Weihrauch Barakuda 54 EL.
This report covers:
- The test
- Sight in
- JSB Jumbo RS pellets
- Five RS with the artillery hold
- Five RS resting on the bag
- The rest of the groups
Today we begin looking at the accuracy of the Weihrauch HW 54EL Barakuda air rifle. As smooth as it is shooting I expected to shoot some great groups.
I shot from 10 meters from a rest, but used two different holds that I’ll describe as we go. I used the sights that came on the rifle. The front sight is a tapered post and the rear sight is a sporting sight that adjusts in both directions. I did wear my reading glasses to see the front sight clearly.
I thought I would shoot 10-shot groups but after the first one I decided to shoot five with the rifle resting on the sandbag and a second five with the same pellet using the artillery hold. I’ll tell you why in a bit.
The first shot for the sight in went off before I was ready, so I adjusted the trigger pull much heavier. That left me with a stage two I could feel and a trigger pull I could work with.
JSB Jumbo RS pellets
I shot 10 JSB Jumbo RS pellets at the first target with the rifle resting directly on the bag. They gave a group that measures 1.381-inches between centers. Yuck! That wasn’t what I expected. I expected all of them to go into three-tenths of an inch.
At this point I resolved to shoot five shots off the bag and another five of the same pellet using the artillery hold to see if one hold/rest was better. I started with this same JSB RS pellet after adjusting the rear sight up three clicks.
Five RS with the artillery hold
Next I shot five JSB RS pellets using the artillery hold. They made a group that measures 1.397-inches between centers. That’s larger than the group of ten shot off the bag. So the artillery hold isn’t right for this rifle. Let’s try the bag rest again.
Five RS resting on the bag
I shot five more pellets with the rifle rested directly on the sandbag. They gave me a group that measures 1.154-inches between centers. While that is better, it isn’t much better. And look at both groups — how vertical they are. That told me something.
The rest of the groups
I’ll now show the rest of the groups with no comment, other than the photo caption. I will explain the reason for doing this after you see all the groups.
Whew! That’s a lot of groups! Why did I stop? Because I saw what I think was happening. Sometimes the bag-rested group was smaller and other times it was the group shot with the artillery hold. The artillery hold seems to be slight better for this rifle but really I think how the rifle was held didn’t affect the outcome that much. I think it was me not seeing the sight picture very well. To continue would be a waste of time if I’m right.
It was the verticality of many of the groups that tipped me off to the sights being the problem. I obviously could not perfect a 6 o’clock hold with them.
And Yogi — hold your tongue! This HW35 (the basic rifle that became the 54EL) should not be inaccurate. And I’m not that bad a shot. This is one time when the sights got me — I think.
The next step will be a disassembly of the powerplant to examine the condition of the parts. I want to get some Tune in a Tube grease on the mainspring to stop the slight buzzing. And anything else I see that’s wrong I will correct.
After that I think I’ll mount a scope on this rifle. Yes, a dot sight is easier and a peep sight at the rear with a different front sight element would be fine, but I want to know how absolutely accurate this rifle is, because today has frustrated me!
The HW 35 rifle that forms the basis of the HW 54EL is a winning air rifle. That (the HW 35) is what I am testing because I will not subject this fine mechanism to the abuse of chemical explosions. It may be a Barakuda 54EL, but while I own it, it’s an HW 35.