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bsa meteor - are they any good?

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hi,

i've been offered a bsa meteor but i don't really know much about air rifles so not sure whether to bother, its .22 and aparantly its in very good condition just had a service, new spring and seals and comes with a scope too.

 

i just want to know if there generally a good rifle are they accurate and what are they like for power? it'll be used for hunting rabbit/crow/pigeons so i don't want something thats only good for plinking, the chap selling it said its accurate and fullpower but he would so i thought i'd get some un-bias reviews.

 

cheers in advance

 

atb gary

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i can ask but i doubt he's got a chronograph i don't think he's really that in to shooting, he's more of an occasional plinker rather than an avid hunter from what i can gather, its his mrs is getting on at him to get rid of it as he doesn't use it.

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I had and still have the older English built one . Lovely lads rifle and I used it to good effect on alsorts of prey though I think MV was quoted as 500 fps as opposed to 550 fps for the 12 ft lb Mercury etc . The new Spanish Gamo ones are 12 ft lb AND 8ft lb versions and are a very different rifle, I had one and sold it . To me they have the feel of a Cometa or something . Accuracy with open sights was great on the old ones , I think because I used it every day so was quite good.

Sorry not a technical review but I cannot see people using the Gamo versions in 30 or 40 years time like I am my old Meteor . I think if it was as a dedicated hunting tool I would go for something else .The old Meteor is just nice to have , I use it for popping squirrels in traps .

So it depends on which one you are meaning , apples and pears really .

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cheers vole,

i'm not sure on the age but i think he's had it a few years so fingers crossed its an earlier version, not sure why i'm worrying though as he's virtually giving me it so either way its no real loss.

 

he's bringing it to work for me to take a look at before i buy it so i'll ask him a bit more then.

 

:good:

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thats sounds ideal underdog its more for rabbits in the edge of the woods and squirrels when they won't come down to play with my .22lr!

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As said above that for close in hunting they will do the job and will be a collectors piece . When funds permit I would like an old Mercury too .

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i think i'll sell it on if its a collectors piece, i'd not want to use it if i thought it could be worth something for fear of damaging it. what sort of price do they usually fetch if in good condition?

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i think i'll sell it on if its a collectors piece, i'd not want to use it if i thought it could be worth something for fear of damaging it. what sort of price do they usually fetch if in good condition?

Bear in mind there are 1000s still around and that I got mine for £20 from the local rfd as it is a bit knacked . Mint ones might fetch £100 + . Wish had kept my old one which was in great nick . Plenty spare parts for them so guess alot are still used .

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mines really getting on a bit (shows it :/ ) anyhow its no looker and whilst im hear im constantly looking for a MURCURY stock at a reasonable price, but ive had loads of rabbits with mine, (its a bit long for me ) but hell its an accurate springer.

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I have 2 inc a mercury s,they are ideal rat guns or for bagging close rabbits,might be tempted to sell the standard mercury :hmm: if price was right.

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On 07/11/2011 at 21:30, vampire said:

I have 2 inc a mercury s,they are ideal rat guns or for bagging close rabbits,might be tempted to sell the standard mercury if price was right.

Wish I had kept this,I had since the 70s

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ah im missing an old meteor,had one in the early 60,s at school,great tool then as i remember,must buy another to go with my airsporter 177 an 22,and my mercury 22,and my prize merlin u/l 22.

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