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.22 Air Arms S410k - The Rodent Rifle

Discussion in 'Gun Gallery' started by cloverleaf, May 14, 2013.

  1. cloverleaf

    cloverleaf Super Moderator Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    We've long had a problem with squirrels and rats in the garden and I was sick of constantly re-zeroing my "main" rifle when moving between the garden and the range. The mental seed was already planted for a dedicated garden rifle, so when this came up on Guntrader at a good price a few years ago, I got right on it :p

    The rifle is of 2005 vintage (pre-AT) and originally had a beech stock and was almost mint when I collected it, along with an FX pump and various other bits. Over the chrono the gun performed appallingly - giving around 8ftlbs at 190bar, which gradually crept up to a peak of 10.5ftlbs at about 100bar giving around 35 "good" shots per charge.

    Alterations were made to increase the muzzle energy and move the "sweet spot" up the pressure range. Also the exhaust valve was replaced due to a very slow leak - the result of this tinkering was a rifle that now gives 60 good shots (max 1.5% velocity variation) at 11.5ftlbs from a 180bar fill with AA Field.

    The gun has also been subject to a few other mods / repairs. Everything has been cleaned and properly lubricated. The loading bolt has been replaced with a new, polished item since the old one was really sloppy in the breech block - it's now an excellent sliding fit with no detectable play. The striker guide rail and exhaust valve have also been polished, and a "plain" trigger blade from an older model has been fitted to get rid of the horrible safety catch setup.

    The rifle now wears a nice oiled Walnut stock that was picked up from one of the forums and has had a little work, and although presentable could really do with some more flatting and oiling. A fairly tatty HW mod from another used gun is fitted; I did consider swapping it for a nicer looking example, however the finish is worn where the gun is propped up against the wall and it does tend to get knocked on various objects during use so I think it can stay for the time being as I don't want to mark a minter.

    The 'scope is an original Simmons WTC 1.5-5x20 on adjustable B-Square mounts, and night-time illumination is provided by an LED Lenser P7 with red filter. I use Ansmann NiMH rechargeable batteries in the torch; which is a good thing as it does seem to eat through them :)

    Anyway, I hope we like :up:


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  2. The Robin

    The Robin Super Moderator Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    Very nice set up for the rats, I have the same scope and led lenser. Both are top class and the scope is great for close work, you will be happy with the set up :up:
     
  3. jayjaymozza

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    Very nice gun that mate! rats stand no chance!

    Jay
     
  4. TarkMalbot

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    Great write up and great photography!
    At least the vermin will go down in style!
     
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    Nice write up and pics are great that stock looks gorgeous
     
  6. cloverleaf

    cloverleaf Super Moderator Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    Thanks chaps :)

    Yes, it does what I want it for very well. The 'scope has been re-px'd to about 12yds and usually remains on 5x - the lower settings are useful if stuff is really close, however once past about 3x you can see the moderator through the 'scope and due to the PX being set so close you get a lot of distortion around the edges at lower mags.

    I'm frequently tempted by the now discontinued Hawke Airmax 2-7x32 for the same purpose; the only thing that puts me off is the fat crosshair.

    The LED lenser is great (not least since I can also use it as a torch or bike light) but I think is only effective to about 20yds with the red filter fitted (more than adiquate for what I need though).

    Anyway, thanks again for the kind comments :)
     
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  7. Mart61

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    Great write up and photographs. How are you getting shots like that? I'd appreciate learning what set up you have to get them so good.

    I have an half decent DSLR and a lighting rig, two speedlights etc. What are you using for backdrops etc?
     
  8. cloverleaf

    cloverleaf Super Moderator Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    Cheers :)

    Sounds like you have enough to do similar shots.. I use a single 580EX II mounted on-camera and reversed to bounce it off the ceiling. The flash is fitted with a Sto-fen diffuser and an orange (forget which) gel to better match the flash output to the ambient indoor light (think I need more gel as the shadows tend to be a bit orange).

    The backdrop is a couple of increasingly tatty pieces of white A0 card. Everything is shot in Raw and stuffed through Photoshop; mainly for colour correction and pushing the highlights to pure white. Some lighter bits of detail will blow out so these get masked. Obviously the process works well on guns which are mostly dark :p

    It's pretty quick and dirty and I've never really been into studio stuff, but gets the job done and looks infinitely better than an under-exposed phone picture of the gun camouflaged against the sofa!
     
  9. Jackroadkill

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    Lovely looking rifle - do you mind me asking what you paid for the stock? I'm on the hunt for one for mine.
     
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    Nice very nice the walnut stock is a great addition :up:.
     
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    Tell you what mate,you have some bloody posh rats round your neck of the woods.:D That's a better set up than most peoples first choice gun,love it.
    andy.
     
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    that is a fine looking set up you have there mate, personally i think the stock looks great cant see any need to change anything i would be more than
    happy with it the way it is :up:
     
  13. cloverleaf

    cloverleaf Super Moderator Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    Thanks :)

    I don't know about posh but the bloody rats are certainly well fed!

    The term "rat rifle" makes it sound like some neglected old sh*tter; in reality it's cared for as well as my other rifles but doesn't leave the house due to being set up specifically for use in the garden (and being in the knuckle-dragger's calibre so useless for owt else :p).
     
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  14. cloverleaf

    cloverleaf Super Moderator Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    Sorry - forgot to reply to your Q. I think I paid somewhere between £60 and £80 - certainly no more than £80.

    The going rate for 400 series stocks in good nick seems to be around £60 for a beech effort and £80 for Walnut. They come up on ebay fairly regularly but usually sell for silly money (£100+). Are you specifically after a left-handed stock?
     
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    Thanks for that. I've got a macro tent but nothing big enough to fit a rifle in. I've done similar shots in the past by photographing things against a magnolia wall. I have one speedlight off camera on a light stand shooting thru a brolly. The second speedlight I put out of shot and pointed at the magnolia wall. I then set the second gun to blow the background.

    I've not done that with any of my rifles tho. I should give it a go.
     
  16. cloverleaf

    cloverleaf Super Moderator Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    Just noticed that I never posted with this rifle's current(ish) state..

    The 1.5-5x20 and LED lenser came off the rifle; finding new homes on my Marlin 1894 and bike respectively. In replacement was fitted a Yukon Photon XT 4.6x42 digital NV scope on B-Square adjustable mounts, and later an additional Deben IR unit in the interest of image quality and battery life.

    In this guise the rifle claimed a good few rats, although against the cost of the scope each one probably owes me about a tenner :p

    Some pics:

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    The nice earlier trigger blade retro-fitted in place of the bloody awful safety trigger..

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    The XT is not "image moving" that is to say that when zeroing the crosshairs move within the image, rather than remaining centred. This can be off-putting if the scope requires a lot of adjustment; however wasn't an issue with the adjustable mounts which allowed me to get very close to zeroed without touching the scope.

    Zeroing card at 20yd, which I think is fine :)

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    Anyway, that's all for now! Tbh the rifle has sat idle for a while as the last of the chickens expired last year and with it went the rats. Can't say as a I'm sorry, although this rifle is somewhat redundant now..
     
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  17. rizla1

    rizla1 hi

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    Nice gun cloverleaf, super accurite love shooting mine, :thumb:
    Dont think the rats will like it tho :D
     
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    Very very nice as always Cloverleaf...:thumb:
     
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