Brocock Contour Elite S6 – Setup as tested
Guest Blogger Matthew Wayne Helton
Airguns: Air Rifles and Pistols Facebook Admin
In the second part of his multiple part review of his Brocock Contour Elite S6 setup, Mathew Wayne Helton spends some time on his optics choices, and concludes with some shooting results.
Most modern air rifles are optics-only designs, and the Brocock Contour Elite S6 is no exception: For this particular rifle, there is a Transatlantic Connection; the scope mount, scope rings and scope were sourced from United States-based manufacturers. In keeping with the light and simple theme, the rifle was mated with a BKL-554 Cantilever Base, Burris Signature Zee rings, and a Leupold Vari-X III 6.5x20x40mm EFR scope.
Deliberately eschewed were accessories such as spirit levels and angle indicators (you rarely have the time to use those devices in a typical field situation). The BKL Cantilever mount was necessary because of the unusual amount of eye relief afforded by the Leupold scope (a welcome characteristic, because long billed/brimmed headgear worn by the shooter will not interfere with the scope).
Burris Signature Zee Rings are used to adjust the point of aim by means of replaceable sets of spherical shell halves which fit around the scope tube. These shells ride in the scope rings like a ball joint (heim joint); they both protect the scope from blemishes when the rings are tightened and also prevent the scope tube from being bowed, or otherwise distorted by any mount or ring misalignment. Several insert offsets are made (from 0.000″-0.020″) to allow for external adjustment of the scope to the point of impact; in the case of most air rifles, with their comparatively low velocities and shorter zeroed ranges as compared to firearms, these rings are ideal:
They allow the shooter to get the rifle as near to zero as practical, without using any of the scope’s internal adjustment range. This feature enables the scope to be kept as close to “Optical Zero” as possible.
There is some trial and error when adjusting rings for windage, but it is a simple procedure to learn. In the case of this rifle/mount/scope combination, a 0.030″ (+0.020″ for the rear ring and -0.010″ for the front) of elevation adjustment was needed to get the rifle shooting within 3/8″(~10mm) of Point of Aim. The mount, ring and scope ensemble added just under 1.5lbs to the overall rifle weight (23.75 oz.); bringing the fully-charged and loaded rifle in at 5lbs. 15-3/4oz. “wet”, which is outstanding.
The overall package is striking: The color and finish match of the mounts, rings and scope were very close. I had concerns about the appearance of the scope and mount on the rifle profile; the BKL Mount looks like a natural extension of the receiver, and shows off the Burris Rings and Leupold Scope well:
As mentioned earlier, the rifle is a repeater with a removable 6 shot cylinder. As seen in the accompanying pictures, the magazines are quite petite. The magazine cylinder is advanced by a pawl which is in turn actuated by the bolt. The magazine is made entirely of stainless steel and has only two moving parts: a ball detent and spring. The magazine can accept any .22 caliber pellet up to about .385″ overall length. The magazine has a narrow slot cut around the outside of the magazine body, which allows an O-ring to impinge into each pellet chamber:
Wadcutter and Semi-Wadcutter pellets need to be loaded into the magazine with care to avoid damaging the pellet and/or the O-ring – I used a small pick to lift the O-ring out of the way of the head of Semi-Wadcutter pellets during loading of the magazine. The rifle does not lend itself to easy single-loading: I am not aware of a single shot tray or adapter for this rifle, but it does appear that one could be made; I would advise against attempting to single load this rifle as a misplaced pellet could get jammed in the magazine pawl or worse, fall into the hammer tube below.
Accuracy of the rifle was superb right out of the box:
The stock lent itself well to informal bench shooting from a rest, and it was no effort to obliterate the X-ring of a target in the space of a single magazine at 15 yards, once zeroed (the flyer in the upper right of the photo I was responsible for). My rifle favored JSB and H&N pellets, especially preferring the 15.9 Grain JSB and the 14.66 Grain H&N FTT pellet. Both are outstanding field pellets. Velocity from the carbine was very respectable: 680 FPS Average using JSB 18.1 grain pellets, 754 FPS using JSB 15.9 and 774 FPS using JSB RS 14.3 grain pellets. H&N FTT pellets were reading at 761 FPS.
The maximum fill pressure is 200 Bar (2900 PSI), and with a full charge the shooter can expect six (6) to seven (7) magazines (36-42 shots) worth of shooting before recharging the air reservoir becomes necessary.
Report is very mild with the Huggett Moderator (but still noticeable), and little-to-no air tube “ping” was noted throughout the charge of air.
Offhand shooting is what this rifle was intended for; cheek welds are solid, and the neutral balance makes it seem as if the rifle aims itself. I do not consider myself an expert offhand shooter, but when I used this rifle for an informal Silhouette shoot, I scored of 37/40 targets on my very first outing with it.
The Brocock Contour Elite S6 is probably the most perfect realization of a Pre-Charged Pneumatic hunting carbine seen to date.
Thanks Matthew for the review. We look forward to any future updates you have for us on this rifle.