Barra Schofield BB revolver: Part Five
This report covers:
- The test
- RWS Hobby
- RWS Superpoint
- JSB Exact RS
- Sig Match Ballistic Alloy pellets
- The trigger
Today we look at the accuracy of the Barra Schofield BB revolver with pellets. Remember — this revolver has a smoothbore barrel, and is also sold as a pellet/BB combination gun — the Barra Schofield No. 3 Aged Dual Ammo Kit.
I shot 6-shot groups from 25 feet, as I mentioned previously that I would. I rested butt of the the gun’s grip frame on top of the sandbag and used a two-hand hold. I even wore my reading glasses with a 1.25 diopter correction that allows me to see the front sight clearly. I shot at 10-meter pistol targets and used a 6 o’clock hold.
The first pellet to be tested was the RWS Hobby wadcutter. The pellets went to the aim point, but Hobbys were not that accurate. Six made a 2.337-inch group at 25 feet.
The next pellet I tried was the RWS Superpoint. I chose this pellet on a whim, but I’m glad I did because it was the most accurate pellet of those tested. Six of them went into 1.316-inches at 25 feet. They are a little left of the centerline, but they all hit at exactly the height I was aiming.
JSB Exact RS
Next up were JSB Exact RS pellets. Six went into 1.934-inches at 25 feet. I had hoped for better from this pellet, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.
Sig Match Ballistic Alloy pellets
The last pellet I tried was the Sig Match Ballistic Alloy pellet. Six of them went into 2.84-inches at 25 feet, which is the largest group of the test by a large margin. But the odd thing is, four of those pellets are in 0.579-inches. That would be a real screamer if the other two pellets weren’t also there. As I was shooting I could see this little group growing and I thought I was going to have good news for you, but alas, those other two shots are there.
Remember that I told you that the Schofield trigger is crisp? Well, it isn’t crisp so much as it slips through stage two smoothly. I couldn’t feel that in the previous tests, but as I shot today it became very clear. I really concentrated today and that was why I felt the trigger blade move. It’s still a great trigger, just not crisp.
Several readers commented on ways to make the Schofield shoot pellets better and things got off track. But reader ProfSteelToe summed it up for us quite well in the comments to Part 4 when he said, “Now fellows — might we be be getting into the weeds here with our high expectations? How fast can a VW bug go with nitrous? A little faster than slow?”
This is the last report for the Barra Schofield BB revolver. I found it quite accurate with BBs at 5 meters and not that accurate with pellets at 25 feet.
The trigger is very smooth. So smooth, in fact that I thought it was crisp, as in breaking like a glass rod. What it is, though, is smooth. You don’t feel the travel unless you concentrate on it.
I like the break open design, which was S&W’s main contribution to revolvers at the time the Schofield firearm was made. However I find the grip a bit odd and it leaves the revolver feeling muzzle heavy.
All things said I find this to be a very realistic replica airgun. It’s worthy of owning for collectors who don’t want to spend hundreds for replica firearms or thousands for the real thing.
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