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
Firstly, its best if the rifle you have tuned is the one you know you get on well with, the one you reach for. Rifle fit is far more important on a springer than any other rifle. You need to be able to work with the rifle to begin with. Some rifles just aren’t suited to some people; no matter how much tuning is done some rifles just don’t gel with their owners. Bear this in mind before you look for performance enhancement over “fixing it” to try and make it shoot better. The kit you know best is the kit you can notice the most improvement on and get the benefit from.
Power- it isn’t everything
Your springer will never be set to more than 11.6 or less than 11ftlbs with the pellets we check it with after tuning. We keep them above 11 because the point of a tuned springer is to give you the best advantage in down range performance as well as performance in the rifle itself. Setting the rifle up to overcome as much of the external factors as possible will give you greater performance in its trajectory and accuracy.

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.

If you’ve ever heard a rifle being shot and thought “that action is noisy” then that will be down to the vibration of the mechanism, much of that is down to the mainspring in the rifle. Some poorly fitting internals or poor quality mainsprings can have this affect as they send vibrations into the rifle. Vibration is very different to recoil but they do happen at the same time and one can often reinforce the ‘belief’ in the other. 

Fortunately when the tune is this is removed, leaving you with a much quieter action, with the majority of the noise being the muzzle report, which can be suppressed on some rifles.
The work done in the tune from the mechanical side of things regarding the springer workings themselves all contribute toward improved repeatable accuracy and grouping consistency. Less vibration, less recoil and a good power setting with a more efficient seal will get you well on the way to a very accurate, and consistent, spring rifle.

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.

Smoothness and Feel
There are several definitions of “smoothness and feel” that can be related to the rifle: The modifications done to the rifle aids a smooth cocking, loading and shot cycle. This allows you maintain a sight picture when you’ve taken a shot which can tell you where your pellet has gone if you missed, giving you more information than a plain miss.
Some parts may be chargeable although any damaged parts are generally replaced for free. O-ring seals are replaced as standard throughout the rifle and refitted with the correct lubrication.

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