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Theoben Sirocco Grand Prix

Discussion in 'Gun Gallery' started by harryholic, Feb 20, 2014.

  1. harryholic

    harryholic Active Member

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    Bought this for £20 in the mid 90's, sold it about 2005 for a lot more, and bought it back this week for even more.
    Condition has improved over the 20 years or so mind, both wood and metal have been refurbished, and the barrels been swapped from her original .177 to a .22.

    Trigger is still far from the best - but passable, a Theoben issue from that era - still so strong and over engineered, even the mighty HW80 feels a sliver less solid in comparison.

    A garden range plink gave me penny sized groups, so she's still performing well.

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  2. Lydford

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    What a lovely rifle. I wonder for how long you will keep it this time?
     
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    Absolutely brilliant, and nice story to go with it.

    I had one after years of saving and selling stuff I eventually got one aged 15, I didn't own a chrono in those days but it broke the crosshairs on my Bushmaster scope, so I got it chronoed and it was 16 ft/ibs :eek: seems it had been pumped up.

    Anyway the shop agreed to lower the power to a nice 11.5 where it felt so much smoother, it went on the shoot me plenty of squirrels and IIRC solid as a rock gun, it was only replaced with a Fenman because of the length advantage, but basically the same action with a shorter barrel.

    The grand prix was the second most expensive gun at the time the SlR88 being the top one, I knew at 15yrs old I was a lucky lad.
     
  4. harryholic

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    Similarly, when I first received this one - rough as a badgers nethers - had been stored outside, stock was dry as a bone, trigger locked up randomly and the barrel was red with ferrous - it broke a series of scopes, I took it to a gunsmith who advised me it was running at a highly inconsistent 18ftlbs - piston was slamming against the action and shaking scopes and your teeth to destruction when fired.

    Out of sentiment / originality I'd like to get hold of its original barrel - owner before the last one did a swap on it - current barrel is a slightly shorter 22, apparently the rare early long GP barrels fetch a premium second hand.

    I home restored the metal and wood work, but subsequent owners had a pro reblue and refinish on the stock.

    Saw it on an advert, and recognised the stock straight away - a few emails with previous owners confirmed it had undergone a barrel swap, and my wallet was dusted off.

    Yes, they were a poster girl of break barrels in their day - priced on par with a HW given a lazaglide tune and fancy venom wood. I do agree gasrams are a different feel to springers, and can be a touch marmite, but this earlish version, pre-HE is a bit more spring-like in the feel of the firing cycle.
    Sliver over 11ftlbs these days, a mild recoil, All good.
     
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    Aweome mate. Great rifle and great story.
     
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    It's great to know the history of your rifle - all adds to the character. My next purchase will be a Theoben!
     
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    Very nice :up:
     

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