I've seen several references to Gamo barrels being "oversized". Just what does this mean, and how important is it? In a response from Jim Maccarri regarding parts for Gamo's, he said that Gamo's have oversized barrels, and because of that, virtually every shot is a dry fire. We all know what that means with a springer. So what, if anything, can or should be done about it? Is pellet choice the answer? I know that JSB offers Exacts in three different head diameters. But if there's no difference between the three, that's no help. Custom after market barrel? I bought a $200 CFX because of wallet limitations! I know that a Lothar-Walther .177 choked airgun barrel is available for less than $100, but I know nothing about installing one. I do know it's not as simple as changing barrels on a Ruger 10/22! Reality is, by the time I get my CFX back from the tuner, I'll be into it for close to $600. That includes replacing the scope it came with, but doesn't include pellets. Glad my wife doesn't know the total to date ! So, any ideas/suggestions/opinions would be much appreciated. After all, this directly impacts the longevity of my gun. Thanks!
I talked to him once about a surplus Walther 55 (Egyptian contract) and he like to read me the riot act about what junk they were. Sounded a bit touchy at that time. Maybe he was having an off day and jumped on the Gamo's? I do know he has been picky about what brands he services/stocks parts for. Well, if the CFX's have over-sized bores that allow too much piston slam, how come the guys here aren't experiencing mechanical failures? I do know that Ken and Company have been advising the largest pellet you can find, as the chambers are on the generous size. Anyway, the skirts should flare out sufficiently to obturate and fill the rifling. If others' posts concerning accuracy of the CFX are any indication, I would guess most shoot as well as you can hold them. I think that, dollar for dollar, the Gamo's are a very good buy.
What, me worry???