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Airgun Hex Keys!

Discussion in 'Technical' started by pjgtech, Aug 28, 2019.

  1. pjgtech

    pjgtech Top Poster

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    Hi all, are the majority of air gun hex bolts metric or imperial?
    And what are the most popular hex bolt sizes....?

    I have so many sets of both, in my house tool box, in my shooting tool box, in my car tool box, in the shed, various bits in various gun slips, and yet I never seem to have the right size to hand? ...its driving me mad! :facepalm:
    Thanx
     
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  2. Lev Levvin

    Lev Levvin Beast of Bodmin !!

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    They’re all metric to my knowledge...

    I have a quality Teng hex key set and regularly use the smaller half of the set from 1.5mm-8mm
     
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    It also irks me that every scope needs two hex keys, why oh why can't they make a scope that just uses one hex key size bolt!
    Is it really that hard?
    And then theres guns, every gun seems to have at least three different sized screws / bolts! Aaaaarrgghhhhh! :facepalm:
    Must be a conspiracy theory in there about gun and bolt manufacturers somewhere... :)
     
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    Mostly metric, but some imperial on the older guns, and Theoben.
    I'm currently using Facom and Bondus. I prefer not to use the ball end type, as they can easily round out the screws.
    Make sure you use a decent make, cheap ones dont fit correctly.
     
  5. Crom

    Crom Crom is your Göd

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    Haha! Now you own Daystataes so you know they use a nasty and outdated mix of Metric and imperial hex/allen heads ;)
     
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  6. Crom

    Crom Crom is your Göd

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    Don't DS still use the same Imperial/Meteric mix even on new guns???
     
  7. Brooksy

    Brooksy Posting Addict

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    Rapids are usually Imperial, the rest Metric. I use a Britool set, very well made.
    Scope screws are smaller on the rings to try to prevent over tightening. Once you get used to the sizes it's not really that much of a faff.
    The only advice I'll give is, if the key doesn't feel right, think again before you apply torque.
     
  8. Lev Levvin

    Lev Levvin Beast of Bodmin !!

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    I’ve got my wolverine stripped down almost to valve levels...

    Nothing wrong with the outstandingly engineered rifle at all... just customising like I do to all of my kit

    All metric matey :thumb:

    I used to own a Harley heap of crap so still have numerous imperial tools available
     
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  9. Crom

    Crom Crom is your Göd

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    Well I'll go to the foot of our stairs!
     
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    Should have added I used to be a plumber, many years ago, so I know about buying decent tools, buy cheap buy twice, etc, etc.
    And I know about using the right tool for the right job, correct fitting, etc.
    I just have so many hex keys / allan keys, but never the right one to hand when I want it....
    Cheers guys, I'll stock up on metric.... :)
     
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  11. Lev Levvin

    Lev Levvin Beast of Bodmin !!

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    Bloody hell
    My dad used to say that :D
     
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  12. Lev Levvin

    Lev Levvin Beast of Bodmin !!

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    I keep meaning to buy a nice ‘T’ handle set of quality hex keys for the gun cabinet

    But other more interesting stuff to buy gets in the way
     
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    BKL mounts only need a single allen key, although it is imperial. :D
     
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  14. Crom

    Crom Crom is your Göd

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    Me too - when we had to putty glass in (I could do two hands at once), lead burn and boss. Roll lead joints in moleskin... when it used to take training and skill ;)
     
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    Crom Crom is your Göd

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    I said to an American once... he looked at me as if I was completely insane :D
     
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    Many years ago I used to turn up at local clay shoots on my Triumph T100S. Another guy always turned up on a Harley and, rather like the Daytona story, he found that he couldn't ever outrun my bike on the lanes. Anyway, having only a side stand whenever it rained he had to drain the floatchamber as the rain went down the bellmouth of the Tollotson! So next time out, he put an elasticated cover over the bellmouth. I rode home chuckling whilst he was still trying to get the cover out of the carb - good compression, eh?

    Rob.
     
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  17. Lev Levvin

    Lev Levvin Beast of Bodmin !!

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    Small world
    I ran my own plumbing company in Cornwall for years until I took poorly in 2014 and had to retire at 48 :(

    Was an OFTEC diagnostics engineer working with oil fired stuff
     
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    I know they have a mix on regals
     
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    Lev Levvin Beast of Bodmin !!

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    PhatMan Keyboard Hero

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    Hello to All,

    All of mine are metric, save for the BKL mount bolts, which are imperial.

    I use Bondhus, Wera, & Wiha keys.

    Have fun :)

    Best regards

    Russ
     
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