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Yet another Airsporter question

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Ichabod Armacost, Jun 29, 2014.

  1. Ichabod Armacost

    Ichabod Armacost Donator

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    I know I can try looking in the search facility, but when I have done that lately I get swamped with hits, it really is TMI. So I am going to just ask here, is it possible to get an Airsporter shooting reliably and nicely at around 11.5fpe?? If so, how so? Am I looking at a Welsh Willy tune up job, or what? The good old Airsporter were in their day considered to be the RR of the air gun world, those of you under the age of 60 will probably just have to take my word for it, but they were somewhat underpowered it seems? Maybe they weren't though, maybe they just are now, because like me they are old and mostly knackered, in their heyday, they may well have been punting out 11+fpe, but now with actions filled with . knows what "lubricating" rubbish, and tired springs and so on..............

    So first off, find a nice gun what I like the look of, and then?.........................Well I suppose putting it over a chronograph would seem to be best, but where from there?

    As a bit of a footnote, I had a couple as a young man, but I don't remember them being feeble on the power front, memory is a weird thing when you is 66, and it don't get any better, Also, I would like to try and find a .177 version, yes I know it wont be easy.
     
  2. Patrick

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    They used to put out about 9-10.5ftlbs in standard trim if they were properly maintained so a bit of tuning of some sought will be needed.
     
  3. Jackroadkill

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    They can be a bit of a b****r to get to full power (careful use of the term) without being so harsh that they shake themselves to bits. I got mine to the crossover point between smoothness and power with the WW kit and mine now shoots at 8.5fpe.
     
  4. engraver

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    I was told once a good one will produce 10 ft/ibs.

    That's why I have a chuckle to myself when the older generation get on about airsporters going through a metal bin full off rubbish and out the other side at 40 yrds.

    Best I heard was a farmer telling me he could split blades of corn with his at 50 yrds, I just had a wry smile on my face.

    So If I was building or restoring an airsporter I think 10.5 ft/ibs max is what I would be hoping to achieve, that's what I got out of a supersport after replacing everything and smoothing it right out, with a piston sleave, spring guide, and lots or polishing, it actually had no vibe when I had done which is not something you associate with BSAs, although I once shot a late airsporter from the 90s and it shot sooo much nicer than a supersport, but maybe is was low on power probably about 9 ftibs, I had a mercury magnum carbine as a lad, and that was the best shooting bsa Ive ever shot, and that did 10.5 ft/ibs, but then its was .25
     
  5. AlanOthen

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    I recently re-acquired my 50 year old Mk2 Airsporter, I had intended a full renovation but it shoots very smoothly and on testing it I found it is still producing 10.7 ft.lbf. I don't think anything was done to the gun apart from lubrication of the external working parts for about 30 years (but it had a very easy life in my father's gun cabinet). I decided that pulling it apart might do more harm than good, and I might not achieve more than 10.7 ft.lbf, so I have just done a cosmetic job on the wood and the enamelled parts, plus added a 3-9x40mm scope.
    It now looks smart (I've attached) a photo, still shoots pretty well and is quite powerful for a springer.
    I suspect I could have achieved a more power with an Ox spring, but probably at the expense of reliability and accuracy, plus it would have been a pity to have risked damaging a very nice 50 year old rifle.
    Alan
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  6. Patrick

    Patrick Donator

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    NOT using an OX spring is probably the wisest thing you did
     
  7. Egg

    Egg Major Poster

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    Agreed - don't buy an Ox mainspring. Over-hyped, overpriced, they'll make your gun shoot as rough as a robber's dog. A truly dreadful mainspring and . knows how they've managed to get away with selling these bags of Censored for as long as they have.

    Better off putting a stock factory spring in there or a Titan.
     
  8. darklord

    darklord Can’t beat a tx200 at 30m

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    my mate and i used to shoot nettle stems out to fifty paces in 1984 with open sites at that with his airsporter ( we were 16). i had good eyesight then no chance now. pellet tins at a hundred paces hanging on the barb wire fences standing too with 4 x 40 scopes with our 77s. No tales we shot a lot more then and were fit.
     

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