Barra Schofield BB revolver: Part Four
This report covers:
- Barra Schofield Dual Ammo Kit
- RWS Hobby
- JSB Exact RS
- RWS Superpoint
- Sig Match Ballistic Alloy
- Shot count and trigger pull
- Discussion and Summary
Today we look at the velocity of the Barra Schofield BB revolver shooting pellets. Remember that someone asked whether this gun would shoot pellets, too, and I checked. The cartridges from the Webley Mark VI, among others, fit so I said I would test pellets for both velocity and accuracy. In fact I asked you whether I should test for accuracy from 10 meters or 25 feet, since the barrel on this one is smoothbore. Nobody answered me, so I’m going to test accuracy from 25 feet. But not today. Today we test velocity with pellets.
Barra Schofield Dual Ammo Kit
You should know that this exact revolver is also sold as the Barra Schofield Dual Ammo Kit. It comes with both BB cartridges and pellet cartridges. So in essence that is what I am testing for you today.
First to be tested were RWS Hobby pellets. They averaged 414 f.p.s. At that speed they generate 2.66 foot pounds of energy. The low was 400 f.p.s and the high was 432 f.p.s. So the extreme spread was 32 f.p.s.
Now, steel BBs averaged 404 f.p.s. with a 26 f.p.s. spread, so this revolver seems to do the same as BBs or a little better with pellets. Let’s hope it will do that when it comes to accuracy, as well.
The discharge with BBs was 113.6 dB which I find pretty loud. With pellets the discharge scaled back to 101.3 dB which is definitely quieter.
JSB Exact RS
Next up were JSB Exact RS pellets. They weigh more than Hobbys but they are also a little smaller in diameter and are sometimes a little faster, as they were in today’s test. They averaged 418 f.p.s.At that speed they generate 2.84 foot pounds. The spread was 34 f.p.s., from, 406 to 440 f.p.s.
Because the pellet cartridges load from the rear and the Schofield breaks open, it’s really easy to load this revolver. Leave the cartridges in the cylinder and just put the pellets in, one at a time.
The next pellet I tested was the RWS Superpoint. They averaged 391 f.p.s. with a low of 383 and a high of 412 f.p.s. So the spread is 29 f.p.s. At the average velocity this pellet generates 2.78 foot pounds of energy.
Sig Match Ballistic Alloy
The final pellet I tested today was the Sig Match Ballistic Alloy wadcutter. At 5.25 grains I know this pellet will go the fastest from the Schofield. And indeed it does. Six shots averaged 508 f.p.s. with a spread from 501 to 530 f.p.s. — a 29 f.p.s. spread. At the average velocity this pellet generates 3.01 foot pounds of energy.
Shot count and trigger pull
I didn’t bother testing the shot count or the trigger pull because nothing has really changed. I still expect to get about 10 full cylinders, which is 60 shots per CO2 cartridge.
Discussion and Summary
I didn’t expect the Schofield to be as powerful with pellets as it is. It seems this revolver is intended to shoot pellets, even if it is a smoothbore. That makes me look forward to the accuracy test, though I still plan to test it at 25 feet.
The trigger is still gorgeous and the muzzle is still heavy. I still like the easy way it cocks, though its hammer is not as well-formed for thumbing as the hammer of a Colt SAA.
The velocity spread is high for both BBs and pellets. It doesn’t seem to relate to the revolver cooling down from the gas, either, though the first shot after a couple minutes of down time was always the fastest.
Overall I like this Schofield more than I expected to. It’s a neat replica airgun that might be accurate with pellets as well as BBs.
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