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Good news relum tornado

Discussion in 'Vintage collectable airguns' started by gareth1977, Jun 3, 2014.

  1. gareth1977

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    got this old relum today from one of the old boys at work, said he no longer has use for it and from seeing all the airgun mags at work offered it to me for free!! of course i gave £30 all the same. anyways gave it a clean up and fired a few pellets through it. its different to say the least!! really cracks, spits and smokes!! a unique shooting experience!![​IMG] View attachment 97498 View attachment 97498 View attachment 97498
     
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    dont know why they favoured the yellow wood stock colour at that period!!?
     
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    Nice buy,I have one not as clean as yours but shoots fantastically as it was sorted. I like these swamp donkeys..
     
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    like these old rifles:)

    they always had that oily smell when fired, don't seem to get it on the newer kit

    very agricultural but that's what I like:D
     
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    found one in an old shed at me moms bungalow when she moved in, bet its still there come to think of it...........
     
  6. Patrick

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    Probably due to the fact that when they were made virtually all air rifles had leather piston washers and the only lubrication they got was a few drops of 3in1 or castrol everyman oil in the cylinder and on the pivots and linkages :)
     
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    Did they not use fish oil to lube them ?
     
  8. Patrick

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    I think the more adventurous shooters may have stripped them and soaked the piston washer in neatsfoot oil to make it more supple and last longer but this was all before the days of tuning etc.
     
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    The good thing about the underlevers was no breech washer to leak (no need for talkum powder to check). I didn't know about good old neatsfoot oil back then. I was more likely to use Duckhams Q.

    I think people have always been tuning airguns :). In the late 70s there was the airgunaid tuning kit sold with detailed usage instructions, advertised in the back of Airgunworld, for £4.50 or so. Astwood springs advertised back then too. There was the C.A.R.D. ballistic sledge to test output, or shoot into a phone book or Kays catalog and count the pages! There were also the new generation of lubricants: Dri-Slide (Molybdenumdisulphide based), TriFlon (teflon spray), and Silicon oil. Electronic muzzle chronometers were basically still SciFi. The ASI Statical, the Webley Premier Mk 2, the first Chinese Lion underlevers arrived in the UK, BSA Scorpion appeared in a Bond movie and on Tomorrow's World (testing the fibreglass bodywork of a Scimitar). The Relum Tornedo was a good solid second hand gun to get. Every other gun seemed to have plastic on it, from BSA to Feinwerkbau.
     
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    Yes ,tap loaders were good providing they were machined accurately ,the hole in the tap lined up correctly and were tight enough not to leak.Early break barrels had leather breech seals which were prone to leaking unlike modern synthetic ones.I had one of those airgun tuning kits from airgunaid and have still got a small dropper bottle of triflon.I remember the ballistic sledge, a bit heath robinson by modern standards but quite good at the time I suppose.Tuning became popular in the mid 70s after a couple of articles, explaining the process, written by the guy who done the air gun articles in Guns Review mag(can't remember his name).This was before the 1st edition of AirGunWorld came out(1978 if I remember correctly).
     
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    I have been away from airguns for about 20 odd years, and I was amazed with all this tuning talk, back in the 80's you just bought the pistol or rifle and a tin of pellets and fired the thing!!

    Now the norm seems to be spend a whole lot of cash and then strip it and file everything, buy overpriced moly grease and so on, every one seems to mention the "massive" recoil from springers, I have to smile as ive fired most of the British military weapons, a lot of which have recoil.

    Really don't get the pre charged stuff, break the barrel insert pellet and fire.

    Think I will always look to the older kit, as a bit more fun and not to serious:)
     
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    Love the way this thread is going. Back to basics!
     
  13. Patrick

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    I'm a bit that way myself,think I'll stick to springers,fairly simple and easy to maintain:)
     
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    In the 80's tuning was all the rage I for one had my 77 venom tuned and so did all the field target shooters.
     
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    I must have had a couple of Relum Tornados back in the day, I liked 'em, and I thought they were very good value for money, considering what else was on offer at the time, and considering how much they wanted for what was on offer at the time. Really good bang for buck, took a small while to learn their endearing hungo slovakian little ways, but bloody good fun, and very robust! If I see a nice one going cheap, under me nose sort of thing, I might well be tempted, I don't think I would be assed to travel far for one though.

    They were good for doing evily weavily things to as well, cos back in the day, I don't think anybody minded overmuch if we did. As somebody else has already said, they have a certain agricultural charm about them, almost something of the AK if you ask me?
     
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    That be three of us then!:).................Springers, recoil???..........Pah! great jesseys!
     
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    Fully agree....my first was a 'torny' and it gave me loads of pleasure back then....was it really that long ago? I remember that it also caused me many run ins with the old folk then and its a sorry tale that I am one myself now :eek: (that hurts).
    Great rifle though even now with many possibilities for anyone who is into modding. Just watch out for the smoke though cos they were prone to that problem.........
    Why don't I know someone who would give me one for so little coin??????
     
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    I had one years ago however I realised its short comings when I went out with two Friends on a squirrel hunt one with a Vulcan and the other with a webley mk 3. I was easily out gunned and realised that it did not have the power capabilities of the other two and quickly decided it wasn't a hunting gun. Knowing what I know now I would have tinkered with it first to see what I could squeeze out of it. I have heard fitting a single meteor spring in place of the double springs in the relum is a vast improvement.
     
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    Yep there's something about the firing cycle of a springer I like, not just being a lifeless lump in your hands.Okay PCP's are inherently more accurate but they don't have the character of springers and surely air rifle shooting isn't merely about pinpoint accuracy,putting pellet on pellet,at least for me it's not.
     
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    They may not have the character I totally agree, but for getting a serious job done such as pest control then I will reach for my pcp every single time.
     

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