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Tuning For "fun"

Discussion in 'Vintage collectable airguns' started by ggggr, Dec 2, 2019.

  1. ggggr

    ggggr Crap old gun tinkerer and wine maker

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    I know that there are plenty of tinkerers and tuners about who can "dial in " how a gun should shoot, regarding piston weight, stroke, spring length, preload etc ------------but how do you tune for fun? By that I mean a gun that wont be the most powerful or the most accurate, that could remove a gnats nuts at 60 yards if shot from a rest-------------I mean a gun that will put a smile on your face and is actually "fun" to shoot.
    I used to scrounge old mainsprings when I went to MAG and over the years various mainsprings have been sent to me, some new. some used and some buggered! I dont actually "tune" a gun , but try to get it working and ok for plinking. A softer spring saves wear and tear on some bits of the oldies. I think a pre war Diana 27 is more fun to shoot with a softer , worn mainspring. The trigger is better and a slower, softer shot cycle seems to suit it. A Bsa Cadet can be similar and use some Bulldog or Smk Spitfie pellets and you are on your way:)
    I've a Webley Falcon with a worn spring in it that is great fun---and it is the one I use after the first beer on Christmas Day:eek:
    If you take 3 coils of a Webley pistol mainspring (Hurricane and Tempest ones kink and break there) , I dont think you lose much power and you have a gun that is easier to cock and plink with. A bit of work on the triggers on these helps as well.
    I've attempted to "polish a turd" with a Milbro Cougar --and have got a couple to the stage of not being bad to use/ almost fun !
    I've got a Bsa Scopion or 2:rolleyes: and I've got a bit of fun into a couple of them. With a Scorpion I like quite a fast firing cycle and a very short trigger pull.
    I think with just about everything, you have to have open sights, although I do have a cut down Cadet with a scope on it!
    So --how do you "tune" the fun into a gun? :D
  2. BallisticBill

    BallisticBill Posting Addict

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    Try pushing your Falcon to 11.5ft lbs. Certainly not "tuning"... bucks like a bronco...:eek:
    The fun is in trying to hit a barn door at 20 paces! :D
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  3. Deejayuu

    Deejayuu Donator

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    You're way off Guy. It's the "tune" that's the fun not the shot performance :D
  4. jesim1

    jesim1 Kit bitch to the Stars

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    You have to accept that some guns are never going to be target rifles, and that most of them shoot better at 10/11fpe than they do at 11/12fpe, after all, what do you expect of a 30/40 year old gun with a one stage trigger which is under £150 in many cases?

    Yes, you can spend a small fortune tuning "better" springers to be even better again, but tuning can mean nice to use rather than most accurate, most expensive, or lightest trigger.

    Like you say, if it brings a smile to your face and can hit a can at 30m then your doing ok in many cases.
    Slipknot88 likes this.

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