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Hen's teeth: Left-handed Walnut TX200 Mk2, .177

Discussion in 'Gun Gallery' started by cloverleaf, Jul 18, 2013.

  1. cloverleaf

    cloverleaf Super Moderator Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    I make no secret that I'm a big fan of Air Arms guns, and while I've got too many already there's a small list in my head of stuff that I'll basically buy there and then if given the chance on account of its rarity. We're not talking uber-desirable or valuable rarity; just that I'm left-handed so need a suitable rifle configuration.

    A couple of the guns on the list are any Mk1 and Mk2 TX200 variants in walnut and .177. I have a full-length Mk3 LH Walnut in .177, and a basket case Mk1 SR, also LH Walnut and .177. Assuming some numbers there shouldn't be many of these about - consider that maybe 30% of TXs sold were .177, 10% were Left-handed and say 20% were Walnut; leaving less than 1% of total guns sold fitting my requirements.

    I keep an eye on various classifieds and spotted the subject rifle for sale, POA, some distance away in Wales. This was shortly after my price on application thread, the resultant attitude reinforced by the posts of others on the thread being that the seller would be a tosspiece of epic proportion.

    Quelling my sarcasm I enquired as to the price and larger photos, to be pleasantly surprised by the response. There was some fairly major corrosion in places and I made an offer accordingly, which was accepted :)

    I spent most of last night hooning around the beautiful countryside of Gloucestershire, Monmouthshire and Glamorgan. The journey was 226 miles and took about 5 1/2hrs.. I got home just before 12am. The seller was a top bloke; totally dispelling my assumptions about the sort of people who post "POA" ads (although perhaps he's the exception to the rule :p).

    So.. here's what I've ended up with:

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    Good points are:

    - It's reasonably unmolested
    - The stock and main action cylinder are free from any major damage


    Bad points are:

    - There's significant corrosion on the barrel and muzzle end
    - The stock's not the most inspiring piece of Walnut
    - The factory bluing (or rather standard of polishing) is generally a bit crap; especially when compared to the Mk3


    The gun was put over the chrony earlier; producing around 10.5ftlbs with JSB Exacts. It was promptly stripped, to find the piston seal dry and swathes of thick brown (waterpump?) grease covering the spring. Everything was cleaned up and some light surface corrosion was removed from the piston. The compression cylinder was abused with some fine wet and dry to remove (or at least improve) some shallow corrosion marks on the compression cylinder and replicate the original "brushed" finish.

    I polished down a burr on the flame-cut underlever cocking linkage that was causing it to bind on the underlever, and dressed down the slightly raised edges of the dovetails (where mounts had been slightly over-tightened in the past) with a brass bar; which worked very well :) I also re-aligned the wonky muzzle assy and had a go at removing some of the rust - which has also removed some of the bluing and exposed some (expected) shallow pitting :rolleyes:

    It was all chucked back together with some moly and after some naughty velocities (thanks to some dieselling) has settled down to about 11.7ftlbs.

    It's now wearing my Weaver K6 6x40 and I was planning on giving it an outing to the club tonight; although I'm still knackered and can't be arsed. Perhaps tomorrow.. I'm certainly interested to see how it shoots in comparison to the longer-stroked Mk3.

    I'm not sure what to do with it - part of me wants to get it re-blued (with a little stock work it'd look mint afterwards) however this would probably push the cost to more than it's worth, and it wouldn't be original..

    I suppose I'd best see how it shoots first :p
     
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  2. Mad Marine

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    I for one still thinks its a keeper and deserve the rebluing

    But I like AA too:D
     
  3. ithica -john

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    that looks nice - even for a 'leftie'....:rolleyes:

    ''The factory bluing (or rather standard of polishing) is generally a bit crap; especially when compared to the Mk3''


    i'm posting my TX200HC to next week

    Richard Harvey Firearm Finishing Services
    RFD Northants 34/00000001841


    Mob: 07975 669555

    barrel and underlever badly scored and scratched
    I'll let you know the finished result

    john
     
  4. The Robin

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    Very nice :up:
     
  5. cloverleaf

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    Thanks chaps :)

    I did actually get up the club last night, and found some interesting results when comparing the rifle to the Mk3 :)

    John - thanks for the information - I'll be interested to see how it turns out. I got a Mk1 SR done by Colin Malloy at Manchester Airguns. Generally I was very pleased with it, but it had lost some of it's originality where the stamped details (model, serial, calibre) had been polished back a bit. This was evidently neccessary on the SR as it was pretty badly corroded; hopefully this Mk2 won't need such drastic attention. Do you mind chucking me a PM with an idea of cost please?
     
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    I'm a lefty but shoot right handed. The breech is on the left side but is the beartrap mechanism is still on the right?
     
  7. cloverleaf

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    Yes, that's normal. Tbh it handles really nicely; I'd go so far to say that ergonomically the LH rifle (and placement of the anti-beartrap latch on the right) is better for left-handers than the RH rifle is for right-handers :)
     
  8. cloverleaf

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    I'd been testing this rifle with AA Field 4.51; it wasn't enormously consistent so yesterday I tried some Exact 4.52 - to my surprise it gained about half a foot-pound and was hence now a bit naughty.

    I planned to swap the .177 piston weight for a .22 item, however it refused to part company with the (original) spring, so a new item was fitted. With the .22 weight it was right on the money (at about 11.6ft.lb) and according to my magical spreadsheet running at an impressive 35% efficiency.

    Tonight I put a few quick shots through it at the club; managing this 5-shot group freestanding at 20yds:

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    This rifle has to be my favourite springer to use atm; the firing cycle is so crisp, clean, immediate and forgiving (for a spring gun).

    Well pleased with it so far :up:
     
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  9. jeremy

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    that is so good springer at 20 yds!!!!!!!!! fantastic nice one.
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  10. cloverleaf

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    Ta - it's certainly a lot easier to shoot like this than my Mk3.. had I used that I suspect the target would have looked like it had been hit with a 12 bore :p
     
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    I do like to see a correct handed gun, nice shooting there too mate ;)
     
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  12. cloverleaf

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    d******d Photobucket images binned :)
     
  13. Jagdwaffen

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    I too am fast becoming an AirArms fan, just picked up a walnut Prosport in .22 which shoots amazingly. It goes well with my Walnut TX200 HC also in .22. Only really dipped my toe into AirArms this year, they really are great spring air rifles.
     
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