A question of accuracy

A search that led a person to browse the blog.
“What causes inaccuracy in pcp rifles”


In some sort of order?

  1. The finger on the trigger
  2. The person holding the stock
  3. Last night’s curry

Seriously though and in order.
The top five reasons others more intelligent than me have identified are:-

  1. The shooter (Their physical condition, mental state, experience and technique)
  2. Pellets
  3. Weapon care (including over charging reservoir)
  4. Calculations (Angles, Ranging, Wind)
  5. Ambient light (Ranging, scope issues)

Anyone want to contribute?

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3 Responses to A question of accuracy

  1. Rifleman III says:

    No clue about air rifles. As a question, what, if any, are the bedding foundations mating the barrelled action to the rifle stock?

    I had many years ago purchased over time, a rifle or two, that were “sick”, and then I rebedded them, one ended up about 0.5 MOA sweetheart of a rifle.

    Also, trigger and sear issues.
    Do air rifles have honed components?
    Trigger weight excessively high?
    Pressure bearing seals, O-rings, chevrons, porting orrifices, etc.
    After those items, I would go over sights and whatever type is used, confirm zero.
    I also assume the air rifle fits the shooter reasonably well.
    Then, the (air) rifleman (person, must be Politically correct), would be scrutinized for correct techniques.

    • I’ve shot a lot of bad air weapons that were brought to me to “sort out”. Both spring and PCP.
      I’ve found for the majority of weapons inaccuracy has been down to bad weapons handling and poor care of both the weapon and pellets.

      A lot of the time people buy a pcp because it is “accuracy” personified . Except in the transition from spring to pcp their weapon handling failings show up even worse.

      There was a theory expounded on UK forums and some magazines that said a spring air shooter can easily transit onto PCP’s (with low recoil) to firearms. Shoot spring and you can shoot anything.

      Only rather like most manufacturers blurb. that’s total B.S.

      As for the faults you’ve listed, all are possible. All can be sorted by a reasonable gun smith. The problem for most is finding one good in the UK who actually knows about air weapons and how to tune them. The other problem is the draconian gun laws. All designed to just make life hard for the average Joe.

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