This report covers:
- The test
- The trigger
- Here we go
- JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy
- Apolo Air Boss
- Single shot tray slides easily
- Predator Polymag
- Air Arms 18-grain domes
- The last group
- H&N Barracuda Match 5.51mm head
Today I move back to 25 yards and shoot the Seneca Dragonfly Mark 2 multi-pump rifle with its open sights. And best of all, there is a surprise coming!
I shot 5-shot groups with the rifle rested directly on the sandbag. I pumped five times for each shot. There was no sight-in; I just went with the sights as they were set from the Part 3 test, and I never adjusted the sights during this test.
I did use my binoculars to look at the first strike from each different pellet, just to make sure I was on the target paper. All five pellets were, so I didn’t look again until I went downrange to change the target.
I don’t know if all the Dragonfly Mark 2s will have a trigger like the one in this test rifle but from shot one I knew exactly where it was. Call it a deliberate trigger. Maybe not so light and maybe the stage one is long, but when I get to stage two I know exactly where I am. This is a great trigger. Like I say — I hope they are all like this one!
Here we go
I selected the two most accurate pellets from the 10-meter accuracy test in Part 3 and then I selected three more premium pellets to try. First up is the JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy that gave the tightest group in Part 3.
JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy
Five JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy pellets landed in a vertical group that measures 1.03-inches between centers. If you look at the group you’ll see that if the pellets all struck at the same height this group would be much smaller. I credit the vertical stringing to the front sight bead that is not ideal for a target. It’s a tin-can bead, not a target bead. It’s too large for precision. But a surprise is coming.
Apolo Air Boss
Next up was the .22-caliber Apolo Air Boss. They went into a group measuring 0.914-inches between centers. This group isn’t vertical, but it is a bit horizontal.
Single shot tray slides easily
I’m shooting with the single shot tray and it slides out of place easily. As my finger tries to put the pellet into the trough the tray slides out of position. I wish it would stay in place a little better.
Next I tried Predator Polymags. But they don’t work well in the Dragonfly Mark 2. They gave an open group that measures 1.25-inches between centers. It is the largest group of the test.
I am purposely concentrating on a good 6 o’clock hold sight picture, but as I said, that front sight isn’t made to shoot targets. I think when I put a red dot on this test will go differently.
Air Arms 18-grain domes
The next target was shot with 5 Air Arms 18-grain domes. I shot the 18-grainers because in Part 3 it seemed to me that the Dragonfly Mark 2 likes heavier pellets the best. Five of these went into 1.024-inches between centers. It’s pretty much in the same ballpark as all the other pellets I have tested so far.
The last group
I had planned to shoot another group of the JSB Jumbo Heavys to see if I could improve on that first group, but before that I had a final pellet to try.
H&N Baracuda Match 5.51mm head
Oh! Apparently I don’t have to shoot another group of the JSBs. I don’t because the Dragonfly Mark 2 put five of the final pellets into a group that measures 0.585-inches between centers. This is what I was hoping for and it’s what I believe the Dragonfly Mark 2 is capable of with the right pellets. This is the surprise I mentioned at the start.
Five of the H&N Baracuda Match with 5.51mm heads made a group that measures 0.585-inches between centers. For shooting with open sights that aren’t the best for targets I think that’s pretty good!
As a plus the Baracuda Match group is in the center of the bullseye — not that that matters. The sights can always be adjusted to bring a group to where you want it, but in this case it seems like the cherry on top.
The bottom line is the Dragonfly Mark 2 is a fine multi-pump pneumatic. I think it gives the Benjamin Variable Pump a run for the money — especially since the Benjamin has a new synthetic stock that doesn’t work with open sights! The Dragonfly has more power, a better trigger and is easier to pump. And it’s either single-shot or a repeater, though being a multi-pump sort of negates that last feature. Added to all that the Dragonfly Mark 2 is less costly than the Benjamin. What’s not to like?