Four Of My Best Underlevers!

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    JoeKool
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    Hello AirgunNation Peoples,

    These are my top four underlever spring rifles.  The Air Airms Pro-Sport .177 (walnut), the Air Arms Pro-Sport .22 (walnut), the RWS 460 .22 (beechwood), and the Diana 470TH (beechwood)

    This particular collection began 4 years ago with my desire to own a accurate and powerful magnum spring rifle.  Disappointment from previous gas ram magnum air rifles which were a pain in the @ to group well with (not to mention multiple expensive scope killers).  Steered me to see what the German’s and English had to offer.  

    Countless old school Rick Eustler plus other YouTube and internet review sites .  Had me wanting that sleek refined looking RWS 460 .22.  Well long story made short, I purchased her and loved it.  In fact so much that a few months later I was compelled to buy the Diana 470TH .22!  The exact same action with a different stock and finish.  The Diana 470TH also differs in that it has a muzzle weight instead of front site( there are no open sites on the 470TH)  This is no bother because they both have Hawke Airmax 30 scopes mounted with RWS one piece lockdown mount ( the best springer mounts ever).  They love to eat JSB 15.89 grains and at this point I have lost count on squirrels 🐿 and doves 🐦 they’ve taken.  Tuned to perfection πŸ‘ŒπŸ½ with Krytox, Air Venturi Moly Paste, Vortek Sho Spring Kit and Piston seal.  The 460 is the perfect magnum underlever hunter and the 470TH is awesome from the bench or field targeting with its stock type. Both shoot avg 805 fps for 22.5 fpe with JSB 15.89’s quarter size groups at 40yards all day long.  I love these rifles!
     

    Chapter 2 (lol)

    Once upon a time in England…  Just kidding!  Now on to the “Made in England” underlever springers they’ll probably bury me with.  The Air Arms Pro-Sport .177 & .22 both in Walnut stocks.  Man oh man!  If there is any springer that can hold it’s own against a PCP it is definitely my AA Pro-Sports!  Maybe not in (fpe) foot pound energy, but in shoot-ability, accuracy, and consistency its right on par!  The .177 Pro-Sport has at least 40 squirrels under its belt numerous possums, doves, jays, and starlings I’ve had the .177 Pro-Sport for 3 years now. It loves Air Arms and JSB 10.34 grain lead and launches them at 815 -830 fps @ 16 fpe. Also wearing a Hawke Airmax 30 with a RWS one piece lockdown mount.

    Lastly, the airgun I resisted buying, the Air Arms Pro-Sport .22 walnut!  Now probably my favorite springer of all time.  Boy did I get luck when it came to the walnut stock on this beauty.  This baby has a crazy muesium quality character in the Minelli made walnut.  So yeah, its pretty..  But what’s the best is the accuracy out of this thing using Predator GTO 11.75 grain lead free pellets.  I first began shooting the .22 Pro-Sport with H&N FTT’s looping pellets downrange at 685 fps for 15.5 fpe.  After discovering the Predator lead free GTO’s (pellets I resisted) my velocity and energy jumped to an average of 811 fps @ 17 fpe.  I’ll take the larger numbers thank you.  This springer has a PCP’s soul meaning it is so smooooooth!  It shoots like a gentle gas ram air rifle with absolutely zero vibration/twang.  Shoots hole in hole with ease!  Both Pro-Sports also have Vortek Sho tune kits with Vortek cup style piston seals.  Two-stage gold plated triggers that are on par with any of my FX pcp trigger’s, breaking like a thin glass rod at just under a pound.  For this gun case queen I raised the bar, with a Hawke Sidewinder FFP and a RWS lockdown one piece mount.  Well, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!  Who else would I tell but my fine AirgunNation peoples!!! 😎

    Target in pictures shot at 25 yards, a mix of single and five shot groups. (left .177 & right .22)

     

     

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    intenseaty22
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    Great read & collection! I’m definitely looking to own several more springers. I’m still not into Magnum territory yet, but if I was, those Diana TH would probably make the final cut. Maybe one day…

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    TiredRooster
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    Very beautiful rifles you've collected there. You seem to be more fond of the British underlevers vs. the German ones. I would love to have any one of them. Thanks for sharing.

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    Insanity
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    Very nice looking groups.

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    JoeKool
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    Thanks guys, the two videos that inspired me! Watched them a whole lot even after I had the rifles….  Just because!

    Courtesy of AirgunWebTV, go Rick!

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    TiredRooster

    Very beautiful rifles you've collected there. You seem to be more fond of the British underlevers vs. the German ones. I would love to have any one of them. Thanks for sharing.

     

    Nothing but USA πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ pride here, but those lines and craftsmanship undeniably get me! 

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    Nice guns.  So far my Weihrauch rifles have impressed me way more accuracy wise than my Air Arms TX200.  Weihrauch barrels aren't picky for pellets. 

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    joek
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    My best is my BSA Goldstar, sold off my DIANA 300R, the rest are a GAMO CF30 and a few b31,s

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    JoeKool
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    brad870

    Nice guns.  So far my Weihrauch rifles have impressed me way more accuracy wise than my Air Arms TX200.  Weihrauch barrels aren't picky for pellets. 

    Weihrauch’s springers are [email protected]$$!  Wouldn’t mind owning a pimped out tuned up HW97K.  As far as pellets, I just stock up on several tins of what each guns favorite is and forget about it.

     

    The RWS 460 & Diana 470TH

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    Some of my "Underlever Fever" collection…

     

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    DualMagMike

    Some of my "Underlever Fever" collection…

     

     

    A man after my own heart!!!  Now thats a nice pile of wood and metal!  

    I ❀️ me some underlevers! Awesome guns!  I can recognize some of them but can you name them all from top to bottom?  Not their pet names but their make and models?  Lol

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     HW97MKI, Beeman HW97 Tyrolean MKI, HW97KT synthetic, HW97 KT, HW77K MKI, HW77 Tyrolean MKI, AA Pro Sport, Theoben Dual Magnum, Beeman Dual Magnum, Theoben SLR Thumbhole, Theoben SLR Sporter

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    JoeKool
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    Theoben’s are some fine airguns!  Wow impressive!

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    JoeKool
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    Wish there were more modern airgun manufacturers that would make models of underlever spring powered airguns that shared the AA Pro-Sports hidden cocking lever design.  Keeping the air rifle looking like center fire rifles.

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    JoeKool

    Wish there were more modern airgun manufacturers that would make models of underlever spring powered airguns that shared the AA Pro-Sports hidden cocking lever design.  Keeping the air rifle looking like center fire rifles.

     

    Yeah, I think that is a very beautiful and sleek looking rifle too. All the AA springers are gorgeous rifles in my opinion.

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    RacineJohn
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    Beautiful!  Thanks for sharing.  Your enthusiasm for those wonderful rifles is fun and contagious. 

    But, as a pastor, I'm not doing to well on that whole 10th commandment, not coveting thing right now… 

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    RacineJohn

    Beautiful!  Thanks for sharing.  Your enthusiasm for those wonderful rifles is fun and contagious. 

    But, as a pastor, I'm not doing to well on that whole 10th commandment, not coveting thing right now… 

    Amen brother 

    Thank you!

    A man needs a hobby.  Airgun’s are my hobby.  Does’nt hurt anyone except pest and certain small game. 

     

    covet

    1. To feel strong or immoderate desire for (that which is another's).

    2. To wish for (something) longingly.

     

    Interesting perspective and I do respect what you have said in your comment.  This hobby is so enjoyable I suppose we all can surcome to a bit of coveting.

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    JoeKool
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    Pray for me brother?

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    Talk is not worth a whole lot if you can’t back it up, and they say a picture is worth a thousand words.  So, to prove to myself more than anyone I broke out my four top underlevers to accuracy and chronograph test them back to back this afternoon from 35 yards.  I have included pictures of the results below in this post.  Mind you I haven’t shot any of these airguns in over a week, so with no scope adjustments I just fired 10 shots with each gun over the chronograph at a target 35 yards away.  Giving myself only one sighter shot in the top left corner of each target.  Then shooting one shot at each outer bull and lastly a five shot group at the center bullseye 🎯!  This was a pretty fun challenge!  Shots were taken off of shooting sticks and sitting in a stool.  I know with scope adjustments shots would have resulted in mostly bullseye’s, but I wanted to display honest results for you all and for my own integrity.  I love days off work!

    Pictures top to bottom:

    1.  RWS 460 Magnum(.22), target, & 10 shot chronograph results 

    2.  DIANA 470TH(.22), target, & 10 shot chronograph results 

    3.  AIR ARMS PRO-SPORT(.177), target, & 10 shot chronograph results 

    4.  AIR ARMS PRO-SPORT(.22), target, & 10 shot chronograph results

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    Are there any other Pro-Sport owners out there?  What is the performance like on your rifle?

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