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One for the older members of the Forum

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Patrick, Feb 15, 2014.

  1. Patrick

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    Does anyone remember the name of the guy who used to write the airgun articles in Guns Review magazine back in the 1970's.I remember he wrote quite a comprehensive article on tuning,this was before the advent of any dedicated airgun magazines.He used BSA meteors for the article and got the .177 up to about 700-750fps and the .22 to about 550-600fps.He did this with just fettling and polishing the internal parts and using Abbey lubricants(their sales must have soared after that article).The only mod he made was to bevel/chamfer the compression chamber side of the transfer port and he used no special springs or other fancy pieces.I think that article was partly responsible for spawning a whole new business in airgun tuning.Was it Dennis Hillier?
     
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    Yes ,I'm pretty certain it was him but wanted someone to allay my doubts,you could well be right bhodge. Mind you I think it might have been Gerald Cardew come to think of it,someone put my mind at rest please :confused:
     
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    Hi mate, I don't claim to know the answer to the original question so I Googled the guy's name...the book link was the result!
    I hope someone who DOES know the answer can confirm it for you.
    Good luck mate.
     
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    secretagentmole Low down, dirty and quiet...

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    John Bowkett used to tune Meteors to that performance level, don't know if he ever wrote any articles though!
     
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    No definitely wasn't John Bowkett Mr Mole
     
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    I don't know if it was him that Patrick was thinking of, but John used to write a monthly feature under his own name on tuning and technicalities, called The Pro Files.
     
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    No definitely wasn't him.This guy wrote a regular airgun column in the magazine and I believe he did it for quite a number of years.I kept the article for ages but it eventually got thrown away.This was in the days when most airgun maintenance consisted of a drop of 3in1 oil on the cocking linkage etc and if the spring was replaced a smear of grease(what ever was available) on that and a couple of drops of oil on the inside of the cylinder.The more conscientious kept leather washers,which some manufacturers were still using, supple with something like neatsfoot oil
     

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