BSA Goldstar SE

Discussion in 'Equipment Reviews' started by A1WOC, Jun 22, 2015.

  1. A1WOC

    A1WOC Member

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    I ve had my new Goldstar just over a week now, it performs well with JSB 4.53 and I can t fault its shooting consistency. When I handled it in the shop it appeared to be well made, nicely balanced and felt comfortable. I do have a couple of gripes though after getting used to it and also putting it through an HFT event. The knurling on the air cylinder would have been better put on the rotating filling port cover as the cover is smooth and quite stiff to turn. The hamster has wood screws holding it to the adjustable cradle; they were loose and needed tightening when I carried out adjustment. The hamster cradle itself needs the allen bolt ridiculously tight to prevent movement; from my original preferred setting it migrated back to the stock during an HFT shoot.
    All in all a very nice looking rifle but flawed with simple design faults. Is it worth the £900 price tag? My £725 HW100 isn t as pretty but a solid performer and just as consistently accurate!
    Regards, Steve.
     
  2. Rapido

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    Hi Steve,

    Same here. I ordered the Gold Star as I liked the looks, and wanted to try a smaller rifle than the FTP900 I have already ... And the AA HFT 500 I considered. Now, after 5-6 weeks I would choose differently.

    I think the rifle is way too expensive. General finish is not up to standard (blue-ing, materials used for hamster, plastic trigger-group) and some stupid design flaws. To remove the action from the stock you need to completely take out the hamster assembly. And with the quality of the materials used, that's an undertaking I don't want to do too often :)
    Trigger comes standard with a first stage which is two miles long. Taking that out means that the safety will not work anymore.
    I struggle to get 50-55 consistent shots from a filling, not enough for a HFT game and some practice shots beforehand. Which means taking the heavy bottle with you.
    Although it's not fuzzy about normal weight pellets, I can't get the tight groups I will get with my FTP or much cheaper Hammerli FT. And it's inconsistent with JSB Expresses. Best results with H&N FTT's.

    All-in-all, I should have ordered the AA HFT, about the same price here in Netherlands!
     
  3. MickyFinn

    MickyFinn I❤HFT

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    Steve has been very busy modifying his Goldstar and it shoots very well now.
     
  4. john79

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    I've owned mine for nearly a year now and it's performed faultlessly ,mine isn't pellet fussy shoots very well with most pellets.

    John.
     
  5. Adam

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    How much??!! :eek:
    Thought they looked quite good but assumed they'd be round the £600 mark.
    Wasn't in the market for one mind. If and when I get back to PCPs it's likely to be HW101.
     
  6. henryc

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    Bought one about 6 months ago and got rid after 2 weeks. I found it very accurate but also very loud. The rifle shot no where near the shot count claimed by BSA and removing the stock was an ordeal with so many fiddly little bolts to undo, the holes for the stock bolts were so small and not being protected by metal ferrules or anything I think after being removed times would get ragged and spoil the stocks finish. Filling to 232 bar and only getting 70 shots was IMHO rubbish as when my 300 bar bottle got down to say 200bar I only got 40 or so shots. I also thought loading was fiddly and fitted with a side wheel scope was almost impossible. (I know it's an HFT gun but so what) Ended up with an AA FTP 900 so much better!
     
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  8. Charlie 11

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    Interesting review,as the SE was on my list. Think my money will be on the AA HFT
     
  9. Matt46

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    I have just sold both Mine and the Wife’s Gold Stars we could not get on with them at all. My wife now has the AA HFT500 and she is loving it, she says it’s very nice to shoot and the shot count is excellent.
     
  10. what barn door

    what barn door Now them tin chickens are going to get it....

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    Had one from new, kept it a week, that was too long, glad to see it go. Loud I could cope with, lousy shot count I couldn't and mine was not that accurate either.
     
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  11. Paul26

    Paul26 New Member

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    think i will be spending my money on something else
     
  12. NeilM

    NeilM Well-Known Member

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    I'd try one first. I have had mine from new and have won more regional HFT shoots with it than I can remember, it's an excellent little rifle.
     
  13. what barn door

    what barn door Now them tin chickens are going to get it....

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    In fairness I might have just had a bad one, it can happen. Best thing to do is try to look at/hold or even shoot a few different ones at your local FT or HFT club. Be warned that everyone will have an opinion.

    Neil have you done much to yours or is it standard?

    Thanks,
    Ian
     
  14. NeilM

    NeilM Well-Known Member

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    Mine is bog standard. I bought it when they first came out so it is a very early one.

    I started out hoping it would serve FT and HFT duties, but it is too light and too small for me to use for FT, it is accurate enough though and one of the least pellet fussy rifles I have ever used... and I've used a LOT of rifle over the years.

    There are quite a few down here and one or two of them have had issues that the local dealers or BSA have sorted, so I am sure there are wrong un's out there.
     
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  15. what barn door

    what barn door Now them tin chickens are going to get it....

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    Cheers Neil.
     

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