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BSA meteor help

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Spud719, Jun 12, 2014.

  1. Spud719

    Spud719 Engaging Member

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    Hi guys how's things? Just a quick one

    Just bought a BSA meteor for £25 off a friend, fires well with little recoil and it's a tad rough around the edges as expected, the only problem is I have to put my finger behind the trigger when I cock it or it won't cock at all.

    Why is this problem occurring and how do I fix it? I'm thinking it's just a problem with a pin or something?

    Thanks in advance :)
     
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    Sounds like the trigger spring may have broken...it's a fairly straightforward job to replace. Remove the stock, then remove the two pins in the trigger frame. You can then 'carefully' pull the trigger parts out for inspection. The trigger spring looks a bit like an 'opened out paperclip'. If it's snapped then change it...if it's not then give the trigger parts a clean & degrease.
    Let us know how you get on.
    bhodge.
     
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    Cheers mate :) I'm taking it all appart and replacing the seals n things anyway as I want a solid rifle even though it's just going to be a plinker
     
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    Let us know how you get on
     
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    You'll find stripping & rebuilding an old Meteor is very therapeutic...and so enjoyable that you'll probably want to do another one before long!
     
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    Was given a meteor a while ago. The cocking arm was shot at and had been used like that for some time. I replaced with a new one and it worked fine but it used to clack when I cocked it. Found out the new cocking arm was following the old ones groove made in the inner stock. I filled the void and it worked fine after that. I am not saying that is whats wrong with yours but if the cocking arm is dipping it may not be engaging with the trigger properly.
    Lee.
     
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    I'll buy a new cocking arm too or just make one as I'm a steel worker :) by cocking arm you mean the bar that goes from the barrel to the piston when you pull the barrel down?

    [​IMG]

    This? ^
     
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    If you're going to get a new cocking arm then it would be worth getting a new retaining pin for it...the temporary job that someone's done on the current one will eventually wear away the inside of the stock. By the way there's also a spacer that goes on the pin between the two short links at the front of the arm....you need one of them too!
     
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    Yes it is the arm that connects the barrel to the piston.
    Lee.
     
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    Does anyone know if the trigger unit is the same on a Mk7 as those on earlier models? My Mk7 trigger is quite stiff and I think it needs dismantling and easing the operation. The leaflet accompanying the rifle shows adjustment screws that are not apparent on mine and BSA have failed to answer my queries or get back to me despite phone calls and emails.
    Despite the tight trigger I am getting some good results/groupings at up to 25yds but would like a much smoother trigger.
    I realise everyone seems to say these are Gamos and not real BSA's but it was my first rifle bought last year and I want to hang on to it for my grandchildren to use as the TX200HC is far too heavy for them.
    Dag
     
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    I doubt very much that they are the same trigger unit. I am of the opinion too that they are not real meteors as they are (mk6 and 7) both made in Spain as you know and bear little resemblance to the old models. I'm not saying they a aren't as good I've never tried one and original meteors although I have a soft spot for then were never the best gun going.
     
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    Here, here....couldnt have put it better myself.
    Mk6 & 7 are totally different animals.
     
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    From the Mk6 onward all the triggers look like pure Gamo, https://www.gunspares.co.uk/categories/24305/Meteor/
    & I know there was a QC problem with barrels for a period maybe 2008/9? - it seems like getting a decent BSA is a matter of buying secondhand or a bit of a lottery if you buy a new one.
     
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    Got another quick question, which is the best spring to go with for a meteor?

    The Titan xs or the Ox main spring?
     
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    Don't bother with either of them. They will both overspring the gun causing excessive recoil and excessive wear on the gun, cocking will be harder and you will most probably find less power. Those springs are made not for one specific gun but a number of guns and need to be fine tuned by cutting off a number of coils to suit.

    Do yourself and the gun a favour and fit a standard spring from knibbs as these are the ones designed for the meteor.

    The meteor is really a dainty little gun and those springs should only be used in bigger guns that can take the extra power of those springs and even then they need to be cut to suit the gun.
     
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    Ah right it thought they were made for the meteor cheers for the advice :)
     
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    The older Meteor's are designed as a sub 10ftlb's gun, that's generally why they have such good manners - light weight & recoil leading to improved accuracy.

    When I was younger one of my mates put a Ox spring in, pre chrono days it wasn't more powerful that I could see, it definitely wasn't accurate & sounded like a car crash everytime he pulled the trigger. I tried one myself in an Airsporter being brainwashed by the hype in their adverts, & found the same - plus when I took it out after a week the square section wire had chewed up the inside of the piston & there was swarf everywhere. Some people like them though & have had good results, but probably not in a Meteor...

    Titan springs are excellent & I use a few but they are supplied over long & need to be shortened, you have to cut off the surplus, collapse a coil & refinish the end - & pay 18 quid for the privilege, I'd just get a bog standard spring & fit that.

    Over the years it's done alright despite the lower power, as millions of dead rabbits, rats & pigeons can testify.
     
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    I have refurbed 3 meteors, in the last 12 month and all had part of the trigger spring broken all 3 fired though, so must be a very common fault!
    Best of luck with the refurb mate, post some pictures!!!
     
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    Ah right so if I just change everything for new and service it once a year all will be good?

    Also please can someone tell me what model meteor mine is?
     

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