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    Airgun tuning books?

    I want to learn and start tuning airrifles so whats the best book on airgun tuning out there chaps?

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    I wrote this piece on a basic tune that will get your rifle working very nicely. It is cheap to do and you aren't making any serious modifications so it is pretty safe for a beginner. It is what bigtoe01 (one of the 'serious' tuners on the forum) calls a 'spit and polish' tune. It will transform the feel of the rifle if you are going from an untouched out-of-the-box rifle or if the rifle has got a bit tired. Try it on a cheapie like a BSA Meteor or Gamo if you want to practice. The nastier the rifle the bigger the transformation...

    http://www.airgunbbs.com/showthread....ing-Gun-Tuning

    It will make your rifle smooth, consistent and accurate if done right. You can then move on to buying a tuning kit e.g. V-Mach, Welsh Willy, Maccari, Vortek and try one of those. After that it is the realm of serious tuning and you will either have to buy a lathe or get friendly with someone who can operate one. There are several engineers who can make up parts for you on the BBS but obviously you will have to pay them for their services.

    Couple of additions; I strongly recommend getting some good parallel-sided screwdriver bits, some good parallel punches and Allen keys, and also make yourself a spring-compressor or get a long sash-cramp and modify it appropriately. Even if your rifle has only a small amount of preload it makes life easier and safer. You will also need a chronograph to check the power of the gun afterwards.

    Happy tuning!
    Last edited by Hsing-ee; 24-12-2013 at 10:26 AM.

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    Hsing-ee's guide is indeed very good.

    Another thing to try, if you have a well known rifle, is to find a strip down guide on YouTube (or similar).

    Good guides exist for many of the well known HW and AA rifles.

    Give it a try and you'll amaze yourself.

    There are generous, gifted, experienced and kind people on this forum, so feel free to post questions.

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    I want to learn and start tuning airrifles so whats the best book on airgun tuning out there chaps?
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    Excellent advice up above, as usual.

    As regards publications, try and get hold of a copy of "The Airgun from trigger to target" by Gerald Cardew. This will give you an excellent insight and much of the content is still relevant today.

    If you don't have them already, get hold of as many of Jim Tyler's articles on spring gun tuning and experimentation.....Airgun World is the place for those.
    Also, if you can get hold of some copies of Sporting Air Rifle magazine, from the mid-80s, Jim Tyler again, they're brilliant, and they do come up for sale sometimes.
    Airgun Shooter magazine has a monthly instalment from Lyn Lewington - get as many as you can, it's all about building that "knowledge bank" up.
    Earlier issues of that mag had the technical articles written by no other than Steve Pope.....If you go onto the V-Mach website, you can download these articles. Also, whilst there, download the instructions for fitting the V-Mach kits.

    Then, we have our very own fantastic resource...Many excellent threads to be dug out, right here on the BBS. And if you google up "blah blah blah model tuning" you'll unearth many informative "how to's".

    That little lot should keep you going for a fair few years, matey!
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    Thanks for all your help fellas. Top bunch of people on here!

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    Google & youtube are you friends
    All thats needed really

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