Gamo Hunter Extreme.
This report covers:
- The scope
- The test
- Sight in
- H&N Baracuda Match with a 4.50mm head
- Firing behavior
- Crosman Premier 10.5-grain dome
- RWS Superpoint
Today we look at the accuracy of the Gamo Hunter Extreme. I used the Gamo scope that came mounted on the rifle but this will be the last time I do that.
The Gamo scope is nice and clear but it’s parallax adjusted for a distance farther than 10 meters, which is the distance at which I shot. That made it a headache to get the scope adjusted so I could see the target. I couldn’t adjust the magnification higher than 5X and still see the crosshairs. If I do any further accuracy testing with this rifle it will be with a different scope.
I shot from 10 meters with the rifle supported by the artillery hold. My off hand was resting on a sandbag and the rifle was floated as lightly as possible. The heavy rough trigger made it impossible to hold it as light as I wanted. The stock rested with the center of the cocking slot on my off hand. I shot 10-shot groups with all pellets.
I started sighting in at 12 feet and moved back to 10 meters after 2 shots. It took five more shots to get where I wanted on target. I was sighting in with the first pellet I’d test — an H&N Baracuda Match with a 4.50mm head.
H&N Baracuda Match with a 4.50mm head
Ten H&N Baracuda Match with 4.50mm heads went into 0.591-inches at 10 meters. I discovered while shooting this pellet that the trigger is both hard to pull and extremely creepy through stage two. In my experience that this is common for Gamo air rifles made before 2000 and the triggers do break in to become lighter and smoother as the shots increase.
The Hunter Extreme recoils a little but the entire rifle undergoes a huge vibration and shudder as the shock wave from the piston slamming home is felt. For this reason I felt the artillery hold was necessary. I may try shooting with the rifle rested directly on the sandbag in the future, but not with the scope that’s on there now.
Crosman Premier 10.5-grain dome
Next to be tested was the Crosman Premier 10.5-grain dome. Ten went into 0.688-inches between centers at 10 meters.
The last pellet I tested in the Hunter Extreme was the RWS Superpoint. Ten of them went into 1.169-inches at 10 meters. This is clearly not the pellet for this rifle!
I find the Gamo Hunter Extreme somewhat hold sensitive. I may not yet have found the best way to hold it. I might even rest it directly on the sandbag next time.
The rifle still cocks with extreme force. But the barrel pivot is as tight as it should be. I will also mention that the breech on this rifle is quite tight and all three pellets loaded tightly.
This test turned out the way I expected. I have never found the other two Gamo Hunter Extremes I tested to be very accurate. I do think this one deserves a test with a scope that is parallax adjusted to the shooting distance though.