This report covers:
- The goal
- The test
- Filled the rifle
- H&N Baracuda Match with 4.52mm heads
- FX 13.4-grain dome
- JSB Heavy 10.34-grain dome
- Predator GTO lead-free pellet
- H&N Rabbit Magnum II
- Stop and reflect
- JSB Monster Redesigned domes
- JSB Beast domes
- JSB Monster dome
- JSB Hades hollowpoint
- FX 10.3-grain dome
Monday is New Year’s day — one of the four holidays I get off each year. This posting will remain up until Tuesday. Happy New Year!
Today we learn more about the .177-caliber Air Venturi Avenge-X precharged pneumatic (PCP) air rifle. And today is not an accuracy test, though it will look like one for sure.
I told you before I won’t live long enough to fully test this air rifle. Today you will see why I say that.
Remember I told you that I ordered a number of .177-caliber pellets I had never tested? A few more of them were re-orders of pellets I use all the time. Today you will see why I ordered them as I shoot ten different pellets in the Avenge-X. Yes — I said TEN!
And I’m shooting them with the rifle set to low power. I will select the best from today’s test and test them on high power for our first accuracy test — next time. Today I’m just checking pellets. As the test unfolds you will understand why I’m doing this (I hope).
I shot five-shot groups with each pellet because there are so many. The rifle was rested directly on a sandbag and I shot from 25 yards. The scope is an obsolete 4-16X44 Mini SWAT UTG Accushot that closely resembles a UTG OP3 Compact scope. It has an illuminated reticle that I turned on. The image was so bright and clear that I thought I was shooting a Meopta scope until I really looked at it after the test was finished.
Remember I said last time the trigger was set too heavy? I adjusted it lighter and to my surprise the movement in stage two all but disappeared. It’s very close to where I like it now.
Filled the rifle
Once again I filled the Avenge-X using the RovAir compressor. The fill pressure shutoff was still set at 4000 psi which resulted in a perfect fill to 300 bar 4350 psi. There was still air left from the last test and once the fill started it took 2.5 minutes to complete.
Now let’s start the test.
H&N Baracuda Match with 4.52mm heads
First up was the H&N Baracuda Match pellet with 4.52mm head. Five went into 0.509-inches at 25 yards and that is the end of this pellet for this rifle.
FX 13.4-grain dome
Next up was the FX dome that weighs 13.4-grains. Five went into 0.169-inches at 25 yards. And I shot out my aim point before the last shot! So aiming was guessing from that point on.
This pellet is a possibility. Remember the Hunter Extreme couldn’t keep this one on the paper at 25 yards. This is why we test different pellets.
JSB Heavy 10.34-grain dome
The next pellet was one I thought would print the smallest group. The JSB Heavy 10.34-grain dome is a pellet I often select when I want an airgun to do it’s best. Well, that didn’t happen. Remember the report titled, Doing the wrong thing? That previous target shot with FX 13.4-grain pellet proved what I said in that report and this group ratifies it! Five pellets made a 0.232-inch group at 25 yards.
Predator GTO lead-free pellet
The fourth pellet I tested was the Predator GTO lead-free dome. They were the best pellets in the Gamo Hunter Extreme, but the Avenge-X doesn’t seem to care for them. The first shot went wide but it wasn’t a called pull. The groups measures 0.426-inches between centers.
H&N Rabbit Magnum II
Ooooh — this one is a slug. That means it’s got to be accurate — right? Guess again. Five H&N Rabbit Magnum II pellets made a 1.537-inch group at 25 yards. It’s the largest group of the test.
Stop and reflect
Before I show you the last five targets let’s take a moment to reflect on what we are seeing. I’m griping about twenty-five-yard five-shot groups that are 0.232-inches between centers! Think about that. Just yesterday I was praising the Gamo Hunter Extreme when it got a 25-yard 5-shot group with that measured 0.853-inches between centers. Now I’m complaining about a group that’s more than three times smaller. Why? I am because of what you are about to see. I am because the Air Venturi Avenge-X is phenomenally accurate.
JSB Monster Redesigned domes
Remember these are Monster Redesigned pellets. I’ll tell you why in a bit. The Avenge-X put five into 0.258-inches at 25 yards. That’s great for a springer but not so good for an Avenge-X.
JSB Beast domes
At 25 yards the Avenge-X put five JSB Beast domes into a 0.123-inch group. Do that with your springer! This pellet will definitely earn a spot in the high-power accuracy test.
JSB Monster dome
Remember what I just said about the Monster Redesigned domes? Well, THIS Avenge-X likes the regular Monster, thank you very much! Five went into 0.177-inches (I know — that’s weird, right?) at 25 yards, and it did it when I shot out the aim point — again!
JSB Hades hollowpoint
I had high hopes for the JSB Hades hollowpoint, but it didn’t deliver. Five went into 0.309-inches at 25 yards. That’s good for most air rifles but not so good for the Avenge-X. But this is a round-ish group and might be a pellet on the edge. I’ll have to think about it.
FX 10.3-grain dome
The last pellet I shot was the FX 10.3-grain dome. Five made a 0.224-inch group. Where the 10.34-grain JSB Heavy group is smaller, it was also linear. This group is slightly larger but also a bit rounder. And bear in mind that the measurements at this level can be off either way. The roundness of the group is what I like. I think this one will move on.
Now you can see that the Air Venturi Avenger is accurate — very much so! And these pellets were only tried on the low power setting, but please hold your horses! The first person to tell me that all of them need to be tested on high power, just so we know for sure, gets the air let out of his tires. Like I said — I’m old and there is only so much time.
The trigger now works much better than it did before. And the scope is a dream! It’s so nice when adjustments work the way they are supposed to.
I haven’t adjusted the fill pressure or the hammer spring tension yet. Do you now see why this super-adjustability is good for you guys but not so much for me? If I had a month to just play with it — wow! But I have to write Monday’s blog tomorrow.
My plan is to select the best pellets from today’s little test and shoot them again from 25 yards on high power. Those groups will be 10-shot groups.
Guys — the Avenge-X is the precharged pneumatic ( PCP) air rifle you have been waiting for. With the caliber change option it’s a whole closet full of airguns at one low price. Why — a guy could get one of these and a RovAir compressor and just about be done with it!