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Break in of a break barrel air gun

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by rajod, Mar 24, 2014.

  1. rajod

    rajod Member

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    I was wondering what happens during the break in period of a break barrel piston gun.

    I have a Beeman GS 950 that has around 300 shots fired. The accuracy is terrible. The pattern is the size of a pie plate at 25 yards. Some times I get 3 shots near same hole but then some just fly 3 inches low or left. Its all over the place. I am using a scope made for airguns.

    I would take it back but the manual says 500-1000 shots to break in.

    Will it magically shoot well once past 500?

    Even if the pressure is varying some due to the spring breaking it that does not explain the shots spraying all over. I've tried pellets from 5gram to 12 gram. The best seem to be 10 -12 gram range. It does not come close to my PCPs which were perfect right out of the box.

    I think it says .25 ctc at 10 yards. Its not close to that.

    The gun shop I purchased it at basically say I am stuck with it. That I could try Beeman.

    Well I did try, it appears there are two beemans now.

    1. German made - ie R1s that are still good.
    2. China made - which are junk
    3. Spain made - which are better than china not as good as german.

    Mine is made in Spain but I can't locate who services them.

    I'll put 300 more shots through it. Maybe it will come around.

    For giggles I took an old crosman 770 (a rifled barrel version of the 760) put 8 pumps in it and it shoots better than the 300.00 beeman. Its a 80.00 gun. go figure.
  2. oliver13

    oliver13 Donator

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    About 500 pellets is considered to be enough to break in a springer, but 300 should be enough to settle it down considerably, it sounds like you may have hold issues.
    Springers have a very complicated recoil & it all happens before the pellet has left the barrel so consistency of hold is very important, just changing you hand position on the forend will change the point of impact, & if the gun is touching anything solid, even a bean bag it will be all over the place.
    Getting your hold right & keeping it there is a big challenge, but perhaps bizarrely is what makes shooting springers so satisfying, when you can shoot one of those you can shoot anything.
    You could do worse than have a look on YouTube for 'Artillery Hold' & see if that helps at all?
  3. robstat

    robstat Well-Known Member

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    Brierley Hill
    Also check the stock screws and scope mounts are tight, maybe even the barrel pivot bolt. What pellets are you using? Have you tried more than one brand?
    Just re read and you have already tried several pellets, your gun is a re badged Norica which although not top of the range should be better than a splatter gun.
    If it doesn't improve you should take it back for a refund because it obviously isn't fit for purpose if you can't get it to group at all.
    You should also try another scope just to rule that out.
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2014
  4. richardscar

    richardscar Donator

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    may help or not but my xs208 (Chinese) will not group(3inch group at 15 yrds) at all with many other pellets apart from with aa field or jsb(same pellet I think ) atb , rich .

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