Most guns function more smoothly and become more accurate after a “break-in” period. With most air rifles and pellet guns, the break-in period is about 200 shots.
So far I have shot about 80 pellets through my Gamo Hornet Maxxim. Let me show you the difference in accuracy from 10 shots to 80.
Here’s the pellets I’m shooting.
I think this was the very first shooting after sight in was completed.
Now let’s look at after 75 shots….
The 5 shot group is right above the blue tape. All 5 shots are touching. This group is smaller than a dime.
Let’s take a look at another group from the lighter 18 grain JSB pellets.
Here’s another 5 shot group using lighter JSB pellets. A dime would cover this group. The accuracy is improving significantly as I shoot more. The Gamo Hornet Maxxim is very accurate.
Here’s a very popular question among pellet gun shooters…”How loud is the XXXX Pellet Gun?” and “Can I shoot it in my backyard without scaring my neighbors?”
I have a Gamo Hornet Maxxim in .22 cal and have been shooting in my backyard for a few months now…without any problems.
I live in master plan housing community where houses are very close together. My back yard in only 46 feet wide. My neighbors houses are most likely 12 feet from my house (exterior wall to exterior wall). They are very close.
I’ve always been concerned about my neighbors calling the cops if I shoot my pellet guns in the backyard. When I first got the Gamo Hornet, I only shot 2 pellets and then went into the house. It sounded very loud to me. But what does it sound like 2 houses away? After a few months of shooting, I felt confident and starting shooting like 5-10 pellets.
The other day I heard kids playing in their backyard (just 2 houses away) and a few dogs barking in the background. I shot about 8 pellets while this was going on and nobody even flinched. The dogs didn’t react and neither did the kids playing. They were oblivious to the noise. After I was done shooting, everything went on as before. I think my house blocks a good portion of the noise. It sounds loud to me while shooting but apparently no one else thinks so. The Gamo Hornet Maxxim measures 75 dB at 1 foot from the gun.
If you’re tired of shooting paper targets and are looking for something new to shoot, check this out….
Fruit and vegetables make great, biodegradable pellet gun targets and they’re fun to shoot. I use a toilet paper center roll to hold the fruit.
Here’s my Gamo Hornet Maxxim pellet gun and portable bench rest. I love the Gamo Hornet!!!
Here’s the tomato ready to shoot. I always use paper books as a backstop with bricks behind. .22 cal pellet guns are very powerful and you want to make sure the pellets are stopped safely.
Here’s the tomato after the shot. I’m shooting JSB 24 grain jumbo monster pellets. The velocity is not that high because it’s very heavy but penetration is incredible.
Here’s the entry hole.
…and here’s the exit hole. Not much hydrostatic shock at 700 fps.
Here’s the apple before….
…and after. This is the entry hole.
…and the exit. Fruit makes an interesting target and you don’t have to worry about cleanup.
Crosman is introducing some really cool air rifles in 2017. The biggest innovation is the SBD or Silencing Barrel Device.
The Crosman Mayhem is available in .177 and .22. The Mayhem is a powerful break barrel Nitro Piston 2 air rifle.
Crosman Mayhem Air Rifle features:
SBD market leading sound suppression
Front and rear sights
3-9×40 mm scope with adjustable parallax
All-weather synthetic stock with soft touch inserts
Rifled steel barrel
Adjustable, two-stage clean break trigger™
Sling Mounts (rear post/front loop)
.22 cal. 1100 fps with alloy pellets
.22 cal. 950 fps with lead pellets
I normally shoot at splatter type targets with my pellet guns but I just ran across something better…. and more fun….
These are real “life” size game animals. If you want something more exciting to shoot than black and white targets, try these. Here’s a link where you can buy them….
Crosman Varmint Hunting Targets for Air Rifles at Amazon.com
Crosman is introducing quite a few new airguns in 2017 along with a suppressor or Silencing Barrel Device or SBD. I’m very curious to see how quiet these new airguns are with SBD.
Here’s a video from the 2017 Shot Show featuring Crosman’s new air rifles for 2017.
Umarex is introducing an amazing new Big Bore air rifle for 2017.
…the most powerful production air rifle
…550 grain bullets at 850 fps
…250 grain bullets at 1350 fps
…over 700 fpe for easy big game kills
…only weighs 8 lbs
…quiet…you can hunt deer in your backyard without disturbing your neighbors.
….retailing for around $700.00
Umarex is introducing a .50 call PCP air rifle in 2017.
…all I have to say is…I gotta get one!!!!
…muzzle velocities in excess of 1,300 fps!!
…muzzle energy 700 fpe!!!
…550 grain lead pellets at 850 fps!!!
But how much is it going to cost?????
…The Umarex Hammer 50 will be around $700.
Anyway there is not much info on it yet but here is the 2017 Shot Show introduction and demonstration of the Umarex Hammer .50 cal air rifle.
Here are the results of a chronograph test taken with the Gamo Hornet Maxxim .22 cal air rifle with various lead pellets.
Crosman Premier Ultra Magnum 14.3 grains – 735 fps
H&N Field Target Trophy 14.66 grains – 706 fps
Beeman Kodiak 21.14 grains – 597 fps
Here is the Gamo Hornet Maxxim air rifle review with the chronograph testing.
Here are the results of a chronograph test on the Daisy Powerline 880 air rifle using lead pellets from 3 different manufacturers.
Crosman 7.9 grain pellets – 695 fps
JSB 7.33 grain pellets – 719 fps
RWS 8.2 grain pellets – 687 fps
Here’s the chronograph video…