Written on: 02/07/2004 by Randy of the Redwoods (2 reviews written)
Magazine doesn't consistently finish it's rotation
In March '04 the S410E box arrived from SS, this simple air rifle, in walnut stock with it's long slender pratical lines, is beautiful. My hands rest where the stock is checkered and the stock molds to my cheek comfatably. The 1st shot took place before anticipated as the trigger releases at 1 lb. of pressure; smooth as glass. The retort is quiet and one needs to check his pine 2 by 4s' to realize it's magnum power. JSB pellets are this rifles' soulmate. Though only a 7 lb. gun, I replaced the large heavy airfill valve cap with a lighter 1 from an s200 saving an ounce off the front end. The cocking requires a strong arm yet has become acceptable after a 1,000 round break in. Every step of the cocking action needs to be deliberate, not rushed. Occassionally, there's a 'mush feel' when cocked back. Then I need to touch the side of the brass rotating arm, it'll give a tiny ping and then, and only then, the bolt is ready to chamber a pellet. If I fail to do this, 1 step trips up on another step. All I can do when this happens, is to load 2 pellets into the chamber and fire 'em into the dirt. This rarely occurs, and as I sense it beforehand, can act to prevent the double loading. Other than that, the 10 round mag works pretty good. I'm only seeing a 1/2" drop at 50 yds. over a 30 round shoot, from 185 bar down to 140. With a 4x-12x Burris ballistic plex, my best 10 shot group at 50 yds. could be covered by a dime. A nickel would cover 8/10 of my best 70 yd. group with the other 2 shots about an 1 & 1/4" high. Today my 282nd ground squirrel skittered over a rise and peered at me from 70 yds with only his head showing. It was just the shot I had practiced the day before, I felt steady, the air became still, I placed the 2nd mill dot down right beside his eye, and gave a little pull; 4 paws up! With the performance of a S410E, somedays you'll spend extra time rubing oil onto your gun.