Who's going to Findlay?
I AM! Got some cool stuff to sell, and I am looking for some very obscure things. Like a Haenel 3.121, or an IZH38, or any number of Slavias, or maybe a nice Sterling. Findlay has always been a good show for us old springer guys. Looking forward to it.
I am; I wouldn't miss it. It is a very fun time, and I have purchased some nice stuff there. In the past I have purchased cheap guns to learn tuning on, and then also nice guns as I learned what I was doing. Jim, I think it was you I sold a nice Haenel 303 to a couple of years ago.
I have lots of nice rifles, so I am also looking for obscure stuff. I would like to add a Diana 28 to my collection. I would like to find a beater 25D for parts, or just the piston and cocking link for something I wish to experiment with another Diana. An HW80K, or older 50S would be nice as would an R11/HW98.
I have become a trigger snob with my Dianas and HWs, so other makes are often not as appealing although I have fun tearing new stuff apart and tuning them. I like the early 80s stuff best I guess, as that era still had nice wood and the performance hit a nice sweet spot in my opinion. Fun times ahead.
If so, what did you find?
I bought a gorgeous walnut stock that I don't know what it fits. Seller didn't know either, so it was a great price. Hopefully, I can make it fit my Marauder.
Got some pics of the show up here if anyone is interested:
Some of those vintage 10-meter rifles were just amazing. Great time.
Back from Findlay. Great show, lots of cools stuff, most of which was too rich for my blood. Selling stuff was kind of a bummer this year. Seems the market isn't interested in breakbarrels, or even any springers for that matter. I sold a few parts and pieces to those who knew what they were looking for, and some rings and sights, but that was about it.
BUT, I did pick up a Crosamn 187, which is the .177 version of the Crosman 180. For those of you who don't know, the 180 is a remarkably elegant, compact single-cart variant of the Crosman 160, ne QB78. Except the 180/187 does not have a separate breach assembly. The entire top end is a single steel tube, both breech and barrel in one piece. Like I said, a very elegant design. And the one I got has what I would consider an exhibition-grade stock. Not sure if its elm or ash, but the figure is breathtaking. I'll put up some pictures tomorrow when I get a chance.
Many thanks to Dan and the folks who put on the show. It was great to spend the day with fellow enthusiasts, and well worth the 4 hr drive each way.
I recently bought a Crosman 160 and would you recommend converting it to a HPA set up is it worth doing? I don't plan on shooting Co2.
Also just got a Benjamin AS 392 yesterday and want to convert it to HPA.
No, I would not. Save your money, buy 300 CO2 carts from Red Rock for $104 shipped, and shoot and enjoy the gun as it was designed. If you want to shoot HPA, buy a gun that was engineered for HPA. Sorry for being so blunt, but if you want a PCP, buy a PCP. Appreciate the 160 for what it is, or sell it.
Had a nice time at Findlay. I am springer guy and saw lots of interesting stuff. A nice HW30 for $177 that someone bought. An HW55 for 415, a BSA stutzen for 450, a Diana 46 stutzen for 425, a nice newer HW50S for 215, a nice R9 deluxe Goldfinger for 300, an Anschutz335 for 175, used newer Walter LGV challenger for 200 from Pyramid. Many others, but these I remembered.
I bought a very nice condition Daisy 1894 like I had as a youngster that I will need to learn how to reseal. I also took a plunge and bought a nice demo Diana 430L from the Pyramid people also. I am not really an underlever guy, although I have an HW77K. The price was right on the 430L at $150.
It was listed as the low power model, so I knew it would need work. That is OK, since I would have worked on a full power one to reduce power to the 10-11fpe level anyhow, as I have read about the stiff cocking effort. The gun is apart now, and vacation this week, so perhaps a new thread on work. The low power spring is .105" wire, and that gave about 650fps with RS 7.3s. I am aiming for maybe 725fps with jsb Express 7.9s, and I have a couple springs to try.