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Airsporter servicing for a dummy!

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by stevieb, Jun 16, 2014.

  1. stevieb

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    Hey, following on from other threads I want to strip & recon my old BSA Airsporter .22 (MkVI?). I wonder if anyone here could provide me with a 'dummies guide to'. I don't intend to replace the seals or spring but give it a good fettling, de/re grease in preparation for shooting. It's been laid up for the best part of fifteen years but still operates & shoots fine. It's not a case 'of if it ain't broke' just that I reckon it would benefit with a good clean & lubrication.

    A step by step guide would be much appreciated.
     
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    You might find things like that on Youtube or a Google search. I pretty much go with the afore mentioned adage myself.
     
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    If you going to strip it the hardest part is usually getting the trigger block undone. Once you've managed that the rest is straight forward.A word of CAUTION though the spring is under a fair amount of preload tension so be careful when undoing the trigger block.You'd be silly to strip it down and not replace the piston 'O' Ring and piston head buffer as they will almost certainly be knackered.
     
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    If you've got access to the Airgun B B S, Airsporters/Mercury's are covered in the idiots Guide to Classic Airgun Strips in the collectors section, page 3 post 39 onwards.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback. I think I will restrict myself to separating the barrel from the stock, giving a liberal application of degreaser around the moving parts. Clean off then re-lubricate. The stock itself needs attention insofar as a previous owner had attempted to varnish it. The resulting finish is as rough a they come. I never bothered to do anything with it but will strip, stain (possibly in a nut brown colour) & finish properly.
     
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    Airgun B B S? What's this?
     
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    Just be careful with degreaser mate. Spring guns are pretty straight forward engineering, but if you pour degreaser into the workings of any mechanism, inevitably, some of it will get left behind. Ultimately, no matter how well you think you've "re-greased" it, this will lead to the mechanism experiencing dry metal on metal contact....not good.

    The only way to do the job properly is to strip the gun down to it's component parts, degrease and re-grease the parts that should be lubricated before reassembly, possibly replacing the mainspring and certainly the breech seal. DON'T even think about stripping the action unless you have a decent spring compressor, otherwise your best case scenario is going to be a hole in a wall and trigger springs, mainsprings and many other bits all over the garage floor! Worst case scenario is a fast trip to A&E and I guarantee it won't be pretty :eek:

    On the bright side, whilst the gun is stripped down you could consider taking the opportunity to put in one of Tinbums excellent drop-in tuning kits in it! :up:.

    In all honesty mate, my best advice would be to leave it alone unless you're confident you can strip and reassemble it safely.

    Atb

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  9. gixxer

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    From memory it wasn't a difficult strip down. I did a mk 6 few years ago .it was worth stripping deburing and polishing .along with a sleve.
    if I remember right it had a steel rear guide which I polished I'm sure unless it was my superstar .
    The only thing I remember that you need to be cautiouse of is removing the loading tap as their is a ball bearing and tiny spring that can become stuck in transfer port if not removed correctly.

    but once stripped down if you look down cylinder and carefully open tap and hold it up to the light if it looks like a perfect almond eye shape opening equally each side theirs little point removing other than to lube. So IDE leave it.

    have a look underneath once it's out the stock you will see leaver securing pins so on which simply remove.
     
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    Upon reading the responses I think I won't bother tinkering with the innards of the thing. I still need to lubricate the workings though so what do you suggest? A good hosing down with WD40 (that dries though) or spray grease or another lubricant I am unaware of?
     
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    If you want to relube it, fella, you have to strip it. Disassembling an Airsporter is pretty straightforward. If you don't want to strip it then my advice would be to leave it alone. As mentioned above, half a job is the worst thing you could do.
     
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    If you're not going to strip the gun and want to lube it you could probably put some moly grease on the spring through the cocking slot in the cylinder and a couple of drops of something like Abbey SM50 lube on the inside of the cylinder wall,not ideal but better than nothing. the SM50 could be used on cocking linkage as well but WD40 should only be used on outside of the gun to protect the metalwork and do this by spraying a small amount on a piece of cloth then wipe the metal work over it,don't spray it directly on to the gun.If you want to take the loading tap out remove the loading tap lever then with you right hand cupped under the gun by the loading port push the tap out from left to right,this will catch the ball bearing and spring.There's a shim washer under the loading tap lever so don't loose it.To refit it just reverse the procedure.
     
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    Thanks. That's what I'll do. I will separate the metal from the stock first. I don't have a lot of tools or know how but want to want to make sure that the rifle is lubricated as, after all those years in the loft the cocking lever is proving very stiff.
     
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    You might have to strip it anyway, if the cocking lever is stiff it's most likely the buffer washer behind the piston seal disintegrating & jamming things up, BSA used some self degenerating plastic & pretty much any BSA air gun of that vintage will need to be sorted for that alone, replacements are cheap though.
     
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    Could it be better to leave it to an RFD or perhaps a fellow member? I don't mean to put people off stripping guns and doing stuff yourself as it's a great way to learn but if you don't have the capable tooling then it may become dangerous very quickly.
     

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