I received several tins of H&N pellets to try out, and as I’m always on the look out for quality hunting pellets, was interested in seeing how they work out of several of my favorite hunting rifles. JSB Exacts and Beemans Kodiaks are excellent performers out of these guns, so I used them to benchmark the H&N Baracuda Match Part I: Close Range Shooting The Barracuda is a heavy (21.14 grain in .22 caliber) roundnose pellet that has been designed for field target and hunting at long range. The skirt of this pellet is substantially thicker than that on the JSB Jumbo Exact, exactly resembling that of the Kodiak.In fact I’ve been told these are the same pellets Beeman has marketed as Kodiaks, but I don’t know if there is any difference in manufacturing equipment use for the Beeman branded pellets. One thing I love about the H&N pellets is the packaging: for the H&N branded pellets, the tin is clearly labeled with model, the number of pieces, pellet weight, suggested application, the suggested range, caliber, and optimal energy level. Each tin has the information in the same place …… what a great idea! The packaging also protects the contents, out of several tins used there were no damaged pellets found. The manufacturer recommends the Baracuda be used in guns generating 12 – 40 fpe, so I pulled out a number of my hunting rifles to give them a go. The guns I selected were all proven performers that I’dRead More →

I am always looking for a gun that can be taken out for impromptu hunts when I am traveling. Looking at some of the online airgun shops I noticed the B-57, which is a breakdown spring piston air rifle. The Specifications: This guns is a spring piston power plant that cocks with a side lever and has an anti-beartrap mechanism to prevent the cocking lever shutting accidentally. The cocking effort is fairly light, and the pellets are loaded through a large chamber when the cocking lever is deployed. Performance: this rifle was chambered in .177 and the rifle generates about 620 fps with the light predator pellets. This yields a power of around 8fpe, which is adequate for small game and pests if the range is kept close. Later that night, I met up with my brother at a friends place to shoot some rabbits that were overrunning their commercial nursery. Rabbits were everywhere, but we only had an hour to shoot before we had to meet up with some other friends. These guys were fairly used to people and if you moved slowly could get into twenty five yards. On the first shot I lined up on the head and nailed him. The rabbit dropped without a twitch. As a matter of fact, I shot three more rabbits at about twenty yards, and each one went down stone dead. The last outing was a few days later in pursuit of prairie dogs, I went out to a property inRead More →

After several months and thousands of rounds through this rifle, I am feel comfortable reviewing what I now consider the best Chinese Spring Piston Airgun on the market. While the subject of Chinese guns can polarize the shooting community, I must say that I like some of the more recent guns coming out of Shanhai. These products are being manufactured in their factories which had produced military arms, as they find new opportunities in the post cold war world. One of the new guns I quite like is the BAM B40, which I’ve been using for a few months now. During this period I have had a chance to run the B40 through its paces on the bench and in the field! The B40 is a clone of the Air Arms Tx200 and comes in both a .177 and .22 versions. I purchased the .177 caliber, as I like the smaller bore in most spring piston air rifles (not a hard fast rule, but more of a leaning). As mentioned, the B40 is a clone of the AA Tx200 and is very similar, however it must be stated up front that the fit and finish are not comparable. What you get with the B40 is a much planner stock and a less refined finish. The B40s stock is formed from a nice Asian hardwood blank, and given a light matte finish. The woodgrain is not highly figured, but still a nice pice of wood, and (at least on my example)Read More →

In selecting the guns I’d be taking along to South Africa this year, I gave a lot of thought to my small game arsenal. On last years safari I was very happy with the performance with my big game guns, less so with my choices for small game. So this year I started well in advanced and got my hands on about a dozen new rifles to test ; looking at not only the accuracy and velocity performance, but evaluating reliability, consistency, shootability from a variety of positions, rapidity of follow up shots to determine what guns to bring along. What make the process all the more important is that we are only allowed to bring three guns each into the country, and the same calibers are not permitted. We did have a little leeway however in that not everyone in the party had three guns selected so we could spread our selection out, still it was tight. The Evanix AR 6In the end, one of the small game guns selected was the Evanix AR6. This is a new gun manufactured in Korea and is based on the old AR 6 design. It is one of the most powerful production airguns on the market today; a six-shot repeater using a rotary magazine that can be fired in single or double action mode. All of this sounded great when I first came across the description of the gun, but of course it all comes down to performance, so let’s take aRead More →

I bought my first B20 a few years ago and thought it was a good rifle, a little rough out of the box, but all in all a very satisfying hunting rifle for little cash out. I took it with me on several hunts for squirrels in the Midwestern woods and rabbits in the Southwestern deserts, and found that it performed very well for the intended purpose. Jump ahead a few years, and I was looking through some factory literature that had been sent to me for an article I was working on, when I came across a notice on a rifle being readied for release to the market. It was called the BAM XS B26, and like the B20 it was based on the renowned Beeman R9, although the literature claimed it was a significant improvement over the B20 due to better manufacturing and quality engineering processes, along with a couple of design changes such as a larger chamber (25-26mm) and a much more ergonomic stock (even though the B20 is not too bad either). The gun was shipped to me double boxed, with adequate bubble wrap padding. Included in the box was a 3-9×32 variable scope, a couple of Allen wrenches for mounting it, and a users manual. The gun did not have too much oil or grease externally, and though there was a bit of dieseling on the first few shots the gun settled in pretty quickly. The B26-2 is a break barrel spring piston airgun whichRead More →