R10 10 Falcon group 2
Ten Falcons are in 0.495-inches.

Shootin’ machine

No question about it — this R10 is a real shooting’ machine! The tune is still dead calm and the trigger is about as perfect as you could hope for. The Bug Buster worked well with the rifle and if it were mine I would think about leaving it on permanently.

Summary

Thanks to a reader we got a good look at a vintage Beeman R10. We also saw how a Vortek PG3 kit installs and performs.

I have always heard that Beeman R10s are buzzy, but the Vortek kit turns them into very well-behaved breakbarrels. This is a rifle to admire and, since the Beeman R9 is virtually the same airgun, the comments carry over to it, as well.