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sh11161's review of Theoben SLR


“Over priced underpowered, ”

Written on: 23/06/2013 by sh11161 (1 review written)

I bought the longer version L handed stock. The nicer thumbhole is not available?

Drawbacks: I do not want to ever spend $1200 again on a rifle that has a hunter trigger on it. That is CODE for a trigger that does not vaguely come close to a tuned Rekord or even better air arms tx 200. Who sells a high end rifle that does not have an excellent trigger even after being sent to Mr Slade to get tuned. The rifle was never consistant and in .22 cal never shot above 14 ft /lbs. Their advertising says 17 ft/lbs. Not true.
Now their advertising , which is never updated, trumpets this wonderful Zephyr design. The rifle was inaccurate after the trigger tune. Sent it to Mr Slade who after 5 months got around to "looking at it". Just so happens at the time one of the owners of THEOBEN was in his shop. They find shards and shards of lead in the muzzle brake.

I own a custom Maacarri R9 TK made mid 90's. Also a TX 200 field target with custom internal both guns shoot 860-870 with 8 gr pellets. Both are dead accurate 50 yds or less. Never one problem with broken springs , heavy trigger or shards of lead in the muzzle brake.

Using H&N 22 caL FLAT HEAD pellets the gun managed to carve off a sliver of the skirt of the pellet.No other, even Chinese gun I own has ever done this. Finally I cocked the gun and there was Zero resistance. Took apart the famous gas piston.

The seal was bone dry and hard as a rock. No give, no magic zephyr seal. there was a BURNISHED bright shinny line etched into one straight line the length of the inside of the piston that was about 3-4 mm wide. That means that after this rifle was personally fixed by a professional for inaccuracy with in the presence of a man who runs or own the company never solved the problem of accuracy. It is the most expensive air rifle I ever purchased and never worked correctly. I was blamed for customer ABUSE. Mind you there were pellets that fell out of the single shot mode becase if you raised it too high the pellet just fell out in front of the loading port. My fault. After it was repaired quite expensively it never worked accurately. Why the burnished trail inside the cylinder that the seal was attached to.

It lays under a bed un used because the gas broke. I should have bought a .22 cal tx 200 and installed a Jim Macarri spring kit an d spent half the money. The TX trigger out of the box is excellent. Who charges over $1200 and has a shoddy trigger set up. I am sorry for being boring and so down on this but those are the facts. The piston seal had absolutely no give like other seals I have personally installed on the TX 200 and R 9 TK. I also own and have put in new springs, metal piston rings and bumpers in FWB 300 and FWB 90 without a problem. Fit and finish were nice. Bluing excellent. It certainly shoots nowhere near 17 ft/lbs. I understand the difference between shear power and accuracy but this rifle should produce the power they so blatantly advertise. Eric Helfrich Pensylvania

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