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Pellet choice for my vintage airgun

Discussion in 'Vintage collectable airguns' started by davidbue, Jun 3, 2015.

  1. davidbue

    davidbue Newbie

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    Hi all, so nice to meet you!

    I've just signed up, and this is my very first post. I'm so excited! Name is David, and I reside in Denmark, just cross the pond.

    Now, I have a story for y'all. When I was around age 12, I lost my grandfather on my mothers side. I never met him in person. He was a sailor and divorced my grandmother while he was still at young age in favour of sailing the seven seas. When he passed away he left me one item to inherit. His old air gun that I believe he himself owned while he was a boy.


    Throughout my young teens I treasured this gun. It was perfect to me as I could break and shoot it with ease, but I had alway had trouble getting it to fire its pellets properly. More often than not it took least two attempts to get the pellet fired, as there was simply not enough pressure behind the pellet to expel it from the barrel.

    Dialling the clock forth till today, I've decided to dust off the old air gun, and give it a much needed overhaul. I have just finished reassembling the gun. I have thoroughly soaked the old leather gasket in oil, greased up the spring and replaced the breach seal. Alas. The old issue with getting the gun to fire reliably is still there. I know for certain that the seals are doing their job. I attempt to fire a pellet, but it barely get pushed a few mils into the barrel. When I break the gun to try once more, I hear a distinct "pop" from the chamber as the built up pressure in the chamber being released. This tells me that all the seals are in a healthy condition. My reasoning from this is that it can only be the spring that is to weak, or the pellets that are too tight of a fit to the barrel. The spring, though not very strong, seem to still be straight and in a good condition. Could it be that it is the pellets being too tight of a fit?

    My question is therefore: What pellets are you guys using in your vintage guns? Does any of you have a recommended pellet that is known to have a loose fit, and thus is easily fired?

    I am very much looking forward to your answers.

    All the best,
  2. Shoto1

    Shoto1 Donator

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    Welcome to the forum ~ I am sure some sage advice will be along soon from some of the more experienced and excellent members.

    Nice rifle too :cool:
  3. bobbie1

    bobbie1 Busy Member

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    fylde coast ,,,
    Hi David welcome , you don't say what cal it is but it's prob a .177 as it looks like a junior rife ,
    because of the smaller size these never had a lot of power even when new ,
    you could try a new spring and piston washer,
    also check that its not loosing air when fired from the breech washer area ,
    let us know how you get on ,
  4. Tripleteer

    Tripleteer Donator

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    Hi Dave, Welcome along to THE forum,Hope you enjoy your stay with us. atb Paul. What a lovely old rifle! Sounds like it needs new washers and a good fettle (clean) to get it up and running again,
  5. delby52

    delby52 Donator

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    Hi David
    I have a BSA standard
    Seems to like old British pellets
    Try Wasps or Bulldog

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