The edi­tor tries a sin­gle-shot loader in a sub-12 sporter

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The edi­tor car­ries out a sec­ond test of Rowan En­gi­neer­ing’s sin­gle-loader. This time on his .177

Last month, I tried out a Rowan En­gi­neer­ing, sin­gle-shot load­ing sys­tem in my high-power Daystate Hunts­man Re­gal .22 to see if it could of­fer better ac­cu­racy than I was get­ting with pel­lets de­liv­ered through the magazine. Much to the amaze­ment of the guys at Rowan, I was not able to see any im­prove­ment. All their pre­vi­ous test­ing had been done on sub-12 ft.lbs. ri­fles and, with­out ex­cep­tion, care­fully load­ing one pel­let at a time had shown ap­pre­cia­ble ac­cu­racy im­prove­ments.

This in­trigued me, so I asked if I could bor­row an­other loader to fit my sub-12 ft.lbs. .177 Hunts­man to run the trial again. Of course, I’d have to wait for some kind weather con­di­tions be­cause any sig­nif­i­cant wind would make test­ing close to mean­ing­less.

I know the ri­fle to be supremely ac­cu­rate and I used the most re­cent Daystate magazine I own to elim­i­nate the chance that wear might be­come a fac­tor and I also checked that it was cleaned and lubri­cated be­fore use.


I ar­rived at our club’s 50-yard range and was de­lighted to see very still con­di­tions so I quickly got on with the test be­fore the wind picked up. I shot slow, de­lib­er­ate groups of three, swap­ping from the magazine to the sin­gle-shot loader and back again, and slowly I began to see a pat­tern. I could only shoot for an hour, and a longer test would have been better, but what I saw was in­ter­est­ing and clear.

As with my first test, I was get­ting al­most equal ac­cu­racy from both load­ing sys­tems un­til … I got a very slight flyer of about 5mm, from the magazine feed. I car­ried on get­ting sub-15mm groups from both and then … got an­other tiny flyer from the mag’. There was no doubt in my mind that the sin­gle-shot loader elim­i­nated frus­trat­ing fly­ers and added to my con­fi­dence.

Yes, I was shoot­ing at way be­yond the in­tended hunt­ing range for the ri­fle, and the ‘fly­ers’ were barely no­tice­able, but if I were a com­pe­ti­tion shooter try­ing to hit small tar­gets at such ex­treme dis­tance, that loader would def­i­nitely earn its keep. It’s well made, easy to use, and sim­ple to main­tain. Better yet it’s bolt- on ac­cu­racy, even on my light­weight sport­ing ri­fle with its hunt­ing scope. On a full com­pe­ti­tion rig I’m sure even more ac­cu­racy could be ex­tracted. It looks like the chaps at Rowan En­gi­neer­ing were right all along.

“I was get­ting al­most equal ac­cu­racy from both load­ing sys­tems un­til … I got a tiny flyer from the magazine”

Af­ter an hour of care­ful shoot­ing a pat­tern be­came clear at last

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