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I finally got around to buying a Pro Sport. Maybe not the most practical rifle from the perspective of a sporting tool. Obselete technology as a power source, recoiling action, single shot and slow to reload. None of that matters, I love it ! It's rather a case of going back to basics for myself. Rifle shooting as it should be. One shot and making sure it counts. At the end of the day rabbits don't shoot back so bolt mag loading or a semi auto action isn't really a necessity. An advantage yes but not essential.
The accompanying pic ( if it's uploaded ) doesn't do the rifle justice. Need to resize the ones from my camera but managed to take one on the phone of a suitable size. I really is a work of art. The walnut is little straight grained but beautifully sculptured. The metalwork is engineered to a very high standard. The balance is nigh on perfect. Maybe I've hit lucky and it just happens to be a perfect fit for me but it feels custom made. Same with the action, the "lock time", for want of a better expression, is almost instantaneous making the slight recoil almost of no relevance. The trigger is one of the finest units I've ever came across and was perfect straight out of the box.
Maybe my choice of 'scope, a 2-7x32, is rather small for modern tastes but the I found the short length to be an advantage for a manually loaded breech action.
I had hoped to find a rifle that matched up to the BSA Airsporter S that I used as a kid. Well it certainly does that and some. In fact if we were to think of the BSA as a Triumph Stag then the Pro Sport as a Stag built by Aston Martin using the very best modern engineering techniques but still retaining the original 20th century sports car charm.
Thank you to everyone who took the time give their input.