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Qm3ed
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June 12, 2019 17:45  

Hello,

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.


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pluric
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Qm3ed
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June 12, 2019 19:50  

Will have to see how the trigger works right out of the box, especially as I'm new to air guns.  Appreciate the link.


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pistolero
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June 12, 2019 23:51  

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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Qm3ed
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June 13, 2019 05:19  

Pyramyd Air, from whom I purchased the Aspen, recommended the JSBs, and I do appreciate having a veteran shooter confirm that such a purchase should be a good fit for my Aspen.  Thank you!


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Desert Silver
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June 13, 2019 18:06  

According to Hard air mag the 21.14 Barracudas were the most accurate. I know they work real good in my Aspen.

Here's a target shot with the H&Ns at 25 yards. That's 10 shots.

Aspen H N 21 zero 25 yards resize


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Qm3ed
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June 13, 2019 18:23  

Wow...I can only hope that I can manage that, even with the best of ammo.  How is that Barracuda ammo with pests?


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pluric
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June 13, 2019 18:32  

Mine was a Nova Freedom, pretty much the clone. They do shoot well. I'd recommend trying JSB Hade pellets for pesting.

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