I have just resumed testing with my Diana Outlaw PCP air rifle in .22 calibre, distributed by Nioa. The first thing I did was get out the pellets that shot so well in my review testing of the Outlaw. That detailed review should be appearing soon in the SSAA magazine. The most accurate pellet, by far, was the JSB Exact Jumbo Diablo 15.9 grain .22 offering, distributed in Australia by Potter Firearms. A Hawke Airmax EV3-9×50 AO scope is the ideal choice for this rifle.
After a gap of some time in my air rifle shooting (see below for more on that) I was pleased to find that the Outlaw resumed pecking out one-hole, five-shot groups at 25 metres, like it done consistently during the review testing.
I have to say, the combination of the Diana Outlaw PCP and JSB Exact Jumbo Diablo are made for each other. That combination is the most accurate I have yet encountered in my testing of pellets and air rifles.
With that sort of accuracy, you can push the range a little. There are a few pesky Mynah birds that have worked out that my self-imposed range has been about 45 metres, until now. They hang back in the 55 to 60 metre distance, feeling safe and cheeky. The first calm morning they try that again they are in for some re-education, and a shock! Sighted to apogee ¾ inch (20mm) high at 25 metres, the JSB Exacy Jumbos, leaving the muzzle at 910 fps, have an effective range out to 60 metres.
Now, apart from tropical wet season and being slowed down by some knee maintenance, the reason I had a gap in my air gun shooting was the difficulty in getting my scuba bottle filled. When I bought the scuba tank, second-hand, from a Cairns dive shop the fellow I bought it from understood that I was not a diver and intended to use the scuba bottle for charging my air rifle. I still needed to keep the scuba bottle in 12 month survey as required for scuba diving.
Anyway, when I eventually went to get a refill during one of our infrequent visits to Cairns, that chap had left and the youngsters now running the place insisted I needed to have a divers’ card to get my bottle filled. I tried other dive shops and got the same message. I even rang around a few distant dive shops trying to get some advice on that stalemate. During that prolonged stalemate my survey ran out of date which only compounded my scuba bottle filling problems.
After talking with quite a few dive shops and getting the same message, I sought to get the bottle back in survey. The shop said they could send it away to arrange that. Luckily, I had enough idle curiosity to ask where that establishment would be. It was close by; a specialist compressed air shop that did maintenance, survey certification and filling for scuba, medical and other forms of compressed air usage.
I have noticed many times in life, when seemingly stalemated and blocked, that it is a case that you have not asked the right person the right question. When I carried the scuba tank in and began, yet again, to explain what I wanted and was not a diver, the lady behind the counter knew exactly what was required. “You just want shop air,” she said. They would stamp the bottle “NOT FOR SCUBA” and fill it for me anytime. Better yet, the survey certification dropped from 12 monthly back to every 5 years.
So, for any Australian air gunners who might be encountering difficulties in getting a scuba bottle refilled without a divers’ card, you just need to find out which shop does the maintenance and certification of scuba bottles and they should know exactly what you need.