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Couple of newbie questions

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Dave AW, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. Dave AW

    Dave AW Active Member

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    Sorry but I have a couple of newbie questions.
    First, can I shot my rifle without pellets, or would it do harm to do this? The reason I ask is I would like to adjust the trigger.
    Second, I have some silicone spray oil, would this be ok to wipe down my rifle with? I will spray it into a cloth, then wipe the gun with the cloth.
    Cheers in advance.
     
  2. JD

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    Welcome to the agf Dave.

    Dry firing a rifle, all depends on which type of rifle it is ?

    and its ok to wipe your rifle with silcone sprayed on a cloth, but just a little go's along away. ; )
     
  3. Dave AW

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    Cheers JD.
    I have a hw77, under lever springer, would mine be ok?
     
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    Dont dry fire it. Opinions are divided as to what damage it will do but its simply not worth the risk. Make yourself a safe backstop of a cardboard box full of rags etc. and discharge a pellet safely into that.
     
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    This. If you don't dry-fire it, you'll never find out if it is detrimental to the rifle or not. Some say that the air in the cylinder will cushion the piston and piston seal enough to protect it when dry-firing, and others say that it won't.

    I don't dry-fire my springers.
     
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    Just shoot some pellets - that way you'll become accustomed to when the trigger releases the shot. Its the other half of the equation of having a sensitive trigger.o

    Also don't go too sensitive or it might ND. Always keep the gun pointed down range and at a safe target / pellet receptor.
     
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    Cheers guys. I won't take the chance.
    Mildot, want does ND mean?
     
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    negligent discharge :rolleyes:
     
  9. Dave AW

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    Thanks. :up:
     
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    hi mate, and welcome,

    re the questions ... pcp - ok to dry fire
    springers - no.

    gun care ... wipe down rifle, spray a little silicone onto cloth, then wipe over guns metalwork (use 2 cloths - one for the initial wipedown ((this can be washed as required, the second for the silicone application - dont wash this second cloth, just keep in a sealed bag. over time, this will become impregnated with silicone)), - a little goes a long way.
    hope i explained this cleaning procedure ok - if not, let me know !
     
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    not a springer man myself but I did read that some guys use cigarette filters to clean barrel and that springer owners can use them instead of pellet for dry firing without damage....maybe the experts can confirm?
     
  12. Dave AW

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    Cheers Steve. Would the first initial wipedown be with a dry clean cloth?
     
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    yes mate. first wipedown is to remove condensation and contaminents - the silicone/protectant is best applied to clean metalwork
     
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    when using felt pellets to clean the barrel I have always put a pellet behind it on my springer or the piston slams and will damage it.
     

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