Note that Charlie lives in the UK. So this comparison of two long range air rifle rivals relates to air rifles working within the UK legal power limit of 12 Ft/Lbs. But the same principal also applies in the US to airguns of similar power levels.
It’s almost universally accepted that PCPs have greater range and accuracy in the field than their spring powered brethren. But, can a top of the range spring gun, match a PCP as a long range air rifle? I’m on a mission to find out…
PCP in the Red Corner
The Air Arms S410 Classic in .177. Mine was mounted with a Hawke 4-12 x40 scope and arrived with a tin of 8.44 Grain Air Arms Diablo Fields. I avoided using a bi-pod as this would have given the rifle an unfair edge in stability.
Springer in the Blue Corner
Up against this much-admired rifle was possibly the most accurate springer currently available. The HW97KT uses a thumbhole stock and is capable of one hole groups at 25 yards straight out of the box. This gun has been expertly tuned by Tony Wall in the UK and if any springer was going to give a PCP a run for its money it was this one.
What is long range?
Although a pellet may kill at 60 yards, the kill zone is tiny at that range. The vast majority of my own long range air rifle shooting is done at less than 40 yards. But for this test I settled on 30 and 50 yards as good distances.
Please remember that we’re shooting with sub-12 Ft/Lbs power level air rifles here. That means that, for example, 8.44 Grain pellets like the Air Arms Field Diabolos are being fired at a Muzzle Velocity of about 780 FPS to comply with UK laws.
To the test…
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