Wildcat pressure gauge upside down, difficult to read. Can it be rotated?

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    MartinT
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    When I got my .22 Wildcat, the fillport opening(s) where situated to the side. That was fine by me, but the pressure gauge was exactly upside down, which made reading the value kind of awkward.  
    So I followed the AOA youtube instructional movie and depressurised the airtube, and unscrewed it a quarter turn. Now the pressure gage is 90 degrees from horizontal, which made reading it a lot easier. (From the side of the airgun)

    The side effect of this was that the fillport is now straight on the bottom.
    Now here’s the catch: when I put on the FX bottle clamp, there is no sufficient space to insert the fillprobe anymore. (Remember It’s a .22, not a .25 which has a longer airtube)
    So this would mean I’d have to unscrew the airtube another quarter turn. (Fillports back to the side, and the pres gage is now upright)But is it safe to have it unscrewed by half a turn? Secondly a ridge will now be visible at the back where the tube screws into the round receiving part of the action (as it is not screwed all the way snug to the endpart) this is aesthetically not so nice. (With only a quarter turn loose it is acceptable)
    Would it be better to screw the airtube all the way back in, and unscrew the press gage by half a turn? On the exploded view I saw there is a 4mm plastic bushing at the end of the pres gage. This will probably provide the seal, so what could I use a small oring or something to thicken that plastic bushing? (I do not have a lathe to make a bushing myself).

    Is it safe at all to have eiither the airtube or the gage unscrewed a half turn from snug? (Or a quarterturn, as it is now?)

    Any advise on this matter is appreciated, and Ernest if you read this: did you receive my PMs?

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    Verve
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    There would be a derlin/acetal ring under the gauge. You can buy an equal or slightly bigger diameter derlin bar, cut depth to size and drill hole in the middle. That way you can play with various depths to get the gauge how you want it.

    Wouldn’t advise loosening the bottle or gauge even quarter turn as it would leak. 230bar you need things sealed fully.

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    MartinT
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    Thanks for your input. I have the bottle (the aircylinder) loosened a quarter turn, and it doesn’t leak (not even slow)
    Problem is: where could I buy the delrin cut to the right diameter? As I dont have a lathe it needs to be the exact size already…

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    Paio
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    I have the same issue. Does the repair kit for the Wildcat includes the delrin ring?

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    MartinT
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    I don’t know, is there supposed to be a kit in the box? (Mine hadn’t…)

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    Verve
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    6mm, 8mm, 10mm etc derline/acetal bars can be bought – google. Measure the inner diameter and then buy accordingly. 

    Or buy the right size nylon washers, as I did when refitting new gauges. Ebay or Google. I bought slightly over-sized washers and then used a sharp knife to reduce the OD.

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    MartinT
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    Excellent ideas, thank you!

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    jland48
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    Picky,picky,picky, why can’t airgunners leave stuff alone. My Wildcat .25 performs so magnificently I wouldn’t dream of messing with it, but that’s me haha

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    MartinT
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    Haha, good point! I think you can divide the airgunning enthousiasts into 2 groups: those who enjoy the shooting of their airguns for what it is, a lot of fun, and it’s giving them satisfaction, and then there are those who enjoy the shooting for the reasons just mentioned but  in addition to that we also like to tinker, adjust, and improve,  as that is another aspect of the hobby that when it all works out, it gives you a whole other level of satisfaction and achievement!

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    airborne
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    “MartinT”Haha, good point! I think you can divide the airgunning enthousiasts into 2 groups: those who enjoy the shooting of their airguns for what it is, a lot of fun, and it’s giving them satisfaction, and then there are those who enjoy the shooting for the reasons just mentioned but  in addition to that we also like to tinker, adjust, and improve,  as that is another aspect of the hobby that when it all works out, it gives you a whole other level of satisfaction and achievement!

    
This is great advice and so true.. Someday I will get the guts to break one down, and be able to give such good comments!……….

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    jking
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    You might be able to go a 1/4 to 1/2 turn without losing any air. I know when ever I’ve use a gauge to bleed down a air tube I’m surprised how far I’ve had to back them out to get a little leak started. 

    I’ve became a tinkerer when necessary but as the the quality of guns has increased throughout my air gun obsession I’ve found the need to be one is less often, lol
    jimmy

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