This report covers:
- The test
- Bolt blow-open solved
- H&N Baracuda Match with 4.52mm head
- H&N Sniper Magnum
- JSB Exact Heavy
Today we shoot the Gamo Arrow for accuracy at 25 yards. The results should prove interesting.
I shot from 25 yards with the rifle rested on a sandbag. Since it was already on target at 10 meters I felt a sight-in wasn’t necessary. That was a mistake I will address in a moment. I shot 10-shot groups.
I shot only heavy pellets today because the Arrow has demonstrated a liking for them. I think the pellet weight means more in this rifle than the head size.
Bolt blow-open solved
Today I took special caution to keep the bolt from blowing open. After it was closed I pulled straight back and up on the bolt handle. It only opened this way once during the test and it never blew open from a shot. Whew! That is a pain that is hopefully past.
H&N Baracuda Match with 4.52mm head
In the 10-meter test the most accurate pellet was the H&N Baracuda Match with a 4.52mm head. So I started with them, thinking I wouldn’t have to change the scope setting. Wrong! The first shot hit 2.6-inches above my aim point. So I cranked the elevation down a lot and also a couple clicks to the right because the first shot was also left of the centerline. The next shot hit low on the target, just outside the bull on the right. I left the scope set where it was and shot nine more rounds at this target. The 10-shot group is a little horizontal and measures 0.855-inches between the centers of the two widest shots. That’s a little larger than I expected, given that one of the 10-meter groups with this pellet measured 0.209-inches between centers.
After this group I adjusted the scope up about 6 clicks.
H&N Sniper Magnum
The next pellet I tried was the now-obsolete H&N Sniper Magnum that weighs 15 grains. I have tried these a few times before without much success, but today they were the most accurate pellet. The Arrow put 10 of them into a fairly circular 0.54-inch group. At 25 yards that’s a group!
But this pellet hit the target 1.6-inches above the aim point! I shouldn’t have adjusted the scope after the last group.
Because of what happened the last time I didn’t adjust the scope again. That was a good thing, too, as you’ll see.
JSB Exact Heavy
The last pellet I tested was the 10.34-grain JSB Exact Heavy. Ten of them went into a scattered group that measures 1.075-inches between centers at 25 yards. As you can see, this is definitely not the pellet for the Arrow!
I think that is the last we will look at the Arrow. It seems like a good buy at the price. Just learn to check that bolt so it doesn’t blow open on you and you’ll be fine.