LIGHT’ FAN­TAS­TIC

Airgun World - - Points Of You - NEIL ED­WARDS

Nice to see a fel­low hunter, Peter Evans, has been ‘Struck by Light­ning’’ and has put new life into its work­ings. Many hunters at the time thought it was small and did not like the quite large si­lencer sit­ting on the muz­zle end, but in my book, I thought it was a nice com­pact ri­fle with a per­fect size si­lencer, which was handy when break­ing the

short bar­rel, and a sound shoot­ing ri­fle with the in­her­ent ac­cu­racy from the BSA bar­rel.

At the time, I was cov­er­ing a hill farm owned by a dis­abled lady who lived alone. I was there day and night, to help her with se­cu­rity and live­stock. In be­tween I would be scan­ning the nearby barns for rats, and the open fields for rab­bits to fill the pot, and also thin­ning out the lo­cal crows and mag­pies .

In the process of ac­cu­racy, my trig­ger ad­just­ment was near to 3lbs, which felt about right for safety when hunt­ing , plus the tune-up elim­i­nated the worst en­emy – a creepy trig­ger dis­charg­ing ac­ci­den­tally in the field is a no no.

The ri­fle was pro­duc­ing 11.2 ft.lbs. us­ing RWS Su­per­domes 14.5gn, set at a 25-yard zero, topped with a Nikko3-9 x 40 30/30 scope. I ac­counted for many rats in the out­build­ings and barns, one or two in the farm­yard, and many rab­bits and corvids. I thought the BSA Light­ning was a crack­ing hunt­ing ri­fle, plus I could carry it all day and night be­cause it was quite light, even with scope and mounts fit­ted.

This ri­fle had a great trait that many did not know about; if you wished, you could quite easily re­place its spring for a gas strut, now around £65. I tried one out and it was very good, a lit­tle more pow­er­ful and the shot taken seemed slightly harder-hit­ting on tar­get/cans. Strip­ping the ri­fle for a ser­vice or DIY is quite straight for­ward and makes it easy to main­tain.

In my .177 BSA Light­ning, I was us­ing Eley Wasp pel­lets, which can be tight in some other bar­rels, but they de­liver 11.8 ft. lbs., pro­duc­ing 842 fps. My sec­ond choice was Mil­bro Cale­do­nian pro­duc­ing 809 fps. A great lit­tle hunt­ing ri­fle.

Plenty of read­ers share Pete Evans’ ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the BSA Light­ning.

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