Alternative Method of Recharging a PCP Rifle?
Posted 14 May 2011 - 10:03 pm
I'll start with the excuses. - Please bear in mind that I am a complete rookie at airgunning and know nothing about PCP rifles. So please be generous and excuse what might be the complete stupidity of this question. - I see PCP rifles for sale in the forum and elsewhere that mention divers bottles and hand/stirrup pumps to recharge the gun's air cylinder. Would it not be possible to use a small air compressor to do the same thing? I am not talking about one of those cheap nasty things that are plugged into the cigarrette lighter, supposedly to blow your tyres up, but a proper little compressor that you can run air tools from. I would have thought that with a an extra filter or two to scrub any moisture out of the compressed air before it goes into the Airgun cylinder, that this would work? If a hand pump works, why not this?
Once I learn how to shoot accurately with the old springers I am refurbishing, I intend to buy a PCP rifle, so I just wondered if this compressor idea was an option. I am on the lookout for a good used PCP now, in the expectation that I will be able to learn how to shoot accurately
Posted 14 May 2011 - 10:11 pm
Posted 14 May 2011 - 10:23 pm
as matt said
pcp's charge to 200 bar ........ not psi !!!!
Posted 14 May 2011 - 10:53 pm
Posted 14 May 2011 - 11:05 pm
Like I implied, you are dealing with a dummy here - ME!
Honest, I believe you. My knowledge of Physics is extremely limited, so simple concepts whizz right over my head but how come a hand stirrup pump can achieve the same as a diving bottle but a compressor cant compete with a hand pump? If I was going to blow up my car or motorbike tyres I know what I would choose between a hand pump and a compressor. Let me ask another dumb question - How do dive bottles get charged? I thought that was done by compressors? - Nuclear powered compressors? Just Kidding.
Posted 15 May 2011 - 08:09 am
As you get higher up the pressure levels it can be hard work using a hand pump, thankfully there are websites with videos demonstrating their effective use (Pyramyd Air is a very good one and explains it very well. Pyramid Air link. I use their method when usign the pump and it works well for me! A decent hand stirrup pump can be bicked up reasonably cheaply, as long as you refill after every trip you should be ok too, it is only a swine when pumping a large bottle up from empty!
Posted 15 May 2011 - 08:48 am
Posted 15 May 2011 - 06:03 pm
I use Dive Bottles - 300 Bar
Check out Barry's picture Reference Page
Pumps are OK but cost as much as bottles - Also you have to lay Gun on Floor to fill
Aware of many accidents Pumpers have had when filling -
Also Pumps need Air Filter to reduce Mositure
Confirmed Air bottle Users
Most Clubs have Air Bottles and will Fill Members Gun's
So not alway's a Rsuh to buy filling system
Posted 17 May 2011 - 12:28 pm
Thank you all for your swift and knowlegeable replies.
It is now safe to assume that I have now been straightened out on this subject and will reserve my little compressor for things that it CAN do. I must admit that for me a dive bottle seems preferable to a hernia!
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