Gamo Air rifle


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Solo
March 29, 2005, 12:36 AM
I have recently purchased a Gamo air rifle and I have some questions as to how to take proper care of it. Can anyone help me out a little? Much appreciated.

Questions:

1. What oil is best used to lubricate the moving parts of the air rifle?

2. Should I clean the barrel if I only shoot copper-plated bbs through it?

3. Is it a good idea to send the rifle to a gunsmith once a year for servicing?

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Husker1911
March 29, 2005, 12:48 AM
1. A good lubricant; I like Break-Free.

2. Yes, clean the bore. Do NOT leave any petroleum based liquid AT ALL in the bore. This can cause dieseling, or heat and pressure enough to cause detonation. Not a good thing.

3. Unlikely. Only if said gunsmith is versed in the care of air rifles. Air gun manic mechanics are few and far between. In my experience, they are usually older, retired hobbyists. You might consult with AirGun Express, in Montezuma, IA.

I have more fun with my air guns than any other projectile weapons. Good luck!

JohnKSa
March 29, 2005, 02:16 AM
For best accuracy and barrel life, don't shoot steel or plated steel BBs through a rifled barrel. If you wish to shoot round balls, there are lead balls which will not harm the rifling. Even using lead pellets, you should experience little to no leading in the barrel.

Don't use any lubricants that contain solvents. Firearm solvents can damage the seals in an airgun.

Lubricate the cocking linkage with a good oil, resist the urge to lubricate the "innards" of the gun. Most airguns don't need much oil inside, the factory does a pretty good job of putting in what is needed. If you do get to the point that you are certain you need to lubricate the chamber, you must use only chamber oil.

The rifle shouldn't really need regular servicing or cleaning. Cleaning the bore of an airgun should be done only rarely and with great care. The tiny bore and delicate rifling can very easily be damaged--much more easily than firearm bores. The good news is that you shouldn't need to clean it very often.

For more in depth answers, check out the forum at www.straightshooters.com

Solo
March 29, 2005, 02:39 AM
Thanks, your advice is most appreciated.

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