- Part 1
- P8 prismatic optic P8-Part 1
- Part 2
- P8 prismatic optic P8-Part 2
- Part 3
- Part 4
- Scoping the RAW MicroHunter was different
- When things just don’t work out
- Part 5
This report includes:
- Clean the bore
- Mount the Lucid
- JTS Dead Center
- Filled the rifle
- H&N Baracuda 18
- 0.218-inch H&N 23-grain slug
- Now, for the reason
Today we shoot the RAW MicroHunter for accuracy with the Lucid P8 prismatic scope mounted. That was already done in Part 4. I got some good groups but the JSB pellets lead me astray and it was many days before I got back on track.
Clean the bore
I was told by AirForce that the MicroHunter bore gets dirty pretty fast. Then, at a fun shoot two weeks ago, I saw three MicroHunters shooting accurately after many hundreds of pellets had been shot through each one. Reader Ian McKee will tell you all about that tomorrow, but after many hundreds of pellets went through it I saw one MicroHunter hit a pellet at 15 yards. That’s right — a pellet that was shot hit A PELLET that was standing on a post without touching the post! It was a trick shot and many more trick shots were made that day, including one made by yours truly who split a pellet on the blade of a machete at 15 yards.
John McCaslin of AirForce told me that the MicroHunter has a regular rifled Lothar Walther barrel — not the polygonal barrel found in the RAW HM1000X. So, what I was told about frequent cleaning must apply to the full-sized RAW HM1000-X and not the MicroHunter.
However, I cleaned the barrel with JB Non-Embedding Bore Cleaning Compound before the last accuracy test, so I did the same thing today. While cleaning I confirmed that the barrel is choked at the muzzle.
Mount the Lucid
Next I removed the scope that was on the rifle and mounted the Lucid P8. That took a while because with the Lucid the MicroHunter was shooting very high and right. I remounted the scope and adjusted the reticle several times before being satisfied things were right.
After that I sighted the rifle in at 12 feet. Then I backed up to 25 yards for the test. At that distance I had to refine the sight-in. In all I shot 24 pellets getting the scope mounted and sighted in. That left me with enough air to shoot the first 10-shot group before I had to fill the rifle.
JTS Dead Center
In the last tests .22-caliber 18.1-grain JTS Dead Center pellets were the most accurate. Today the first five went into a group that might have been a screamer. Then the second five pellets opened the group to 0.691-inches at 25 yards. This group is larger than I expected, but I have an explanation for it that I’ll save to the end of the report.
I know this group doesn’t look as small as groups shot with the same pellet before. Hold your horses, though, because I will explain why at the end of this report.
Filled the rifle
After the first group (plus the 24 shots to sight in the Lucid scope) the rifle was down to about 150 bar, so I filled it using the RovAir portable compressor. The 210cc reservoir went from 150 bar to 206 bar in two minutes five seconds.
H&N Baracuda 18
Next I shot ten H&N Baracuda 18 domes. They made a 0.545-inch group. It’s a lot closer to what the MicroHunter did previously with the same pellet.
The MicroHunter put ten H&N Baracuda 18s into 0.545-inches at 25 yards.
This is a good group. You can see that nine of the pellets are in a smaller group that measures 0.346-inches between centers. That fact has bearing on what I will say at the end of this report.
0.218-inch H&N 23-grain slug
The last pellet I tested today was the 0.218-inch H&N slug that weighs 23 grains. Ten of them went into 0.605-inches, but this time the first five shots were scattered and the last five made the smaller group. Of course with the first five, they didn’t help matters.
Now, for the reason
The reason I have said things are going very well in today’s test is because, as I said way back when we first looked at the Lucid P8 scope the first time, it is a hunting scope. The dot in the center of the reticle is too big for precision aiming. But it is perfect for drawing down on something you want to hit. It is an ideal hunting scope but not as good for shooting tight groups. That being said, the MicroHunter is a hunting airgun, so the P8 is paired with the rifle perfectly. But the MicroHunter is extremely accurate and the P8 just isn’t the best to shoot small groups.
As for cleaning after shooting, I want to skip that for the next accuracy test, which will be shot with the UTG Accushot Pro scope. But maybe I should do it anyway, just to keep all the tests consistent? I expect to see slightly smaller groups next time because the Accushot Pro scope has a fine etched reticle that is capable of precision aiming.
What have we learned today? For starters we have learned that the barrel on the MicroHunter is rifled in the conventional way and should not need frequent cleaning like polygonal barrels do.
Another thing we have learned is that the Lucid P8 scope is a great hunting scope, but isn’t the scope to use for shooting groups. The reticle is too bold for precise aiming.
The RovAir portable compressor is doing just fine. It’s quiet and quick. I’ll keep using it for most of my testing.
What I haven’t been able to convey very well is just how nice the RAW MicroHunter feels when you shoot it. Everyone, and I do mean everyone who has shot it has said the same thing. It’s not a great benchrest air rifle, but when you pick it up it feels right.
We have a number of tests in today’s report. The MicroHunter is the main one, of course, but the P8 scope and the RovAir compressor are also being tested. Now that I’ve learned that the MicroHunter’s barrel doesn’t need to be cleaned as often as I was told, this test should progress smoothly.