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Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Badger Bob, Feb 23, 2008.

  1. Badger Bob

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    I took my old .22 BSA Mercury to Otmoors gun shop today to have it looked over as it has been up in the loft for a long while.No problem he said new spring,washers etc £75 and it will be like new. [​IMG] Great I said thinking how many rabbits will meet there end with this rifle.Then the dream went pop.Hang on a minute he said lets check the barrel it does not look right.I was right he said the barrels bent. [​IMG] With a new barrel it would not be cost efective as I could buy a new BSA Supersport for £175. [​IMG] Its ok saying buy a new rifle but money is tight at the moment and I know nothing about the BSA Supersport at all so I said I will think about it.So what do I do now save some more money and get the BSA Supersport Or try and get a decent secondhand gun? I still have not looked for anywhere to shoot yet as I was waiting to find out about the Mercury.I realy want to start up again but I am so gutted that I do not know what to do now. [​IMG]
    Sorry about the sob story but I had to tell someone.Bob
     
  2. Andy

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    If the barrel is only slightly bent you can bend them back, any gun smith should be able to sort it out, or you can do it yourself just put the barrel between two surfaces and whack it back, that's all most gun smiths would do.
    Sounds to me like they just want to sell you a new gun, is the gun working ok, if so just get it tested to see what it's power is at.
    As long as there are no broken parts and no side to side slack in the barrel it may only need a new main spring £10, breech seal and piston washer (couple a pound) if the power is down.
    You could do it yourself for around £20 just buy the parts a fit them.
     
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    FXpoacher Engaging Member

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    I wouldnt try "whacking" it back!.
    Whack it to hard and you knacker the rifling inside!

    Even a bent barrel should still fire ok as the exit point still remains constant.
    The problem you will have is zeroing in your baby. You may probably have to shim your scope to account for the bend but otherwise it wont be noticable over 20-30yards.

    Put out an add and see if you can find a second hand one for spareparts. I'm sure there are others sitting in attics waiting for a use!:)
     
  4. steve410

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    Depends on how bent it is !!!! If It's that bad what have you got to lose.I'd give it a whack :D
     
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    badger bob

    if you can get your gun to me i`ll do it for you

    steve 410 attached is a picture i took at banham zoo last year , very simular to your sig picture

    cheers
    jon
     
  6. andyhawkx3

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    Yep, look's just like Steve;):D
     
  7. steve410

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    Great pictures Jon :) I love birds of prey.Nice :up:
     
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    "Whacking" it doesn't sound very precise, and yes it does sound like they're trying to sell you a new rifle but to be honest the Supersport is a great gun, probably one of the best sellers of all time - you can't go wrong.
     
  9. Badger Bob

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    Just took the gun to AdenbourneFieldSports.He gave it a good look over and said that the barrel is ok no bend :shock: .The seals are ok it just needs the barrel to have a bit of a clean which I could do myself.He even took it round the back and fired a pellet through it.He said there is nothing wrong with that it just put a pellet through a pallet. :shock: He even bench zeroed the scope for me to see if it was ok.Guess who is going to get my business from now on.So there is life in the old girl yet. :D Now I have just got to find somewhere to shoot.
    Many Thanks for all your replys.Bob :D
     
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    glad to hear its all gone well mate. i can't believe what the bloke at otmoors said to you, slimey git!

    pete.
     
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    Bent barrel

    Good for you Badger,you've got a good gun there. If you ever do need to straighten a barrel, a whack is what it takes! Use a big vice , leather or wood padding , a lead or copper hammer and a straight edge to check after each careful bash. I had to do it to an HW 57 once. The secret of airgun repairs etc. is not to panic or hurry. Take your time, study the problem and ask for advice on the forum!! Good luck. Mick.
     
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    ...or, if you're afraid of hitting a bent barrel, sell the gun to a fairground ;-) (gives punters less chance of winning a teddy!)

    Seriously though, glad you got the gun working ok....you could have even considered binning it on what that shop told you... :-(
     
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    What your bird pray for, mine prays to win the lotto, a new car, bigger house.....and so on....you gotta love em:D:D:D
     
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    Mine preys that that I'll bog off,:eek:
     

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