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BSA Mercury/Challenger TLC

Discussion in 'Vintage collectable airguns' started by Deejayuu, Mar 6, 2014.

  1. Deejayuu

    Deejayuu Donator

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    Mercury, Challenger. Before.jpg This arrived today for TLC. Belongs to a relative. No stock screws and some ugly posidrives holding brackets just hope they're not self tapping. Woodwork better than fair and metal too good to re blue methinks. Cocks and uncocks OK.
    Any ideas on output in good condition please.
     
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    I always regret selling mine, 11+ fpe when run in.

    To remove the piston I think the scope rail has to be tapped off ?
     
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    Nice rifles the challengers will watch this thread with interest.

    Gaz
     
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    Don't hold breath. Got to find the garage floor first, after "redesign, then tick a couple of rash promises. :rolleyes:
     
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    The ugly posidrive screws holding on the guide bracket are correct and standard BSA screws on the Challenger! BSA manufacturing standards were pretty low in those days I'm afraid,though the Challenger is about the best breakbarrel BSA ever made IMO, I have two of them one in .177 and one in .22.

    They are capable of 12ftlbs in all calibres.Stock screws and bolt available here,

    http://www.airgunspares.com/store/product/6672/BSA-Stock-Bolt-Late-Pattern-Part-No.-16-1115L/

    http://www.airgunspares.com/store/product/6633/BSA-Front-Stock-Screw-Part-No.-16-1008/

    Ask for the larger dome headed Challenger stock screws.The above will fit,but not as neat!

    ATB.
     
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    Thanks mrtho, still ugly tho' and the new ones are not brilliant.
     
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    Well it's now secure in stock no barrel wobble and had a good wipe down.


    View attachment 95949 View attachment 95948


    Chrono says low 500's Ft/s but breech seal is perished.
    Owner doesn't want to go too far with stock/action finish and I agree.
    Internals may be required but only if.
     
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    You don't have to go too far, my Mercury was degreased, relubed with original spring and new washer/ buffer / breech seal and after a tin of pellets it reached 11ft easily. Low recoil and easy to cock. Tuning would increase the power but also probably change the cycle/ recoil etc. it's also surprisingly accurate once I found its preferred pellets, which was also a surprise, good with Superdomes but even better with Caledonians.
     
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    really nice rifle that, deep colour on stock is excellent, classic looking weapon:up:
     
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    First rifle I had was a Challenger, would have been 15-16.
    I remembered it being a long rifle that felt chunky to me at the time.
    A local shop had a second hand one which I went to have a look at.
    It was quite rough all over but what struck me how small and slender it was, not how I had remembered it at all.
     
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    Thanks for looking will report back when breech seal is sorted.
     
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