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Walther LGV Olympia field test: Part 3

JSB Exact Express group 25 yards flush-seated

by Tom Gaylord, a.k.a. B.B. Pelletier Part 1 Part 2 Walther LGV Olympia was a top-quality 10-meter target rifle from the 1970s. It’s play time again, today, for this is the day we shoot the Walther LGV Olympia target rifle at 25 yards in preparation for shooting it at 50 yards. This report is a … Read more

Walther LGV Olympia field test: Part 2

by Tom Gaylord, a.k.a. B.B. Pelletier Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 10-22-10-01-Walther-LGV-Olympia Walther LGV Olympia was a top-quality 10 meter target rifle from the 1970s. The weather cooperated yesterday and gave me a perfect day at the range, so I was able to shoot the Walther LGV Olympia at 50 yards. I also shot the Talon SS with the 1:22" twist barrel before the wind kicked up and stopped all airgun shooting, so I'm on the way to the final test of the different twist rates. I knew the LGV Olympia was never going to hit the target, no matter what I did to the rear sight, so I placed two 3-inch bulls on a 2-foot by 4-foot piece of target paper and used them for sighting. The shots landed far below these bulls, of course. How far is an eye-opener, so I took a picture of it so you could see. 06-22-13-01-Walther-LGV-Olympia-50-yard-groups The pellets landed about 18-inches below the aim point at 50 yards. The sights had the pellets hitting the center of the target at 25 yards, so this is how far they drop in the second 25 yards. Notice that the center of the group of JSB Exact Jumbos on the right is about 2 inches lower than the center of the RWS Superdomes on the left. I fully expected this to happen, so I stapled the bullseye targets to a huge piece of target paper, so the pellet holes would show. Knowing they could well go to the same point I used two separate bullseyes as aim point, and from the picture you can see that was a good idea. I selected the two best pellets from the 25-yard test for this. They were the JSB Exact Heavy, which was the best pellet at 25 yards, and the RWS Superdome that took second place. I shot off a sandbag with the rifle rested on the flat of my hand in the classic artillery hold. The flight time of both pellets was extreme. Although I couldn't see them in flight, the flight time told me they were dropping rapidly as they moved downrange. JSB Exact Heavy The first pellet I tried was the 10.34-grain JSB Exact Heavy. It is far too heavy for the LGV Olympia powerplant, but in the 25-yard test 10 Exact Jumbos went into a group that measures 0.354-inches between centers. So a novice might expect that since the range was doubled, the group size would be as well. That would give us something like a 0.70-inch group for this pellet. 06-22-13-02-Walther-LGV-Olympia-50-yard-group-with-JSB-Exact-Heavy The 50-yard group was larger than expected. Ten JSB Exact heavys went into 2.285-inches What I actually got was 2.283-inches between the centers of the two pellets that were farthest apart. Thats roughly 6 times larger than the 25-yard group and more than 3 times the expected size, if you simply try to extrapolate from 25 yards to 50 yards. This is why you have to be careful when making generalizations about accuracy. The shooting conditions were perfect for this test. There was no breeze to speak of and if I felt something I always waited it out. I also had no shots that were called as anything but perfect. So what you see here represents the best I was able to do with the LGV Olympia at 50 yards with this JSB pellet. RWS Superdome The second-best pellet at 25 yards was the RWS Superdome that gave me a 10-shot group measuring 0.695 inches. Multiply that by 6 and you get an anticipated group size of 4.17-inches. I'm doing that because of what happened with the JSB Exact Jumbos. 06-22-13-03-Walther-LGV-Olympia-50-yard-group-with-RWS-Superdomes RWS Superdomes opened up even more than JSB Exact Jumbos. This group measures 3.062-inches between centers. What Superdomes actually did was put 10 shots into 3.062-inches -- so it was better than predicted (if you use the 6-times predictor) but was certainly much larger than simply double the 25-yard group size. The lesson here is that group size does not simply increase linearly with distance. We hear that all the time. If a certain gun shoots 1-inch at 100 yards we say it should shoot 2 inches at 200 yards. I'm saying that rarely happens. Usually the group will open faster as the distance increases. Not always, but usually. Evaluation The Walther LGV Olympia is a remarkable airgun. Out to 25 yards it is extremely accurate, plus it is very easy to cock and quiet to shoot. Beyond 25 yards, though, the LGV Olympia quickly gets outside its comfort zone. There just isn't enough power pushing the pellet to hold the group size to what you might expect. These results are consistent with the results I got when shooting the FWB 300S at 50 yards. Installing a scope helped, but only marginally. So I'm not going to put a scope on this rifle. I'm satisfied with this test and that's as far as I'm going in this test.

by Tom Gaylord, a.k.a. B.B. Pelletier Part 1 Walther LGV Olympia was a top-quality 10 meter target rifle from the 1970s. Don’t get confused. The title of this blog is the Walther LGV Olympia field test, but the first part was titled, We interrupt our regular program….I used that title so I wouldn’t give away … Read more

We interrupt our regular program…

Walther LGV Olympia rear sight

by Tom Gaylord, a.k.a. B.B. Pelletier …to have some fun. I mean, that’s what this is all about, isn’t it? Don’t we all shoot airguns for fun? So, there I am at the range last week with the new Walther LGV, and I’m shooting these groups on a perfect day and all the time I’m … Read more

Walther’s new LGV Master Ultra .177 air rifle: Part 6

LGV Master Ultra 177 air rifle Premier lite group 1

by Tom Gaylord, a.k.a. B.B. Pelletier Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 The LGV Master Ultra with a wood stock is what readers have been asking to see. Today we shoot it at 50 yards. This is the final installment on the Walther LGV Master Ultra. When combined with the 6-part … Read more

Walther’s new LGV Master Ultra .177 air rifle: Part 5

LGV Master Ultra .177 air rifle Premier lite group 1 25 yards

by Tom Gaylord, a.k.a. B.B. Pelletier Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 The LGV Master with a wood stock is what readers have been asking to see. Today, I’ll scope it! Today is the day many of you have been waiting for. I’ll scope the Walther LGV Master Ultra and test it for … Read more

Walther’s new LGV Master Ultra .177 air rifle: Part 4

LGV Master Ultra .177 air rifle

by Tom Gaylord, a.k.a. B.B. Pelletier Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 The LGV Master Ultra with wood stock is what readers have been asking to see. Today, we’ll see how it shoots! Today, you’ll see the test of the .177-caliber Walther LGV Master Ultra at 25 yards with open sights. This is for all … Read more

Walther’s new LGV Master Ultra .177 air rifle: Part 3

LGV Master Ultra air rifle

by Tom Gaylord, a.k.a. B.B. Pelletier Part 1 Part 2 The LGV Master Ultra with a wood stock is what readers have been asking to see. Today, we see how it shoots! Now that we know how powerful the new .177-caliber Walther LGV Master Ultra is, people are lining up to see it shoot. We … Read more

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