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About pianoman

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    A lifelong spring air rifle enthusiast and hunter since age 8 (in 1965)Starting with a Webley .22 given to me by my Aunt from Australia. Served 12 years in the RAF Regiment as a marksman and Senior NCO Precision Weapons and Tactical Warfare instructor and examiner. I've owned many spring air rifles over the decades but, PCPs are not my cup of tea. Ugly things with no soul! I love Weihrauch and Air Arms spring rifles and currently, I own a beautiful HW77 .22, an HW80 .22, A .177 HW97K which is an amazingly accurate rifle and a .177 TX200HC carbine. I love teaching and developing shooting skills in young people and fostering a better discipline to both this sport and as a life-skill. I work now as a professional aviation artist and painter. And as a professional sessions musician and live stage keyboards player.

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  1. AA Pro Sport .177 V TX 200 HC MK 3 .177 .

    Mark, I think you have hit the best maximum you can reasonably expect from the rifles you now own and shoot with. Well I have owned a fantastic TX200HC in .177 and now a Pro Sport in .22 and these are honestly such stunningly accurate rifles, you would literally be splitting hairs between them both. I take the Pro Sport on its sweetly compact, single-barrel appearance, thanks to its hidden underlever and the fluted walnut stock is just stunning. But, accuracy on this scale is incredible from both rifles. They share the same barrels. I am now somewhat loathe to buy another air rifle as, my Pro Sport is just bloody magnificent. How could I justify spending more money for the same levels of accuracy and performance? How much more accurate can another spring rifle be, if it's not another Pro Sport? It would have to be a better looking rifle. And so far, there isn't one to my eyes. The Air Arms Pro Sport is the absolute aspirational peak of commercially made spring rifles in my book. Enjoy every shot with yours Mark. Fantastic shooting mate. All the best. Simon
  2. webley sport .22

    If it is the same action and cylinder as the Excel, you can fit a Theoben gas ram I should think Paul. Take it to your gunship and check with them.
  3. Building a new rifle rack

    Honestly, no boasting bullshit. I can outshoot a PCP with my spring rifles. I own a Daystate Regal .177 and a Webley FX2000 .22. Both are beautiful to shoot with but, my Air Arms Pro Sport .22 is more accurate producing a tighter single hole pellet group than I can achieve with both these superb PCPs shooting at a zeroing range of 30 metres. I can get the same standards with my on-ticket HW80 .22. That rifle delivers 23 foot pounds of whack, with absolute precision accuracy. It's nice to be able to enjoy the advantages of both PCP and spring actions. But, I'm a spring gun man first to the end. I've yet to find a PCP that can produce quite the same level of precision that a well sorted spring rifle can. All the best. Simon
  4. Air Arms Pro Sport mk1 .177

    You can only judge a gun by how well you get on with it. How well it shoots, how accurate, how it looks, how you live with it. The Air Arms Pro Sport I have is the first air rifle I have ever owned where I feel absolutely at home with it. My Weihrauchs are fantastic at accurate, efficient hunting in the field. But they just don't look much more than functional, despite some lovely beech wood stocks on them. The Pro Sport is a beautiful combination of functional efficiency and incredible accuracy, with wonderful poise, balance and stunning looks and finish. It ticks every box you could set it by. And to be honest, if there is a truly better air rifle out there for what I need for my shooting, I've yet to hear or see anything of it. Why Air Arms will not make this rifle in a dedicated left hand version is beyond my sense of reason. But getting around the problem satisfactorily, is certainly not impossible.
  5. Air Arms Pro Sport mk1 .177

    £555 was what I paid for my brand spanking new Pro Sport .22 in a beautiful walnut stock Mark. At second hand values, this sort of price is either a little too optimistic, or, it is a mint condition superbly set-up example that's a one-in-a-thousand supergun. If it's anything like as good as other .177 Air Arms spring rifles, it will be stunningly accurate all right. Have you actually seen the rifle and tried it?
  6. Who says gaystate are crap !

    I will be there Rez. We are supplying the gift and souvenir shop with work. They have just placed a huge order for our mugs, keyrings, fridge magnets and prints.
  7. Who says gaystate are crap !

    No Phil. Still have it here after no interest shown in it whatsoever.
  8. Who says gaystate are crap !

    It took having a regulator made for my Regal and a few other tweeks before it turned into the brilliant rifle it is now. Last year I tried to sell Helen's Huntsman Classic .177. Absolutely stunning rifle with not a thing wrong with it and less than half a tin fired through it. Nobody wanted to know. Best bargain someone missed out on. Looks like I might keep it and put a left hand stock on it. It will be perfect for shooting around farm buildings for rats and ferrals.
  9. Who says gaystate are crap !

    It took having a regulator made for my Regal and a few other tweeks before it turned into the brilliant rifle it is now. Last year I tried to sell Helen's Huntsman Classic .177. Absolutely stunning rifle with not a thing wrong with it and less than half a tin fired through it. Nobody wanted to know. Best bargain someone missed out on. Looks like I might keep it and put a left hand stock on it. It will be perfect for shooting around farm buildings for rats and ferrals.
  10. New member from holland

    Welcome here Josef.
  11. No mate. Seems a tall order for such low muzzle energy to me, but best of luck.
  12. Hw30s at 55 yards?

    Has anyone shot with accuracy to 55 yards range on such low muzzle energy as 7 ft/lbs? No, not me either. The rifle looks very well cared-for and customised Josef. You say earlier in your introduction, this one is .177 calibre... But, 55 yards target-precision accuracy with only 7 foot pounds energy? In a breeze/crosswind? It sounds a pretty tall order. It would be good if you could come back and tell us how the rifle and your wife, if not, yourself got along with doing it. I somehow have a sneaky suspicion you'll do it alright with a .177 rifle. All the best. Simon
  13. How to work out killing distance

    I'm at risk of maybe repeating what the lads have said here because it is sound, positive advice. But, I've been shooting an FAC rated HW80 .22 that's been superbly set-up, very happily for nigh on 20 years now. And the only really useful, practical lesson it has taught me is this. USE THE EXTRA FAC POWER TO COVER SENSIBLE AIR RIFLE HUNTING RANGE DISTANCES FASTER THAN A SUB-12 FT/LBS RIFLE CAN! Use the extra power in the pellet to hit your rabbit faster than sub 12 at the same distances. It amazes me the number of posts about folk wanting to go to FAC power and the questions are always about the "magically" increased ranges that might be the result. It honestly doesn't work that way because it will not transform your standards of marksmanship excellence at a stroke overnight. It doesn't matter what calibre, or whether you shoot spring or PCP. You will encounter more problems with your marksmanship the further out the ranges you attempt to shoot to. By shooting at normal air rifle ranges you will soon find FAC power gives you at least two advantages of velocity, and a flatter trajectory than sub-12 has. The further you try shooting out to, you are putting yourself back into the business of estimating looping trajectories and wind solutions. Zero a .22 rifle at 25 yards. You will not need much holdover to hit a rabbit through the head at 45 to 60 yards. Only about half to 3/4 of an inch of holdover above the crown of its head, depending on your power output. And that's a pretty decent effective range on a moving target in anybody's book. Zero a 16-17 ft/lbs.177 at 35 yards and you can pretty well rely on straight-on headshots at 45-50 yards for very little adjustment. Nobody can answer this one accurately, I'm afraid, with a simple "Do it like this and I swear this will be guarenteed to happen"; ending. Too many variables of what type of action your rifle has, pellet preferences, weights, headsize etc. accurate FPE reading on a Chrono, your standards of marksmanship, the scope mag setting you are using. And how bloody good are you, honestly and really, with it all. I've been shooting spring air rifles for 53 years, latterly PCPs, and I can tell you. You will miss more rabbits at 15 yards than you will at 30. Regardless of what you've brought to the field. The longer your pellet has to travel the more it will be affected by present winds and breezes. The longer your pellet is whistling on its way through those breezes, the greater the chance you give your rabbit to hear it coming and bolt for cover and you miss. And you've alerted the game to your presence! There is no other way forward. It's all down to practice. Practice and more practice. Till you can estimate sensible ranges and the holdover needed to hit them in your sleep. And that's after you can gather a fair understanding of what your pellet's trajectory is doing from the moment it leaves the muzzle to your point of zero impact. Then you can start walking out the increased distances and the holdover you are going to need to stay on top. One final thought. I have six air rifles and only one of them is on ticket. The other five get more use than my HW80. For very sound, practical reasons. All the best. Simon
  14. Pellet lube

    Edited out. Double post. How the Hell do these things happen?
  15. Pellet lube

    I've used WD40 quite happily as a lube by coating a cloth with it and then, rolling a batch of .22 H&N FTTs prior to shooting with my HW80 .22 and HW77 .22 rifles. Had fantastic accuracy and they don't diesel in the breech if you coat your ammo this way. You don't get oil in the skirt that causes it. So far so good. HOWEVER. I have tried lubing .22 JSB Jumbo Heavies 18.83g pellets for my .22 Pro Sport and these pellets do not like lubing with anything one bit. Accurate as you can be when they are washed clean of dust and bits, dried and put to work on the zeroing range. Absolute scattered nightmare with every pellet lube method I know, that works with any other pellet. JSB Heavies do not like lubing in my experience of trying them. Or, perhaps it's just my Pro Sport's barrel that doesn't like lubed ammo sent down it. I really don't know. But I don't lube its ammo. Ever! You try, you find out by testing. You go by the results that present themselves to you.
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