Why Tune A Springer?
Spring rifles are very different to PCP’s in terms of their mechanical workings. Generally springers are cheaper than PCP rifles to produce due to less component parts and to keep costs down often parts are mass produced and assembled in batches. Springers need to have a high tolerance on all the crucial parts of their cocking and firing cycles to be as efficient, noise and recoil free as possible. Because of this “batch” manufacture they can require far more build/performance variance than the average PCP purely due to the near instantaneous high stresses, speeds, pressures and temperatures induced in their cocking and firing cycles, all of which can come down to tenths of a millimetre tolerance.
Having the ‘best’ springer is never down to one thing, there is no magic drop in component, all parts work together, and the overall outcome is hugely influenced by each part. Having a rifle that fits you currently that you’re confident with is far more important than anything else.
The Performance of a Tuned Springer
Power- it isn’t everything
Having low powered rifles may shoot well, that’s easy to achieve, but the longer the pellet is in the air to the target the more likely it will be influenced by wind, rain, temperature and humidity. So we keep the pellet speed up there to benefit you with factors that many shooters struggle with, giving you a far more reliable and capable rifle.
There will always be recoil. You can’t escape it, its basic physics. Tuning the rifle can help a lot towards the rifles internal management of that recoil. As long as it’s controlled and consistent it can be massively reduced or counter acted to the point where there can be almost no recoil at all, which makes your job easier!
There are more factors that can influence the guns recoil than just the mainspring and compression efficiency, the pellets, the transfer port, barrel and in some cases the stock can all impact your perceived recoil.
Some rifles, such as the lower quality springers can have accuracy problems that don’t relate to the firing sequence of the rifle at all, in some cases the pellet fit in the bore due to it being too loose can give accuracy problems, or even poor crowns.