Gamo Hunter Extreme.
This report covers:
- The test
- JSB Exact Monsters
- FX 10.3-grain dome
- H&N Baracuda Match with 4.52mm head
- Clear image a plus
- JSB Hades
- Two pellets failed — Rabbit Mag and FX heavy
- Predator GTO lead-free domes
- Ten-shot group
Today I back up to 25 yards and shoot the Gamo Hunter Extreme with pellets it has never shot before. In fact all but one of the pellets I’ll shoot today are pellets I have never shot before. I toyed with the thought of trying them out in the recently tuned Diana 34 EMS, but since that barrel is going away when the Vortek barrel replaces it, I thought why test it for accuracy? We already know that barrel is accurate, and pretty soon it isn’t going to matter anymore.
I shot from 25 yards and all groups but the last one were five shots as I had seven new pellets to test and I wanted to shoot the best one ten times, as well. I used the artillery hold after trying the deer-hunter hold several readers advised. With that hold the pellets went off the target box, so the artillery hold it is. My off hand rested on the sandbag with the forearm of the stock resting on my palm out about halfway up the cocking slot.
JSB Exact Monsters
The first pellet I tested was the 13.43-grain JSB Exact Monster. Five landed in a 25-yard group that measures 1.887-inches between centers.
The Gamo Hunter Extreme put five JSB Exact Monsters into a 25-yard group that measures 1.887-inches between the centers of the two shots farthest apart.
FX 10.3-grain dome
The second pellet I tested was the FX 10.3-grain dome. I thought I had a winner when the second pellet went into the same hole as the first. But shots three through five opened the 25-yard group up to 1.21-inches between centers. It is the second-smallest group of the test, but when you see the smallest you’ll understand why I didn’t pursue it.
H&N Baracuda Match with 4.52mm head
The third pellet I shot was the H&N Baracuda Match with 4.52mm head. While it is true that I shot H&N Baracuda Match pellets in the Hunter Extreme before now, those had a 4.50mm head and these were 4.52mm. So I counted them as new pellets.
Five went into a 1.607-inch group at 25 yards. Like the FX pellet, two of these went into the same hole and that told me the rifle needs to be held as lightly as possible. Given the size and weight of the Hunter Extreme that is very difficult to do.
The trigger is still stiff but it feels like it’s breaking in. At least now I usually know when it’s ready to fire.
Meopta scope a plus
The Meopta Optika5 MeoPro 2-10X42 scope still provides a clear view of the target. The huge exit pupil is sharp and clear, making it easy to acquire the target. This will probably be the last time I mount this scope on the Hunter extreme because I have too many other air rifles that need great scopes.
I have shot the JSB Hades hollowpoint pellets before but only in .22 caliber. Today marks my first test of the .177s. The Hunter Extreme put five Hades into a 1.603-inch group at 25 yards.
Two pellets failed — Rabbit Mag and FX heavy
Two new pellets were not fully tested because they failed to stay on the target paper. One of them, the FX 13.4-grain dome, hit the stand where the target box was sitting — on its third shot. It missed the aim point by at least 12 inches. The H&N Rabbit Magnum also spread out wide and was the one pellet that wouldn’t chamber completely.
Predator GTO lead-free domes
The last pellet I tested was the Predator GTO lead-free dome. Five went into 0.853-inches at 25 yards. Finally — a pellet that shoots sort of okay in the Hunter Extreme! This had to be the pellet I selected to shoot a 10-shot group.
After seeing this target I adjusted the scope down several clicks to get the pellets on the bull. Then I shot a ten-shot group.
Ten Predator GTO lead-free domes made a 1.55-inch group at 25 yards.
This Gamo Hunter Extreme is no tack-driver, that’s for sure! But it seems to respond to a super-light hold. The problem is that the size and weight of the rifle make such a hold extremely difficult.
Today’s test wasn’t about the Hunter Extreme. It was about testing new pellets that several readers said needed to be tested. This was just a first test. More will follow.
The Hunter Extreme will now be retired to the position of scope-tester. I will use it to test any scope whose ruggedness we question.