Saturday, January 17, 2015

Project Air Ranger

In 2013 and 1013 I shot a .25 Marauder at Extreme Benchrest. Last November  know Marauders can be modified into more consistent air rifles, but I didn’t want to get into that quest. Wandering the desert, like Coronado searching for the lost cities of gold, to get that magic group clustered on the ten ring.


So, I bought a .25 Daystate Air Ranger.




“Oh, You are going to buy your score by splashing out a lot of cash of that super air rifle”.


Even the super gun shooters have to shoot their own scores. Just think about the number of high quality air rifles sold each year and then at the number of folks that actually shoot in competition. It is the singer not the song.
I bought a Daystate Air Ranger in .25 caliber. I think .25 has good ballistics for long range and it is not as costly to shoot in terms of pellet and air as a .30. Also Daystate is a step up in the gee whizz factor and if you were to say that I was gratifying my consumer side, I would say, “guilty as charged”.




BUT an Air Ranger costs as much as three Marauders. Is that much money going to shoot that much better? I guess we'll just have to find out Between now and the middle of November when I go back to Arizona and shoot in the Extreme Benchrest tournament.


“Ron what about your two Marauders? You got a grand tied up in those two guns. Are they going to sit on the shelf?”


No, one is going to be the baseline for comparison with the Air Ranger.; The more accurate one of course. The other might get a .22 barrel for the 25 meter benchrest match, or it might be traded away. That all remains to be seen.





Air Ranger shot string.



1
887
.25 Kodiak Match 31 gr


2
891
Fill
3600 PSI

3
887



4
889



5
888



6
992



7
889



8
887



9
885



10
888



No pellet
:(
“FOUMB!”


11
885



12
887



13
880



14
876



15
874



16
870



17
874
High
892 feet/second
54.8 foot pounds
18
870
Low
864
51.4
19
870
Average
880
53.3
20
867
Extreme Spread
28

21
864
Standard Deviation
8



Ending
2800 PSI



Goal: 20 shots, 2% extreme spread, average 880 fps
That is a conservative goal especially since you wasted air between shot 10 and 11.



Ron