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Question 5.6mm Pellets?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by edessex, Dec 23, 2013.

  1. edessex

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    I've recently purchased an old BSA Airsporter, I've looked up the serial number and it comes back as late 1970s / early 1980s.

    Apparently I need 5.6mm pellets, and not the modern-day take on the .22 pellets which are 5.5mm.

    My local (useless) gun shop doesn't sell them, I've seen some on ebay, but is there anywhere else online you guys can recommend?
     
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    What pellets have you tryed so far Ed ?
     
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    I use these in various old BSA's & they are good, but I think e-bay is about as good as it gets on the web.

    I'm assuming these are the ones you've seen? http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-Defia...SportingGoods_OtherSports&hash=item20dbe12592 Item no. 141127918994

    They've got them at BAR for £10.95, but postage is £5.95 so there's nothing in it really unless you get the 10 tin discount.

    There were a lot of .22 Marksman pellets through my Airsporter back in the '70's & I thought they were fine back then - but I've got half a box left from then, & a couple of new boxes for old times sake & they're pretty rough, still for half the price of the Defiants they're OK for plinking.
     
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    Try looking for a blue tin of wasps theyre 5.6 mm
     
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    I've not actually tried any pellets yet; works been non stop so I've not had the chance!

    I bought some 5.5mm superdomes earlier, so will see how those go through them.

    I've heard a lot of bad reviews on new wasp pellets...
     
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    I found 5.52 AA fields worked reasonably well in a BSA standard, a consistent 9.5 ft.lb if loaded right, though since I tested we found one of my granddad's old tins of proper Eley wasps so will have to try a few to see how they perform in comparison.
     
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    Have a look on the bay for Webley GP pellets they work great in all old English guns
     
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    Still able to offer these Fine Pellets @ £10.00 UK Posted

    BOB/R
     
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    Meteor - good review, thank you for pointing it out.
    Clubshot - is that the Defiant Vintage, 500pk?


    I tried the 5.5mm superdomes today, they were very loose but seemed to shoot ok.

    I've been using the iron sights, and have been trying to set them up at close range, as thats what I'll be shooting. I can't seem to adjust the sights enough, best I can get it is hitting about an inch and a half too high... doubt thats pellet related though!
     
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    Correct - Boxed in 500's

    @ Lea Valley - We have a Vintage Air Rifle Competion on the 5th Saturday

    Shooting 25 year plus Guns with open sights

    More information on Club forum board - www.lvagc.com

    BOB/R
     
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    my mates early 80s airsporter shot very well with super domes.
     
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    Am intending on doing a full review on the forum of 5.6mm pellets defiants and marksman in an old BSA these will be tested for accuracy down range power as I think the near flat head of the marksman will struggle over range.

    Also for build quality and power. I have an old BSA meteor but hope to get my hands on something like an old airsporter or webley to compare.
     
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    Some BSA's had adjustable foresights, nothing sophisticated, the blade could be moved up & down & locked with the mounting screw, others were just held with a rolled pin & were fixed - if your in luck it will just be set too low.
    Another thing to check is the spring strip on the rear sight isn't bent which leaves the rearsight sitting high.
     
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    Ugh?
     
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    I just had a quick look at the foresight; all I can see is the mounting screw, no rolled pin. Does that mean its an adjustable one then?

    I had another fiddle with the rear sight earlier; when I screw the hight adjuster down, the sight only goes down so far, then stops even though the adjuster keeps going for a bit more. So I'm guessing than means the spring is slightly bent? Can it be bent back?

    On the adjuster, where are the numbers meant to be read from, left or right of the wheel?
     

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