One of my first loves…TX200 MK3 .177

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    JohnnyPiston
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    As a young man, I used to fly fish. When that interest faded, I gravitated back to my long time passion (since childhood) of spring powered air rifles. After a couple quality break barrels I ended up buying a used TX200 MK3 in .177, it had a brass cocking aid and was tuned to shoot nearly 16fpe. I still remember the original owner’s name, city and FT club that he frequented on occasion (no longer around: Kermit Airgunner Club out of Texas).

    That rifle got shot A LOT and underwent 2 different tuning states before I settled for a V-Mach kit set up at 13.5 fpe. Later on it would have a lower powered (sub 12fpe) tuning kit and even went on to be professionally tuned by Paul Watts, who did AMAZING work on that rifle. A couple California state FT championships were won with that rifle as well as a Nationals title.

    The TX200’s are very nice springers, and over the years I’ve had an opportunity to own them all, from TX200 MK1s (standard & Semi-Recoiless), MK2 (standard & Semi-Recoiless), MK3 (pre-fishscale and current stock design, USA power spec and UK sub12fpe spec rifles), as well as a nice customized Hunter Carbine (JM FT Dominator with jeweled compression tube). Many professionally tuned, others with custom tune kits/lightweight or skirt less pistons/modified piston to accept an HW piston seal and some were maintained “as is” with OEM internals. At one point I had 6 in my stable, but over the years have probably owned well over a baker’s dozen. I say this not to boast. I’m intimately familiar with TX200’s; that’s my point.

    Besides FT, I hunted CA ground squirrels 🐿 , did pest control hunts, hunted squirrel and rabbit, shot paper and on occasion shot a silhouette match with them. Enjoyed thoroughly, for varied applications!

    Of course, variety is the spice of life, and in recent years I became more and more interested in the 97k platform. 

    Fast forward to the present time and while appreciating a nicely figured beech stocked U.K. spec MK3 in .177 of mine, I decide to scope it with a Bushnell Elite 4200 8-32X40 and shoot it a bit at 30 yards. I knew that this rifle favored 7.9 gn pellets over 8.4gn efficiency wise, so I used some JSB 7.9 Express. In stiff wind I got it roughly sighted and was pleased to see some dime and nickel size groups forming at 30 yards from a seated FT position. It all started to come back to me: the tactile sensation throughout the cocking stroke, the muscle memory, the shot cycle feel and of course the accuracy. Yes, the accuracy. Felt familiar, felt good.

    Yesterday I lined up and sent a shot on a 1/2” KZ at 30 yards. The feeling of seeing that faceplate fall made me remember the “magic” of these rifles, after all, I began shooting FT years ago with a TX200 MK3, albeit with a more powerful spring, more preload and a more constricted transfer port😉.

    This morning in calm conditions with a slight breeze I shot some groups at 50 yards at a target located on the mountainside. I already knew this rifle was accurate, but now I felt that connection being reestablished. All smiles! To be honest, the OEM internals for the a) long stroke of the MK3 piston and b) sub 12fpe power do not offer the ideal shot cycle feel but the results speak for themselves. This particular TX200 MK3 was very recently rebuilt. Compared to the first shots I have already noticed less surge now that is has about 125 shots through it. Still breaking in😉, but very much a thoroughbred.

    I’ll post a video of this one later, LOL. “The magic!” Yesterday’s 30 yards seated shot at a 1/2” KZ target. Felt like a kid all over again.


    Tight shiny cluster forming, right of center (resettable at 50 yards)

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    50 yards, 5 shots seated.

    No dime in pocket, but how about a flattened pellet for reference

    Aim point was the star ⭐️. 7 shots here: 6 shots near, one bad shot low. Didn’t like the low shot so shot an extra pellet to make up for it.

    5 shots

    Gonna pull my ad now. First the magic, then the connection. How could I let it go?

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    Blejda
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    Beautiful rifle and great shooting. 

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    Duckfish
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    Greetings from Concord!  Nice rifle!  I always enjoy seeing your guns, and reading the stories that go with them!

    Just so you know there are a few of us here still carrying on the springer tradition.  Most all shoot PCP's now, but I don't let them forget about the possibilities of the spring gun.  I've owned 2 TX's and a prosport.  Still have one, bought it as a refurb from PA.  Ain't no bugs on it, just a plain Jane with a cheap ass Vortek kit.  40 yds with the Concord winds, you remember those right?

     

     

     

     

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    ChuckHunter
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    Like hooking back up with your high school sweetheart!!!

    That is one nice example of a TX there my friend…ive only owned one in all my years of shooting and it was a Mk111 in .22 but a seriously accurate and smooth shooting machine…especially after installing a TbT kit from merry old England !

    I fell off the wagon hard a few years ago and went to the dark side and PCPs started to rule the roost…sold it and several others I now wish were still in my stable but I'm on the comeback now…lol. 

    Still do most of my hunting with PCPs but the challenge and pure enjoyment of shooting springers is calling me back!

    Nice shooting brother!!!

    James from Michigan 

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    Duckfish
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    James you can always come back.

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    Windmill01
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    How does it compare in weight to your 97 and 77?

    Gary

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    Blejda

    Beautiful rifle and great shooting. 

    Thanks Blejda👍

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    JohnnyPiston
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    Duckfish

     

    Greetings from Concord!  Nice rifle!  I always enjoy seeing your guns, and reading the stories that go with them!

    Just so you know there are a few of us here still carrying on the springer tradition.  Most all shoot PCP's now, but I don't let them forget about the possibilities of the spring gun.  I've owned 2 TX's and a prosport.  Still have one, bought it as a refurb from PA.  Ain't no bugs on it, just a plain Jane with a cheap ass Vortek kit.  40 yds with the Concord winds, you remember those right?

     

     

     

    I remember those winds. Miss shooting there, and on the archery range, too. Question for you: do you remember when we were squared together and you knocked down several steel critters with my TX200 SR? Had a blast that day.

    Glad you’ve stuck with springers. I never tire of them, even after all these years.

     

     

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    ChuckHunter

    Like hooking back up with your high school sweetheart!!!

    That is one nice example of a TX there my friend…ive only owned one in all my years of shooting and it was a Mk111 in .22 but a seriously accurate and smooth shooting machine…especially after installing a TbT kit from merry old England !

    I fell off the wagon hard a few years ago and went to the dark side and PCPs started to rule the roost…sold it and several others I now wish were still in my stable but I'm on the comeback now…lol. 

    Still do most of my hunting with PCPs but the challenge and pure enjoyment of shooting springers is calling me back!

    Nice shooting brother!!!

    James from Michigan 

    High school sweetheart- that had me laughing bro, but I won’t get into that🤣🤣.

    Like duckfish said, you can always come back (from the dark side). LOL You know it’s all good, as long as you’re enjoying it. You’re definitely on the comeback. Strong! Keep ‘em coming my friend!

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    Windmill01

    How does it compare in weight to your 97 and 77?

    Gary

    That’s a good question Gary. On paper the TX200 MK3 in beech weighs 9.3lbs, .1lb more than the 97k in beech sporter trim.

    The TX200 MK3 with it’s shrouded barrel is a bit nose heavy, similar to an HW77 or HW97 MK1.

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    Windmill01
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    Thanks for that. A while back I was wanting to buy a Diana 56 Target Hunter but it didn’t eventuate. The TX also appealed to me and was a couple of pounds lighter but back then it was a 4 month wait for shipping (snail mail). I’m still searching. Nice shooting also.

    Gary

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    boscoebrea
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     Great springer,and it comes in lefty,gotta love that,it is one of the very best…for me the negative is loading it,fat fingers and big hands make it harder than it should be.

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    Nice shooting you guys. Hey Al, next time we meet up we should both shoot springer FT! I still have my TX200, HC & Pro Sport. I still love the challenge of springers. My goal is to set the club outdoor BR record. It sets at 702 and my best so far is 684. I found some new fodder in the QYS 8.9 gr in my HC, shoots better than the JSB. So can't wait till all this BS is over with and we can all get back to the range and compete. Be well.

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    JohnnyPiston….the consummate story teller. This took me back to the old Yellow when I looked forward with bated breath to reading your hunting stories. The Nationals that you won with that rifle was my first….Frederick, Maryland……was I humbled by the winds. A nor’easter was blowing through. I remember thinking, “how the heck can this kid shoot a springer so well in these conditions?” Ten years later, I want to congratulate you on that win once more….that was some world class shooting. 🍻 

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    SteveV
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    Great read, great post, EXCELLANT MARKSMANSHIP, and very inspiring –

    Haven't touched my TX's in a while – got to get back in the groove!

    I also like the fact that you still use a 1", front AO scope, a good ole' Bushy Elite.

     

    Take care breaux JP

     

    ROCK ON!

     

     

     

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    ncrary
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    I should say thank you.  Now I can stop the indecision.  I have been on the verge of sending “I’ll take it” for over a week.  The thing that kept me from sending was the thought of would I really shoot it enough to justify getting it.  Sounds like a great rifle that I should have bought.  But, it sounds like it is where it really belongs.

    newell

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    RyanG
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    Johnny's right on.  I love my TX-200's,  been shooting them everyday since the shutdown.  Am enjoying them more than my pcp guns,  they've become safe queens.  

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    Vana2
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    I try to give all my airguns equal time and not show any favoritism but I do like my TX 200 and spend a lot of time plinking with it…

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     Great springer,and it comes in lefty,gotta love that,it is one of the very best…for me the negative is loading it,fat fingers and big hands make it harder than it should be.

    Yes, it comes in lefty, can’t forget about the southpaws😉. Sounds like yours might be a .177, hey, a .22 would be easier to load👍🏼

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    JohnnyPiston….the consummate story teller. This took me back to the old Yellow when I would looked forward with bated breath to reading your hunting stories. The Nationals that you one with that rifle was my first….Frederick, Maryland……was I humbled by the winds. A nor’easter was blowing through. I remember thinking, “how the heck can this kid shoot a springer so well in these conditions?” Ten years later, I want to congratulate you on that win once more….that was some world class shooting. 🍻 

    Big D! Maaannn your post brought me right back to Maryland, 2010. I believe the Nats were in Damascus? I remember wanting to eat crab cakes, but that never happened. Went out with some of the guys and we had sushi. Sushi in Maryland, what were we thinking? LOL

    Bro, so glad you enjoyed it. And thanks for your kind words my friend. 🥃 🥃 🍻

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