Daystate Air Ranger

Discussion in 'Equipment Reviews' started by D Martin, Oct 18, 2009.

  1. D Martin

    D Martin Non member

    I have owned my Ranger long enough now to feel that I can write a short review of probably the nicest pre charge that I have owned to date.
    It came about by chance that I was getting a little stale shooting my Mk3 and a club member had purchased the Ranger and wanted a swap, but that's another story so I took the Ranger to trial before making my mind up.
    The rifle fitted me straight away and I loved the balance so I was half way there to liking it though the trigger had longer stages than the dakar rally and far too weighty for target work so after reading the manual on how to do beautifully written by Daystate for numpties like me, out of the stock it came and I set about the adjustments to make it to my liking.The only thing I found a bit annoying was the fact that to adjust the trigger weight you first have to undo a locking grub screw, then adjust, then replace the grub screw which altered the settings a little and several attempts proved the trigger to be set too fine resulting in the rifle not being able to be cocked. It does say not to adjust too light in the manual but like I say the rifles main purpose is a tool for HFT and the trigger settings are very important to me when aiming for a 15mm kill or standing shots which I'm usually rubbish at.
    My next outing to the club proved the Ranger now a joy to shoot and I couldn't believe the accuracy putting .177 JSB after JSB on top of each other on the zero boards at various distances. I had put on top my EB Sniper on medium mounts which has very little clearance between that and the barrel shroud, so much so that I had to remove the Butler Creek cover as it was touching and I'd have to get higher mounts if I ever want to use the multi shot mag. This isn't a problem though as the single shot tray is my preference for HFT and zeroed at 30 yrds the trajectory is very flat with the current settings between just under 15yrds to just over 30 yrds which makes it perfect for my use.
    Next to sort was the power thing that I'd noticed while testing it over the chrono and finding that though consistant it was only putting out 750fps which was a little on the low side for my liking. Playing about with fill pressures proved that the 200 bar fill that I had been giving it was infact too much and a fill of 160 bar had the Ranger running at a perfect 775-780 fps which stays very consistant for over 100 shots.For plinking or even hunting I doubt that I would even notice this 25fps difference but as I keep saying the rifle is to be used for target work so this is something that was worth the effort finding out.
    My first outing in competition in the NEFTA hunter at Ponty proved the Ranger to be an awsome tool bringing me home a 56/60, gold and my platinum pheonix though I still felt that my trigger technique needed working on as I'd moved away from the light touch of the Mk3 back to a mechanical rifle and the Mk3 had without me knowing, been kind to me for so long.
    The next big challange loomed,the UKAHFT national round at Quarry in Wales and knowing Pete Sparkes and his course setting abilities I knew it would be a real test for both me and the Ranger. As it turned out the Ranger didn't miss a beat and performed more accurate than an accurate thing, the only thing that let it down was the clown behind the trigger and we came off with a respectable 53 with two doughnuts or complete misses, though if it hadn't had been for a few stupid mistakes in judgement on my part the Ranger would have romped a 57.
    My last competition with it was the first Daystate Midlands hunter at Codnor a few weekends ago. It was a good course with a tricky wind that had some very good shooters struggling and when I found out that my 56 was equal joint first with Ryan Charlton I was over the moon proving that the Ranger had once again done the business for me.
    I can see this Ranger which is a real credit to Daystates build quality and engineering and me having a very long future together as I really enjoy shooting it and it's everything that I could possible want from an air rifle.
    The only mods that I would consider having done in the future are maybe having an adjustable cheek piece put in and possibly a match trigger.
    I suppose the question, do I like it, has been sort of answered already but my answer would be no I don't like it. I love it..................

    Dave
     
  2. Chris Coombes

    Chris Coombes The specialist

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    Don't keep on about that bloody Ranger :eek::p:D

    Sorry Dave couldn't resist
     
  3. D Martin

    D Martin Non member

    I'll have you selling your Steyr yet Chris:D:D;)

    Oh by the way those 4.53's are great in it buddy;)

    Dave
     
  4. Chris Coombes

    Chris Coombes The specialist

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    Pleased they were alright for you mate.:cool:
     

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