Well having had my trusty Super 10 for two years it was time for it to get cleaned out serviced, replace the o rings etc, now you can pay the average gun smith about £75 plus vat for this, or you can pay a little more and get a full blueprint from the man who designed it! We went the whole hog and settled for a blueprint (actually the whole hog and apple sauce as we had the shroud baffles replaced as well).
The barrel is removed, recrowned, the transfer port cleaned up and the breech sorted out to aid loading and firing. The bolt is polished and reshaped.. Upshot is it loads so smoothly! He also sorts out the magazines, slicker than warm oil!
The valve on the buddy bottle comes in for some attention, it does seem to be easier to fill! The valve in the regulator gets replaced (from high to low pressure), the regulator piston is then shaped to suit the gun and the regulator pressure set to suit the gun. This means more shots per fill (allegedly I have not tried running it down off of a full fill yet)!
There is some trigger work done as well as other bits I have not listed. The O rings in the gun are replaced with ones originally specified by Mr B. These last longer!
So after all this work is done what is it like?
A new gun, seriously, it is so different.
1) Noise, or lack of it. The gun becomes quiet! It is now as quiet as it was with a twink without one and with a Twink on it is really really quiet! I will be doing a noise meter test on all my guns sometime. This will be 50cm from muzzle, with and without silencers!
2) Smoothness of reloading, it really makes the old operation seem graunchy, this is so smooth!
3) Improvement to trigger. The original S10 trigger was good, this is better, much better!
4) Shots per fill, I should get more, I will find out one day of immense boredom!
5) Accuracy, it is now more accurate than it was.
30, 40 and 50 metre groups, 30 and 40 metre 10 shot, 50 metre 5 shot (I was in some nettles), cross wind approx 10 mph right to left).
So do I think it was worth it? Yes, undoubtedly! The gun is now so much better than it was and it was good before! If you are considering selling a Bowkett designed gun (Hornet, Scorpion, Ultra, S 10, R 10 or Spitfire), might I suggest you have a blueprint done first? It would well be a way of getting a new gun out of an old one!