Written on: 09/04/2007 by twostage (4 reviews written)
Having a magazine makes it far more convenient in the field to go to the next shot. No changing position, fiddling about in your pellet pouch or pocket and then loading it, then lining the shot back up again. Just pull back the bolt, click the magazine round with your finger and push the bolt forward again. Paid for itself the first time out when I needed a second shot after the first was a clean miss.
The same applies on the range, you can stay more or less lined up on the target between shots as you re-load. Knowing how many shots you've fired and therefore how many you have before a re-charge is easier as you are dealing in tens.
You do need to get used to it though as you have to count your shots in the field, I tend to load three at a time rather than fill it to make this easier. You also need to make sure the pellets are firmly into the magazine as I've had a couple fall out and get trapped in the breach area behind the magazine.
To keep legal you can't carry an air rifle with a loaded magazine (even if not cocked) and fortunately you can pick any unfired pellets out with your finger nails by simply rotating the magazine round and removing them one by one.
Well worth it.
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