The New Again Beeman R1 - .20

Discussion in 'Air Guns' started by Garandimal, May 17, 2018.

  1. Garandimal

    Garandimal Member

    Dec 28, 2017
    Lee of Death Valley, ...where Tigers feed.
    So I've had this Beeman R1 Carbine for decades, and used to shoot it lots. With Beeman .20 Cal Silver Bear HP pellets, it would shoot ragged holes at 20 yards through just about anything.

    Then it sat in the freezer for quite a spell.

    FF - my boys are getting big enough to shoot it, so I pull it out, only to find a tired main spring and leaky seals.

    So I order new seals and a spring, and have my local Airgun Ferrari mechanic overhaul it for a nominal fee.

    Now it shoots better than new, except I can't get the Beeman pellets anymore, so I get a load of Benjamin Cyl pellets - that don't shoot all that great - like 1-1/2" at 20 yards.

    And the OEM Partridge rear sight doesn't work so well for me anymore, so I got a WILLIAMS FP-AG Aperture sight - which works great and shrank the groups to ~ 1". (have Tech-Sights or OEM Aperture sights on all my iron sighted rifles)

    Then I find out about JSB Diabolo Exact .20 Cal pellets, and order a pile of them.

    ...Groups shrunk back to a ragged hole.

    Like Ponce de León's Fountain.

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  2. amd6547

    amd6547 Member

    May 27, 2006
    North Coast of OHIO
    My Blue Streak likes the Predator Polymag, and the heavy SamYang pellet. .20 is a great shooting caliber.
  3. JohnKSa

    JohnKSa Moderator Staff Member

    Jan 1, 2003
    DFW Area
    The cylindrical pellets don't shoot very well in my two .20 rifles.

    My .20 R1 likes the H&N Field Target Trophy pellets.

    The JSB Exact pellets have a great reputation. I just don't have any notes on how they shoot in my R1.
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