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The trigger pull weight of the BSA R-10 SE air rifle tested by HAM was outstandingly consistent. The pull weights measured for this review varied by a maximum of plus or minus one Ounce. That’s perfect consistency for all practical purposes! Having the scope as close as possible to the bore is a contributor to practical accuracy in the field and the BSA R-10 SE air rifle scores well for that. So this is an individualist’s choice in a high-end PCP air rifle. But if you like the BSA R-10 SE air rifle, you’ll probably love it! HAM Test Rating BSA has long promoted the accuracy of it’s in-house manufactured, cold hammer-forged barrels. It looks as if they like heavier pellets! Pellet Technically minded airgunners might notice that there’s more of a gradual rise in the .177 Super Carbine’s regulated output, though it’s by no means anything like the usual power ‘curve’ you get with most unregulated PCPs. By comparison with the .22 VC, it’s a noticeable characteristic, but I have to say it didn’t manifest itself in any negative way downrange – none of my pellet groups strung in the vertical plane and I was more than happy with the results regardless of where in the rifle’s charge I was shooting.

While I think it’s fair to say I know the standard R-10 pretty well, I wondered what shooting the Super Carbine would be like. It was time to find out. The Super Carbine has a 30cm (12in) barrel, reducing the gun’s overall length to 94cm (37in). The Standard model, in contrast, has a 38.5cm (15in) barrel and measures 102cm (40in) end to end. Once the mag is out you can rod out the pellets from the barrel, if they wont budge, the gun will need to be stripped to remove the barrel and some heat will help to soften and remove the lead.


As is expected from a high-end PCP, the BSA R-10 SE air rifle has no iron sights. The owner will, of course, use a scope and as none is bundled with the gun, there’s a huge choice available to suit. We fitted a Leapers UTG 4-16 x 40 AO scope, which balanced well on the gun. Maximum shots per fill is claimed at 45 in .22 caliber. As can be seen from the shot count chart below, the BSA R-10 SE air rifle tested by HAM will, indeed achieve this if the shooter is content to see a drop in Muzzle Velocity of 70 FPS. However, this would definitely produce a fall in the point of impact at range and so would not be acceptable to most owners. The HAM Team would definitely re-fill the tank after 35 shots and so considers this to be the effective maximum number of shots per fill. You need to remove the magazine to allow the gun to be stripped down so there is a catch 22 element here, honestly, they can be a nightmare at times. Why? Well, large focusing wheels are almost inevitably on the left side of the scope. This means that there’s a good chance that a “big wheel” will interfere with inserting the magazine into the breech.

In the case of BSA’s VC Silencer, the ‘choke’ – or exit hole constriction – come in the form of a reducing baffle placed at the end of the can. My test rifle, being a .177, runs a tighter choke to improve the efficiency of the sound suppression. For the record, I proved this by removing the choke: the noise gain was actually 5dB-A, even though the silencer’s exit hole diameter was increased by no more than a millimetre! HAM Tester Doug Rogers wrote in his testing notes: “The first stage is a little long and cannot be adjusted, but I could get used to it. Everything else can be adjusted, the trigger blade can be adjusted for length, height and swiveled. I like it”, Doug concluded. BUY FROM PYRAMYD AIR JSB Diabolo Exact Jumbo Express .22 Cal, 14.3 Grains, Domed, 500ct BUY FROM AIRGUN DEPOT Although it’s not adjustable, I found the height of the comb to be just right when shooting this gun with a couple of scopes of medium objective lens sizes. Nevertheless, it would have been great to have had an adjustable comb too. The pistol grip itself is fairly steep, which in my opinion greatly assists comfort as it removes any muscular strain from the wrist, and ends in an elegant cap and spacer. Out of the box, the rifle comes fitted with a barrel shroud and moderator, but these are optional – and adaptable. Instead of being attached directly to the barrel, the moderator screws into the shroud. BSA refers to this system as the Customer Configurable Shroud and it means you can configure your gun three ways.The claimed maximum Muzzle Energy is 29 Ft/Lbs. The BSA R-10 SE air rifle tested by HAM easily exceeded this by producing 30.76 Ft/Lbs with heavy, 21.14 Grain, H&N Baracuda pellets. There’s a minor weight saving too, with the Super Carbine weighing in at 3.1kg (6.13lb) compared with the 3.2kg (7.4lb) of its big brother, but shooters choosing the carbine will probably do so primarily for its more compact proportions.

There’s a two year limited warranty with the gun. This is fulfilled in the USA by Gamo as BSA is part of the Gamo group. There are some downsides to owning the BSA R-10 SE air rifle, but they can all be overcome with experience. The problem is gaining that experience, because the owner’s manual is of little help. HAM Tester Doug Rogers was blunt in his test notes. He wrote “This is one of the poorest manuals I have seen”. Shooting the rifle over the chrono revealed similarly impressive results, with an average muzzle velocity of 713.7 feet per second and a variation of just 5.6 feet per second over a 10-shot string. Muzzle energy with the 9.8 grain pellets was 11.1ft-lb. Some rifles are capable of some stunningly accurate results at short to medium distances, but a pedigree hunting rifle has to be able to remain accurate out to ethical airgun ranges. Of course, as most airgunners will be aware, carbine PCPs tend to be less efficient than their longer-barrelled counterparts in terms of shot-count – and given my Super Carbine was supplied in .177, a calibre that also gives away some shots to .22, I was keen to see what impact this had on the number of shots I could eke out of this R10 model between fill-ups.Please note the magazine kits fit the original Hornet and BSA Ultra MMC model shown in the photo right The BSA R-10 SE air rifle tested by HAM produced a maximum Muzzle Velocity of 1,051 FPS with the light, Gamo Platinum alloy pellets. The highest Muzzle Velocity attained with lead was achieved – of course – with the 11.9 Grain RWS Hobby pellets. This was 972.4 FPS.

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