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pcp servicing

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by aldablue, Dec 22, 2013.

  1. aldablue

    aldablue Engaging Member

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    Hi, how often should a PCP get serviced? also can you service them yourself? TBH Iv'e never really been interested in PCP's but the more I read about them the more I'm wanting 1. The expense of pumps/tanks etc was putting me off but once bought thats it except for refills and the servicing of them. thanks :)
     
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    Thats what i was worried about the price of it all and got a ultra with hills pump. I never looked back mate. The pumpnhas paid formitself now i was spending more on co2 cartridges. I got mine from the airgun centre and can send it to them as kuch as i pike for a service. Id recomend at least once a year. Just for a check up. I will be sending mine after xmas.

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    most basic maintenance you can do yourself - seal changes and the like, as well as a good strip down and clean. It gets a bit complicated with anti tamper guns and ones with regulators fitted, but it's not impossible given a bit of time, patience and not rushing things! The thing with sending it off to be serviced is you know it's been done by an approved gunsmith (useful if you want to sell it on) and it's not your responsibility if something is screwed up in the service! If you do it yourself, it's your responsibility to leave the gun at a legal power level for any type of pellet, not just the one you use regularly. No decent gunsmith would hand back a serviced gun OVER the legal limit, but they should chrono it as part of the service.
    Depending on the gun and the person doing it, it's usually £65 upwards. It's a good starting point if you can feel that the gun isn't quite right - either by a power dip, pressure peculiarities, or just not shooting as sweetly, but as to a regular service? 18 months for me, it's not used super heavily and actually there are very few things to go wrong in a PCP. if it ain't broke and all that...
     
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    Hi,

    I just run mine over my chrono regularly to check all is well and then leave it alone. Most PCPs have few moving parts and not much in the way of greasy internal bits as most run fairly 'dry' . Just a wee bit of oil/grease on bolts, magazine index mechanisms etc when required.

    I have AA and Logun PCP's and find them easy to carry out jobs on when required which very seldom due to simplicity of operation. Makes me laugh when people go on about how easy springers are to work on and then go on to talk about making shims or colapsing coils to get power levels correct. This is simple to do and grease free on all of my PCP's.

    Before the PCP hate mail starts flowing I have a springer and gasram as well and working on those is not as simple (or clean).

    Maybe people still have a fear of PCP's thinking they are in some way hi-tech. Maybe some rifles are but speaking for my S410 and S400 there is nothing 'techie' about them just good functional design and manufacture and easy (and cheap) to get spares for.

    Anti-tamper can be a pain but it is no longer fitted to my kit. I want to be in control of the legality of my gear and the only way to do that is to be able to control power levels myself. After all I am responsible ultimately for keeping it legal not some gun shop somewhere.

    Coming right back to the question after my typing practice. If it aint broke don't fix it. This may go against some peoples thinking but if my rifles are running ok then I leave alone. Besides seals/o-rings usually leak when they have been disturbed.

    Mark
     
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    thanks for replies, thought there was a lot more to them tbh, another of my main concerns was that I didnt want to be carrying a recharge bottle or pump around but read somewhere that you get about 60 shots from a fill, more than enough for a days hunting. I'm defo swayed. I think the wife has got me a c02 for christmas, picking a crosman 2240 or 50 up on the 27th. Looks like I will have to sneak a pcp in as well. I can see a divorce on the cards haha.
     
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    The lowest number of shots I'm aware of for most mainstream sub 12 ft/lbs guns is 30 ish from a .177 BSA Ultra. If you get 30 shots in a hunting trip, either you've got a heck of a lot of stuff to shoot, or you're a dreadful shot! Most have at least 50-60, the big buddy bottle guns have 200+. They're really not that complicated to work on. The other big advantage is they're no way near as affected by temperature differences as CO2 guns are. They're more expensive to buy than springers, but defo worth the money in the field.
     
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    Sending a gun for a yearly service will soon add up to quite a bit of cash in postage, you're also relying on someone else to do a good job on your behalf, I thought that a few years ago until a so called warranty repair caused more damage than the original problem. You're better off learning how to do it yourself or finding a local gunsmith.
     

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