found an air rifle under my shed. ..

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    Hepotter
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    Be aware any volatile oil in the compression chamber, or barrel, will ignite under pressure, as when the gun is fired and the spring forces the piston forward.

    There are several non-dieseling lubes/greases available for spring compressed air guns.  

    Your biggest rebuild challenge will be compressing the spring after you have everything taken apart and cleaned up.  It takes a special tool to do this.  Ask around the forum, as it is likely someone can help you out with that.

    That’s a classic high quality air gun…worth the time and effort to restore it.  

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    MarkUK
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    If it’s been under a shed for a few years then don’t fire it again – certainly don’t dry fire again – until you’ve given it a good seeing-to.

    Careful with the spring, it is powerful and a b*gg*r to get recompressed and back in if you release it when disassembing..

    Careful with lubes and where they go and don’t go, as you may end up with a dieseling air rifle (as above – avoid this).

    I’m not a spring rifle expert, but you may find some local spring rifle expert hobbyists via one of the UK forums.

    I suggest airgunbbs or airgunforum. Someone in your county could look at it and guide you to a list of things that need doing.

    Final thought, unlikely, but possible that someone left it there as it is an over 12lbs (UK FAC) rifle and they had “plausible deniability” while it was there.

    This is very unlikely if the rifle is a .177. slightly more likely if it is a .22 or a .25.

    But now you possess it, you are responsible for ensuring it is under 12fpe with nasty penalties if it is found >12fpe.

    Cleaning the barrel and getting a local to chronograph it with pellets of known weight is probably wise. Get a local to help you with this.

    I’m in Staffs.

    Mark.

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    Harry_Ola
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    Cheers for even morr awesome advice guys.

    I have bought a multi sized barrel cleaner and various coarsenesses of wire wool sand paper and wet and dry papers to get started.

    Are the foam cleaning pellets any hood? Obviously for once I’ve got a bit further through this project. And yes the 12ft/lbs is something I’m very conscious of. Not knowing what shot it takes doesnt help but when the cleaninh stuff turns up they are labeled which calibre barrle they fit so that will help. Hopefully it’s .177 :p

    What sort of places can you get the chronograph taken? Any gunshop or somewhere more specific?

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    Biohazard
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    Cool find!
    As far as the Ft/Lbs restrictions in the UK, I cannot speak to them (living in the US), but it is definitely possible that a .177 could produce 12+ ft/lbs. My .177 Hatsan 155 puts out a low functional range of 23.32. That being said, you may need to call in an expert to reduce the ft/lbs to an acceptable level for your locality, either by modifying the air outlet or by installing a weaker spring. If it purports 12 ft/lbs and is .177, it’s likely a model designed for the US market.
    As for the cleaning pellets, I would not recommend them for in-depth bore cleaning. They work OK for routine maintenance (I run 3 through the barrel every hundred shots or so), but they don’t have enough abrasive force to remove rust and caked-on fouling. Better to go with a bore brush and some non-imbedding cleaning paste.
    Keep us updated as the project proceeds!

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    Harry_Ola
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    Cheers for that biohazard.

    The stuff I ordered should arrive tomorrow, work permitting I shoukd be able to commence rubbing down friday morning/afternoon.

    What sort of cleaning stuff would you use with a barrel brush? I have one on the way I was going to do it dry :-p

    Inexperience will get the better of me eh?

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    Harry_Ola
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    On a side note, the misses is now talking about buying her self a rifle and take up shooting together…dammit why couldn’t there be 2 in the shed! You know she’ll pick the most expensive she can find. .

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    ztirffritz
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    Tell her that you’ll give her the polished treasure from the shed and you’ll suffer through a newer, less valuable gun, such as an FX Impact, or Verminator, just so you can be together and enjoy each other’s company… 😉

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    Goodtogo
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    What about when the groundhog comes looking for his rifle in the night? Its not going to be pretty since the ones I’ve seen that have a rifle also have a knife! I would be out there stacking up rocks around that shed to block him in.

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    Harry_Ola
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    GoodtogoWhat about when the groundhog comes looking for his rifle in the night? Its not going to be pretty since the ones I’ve seen that have a rifle also have a knife! I would be out there stacking up rocks around that shed to block him in.

    no ground hogs in the uk but it could be a badgers :p

    As for the misses having this rifle it won’t work she says its ugly and is too heavy for her lol

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    Harry_Ola
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    Little update for you all,

    I have joined a uk forum in an attempt to find local help.
    Whilst I haven’t gotten that yet I have been advised that this rifle is an smk but no one can agree on which appart from 2 guys who think its a smk xs20 but I’m unconvinced due to being unable to find out year of manufacture and earliest review ive found is from 2013. I would put the age of my rifle to be at least 8 years old as that would be round about when the misses moved in to the property.

    Any ideas guys?

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    DuncanHynes
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    Idea…Air Arms TX200. ;)

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