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Bsa Meteor Super Mk3 Restoration Help.

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Mike Watkins, Nov 19, 2019.

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  1. Mike Watkins

    Mike Watkins Woodgate Mike.

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    Hi all.

    I’ve recently managed to reunite myself with my first every air rifle, a BSA Meteor, that a few years ago I sold to a friend and have now got back. Bought new in the very early 70’s it’s been a wonder friend.

    Anyway I would like to strip it down and put a tuning kit in but would like to know if anyone has done this, did it improve the gun and what is the best kit to buy. My ultimate aim is to have a really nice, smooth firing gun and not one so powerful it jumps out of my hands! It won’t be used for vermin, just target and plinking.

    Any help, thoughts or advise would be most welcome, many thanks, Mike.
     
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    Hello,
    This is a brief account of what I have done ever a few years of tinkering with my BSA Meteor Mk3 .22 that may give you some ideas, there are many other variations if you search the forums to pick and choose from - Good Luck

    Fitted Vortek vac seal to increase stroke by 4.5mm.
    Reamed the TP to 3.5mm.
    Fitted bespoke TbT Top Hat & slip washer.
    Got it up to producing 10.6ftlbs using a Titan spring but it was too harsh for me so have since put her back to about 8.5ftlbs using the original spring.
    Shortened the barrel by 3", re-crowned and threaded to take the HW mod.
    Front sight removed, rear sight and rear sight fitting block removed.
    High spots on the outer front and rear of the piston were filed and polished to achieve smooth sliding fit in the compression chamber, I had to grind flat the slightly domed nose of the piston to enable the Vortek seal adapter to seat flat.
    Enlarged the countersunk hole in the Vortek adapter to take a larger 6mm bolt (supplied with 5mm), made a 9mm thick round threaded fixing nut/washer that fits inside the piston to screw the Vortek adapter bolt into - this also provides an extra 16g of piston weight, the 26mm seal needed to be sized down to make a nice sliding fit.
    Trigger and sears polished and slightly re-profiled, it's a quite smooth pull now.

    Nick (Tinbum) advised against a Delrin rear spring guide in a Meteor as it has been tried before but they have cracked due to the tension and forces on the retaining pin, I’m sure if a good fitting metal guide was made to fit the spring it would benefit.

    Atvb,
    Rog
     
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    Mike Watkins Woodgate Mike.

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    Hey Rog, thank you so much for taking the time and letting me know what you did to yours, all very interesting and I will certainly have a close look at all your suggestions.

    It’s going to be a winter project and will let you know how I get on. A picture would be good!

    Thanks again buddy, cheers, Mike.
     
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    Ok Ok RW;).... Not the best pics I'm afraid but they're all I have. I don't have any pics of the internals & I don't have the scope on it now but a Williams peep sight.
     

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    Looks smart... :thumb:
     
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    Did you do the pyrography Mr.Fox...:shrug:...nice work...:up:
     
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    Yes I did Norman, I looked on YouTube and thought, "I can do that" so purchased a £5.00 iron and nibs from fleabay and set to it.
     
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    Nice one...most Meteor stocks are quite plain...your's looks a peach with the grain/butt pad & pyrography..well done..:)
     
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    Very cool! Some nice internal and external mods there.
    I'm using a custom made delrin spring guide and top hat in my Meteor, no problems.
    Also a ptfe piston liner and a quad ring, which means that it actually seals now (Meteor cylinders are never perfectly round).
    Internal polish. Carbine Lightning barrel. Lovely little gun
    (there is a front sight on the barrel now, but I use the gun mostly with a sixties Weaver B4 scope)

    [​IMG]
     
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    Very nice mate looks outstanding
     
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    Superb guys, I have a MK3 here in bits and need to start on it. Was my first ever airgun and is due a service :)
     
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    got a mk4 here that I found in a shed all there slight coat of rust would like to restore but a bit beyond my capability so will probably sell it.
     
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    Nice looking & some different tuning ideas Louis - when you say Quad Ring are you saying you have 4 o-rings on the piston head? any pics of it?
    Good to hear yr not having problems with the Delrin guide, I may have to give it a go and make one up one day.




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    Go on, go for it.
    This was my first gun too, aged 15 I paid £7 for it off my mate, he wanted to go to a disco on a Saturday night and needed the money, I’ll never part with it now.


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    Cheers. I got the quad ring idea from John Bowkett, who used them in his Meteor tunes in the eighties.
    It's basically an o-ring with two sealing surfaces instead of 1. I'll find a photo after work. Found some online from a Norwegian o-ring quality.
    I think NBR70. They work well. With the standard o-ring, I put my finger on the tp, cock the gun, doesn't seal well.
    With the quad ring, I get a nice strong vacuum. I can send one to you foc if you want to try.
     
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    Great idea from a great man. Keep hold of it for now, I'm getting a good seal with my version but you never know, I may try your way one day when I feel the the need to change again, it will happen;)

    Is it like this?...
     

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    Nice one, great tale and a keeper. Mine was my late dad's, he used it to shoot rats on the farm with and I first started using it when I was 10 years old. It's a keeper and I'm looking forward to breathing new life into it :)
     
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    Wow, that’s fantastic and if mine looks half as good I’ll be over the moon.

    Thanks for the photos and thanks to everyone else who contributed, all very helpfully. The Meteor may not be the best rifle ever made but it certainly brings back fond memories for those of us who had one.
     
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    These are mainly basket cases from house clearance and a few bits from fleabay, the little carbine is all the damaged bits reworked with a b2 front sight.:confused::D 20191120_144125.jpg 20191120_144147.jpg
     

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