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Air Arms S510r Ultimate Sporter

Discussion in 'Airgun Reviews' started by BrettMRC, Jun 16, 2019.

  1. BrettMRC

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    Last week I went out with the intention of getting a Steyr semi-auto, but at the last minute recoiled from the crippling wallet bashing that would have taken place and came over all Air Arms...

    Not really knowing what I wanted I shouldered several rifles and decided I liked the feel of the S510r carbine the best; in Ultimate Sporter guise it ticked a lot of boxes. I also really like the soft touch finish - starting to become a must have for me!

    The gun seems light but well put together, (well almost - more later) and the needle-less manometer is an interesting feature.

    Scope is a Hawke Airmax 30SF Compact, a good mix of clarity, size and weight.
    The moderator is specific to the Ultimate Sporter model and I'm not sure who manufactures it.
    Also purchased a spare magazine too, so have the two shaded ones and a yellow faced one now.

    It's a great rifle to shoot, quiet and very accurate - even with my hamfisted self doing the shooting!

    What isn't so great is the magazine seating/indexing design, if I seat the magazine(s) fully home it won't index - if I push the pin back through and pull outwards on the magazine it will then index and work normally. I stripped all 3 mags and ****ed about for a morning before we worked out the method above. I will give the supplier a call tomorrow if I get a chance to see if this is just me, or a more common issue. (The indexing arm is the later design)

    Anyway, crappy weather and the issue above mean I have only put c50 pellets through as yet.

    However even with so few shots I can tell its very impressive.

    Pics below, including the usual method of testing vs an old mobile!

    More to come once I get more time with it.

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  2. QuoVadis69

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    Glad you're liking the US it's a lovely rifle. I have the previous ( unregulated version ) and it was a favourite for a long time but as it happens the same Steyr you were considering has taken it's place in my collection.

    Enjoy. :up:
     
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    nice gun mate :thumb:
     
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    Q-Tec was the default mod for the US, not certain if this remains the same.
     
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    Nice. I was waiting for that to come out. And I waited. And I waited. And I waited. And I waited some more, then I bought my R10. :rolleyes:

    I am surprised the R version of the HFT500 hasn't appeared yet.
     
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    I heard it was in the works @Blue BSA - rightly or wrongly.
     
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    mikeyhall1 Amazing Poster

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    Enjoyable read, thank you.
     
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    The original / current one seems to be a bit of curates egg. There seems to be some good ones out there and some crap; a bit like the R10's reputation. I am surprised at the number of second hand ones on the racks. Not really interested now. I would rather get a decent secondhand Gold Star, if I was after that sort of thing which I am not.

    (I looked at HW110 - too small; HFT500 - decided I needed a mag; S500 US - just about to buy, R announced; R10 - bought couldn't wait for US R any longer.)
     
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    Quick update: The RFD suggests that whilst not every S410/510 behaves this way, a lot do... AirArms have not yet officially recognised the issue yet!
     
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    @BrettMRC it sounds like the mag spring clip needs a tweak.
    On top of the action, at the front of the breech, there is a little sprung clip with 2 small Allen bolts holding it in place.
    Slacken these off a little, insert a mag and push the bolt/sidelever in.
    Jiggle the mag and the little spring clip until everything is lined up and sitting nicely, then nip up the screws.
    It might take more than one attempt, but it worked for me.
     
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    Thank you - will have a play around and see what I can achieve :)
     
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    No worries :) you've got the new indexing post in there which is great, supposed to be an awful lot better than the old one. Have fun!
     
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    I've got the unregged laminate in .22, really I need to do more pellet testing as JSB exact jumbo group but not exactly tight enough for a rested pcp at 30yds.
    Might put some FTT or mags through it when I get the chance.
    The only thing that bugs me is having to pull the lever all the way back until a hard stop to put a mag in, bit of a pain when you're standing up & can't hold the rifle properly.
     
  14. BrettMRC

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    Quick update.

    No amount of fiddling will fully correct the magazine indexing issue, but the insert-cock-pull method seems to work every time. I'll live with it, but annoying at this price point.

    Other gripe right now is the shot count..according to the manometer on the rifle it uses roughly half of its capacity in under 25 shots.... I know its a short series...but really? I've not shot it down to the point it won't seat the valve yet though.

    Still accurate and consistent though.

    Not really gelling with it yet :-/
     
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    I know that you have had the magazines apart but, did you check for rough spots in the centre bore of the pellet wheel/holder and for any little bits of plastic swarf? I bought a second mag for my s410 and had a very similar issue in that it wouldn't always quite move the wheel / holder round quite enough. It turned out that there was a tiny bit of plastic swarf that was jamming it up and a small burr in the bore. Removed both of them and the problem was solved.

    I also upgraded to the new indexing post which you have as standard but only because I had ordered it as the problem was sorted by the time it went in. It is much better than the funny bent metal thing and seems to operate more smoothly.
     
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    Sorry to hear of your issues with it, as it looks a great piece of kit!
     
  17. Lev Levvin

    Lev Levvin Beast of Bodmin !!

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    I have the S410 carbine which is almost identical power plant to my knowledge...( unless yours is regulated?)

    I get at least five full magazines from 160 bar down to 100 bar...
    I don’t fill past 160 because that’s the sweet spot...

    Regards the indexing, I also have the new style solid brass indexing post, I read that the tiny spring inside the index post can be unseated and cause some problems...
    there’s a good thread on here regarding it somewhere.

    That’s an Air Arms q-etc moderator... very efficient bit of kit

    Great choice of rifle and very handsome for a tactical style!

    as with all Air arms I’m not surprised it’s insanely accurate :D
     
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    Bloke at Kibworth with same rifle was only getting about 50 shots out of his .
    He was not that happy .
    Can only imagine the reg wasn’t set right?
     
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    Sounds like mine is in the same boat, especially given Lev's post above...

    Will talk to the RFD again I think. (Well, will do a proper fill and plink until it's empty to get the full shot count first)
     
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    Only shoot down to 100bar... it’s unusable below that

    It will still shoot out a hundred pellets at least below this but the power will be pathetic
     
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