Written on: 19/06/2006 by Blackserpent (4 reviews written)
Hard-hitting in .22
Carbin version is nice looking
When the Webley Xocet (carbin version .22) arrived home, it was a nice suprise. Out of the box, the rifle was very good looking. It was so nice that I thought I had received the Longbow which is supposed to be a higher class airgun...). But it was the right rifle I ordered...Very light for a springer, easy to handle.The handstock is thick enough to fit perfectly in your hand. Webley didn't spare the wood to build it. The open sights seem very effective. If your shooting skills are good enough and if you don't want to spend extra-money for a scope I guess you could do fine just with them. Anyway I performed my test with a scope. The first shots seemed to be lower in power (or was that an impression ?). I have no chrony and as most of you know, it's a full-power airgun (a bit less than 12 fpe, probably 11 or so). I scoped it with a cheap scope (Gamo 4-9 X 40) and made some accuracy & power tests. I set up the scope at about 40 yards and get pretty good results on my paper target. I decided that it was quite enough to do some pest-control jobs in my backyard because the magpies were getting to numerous... The first shot was taken out to 40 yards and was deadly. The second magpie landed at a range of about 12 yards. I managed to take a quick shot and to explode its head. As you see the Xocet is a redoubtable and deadly hunter within 40 yards and this is a long range for such a little springer. I extended the range to 45 yards to test the carbin potential. But the groups opened suddenly. Too much in my opinion to take a good hunting shot. At that range you see clearly through your scope the very centre of your target jumping and it becomes a challenge to get tight groups. This is normal because there is a very powerful mainspring into the Xocet that limits your accuracy.At 45 yards the rifle is still very hard-hitting even if I loose some accuracy. The pellet (JSB STRATON .22 ) has still enough power to go through both sides of a comic-strip of about 80 pages with a very hard cartoon cover. At that distance it literally explodes a body-spray container (very impressive experience) and will smash any empty tomatoe tin. The firing-cycle is fairly soft and quiet for a springer. I just hear a slight "clac" when the Xocet fires. But the larger frontal mass of the .22 pellets hits heavily your backstop with quite enough noise to frighten the neighbours. As a conclusion the Webley Xocet offer more power and performances than most of us, average shooters, need. And you can improve definitly the performance of the rifle by fixing a gas spring in it. I bought one but I haven't fixed it yet. I guessed that this will enable me to extend my shooting accuracy to about 45-50 yards... This would be great. Anyway I have not yet performed the test so I can't tell you. If someone who possesses the rifle did, please let me know about it.
PS : Unfortunately for the time being, as most of you know, Webley air rifles are no more manufactured.