First Things with "New" Seneca Aspen
I'm brand new here and mostly new to air rifles, as I have owned only a Daisy 880; she's pretty much outlived her usefulness. But I am expecting a Seneca Aspen (.22) to be in my hands soon.
I intentionally purchased a refurbished Aspen, for two reasons: one, because I figured the vendor would give it a good once-over and do some modest (but necessary) repairs and, perhaps, a minor upgrade or two before re-selling it; second, the lower price. Also purchased at the same time was a second rotary magazine and some JSB Diablo 18.13g domed pellets. Of course the Aspen came with a scope (which some say is only "fair").
In any event, since I am new to the Aspen and I have time before she gets here, I am wondering what suggestions you veterans have for things I should look for and do to the Aspen before anything else, as well as recommendations for ammo, maintenance, care and shooting tips, etc.
The intended use of the Aspen is to diminish the small prey population, the shots of which should be within 50 yards, with 99% of the shots being from a somewhat unstable position (standing (most likely) and kneeling).
Thanks very much in advance for your assistance.
Maybe consider this mod. Similar guns.
Though I have no personal experience with the Aspen but having VAST experience with many, MANY similar-power PCPs, I believe the 18.1 JSBs are more often than not the most accurate ammo; which is my highest priority for any kind of shooting. You can get more velocity with lighter ammo (my preference in order would be 15.9 and 14.3 JSBs), but you'll likely lose a little muzzle and more down-range energy; hence, penetration. The next heavier JSBs I'm familiar with are the 24.39 grainers, but you'll lose a lot of velocity and likely also some muzzle energy. I'd be surprised if the 18.1s aren't the 'silver-slipper fit' for that rifle. Suffice to say, I'm a JSB man!
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