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Re-vamp or buy new?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Brian S, Jan 30, 2014.

  1. Brian S

    Brian S Member

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    Hi, I have a BSA Meteor bought in the 1960's and I used it a lot at first, target shooting in the garden, then it's lived in it's carry-sleeve for 20+ years. Last year I examined it and the rear sight is broken so I fitted the telescopic sights that came with it, instead, useless. I took it to a dealer and had it checked, the spring was in three pieces, so I had a new spring fitted but they said they could do nothing about the rear sight. The phrase about hitting a barn door springs to mind, I used to hang targets in the garden and when I got bored hitting them I would aim at the string and cut them down, now I cannot adjust the sights enough to hit the bird-table (without birds).
    Should I buy a new rifle? I can get a trade-in.
    If I buy new is a CO2 rifle a good option, I will rarely use it but would like power and accuracy when needed.
    Thanks for reading.
    Brian.
     
  2. hawk eye

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    hello buddy. the only problem with c02 is this time of year mainly as the power will drop down depending on how cold it is for eg. i have a 850 air magnum. chrono at 11.5 whilst it was warm i went to plink with it other night and i could pretty much catch the pellet as it dribbled out the barrel.
    other options really would be a good springier IE: HW or a PCP in my book pcp no recoil but then you have to fill them and springier well they speak for them self's :D but then you get a bit of recoil. if you had a budget in mind there are plenty of cracking deals on here and others willing to help you get best for your money. you thought about restore in the bsa at all ?
     
  3. Accuspell

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    Your old Meteor will not be worth very much,maybe £100 at best. If you are happy with it, then spending £100 on it and doing a bit of work would have it running sweetly again - ask John Knibbs (gunshop) if he has spares for it, he might have a rear sight.

    Why is your telescopic sight useless? If it is that poor you can get a perfectly servicable one for about £50. I would be inclined to spend a little on it and do a bit of fettling, it owes you nothing! There is a great deal of satisfaction to be gained in doing the fettling, and there more again when it works nicely!
     
  4. Meteor62

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    What he said! I love the meteors have done a few up over the years and used my mk1 to good effect on a squirrel shoot recently. It's accuracy with open sights amazed me to be honest and made a nice change from my usual Daystate rifle I usually go for on a hunting expedition and I would not hesitate to take it out on a hunt again.

    As for a rear site (sight?) check airgunspares.co.uk or chambers gun spares. There are plenty of meteor refurb threads on here to get the old girl shooting as it used to as just replacing the old spring is only part of the process. I've posted a couple one for a mk1 seeing as you got yours in the 60's this would probably be the one for you to look at I will dig the thread out if you are interested.
     
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    There is always spares on flebay for them.
     
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    Depends on how handy you are and how much time you want to throw at it.

    If you research it before you undertake the project you should be able to strip the gun out, give it a nice service and a bit of a polish, reassemble and have it running a lot smoother in an afternoon.

    I have a soft spot for old Meteors - they can be fettled quite easily and offer enough power for plinking and medium range hunting :)
     
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    Robhalex Engaging Member

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    Get a new spring, scope, some blue and some gun oil and it'll be good as new. Modern springs will bring it up to 12ftlbs easy
     
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    You won't get 12ft/lbs out of an older meteor - they were a youth gun, designed with about 7-8ft/lbs ish.
    The chamber is just too small to get that big an increase out of them. I am sure that technically its probably possible to get it higher but it will kick like a freaking mule. I would have thought anything above about 10 ft/lbs will make it almost impossible to shoot, accurately.

    A clean of the internals however should get it back to being a cracking little back garden plinker.
     
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    Robhalex Engaging Member

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    What I meant is old meteors are about 4-6ftlbs

    The mk7 is full power at about 11-11.5

    You can get newer high performance springs that will boost the power of your old meteor to match that of a new one.
     
  11. jaarus

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    Sorry I see what you are saying but the new Meteor is a completely different rifle to the older ones.

    The older ones are low powered not just because of the spring but also the physical size of it (chamber/piston etc) as they were designed as an entry level 'first gun' for the youth market not as an adult 'hunting' rifle.
    You can of course put a more powerful spring in there, many did (myself included), but it basically ruins the gun as its now too powerful for its own good.... and still nowhere near 12ft/lbs.
    Mine is running a tad under 10 and its as snappy as hell.
    Like the OP I used to hang up tin cans and conkers etc and shoot them until bored and then shoot out the string.... with it as it is now I wouldnt have a hope in hell in being able to do that!


    Its just too small a gun to get up to full power.
     
  12. Meteor62

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    4-6 ft lb even on an old meteor is seriously low, meteors are happy at 8-9ft lb I don't consider the later mk 6 and 7 as true meteors as they are made in a different country under the guise of BSA meteor brand although they are probably better rifles.
     
  13. Robhalex

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    My meteor is definitely "meatier" than the older ones. It used to be a smaller sized child's rifle but now it's a full size adults one. Lovely bit of kit. Recoil isn't too bad and it packs a serious punch!
     
  14. Brian S

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    Is there a way to find out which MK my Meteor is.......MK1, MK2 etc??
     
  15. 1961nuffield

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    Yes, pop the serial number up and we'll let you know.

    John
     
  16. Brian S

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    Thanks 1961 but I can't see one, I've taken off the scope but it just says BSA Meteor and BSA Guns Birmingham .22 cal, on the barrel.
     
  17. Brian S

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    Found it!!!! T095606
     
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    T METEOR MK1 0.22 1959/62
    TA METEOR MK2 0.22 1962/66
    TB METEOR MK2 0.22 1966/68
    TD METEOR + SUPER MK3 0.22 1967/69
    TE METEOR + SUPER MK3 0.22 1969/73
    TG METEOR + SUPER MK4 0.22 1974/78
    TH METEOR + SUPER 0.22 1979-
    N METEOR MK1 0.177 1959/62
    NA METEOR MK2 0.177 1962/66
    NB METEOR MK2 0.177 1966/68
    ND METEOR MK3 0.177 1967/69
    NE METEOR MK3 AND SUPER METEOR MK3 0.177 1969/73
    NG METEOR MK4 AND SUPER METEOR MK4 0.177 1973-79
    NH METEOR MK5 AND SUPER METEOR MK5 0.177 1979-

    there you go
    atb
    Mike
     
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    Thanks Mike.
     

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