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Advice Old School Bsa, Newbie Project

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by jdah90, Jun 26, 2018.

  1. jdah90

    jdah90 Newbie

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    I've just acquired a Mk 3 ( TE serial ) BSA super meteor .22, it's pretty mint, still in original box with original oil, targets, handbook and special BSA anti corrosion paper..

    The breech seal is decayed so I suspect the piston seal & others are leather and eroded. I believe it's had less than 500 pellets through it and has been unused for 40+ yrs.

    I intend to use it but will tidy the internal mechanical bits before doing so. I welcome any advice on where, what & who to go to for the best tuning kit etc

    Also Original spring or Titan replacement? ( most forums seem to suggest Ox best for Gates only )

    Thanks
    J
     
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  2. secretagentmole

    secretagentmole Low down, dirty and quiet...

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    Go original, thee old babies were never made to make 11 ft lb...
     
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  3. rabbitwrecker

    rabbitwrecker The Tree Hunter...

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    Agreed, keep it original, especially in the condition you describe. Chambers or Knibbs for spares...
     
  4. Deadshot

    Deadshot For Queen For Country and For Us

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    Don't put an Ox spring in it it will make it too harsh just use a standard spring I have the same model MK3 TE prefix number 788 mine was in pretty bad shape when I got it and after having it stored away for some time am only just getting round to bringing it back from the dead. As far as piston seal goes I have upgraded to a 26mm Vortek Molly Parachute type seal with adaptor this modification does away with the standard piston head the Buffer washer and piston O ring and also increases the swept volume next on the list is having the transfer port drilled out to 3.2mm's.


    I'm playing around with mine because it can only improve it I've got nothing to lose it wasn't in real good condition hadn't been looked after quite the opposit it had been neglected and abused to hell "and had a naff looking camo wrap on the stock which looked shocking so that got the heave ho straight away had it been as good as you say yours is it would have been stripped and serviced just to bring it back up to par.
    With yours being standard though and in good original condition I'd just get the standard seals for it and a new spring but replace the breech seal with a Weirhauch type they are better than the BSA ones but don't fit an Ox spring it wont do it any favours.
     
  5. jdah90

    jdah90 Newbie

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    Thanks for the tips chaps... appreciated
     
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    cloverleaf Super Moderator Staff Member Mod/Admin

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    Yes, do the breech seal as they turn to mush. Conversely the pistons use an O-ring which rarely give trouble so I'd leave this along unless its visibly damaged; indeed they're usually damned tight when new and take a set over time, so replacing it might actually harm efficiency.

    Agree about Ox; Titans are good (and better quality than OEM BSAs, unsurprisingly) but will need cutting down so you'll need appropriate equipment. I'd be inclined to strip, clean and relube; replacing bits as necessary (most likely just the breech seal and possibly spring).

    Have fun ;)
     
  7. jdah90

    jdah90 Newbie

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    Thanks for all the tips & pointers chaps, I followed the sensible route and got a bag of bits from Knibbs

    I completed it today, pulled it all back together and its all nice and smooth, on the plus side it looks pretty and works
    On the negative, its dieseling so must have some oil/grease in the cylinder - I'll see if it clears after a few more pellets before stripping again

    I picked up a cheap chinese scope on the internet, lesson learned, I may as well strap a banana to it for all the accuracy it provides - no more cheap scopes ...

    I shall persevere, try and clear the residue, have another go at zeroing in the scope and see how we get on, the main thing is I've spent all day fiddling about & twiddling with bits of an airgun and enjoyed the experience

    Suppose I'll have to do another one now ...practice makes better springers
     
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    zip ting Engaging Member

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    Well done, I would have used the iron sights if they were fitted.
     
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    rabbitwrecker The Tree Hunter...

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    Pictures please...
     
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  10. mikeyhall1

    mikeyhall1 Pepe Le Pew

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    How about some photos:D:thumb:
     
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