Author Topic: Airgun (ammo) magazines.  (Read 195 times)

Alan

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Airgun (ammo) magazines.
« on: February 08, 2020, 12:09:44 PM »
I've owned a W.A.R. Cobra for several years. Its accuracy, for the most part, is very good. But it didn't take me long to to figure out, that the accuracy could be improved by using a single shot tray. The multi-shot magazines are very similar to most of the other ones out there, where you rotate the cover to the loading point, then fill in the remaining slots.

When using the magazine, one would think the pellets would seat in the chamber correctly, on every shot. Well, they don't! The slight difference in diameter of the magazine's slots and that of the pellets, allows some slop to occur. While slight, it is enough to deform (some of) the pellets. Hence, when shooting long distances, there is a decided different in accuracy.

When I bought my new FX Impact, I ordered two extra, 26 shot magazines. Like most of the others, they're plastic. However, the cover which holds the pellets in the magazine is removable. This makes for easier loading. They work very well indeed. At the time, I thought paying some $130 each for metal magazines, was a bit extravagant. However, when I inquired about using slugs, Utah Airguns suggested the metal ones, as they hold slugs more securely. They do, in fact, hold pellets better too! I tried taking a photo, but it didn't turn out very well, so a description will have to do. They're just like the plastic ones, except the housing is aluminum. They're made by Side-Shot, the folks who make video adapters for airguns. These housings have a ridge in the center line of the "holes" in the rotating carrier, and are a bit smaller in ID. But are they worth the monies?

Today, with a less than 1 mph wind, I shot three 5 shot groups at 60 yards (sight in distance). One using the stock plastic magazine, one with a metal one, and one by single loading (a real chore by the way!). Although very slight, the difference between the original ones, and the metal ones, was noticeable. Between the metal group, and the single loaded group, wasn't noticeable at all. To be honest here, the difference was less than an 1/8 inch. But at say 100 yards, the difference would be much more noticeable.

In any case, I topped off the morning with a 122 yard hit on a pigeon!


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