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  • Currently 4.64/5

Rating: 4.6/5 (14 votes cast)

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30 June 2008  

Things I liked: This is a beautiful rifle..not quite as finished as the higher end brands, but very pretty nonetheless. It is a heavy gun, but I liked the weight because it feels more solid to hold and it actually makes keeping a steady aim much easier.
Things I would have changed: Quality control! Please read below.
What others should know: I bought the gun knowing I would have it tuned, but I simply can't believe the rifles they let off the line. The first gun I received had such a tight breech that I couldn't even fit pellets into it without completely deforming them. The second one at least allowed me to shoot, but I knew immediately that something was terribly wrong. I sent it off to Charlie Da Tuna, where he found that it had a damaged/scored piston, collapsed main spring, and damaged breech seal..this was a BRAND NEW RIFLE! Here are the before and after specs: Pre-Tune: Average velocity - 683 fps Average deviation - 18 fps Extreme deviation - 43 fps! Average trigger pull - 8 lb 4 oz!!! Post Tune: Average velocity - 982 fps Average deviation - 3.3 fps Extreme deviation - 12 fps Average trigger pull - 2 lb 4 oz I simply cannot recommend this rifle unless you plan on rebuilding it. However, if that's your goal anyway..get it over to Bob at www.charliedatuna.com
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29 June 2008  

Things I liked: To start with, the rating was way off on mine. 936fps with PBA and 851FPS with Crossman RN HP hunting pellets. The weight it fully acceptable, but I'll mention some good feedback below. The gun is very accurate, ONCE THE TRIGGER IS FIXED. Very Consistent velocities over my chrono took less than 20 shots for things to settle down i LIKE the weight. I wanted a rifle I could practice as if it was one of my large bore (.416, .458 or larger) in terms of weight and hold. It works out that way This is a 13MM scope rail
Things I would have changed: the trigger is HORRIBLE The wood was only "so-so" the middle screw, or the larger screw in the trigger is a 6mmx1 thread. On my gun, I had to retap that, as the screw only went in 1/2 of a turn. Accuracy improved GREATLY when i tightened it down. The trigger is HORRIBLE... 90 seconds of machine polishing, followed by rouge, not changing it, just making it FINISHED and polished, improved everything.
What others should know: The gun really likes the crossman round nose hollowpoints.. shot about 30 rounds into 5/8" at 27 yards ... two shooters, with the BAD trigger... FIX THE TRIGGER
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6 June 2008  

Things I liked: The Power, the Looks, the Side Lever action. Seems very well made. It is a very handsome rifle especially with a scope.
Things I would have changed: The weight. This rifle is pretty heavy for an air gun. I put a D143 Night Vision scope on it which is a lot heavier than a regular scope. I'm using this rifle mainly as a rat gun and find it a little too heavy to stalk my prey. But for the price its very hard to complain. My rifle did arrive with the front fiber optic sight cracked. Since I will be using scopes I felt it wasn't necessary to return it for this problem alone. I'm going to see if pyramidair will replace just the front sight without me having to return the gun.
What others should know: I don't have any problems or complaints at all about the side lever cocking. It is very smooth and seems very sturdy. As others and myself have stated this is a heavy gun. I estimate mine to be around 12 lbs. with the N.V. scope. The power is awesome. After sighting in my scope the accuracy is very good. Another thing, this gun is Loud. Even though it is heavy and mine came with the broken sight I am rating this rifle a 5 out of 5. For the price, power and performance it will be very hard to beat the B30-1.
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28 April 2008  

Things I liked: The thing I like about this gun is the fix barrel accuracy. I got a 3-9x40 scope on and im using Beemans .177 Silver Arrow pellets. I cant shot a 1'' to 1 1/2'' group at 25yards
Things I would have changed: The pull lever bar is not made of thick metal so it wants to bend.
What others should know: When you cock the gun remember to hold the release lever before pushing the cock back or else you'll bend the bar. Also you should use a heavy grade pellet with this gun. I tried shooting it with a 7.5 gr pellet and it was all over the place.
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24 April 2008  

Things I liked: Beautiful woodwork and metal finish. Excellent stock ergonomics. Wonderful crisp two-stage trigger with extensive adjutability. Great adjustable open sights with clear fiberoptic sight picture. Incredibly accurate barrel and super stable shooting platform because of the weight. Outstanding price.
Things I would have changed: The Chinese still have their issues with consistency. I had to return two versions of the rifle before getting the one I wanted. The first two had misaligned open sights. The first had a very hard trigger which could not be adjusted. The second had a slight buzz on firing. But all were very accurate with the great wood and metal workmanship.
What others should know: The heaviness is a double-edged sword. It takes some adjustment, and even now, I can't fire more than 30 shots without getting shaky. But the weight is very helpful in holding steady. This may be my most accurate rifle. I received my final rifle with an extremely hard trigger which I was able to adjust to a very light pull, but I lost the two stages in the process. I was able to work it back to a crisp let off and a fairly light ~ 4 pound pull. My rifle now is so good that there is no need to tune. But if you want to CharlieDaTuna specializes in this model and does a great job for a reasonable price.
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