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New full tune XS-B25H from FlyingDragon Airguns.

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  1. LoonWulf
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    Ordered this rifle last week after all the talk about airguns of late. This is the first springer Ive owned since a B26 (I think) some 13 or so years ago.
    Ive never been a fantastic shot with a springer, and switched to PCPs, and Co2 after the B26. Bout 7 years later id given up PCPs since Id also quit playing paintball, which was where I got my HPA tanks filled. I still shot my Co2 powered QB78s, but those were the only airguns Ive had till about 6 months ago I traded my SKS for a .357 Bulldog, and worked on that for a while.

    Ive decided its time to get back into practicing with a spring gun.

    This Is mechanically the same rifle as the XS-B25 that has the sporter style, hardwood stock. I like thumbholes on airguns, and really liked the way the bamboo stock looked, so saving 40 bucks to get a stock I liked the looks of better won out. Since Mike Melick offers tuning on these for a very reasonable cost, I decided to get it with a full tune.

    Here are some photos of the packaging and rifle, as well as the documentation Mike included with the rifle.

    Box as it arrived
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    Manual and rifle/tune information.
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    Hey look Ma! already chrono'd!!!
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    Its nice that it delivers very similar velocity to my QB78 Repeater. This means i wont need to remember different trajectories, and POA, when switching between them. I may reduced the hammer spring tension on the QB to bring velocity back down to match the b25 if they end up shooting the same pellets.

    Gun, bluing quality, and weight.
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    Ive fired 4 or 5 shots thru the rifle just to see if theres a noticeable difference in the cocking and firing cycle as compared to what i remember (and my dads Quest1K, which is here), and there is a VERY noticeable difference.
    Zero spring vibe on cocking, and its smoother and lighter than expected for a gun of this power range.
    The shot cycle is very smooth, and free of any noticeable after shot vibration. Ive never shot a springer, or gas ram, that was this dead in the hand, tho admittedly Ive never shot a tuned spring gun.

    Ive got a scope on order from amazon, Hammer Magnum air rifle scope If i remember correctly. If I enjoy shooting this as much as I THINK Im going to, Ill probably order a Clearidge RM for it.
    Ive also got a Simmons ATV coming from a friend, so that might get to ride around on here for a while.
     
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    The bamboo stock is outstanding! The bluing also looks very good. Hope it's everything you're looking for!
     
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    You are going to love this rifle. I had Mike tune mine before he sent it. I have also soft bedded it. Own both the XS25. And the XS28M
    German quality for a few $$$
    Probably the best inexpensive air rifles made. 20200416_161025.jpg
     
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    The rifles he sells are my pick for anyone wanting to get started in the airgun addiction. Or someone wanting to add another great rifle to their collection. Mike will not sell you a bad rifle even his non tuned ones are checked and test fired.

    http://flyingdragonairrifles.org/
     
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    I considered a xs28, but wanted something easier to shoot. I bet one of those with a tune on its pretty spiffy.
    Im looking forward to the scope coming in, then it can get a work out!

    I epoxy bedded my dads quest1000 night before last, and gave it a cleanijg and lube. I may try soft bed the xs25
     
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    The XS28M is easy cocking compared to any of my Hatsan Magnums. My 130QE .30 60lb. But when I tuned it I maxed the ram at 173bar.

    I just bought this. 1592891198_20251835665ef1973e2ae328.99371318.jpg the Tomahawk. Full Tuned, trigger adjusted. Walther. 20 caliber barrel. Crowned and custom dressed. Will have it in a few weeks.
     
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    I like the stock, I'm surprised it's not used more. Fps look good. Hope to see some groups from you,but the rest target looks good.

    I still think of I ever get a pcp I'd get there sentry. And I like the under lever, 46 something like that.
     
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    That should be a cool one!

    I shot a few of the magnum springers, but nothing recently. I considered trying a 135qe a year or two ago, but it falls into a middle ground for me that i dont have a practical need for, and havent developed the serious WANT yet.

    Once i go over 16-20ft/lbs, I uses the bulldog, or a powder burner. if i get into shooting springers again, i may add a true magnum just to have, and practice with.
     
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    That Tomahawk looks like a sweet rifle right out the box!

    Yeah, very happy with pretty much everything on the gun. If theres one thing im going to modify its rounding thr edges and releaving the stock where my trigger finger drags.

    That undercocker is a sweet looking rifle too, it tempted me for a while for sure.
     
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    Your well on your way to getting the airgun bug. You'll be getting another lol
     
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    I would round over the sharp point off the butt pad to. How is the checkering can't see it to well.
     
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    mostly decoration lol. The natrual position for my hand is just forward of the hump so nowhere near the checkering anyway

    The pads a little small, but not bad ive been playing with shouldering it and lowering it so far no issues.
     
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    Bit of an update. I decided to stick my Intensity 3.8-12x44 on the b25. This is basically the same scope as the Philippines made Simmons 44mag, except it has aspherical lenses. NOT airgun rated, but its what i got, and thr tuned b25 shoot so smooth it shouldnt kill it....immediately.

    Still gonna be conservative as these arnt easy to get anymore and i like the scope.


    Heres a 5 shot group after 5 or 6 shots to sight in. Distance was 21yds from the muzzle, and pellets were JSB exact 15.8s.
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    gun scope and target.
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    That looks to shoot pretty good. I'd think good enough for a head shot in its power range. How's the trigger.
     
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    fantastic, especially for a "cheap" springer. Mike addsna second adjustment screw, but i havent messed with any of it too much. Out of the box its set up well enough even i didnt mess with it ...yet.
     
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    heh, im finding the auto safety kinda nice. For some reason i jerk springer triggers, and this is making me focus more on my trigger stroke.
     
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    I never minded on a break barrel, they all seem to use the lever for your finger and become to the point you don't even notice them. On that sentry it's a button type and have to reach for it from what I've seen.
     
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    The safety on these guys is on the back of the tube, so you gotta break your firing grip to hit it when you forget lol. Makes for a nice pause....
     
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    Little update.....
    Got the Hammer 3-9x40 in, its actually a pretty decent optic.

    Shot about 100-200 shots so far, mostly just plinking my steel plate at 35yds or so, but im holding about a 1" group off hand, which as good as i can expect for the most part.
    This things smooth, and has a fantastic trigger. I actually havent shot my qb since i got it. I missed a few dove heads i probably wouldnt have with the qb, but im getting better.

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    1" is not bad at all free hand. Scope looks good, how's the stuff like turrets, power ring, ao feel.
    I'm counting on you wearing that steel plate out lol.
     
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    Turrets are more positive than my vx-f....but it has horrible turrets lol. These are about on par with most of my other scopes and not as good as my "good" scopes.
    Dunno bout tracking, havent done a box test, but sighting it in was easy enough.
    AO, and Power adjust smoothly.

    I spent 5hrs working on my buddies 96 silverado, got nowhere....I HATE chevys. Well be at it again tomorrow, but hopefully ill have some time in the afternoon to do some plinking ...or maybe we shoot his truck and go to the range ......
     
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    They haven't made a 1/2 decent truck since 86, same with dodge I mean fiat. Jap stuffs good if you can keep them from rusting away.

    I forget did you chrono any pellets with the b25
     
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    heh, lotta truth there....honestly i think every once in a while both chevy and dodge turned out a mistake, and it runs for 300k miles, but mostly they take time an energy to keep on the road.
    My little toyotas also a rust bucket lol. Poor thing took out a new chevy earlier this month, so ill have to do some body work anyway, might cut out and weld in some new plate i place of the bigger rust holes....probably no saving the bed tho.
    Newer Yotas are mostly running chevy motors i think...least thats what i was told, so take that for what it is lol.
    Kinda wish the koreans would make a reasonably sized pickup.......

    I havent chrono'd anything yet. I managed to shoot my magnetospeeds bayo....yeah, the guy who was giving people crap about shooting their eyeball chrono, shot one attached to his own barrel......ONLY in 2020....
    Just got the replacement.
     
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    That's what happens when they say get it as close to the bore as possible lol. They seem to work good, but seen many guys working up loads with it on the barrel. I'd bet it would make a group shift for mess with the node some.

    time to build a little flat bed for the truck,
     
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