Gamo Hunter Extreme.
This report covers:
- Another scope
- The test
- 10.5-grain Crosman Premiers
- H&N Baracuda Match 4.50mm head
- RWS Superpoints
- Bag rest
- Third group of Premiers
- H&N Baracuda Match with 4.50mm heads group 2
- Final group RWS Superpoints
- The scope?
Today you will read a report that seems to be one thing but will turn out to be something else altogether. I’m reporting on the Gamo Hunter Extreme that we just looked at, and I’m running what appears to be the same 10-meter accuracy test, but today will be different.
You will recall that the scope that came on the Hunter Extreme did not focus at 10 meters. I said I might mount another scope on the rifle and see if the accuracy was any better. And that is what I did. I spent a full hour mounting this scope because the Hunter Extreme is well-known as a scope breaker. I coated all eight scope ring screws with Vibra-Tite — Locktite’s stonger brother. And I spent some time aligning the scope, so I could see if the erector tube let go and tilted the reticle.
When I looked through the eyepiece to align the reticle I was amazed by how bright and clear the image was. This scope parallax adjusts down to 10 yards, so there was no problem at 10 meters, which is 11 yards.
I sighted in with 10.5-grain Crosman Premiers. They were the first pellet I tested. After 5 shots I was ready to shoot the first group.
I am testing the Hunter Extreme with 100 shots today because this is really a test of the scope more than the rifle. I tested from 10 meters with the same pellets that were tested in Part 3. All targets are shot with 10 shots.
For all but one target the rifle was held in an artillery hold with my off hand midway up the cocking slot and the rifle held as loosely as possible. This is a large heavy rifle with a stiff trigger so some effort has to be made to hold it. For the one target not shot that way I rested the rifle directly on the sandbag, just to see what would happen.
I shot three different pellets two times except one that I shot three times. One of those times was with the rifle resting directly on the bag. There are several goals in today’s test. One is to test the ruggedness of the scope. Another is to test whether seeing the target more clearly will change the results. And another goal is to see whether the pellets remain similarly accurate to their performance in Part 3. I will also watch the trigger to see if I can detect any breaking in. Let’s get started.
10.5-grain Crosman Premiers
In Part 3 with the blurry scope the Hunter Extreme put 10 heavy Crosman Premiers into 0.688-inches at 10 meters. Today with the clear scope 10 Premiers made a group that measures 1.04-inches between centers at 10 meters.
That was a surprise. As clear and sharp as this scope was, I thought I would do better than last time — not worse. It could be that I’m having an off day.
H&N Baracuda Match 4.50mm head
Next up was the H&N Baracuda Match with 4.50mm heads. In Part three ten went into a group that measured 0.591-inches between centers. Today ten went into 1.297-inches. But this time there is a “however.” The first shot was not held correctly and I felt that it went to the left because of that. The next 9 shots went into 0.726 inches. I think that is a better representation of how the rifle did with this pellet. It’s still larger than the Part 3 test, though, and I’m beginning to think that is because of me.
In Part 3 RWS Superpoints were the least accurate in the Hunter Extreme. Ten made a 1.169-inch group. Today ten Superpoints went into 1.308-inches, which is the largest of these first three groups. It’s also larger than the same pellet did in Part 3 and I think that proves that the problem today is me and not the gun, the scope or the pellets.
At this point in the test the scope has endured 35 shots on the rifle — 5 for sight-in and 30 for three groups. Next I shot 25 pellets into the target box without aiming. This was just to get the shot count up. It took me up to 60 shots in the test. Now it was time to shoot the final four groups.
The next group was shot with the rifle resting directly on the sandbag. Ten Crosman Premiers went into 1.306-inches at 10 meters. That is larger than the first group of Premiers that were shot with the artillery hold (1.04-inches).
When the Hunter Extreme was rested directly on the sandbag, ten 10.5-grain Crosman Premiers made a 1.306-inch group at 10 meters.
Third group of Premiers
I now went back to the artillery hold for the final three groups of the same pellets as at the start. First up were Crosman Premiers. Ten made a 1.254-inch group at 10 meters. This is larger than the 1.04-inch group at the start. I think I’m degrading from the heavy cocking effort.
H&N Baracuda Match with 4.50mm heads group 2
The second group of 10 H&N Baracuda Match with 4.50mm heads measures 1.01-inches. It’s smaller than the first group (1.04-inches) but the difference is really too small to tell. And the shots in this group are more scattered than the shots in the first group.
Final group RWS Superpoints
The last group was 10 RWS Superpoints that landed in 1.183-inches at 10 meters. It’s smaller than the first group of Superpoints today (1.308-inches) but larger than the group made in Part 3 (1.169-inches).
Like I said at the start — today wasn’t as much an accuracy test of the Gamo Hunter Extreme as a reliability test of the scope. And you probably want to know what that scope is. It is the Meopta Optika5 MeoPro 2-10X42. Meopta doesn’t consider that scope series (Optica5) to be rugged enough for airguns. This was a test to determine if it is. Since a scope can be broken with 50 shots, I would say this one passed.
Will this scope last forever? Will it never break? That can’t be said. All scopes are subject to failure — even UTG scopes that are ruggedized specifically for the two-way recoil of a spring-piston airgun. All this does is subject the scope to the most intense forces in the shooting world. Spring-piston air rifles are extremely hard on scopes and the Gamo Hunter Extreme is one of the worst.
The scope held up for 100 shots of the Hunter Extreme — an air rifle that’s known for breaking scopes. The impact point remained the same and nothing bad happened to the scope. The harsh vibration of the rifle did make the magnification ring turn to a lower power. Three shots would drop the magnification by about three powers, so I had to continually adjust the power back to 10X. But that’s nothing.
The image seen through this scope is crystal clear and bright. It was almost like watching a movie where the crosshairs are giant and clear against the target.
I looked at my past reports on the Hunter Extreme and saw smaller groups at 25 yards, but they were five-shot groups. So I think that’s next — 25 yards, not five-shot groups. I’m going to move back to 25 yards and perhaps add some different pellets into the mix, just to see.
The Gamo Hunter Extreme now has a clear and sharp scope mounted, so I can test it from 25 yards. I’m hoping the stiff heavy trigger will break in during the testing.