|Projected trajectory of a Gamo Red Fire launched at 1000 fps courtesy of ShootersCalculators.com|
Ballistic coefficients from HERE
I bought a "springer" many years ago and after finding it impossible to sight it, promptly forgot it. It was the one gun I did not take boating on that event-filled, three hour tour.
Consequently, I still have it.
I read an article that suggested that some pellet guns were sensitive to the pellets. I decided I needed a quiet way to spank Red Squirrels, chipmunks and other small varmints.
Yes. Different pellets made a difference. The gun loves 7.8 grain, Gamo Red Fire pellets. They are clearly a larger diameter than the ones I used before. I have to PUSH the pellets into the chamber.
Do any of you use them for pest control? If so, what range do you zero your gun for. It looks like a 35 yard zero will give me a respectable +/- half-inch mid-range but I would like to hear what others are doing.
Also, can you make any recommendations for cleaning and maintenance gear?
As a side note: The weapon is very sensitive to how it is held. The pellet leaves the barrel so slowly that the stock recoil changes the attitude of the barrel before the pellet leaves. The stock recoil varies by how tightly I grip the stock and how firmly I have it in the pocket of my shoulder etc.
The trigger pull is extremely long (but smooth) and I have to work at getting my hold consistent and my follow-through. This just might make me a better shooter.