Cyclone .177 Pellet test

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Re: Cyclone .177 Pellet test

Postby riz on Sat Nov 17, 2012 5:16 pm

In fact yes. No pictures available sorry for that.
Meanwhile I upgraded my scope for an MTC Optisan Viper 10x44 (excellent piece of kit) so there were 'scope days' recently.

I shot the JSB Heavies multiple times on several different occasions. November is quite windy here so I wanted to do it properly on a calm day.
Up to 30 meters it's great. Nice tight groups. If you take a look at my standard target (more on that later) the groups were the size of the 8 circle. But if I went further up to 50 meters it just did not make it. Impact holes covered the whole target (size of circle 1)

I concluded my Cyclone @ 12 ftlbs is not powerful enough for long range (50m) heavy pellet shooting above 10 grains in .177
As I got the same results (albeit slightly better than) using Crosman Premier Heavies. Or I'm not a decent shooter at all :oops:

BUT! :idea:

Today I think I found my choice of pellet: the JSB Exact RS (4.52mm)
8 circle sized groups @30m

and this is 50 METERS (8 shot/one mag) :!:

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JSB Exact RS (4.52mm) @ 50 m
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Quite flat trajectory and not very wind sensitive. For hunting it would be less than ideal as it carries a lot less power but I don't hunt at all.

About my target:
I use Tom Girling's 20m Air Rifle paper target printed to an A4 sized paper.
8 circle is roughly the diameter of a 20 Eurocent coin.

link: http://www.tomgirling.co.uk/hobby/targe ... Target.pdf

Hope it helps
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Re: Cyclone .177 Pellet test

Postby Zero4k on Sat Nov 17, 2012 8:13 pm

Very nice scope 8-), I rate MTC products and service very highly, I had a Mamba 3-12x44 before getting my current Viper Connect.

Disappointing to hear about the JSB heavy's though, I know they are on the upper limit for sub 12 ft/lbs but I'd have expected better grouping than you got from them - I doubt it's your shooting. Work allowing, I'm hoping to get out soon and compare the JSB Express, Exacts, and Heavy's in my Verminator - the only ones I didn't buy were the RS's :lol:, I am hoping for decent groups at all reasonable ranges for sub 12 ft/lbs, I'll let you know how I get on.

One thing a guy called Graeme on here did to improve accuracy with his Verminator (same magazine), was to lubricate the O ring that goes around the magazine to retain the pellets, this might be worth a try. As the RS's are good you could try a sample pack of the Express's and Exacts - adds to the fun trying all these pellets :D

Edit:
I don't know if it's possible to single load pellets in your rifle, but if you can, try it to see if it makes a difference.... Just a thought
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Re: Cyclone .177 Pellet test

Postby riz on Mon Nov 19, 2012 2:41 pm

Single loading the Cyclone is not easy at all. With a pair of tweezers maybe :D
I'm afraid the magazine and the pellet probe indeed damages the pellet to a degree. Nowadays I try to push the biathlon lever forward very gently.

I'll try the lube trick thanks for the tip.

BTW I found one of my JSB Heavy practice sheets, here is one of the better groups:

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JSB Exact Heavy 4.52mm 10.3 grn 30m
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Re: Cyclone .177 Pellet test

Postby Zero4k on Tue Nov 20, 2012 3:57 am

:lol: @ tweezers...

Single shot adaptor maybe for comparisons

If the the pellet heads are getting damaged the rifle won't be giving it's best at all. This needs a little thought or better still input from anyone who has had this happen with a similar rifle....
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Re: Cyclone .177 Pellet test

Postby riz on Tue Nov 20, 2012 9:14 am

There is no such thing as a single shot adapter for the cyclone as far as I know :|
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Re: Cyclone .177 Pellet test

Postby Zero4k on Tue Nov 20, 2012 12:57 pm

There is a single shot adaptor listed for the Cyclone and Cutlas on this site: http://luftvapen.e-butiken.se/ I'd imagine this would fit the other biathlon based models too...
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Re: Cyclone .177 Pellet test

Postby riz on Wed Nov 21, 2012 12:42 am

Apologies then, I did not know.
My Swedish (Google translate) is not good enough to navigate that site effectively :lol:
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Re: Cyclone .177 Pellet test

Postby Zero4k on Wed Nov 21, 2012 1:03 am

I happened to be looking for a single shot adaptor and found some a while back after a very extensive search, not too many places sell them which is why you haven't seen one, anyway to find the item:
Click on Luftgevär, followed by FX Airguns then Tillbehör, you should then see it to the right "Single shoot tray cyclone,cutlas 355 kr"
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Re: Cyclone .177 Pellet test

Postby PolarWolf on Wed Nov 21, 2012 9:37 am

Yeah, I noticed that thingie too a few weeks ago. Looks like a fairly sipmple design, similar to what AA has. I bet it works fine, and it's not too expensive (considering the amount of machining involved for such a seemingly simple device).

Too bad I didn't see this a few months earlier, it would've saved me some money and effort coming up with my own solution (slightly wider Revolution breech and a home made tray).
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Re: Cyclone .177 Pellet test

Postby riz on Wed Nov 21, 2012 10:11 am

Zero4k wrote:Click on Luftgevär, followed by FX Airguns then Tillbehör, you should then see it to the right "Single shoot tray cyclone,cutlas 355 kr"


Thanks for pointing it out.
355 SEK?! Wow, that's a lot of money for a piece of metal. :o
I think I stick to the tweezers :P or maybe try to replicate that design and take the DIY route.

Almost double the price of a regular magazine which IMO is a lot more complicated - not really a candidate for homemade replacement. But I know a guy in this very forum made some from brass(?)
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