This report covers:
- How hard to pump?
- Residual pressure
- DonnyFL Ronin silencer masks the open sights
- The test
- Sight-in JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy
- JSB group
- Baracuda 18
- Baracuda 15
- Apolo Air Boss
We are going to look at many things about the .22-caliber Seneca Dragonfly Mark 2 multi-pump rifle today and hopefully answer some questions. Let’s go.
How hard to pump?
Reader Halfstep said:
In part 1 you pumped up to 8 pumps and confirmed that the gun didn’t get any harder to pump. Now that you have pumped this one all the way to 15 pumps, what say ye, now?”
Halfstep, here is what I say.
The small differences in the numbers were due to how fast the pump was worked. The slower I went the lower the effort. Yes, pumping over and over can be a pain when you want to shoot a lot of pellets fast, such as in an accuracy test like I’m doing today. But relax and let the rifle dictate your pace and it’s no trouble to pump.
Reader Shootski asked me to comment on the pressure remaining in the gun after a large number of pumps. There is none. I did check for this many times but didn’t mention it.
DonnyFL Ronin silencer masks the open sights
I wanted to use the DonnyFL Ronin silencer, but it masks the open sights. Still, with as few pumps as were used in today’s test, the Dragonfly Mark 2 was quite quiet. It was perhaps 80-84 dB. My fussy cat slept through the entire test just 10 feet from where I was shooting.
I shot the rifle with 4 pumps for every shot fired in all groups today. I shot from 10 meters with the rifle resting on a sandbag. All groups were five shots because of the amount of pumping involved.
I used a 6 o’clock hold. The manual says to use a center hold on bullseye targets but that is impossible. The center hold is for tin cans and other irregular targets.
The front sight is twice the size of the 10 meter bullseyes I was shooting at. The good news is, the rear sight adjusts up high enough to use a 6 o’clock hold. I wore my reading glasses to make the front sight sharp. I think you will see that it worked.
I test so many airguns that I forget the triggers from test to test. This Dragonfly Mark 2 trigger has a long first stage followed by a crisp stage 2. It’s as perfect as I could ask for on a sporting rifle like this.
Sight-in JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy
The first pellet tested was the 18.13-grain JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy dome. But before I shot a group I had to adjust the open sights. The sights were on the centerline, left to right, but were sighted low for 10 meters. I shot 6 pellets at a target and the first five hit the bull two and one-half inches below the target I aimed at. Then I adjusted the rear sight up a bit and shot six hit between the two bulls. I finally adjusted up a little more than before and landed in the center of the bull I aimed at.
After adjusting the rear sight up a second time I put five JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy pellets into 0.18-inches at 10 meters. This Dragonfly Mark 2 can shoot!
The second pellet I tried was the new H&N Baracuda 18. We have seen some astounding groups from this pellet recently, but the Dragonfly Mark 2 doesn’t like them as well as the JSB Jumbo Heavy. Five made a 0.377-inch group at 10 meters.
The next pellet I tried was the H&N Baracuda 15 — another new offering from H&N. Five of them went into 0.306-inches at 10 meters. That looks significantly better than the Baracuda 18 group.
Apolo Air Boss
Now for something entirely new. In the Day 3 report on this year’s SHOT Show I told you about AirgunDivisionUSA, distributors of Argentine-made Apolo pellets. Carlos Iglesias told me he is aware of this blog and knew how I test things. He invited me to try some of his Air Boss pellets. He gave me samples of .177, .22 and .25-caliber Air Boss pellets to test for you.
I told him I would test them and that they would get a fair trial and he responded that they were some of the best pellets he ever shot. I said I would withhold my judgement until I saw them in action, and today is the first day for that.
So I shot a 5-shot group with them and, lo and behold, they made the second-smallest group of the test. And it was very close to the smallest group. Five pellets went into 0.204-inches, center-to-center at 10 meters.
There is no question that the Dragonfly Mark 2 is an accurate air rifle. And this was just the first of several tests I plan on doing. So, hurray for all of you who made the purchase decision already.
The rifle continues to pump up to 15 times without the effort increasing. And there is no air remaining in the gun after 15 pump strokes and a shot.
What we have is a winner in almost all ways. I could do without the fiberoptic front sight blade, but apart from that the trigger is great and the rifle looks and holds like a champ.
And the Air Boss .22 pellets have earned their own report! Coming to a blog near you soon.