This report covers:
- MicroHunter is accurate
- The test
- JTS Dead Center 18.1 grains
- Trigger is perfect!
- Air Arms Falcon
- H&N 0.218 slug 23 grains
- H&N Baracuda 15
- H&N Baracuda 18
- Air Arms 16-grain dome
- JSB Exact Jumbo 15.89-grain
- JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy
- Last test — the silencer
Today we shoot the RAW MicroHunter and start the accuracy testing. I told you yesterday that this really is not an accuracy test, but more of an extended sight-in. We get to see how accurate the MicroHunter is with different pellets. Once that is known we can select the very best pellets to test at 25 yards.
MicroHunter is accurate
I’ll cut to the bottom line right now. I know the MicroHunter is accurate. I learned that at the Pyramyd A.I.R. Cup two weeks ago when I dropped a field target with a one-inch kill zone, shooting offhand at 30 yards. Was it luck? Probably. But the MicroHunter feels like a rifle it’s easy to be lucky with.
I shot eight different pellets today, and I shot the most accurate pellet a second time with a DonnyFL Ronin silencer attached — to see if it made any difference to accuracy.
All groups today are five-shot groups because I’m not looking for the best accuracy — only trends. I’m also testing the Lucid P8 sight that I told you yesterday I didn’t expect to do well. That was incorrect, as we’ll soon see.
I shot off a sandbag rest from 10 meters. The rifle was rested directly on the bag and the P8 reticle was illuminated. I did not adjust the scope after this first group. Let’s get started.
JTS Dead Center 18.1 grains
First up was the JTS Dead Center 18.1 grain pellet that I sighted in with. Five of them went into 0.079-inches between centers at 10 meters. And — shut my mouth — the P8 sight is deadly! And the RAW? Well, I want one!
The MicroHunter put five .22-caliber JTS Dead Center pellets into a 0.079-inch group at 10 meters. The Chuckram comparison coin next to the group is 5.34mm on its short side and 5.81mm on the long side.
These are my 4 comparison coins. The dime on the left is 17.91 mm. The silver three-cent piece (trime) next to it is 14 mm in diameter. The gold dollar is 13 mm and the silver Chuckram on the right is 5.34 mm on the short axis and 5.81 mm on the long one.
I shot all five shots without looking through the spotting scope. Since the P8 is only 4 power and all these shots are in the black bull I could not see the group until after the last shot. But when I did look — wow!
I mentioned yesterday that I didn’t think I could shoot that accurately with the P8 sight. That was just proven wrong. Also I wasn’t sure how accurate the MicroHunter could be. Now we know.
Trigger is perfect!
The trigger of this rifle is perfect! The rifle fired every time when the reticle was centered on target. It went off by itself.
I have to tell you that this first group was the smallest group of the day. But several of the others are also good. Let’s see.
Air Arms Falcon
Next up was the Air Arms Falcon pellet. Five went into a 0.425-inch group. It’s considerably larger than the JTS group but that’s a good thing because it tells us this is not the pellet for the MicroHunter.
H&N 0.218 slug 23 grains
Next up was the 23-grain H&N 0.218 slug. I didn’t have much hope for this one, but once again I was wrong. Five went into 0.219-inches at 10 meters.
That group tells me the MicroHunter is accurate and that first group wasn’t a fluke. I expect to see more good groups along the way.
H&N Baracuda 15
The fourth pellet I tried was the 15-grain H&N Baracuda. The MicroHunter put five into 0.376-inches at 10 meters. Another pellet this rifle doesn’t like.
H&N Baracuda 18
Next I tried five H&N Baracuda 18s in the MicroHunter — at 0.137-inches it’s the second smallest group of the test!
Air Arms 16-grain dome
The next pellet I tested was the Air Arms 16-grain dome. Five went into 0.576-inches. Nope!
JSB Exact Jumbo 15.89-grain
The next pellet I tried was the JSB Exact Jumbo 15.89-grain dome. Five made a 0.275-inch group but four are tighter. I will probably try this one at 25 yards.
JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy
Five of the 18.1-grain JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy pellets went into 0.422-inches with a clearly smaller four-shot group. This is another pellet to try ay 25 yards.
Last test — the silencer
As a final group I shot five more of the JTS Dead Center 18.1-grain pellets with the DonnyFL Ronin silencer attached to the MicroHunter. This time five went into 0.3-inches at 10 meters. It’s many times larger than the first group that was shot without the silencer, yet it is still smaller than five of the other groups in the test. I think I will try it at 25 yards, as well.
The RAW MicroHunter is a wonderful precharged pellet rifle. It makes me a better shooter. I have to try one in .177 caliber!