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makemyday

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BSA Reliability and maintenance
« on: November 04, 2018, 06:43:09 PM »

I am looking to move to a farm/small holding somewhere in Europe in the new year. Not permanently at first probably spend the winter working back in blighty. But somewhere cheap probably Bulgaria, Hungary or Portugal. Anyway I have now bought the rifle I wanted to take with me. A new model BSA Ultra SE which I think will get a lot of use. So I am wondering just how reliable are these rifles?

I will be living in rural area with I imagine not very good communications, postal service nor a local gunsmith. Not to mention the language barrier, in the beginning anyway. So I am needing some good links to docs or vids on how to maintain and repair the rifle myself. The only previous experience I have is in the infantry stripping rifles blind folded and the like lol. That was a long time ago :( Bear in mind that these days I cant even change my trousers in the dark without falling over

I also would like to know what parts are actually perishable as I think it would be a good idea to take a supply of these parts. I am thinking O-rings but should I consider anything else that is likely to cause problems or even fail?

Also what else may come in useful I am thinking spare parts for the hill pump also tools and other products.

Thanks in advance
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Re: BSA Reliability and maintenance
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2018, 07:11:57 AM »

All O-rings, firing valve may start leaking somewhere down it's life, pellet probe may start flaking.
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Re: BSA Reliability and maintenance
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2018, 03:25:46 PM »

All O-rings, firing valve may start leaking somewhere down it's life, pellet probe may start flaking.
Thanks for the advice RKR I will investigate them problems and remedies further mate. I have already ordered spare o-ring sets
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Re: BSA Reliability and maintenance
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2018, 06:25:25 AM »

Thanks for the advice RKR I will investigate them problems and remedies further mate. I have already ordered spare o-ring sets

I had a leak in one of my firing valves after 5 years of use so you'll get plenty of use for your gun. It's also easy to fix the existing valve but spares are not too expensive either. Pellet probe flaking depends on luck, there's a bad batch of nickel plated probes out there.
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Re: BSA Reliability and maintenance
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2018, 03:27:12 PM »

I had a leak in one of my firing valves after 5 years of use so you'll get plenty of use for your gun. It's also easy to fix the existing valve but spares are not too expensive either. Pellet probe flaking depends on luck, there's a bad batch of nickel plated probes out there.
Thanks your advice is greatly appreciated
It may be worth me buying a spare pellet probe for the sake of £20
As for the valve I will have to look into that an see exactly what is required
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Re: BSA Reliability and maintenance
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2018, 08:44:30 PM »

You can buy all the BSA pellet probes you like, the nickel plate will always wear through on the detent ball and start flaking.
I manufacture stainless pellet probes with no plating to eliminate this problem, but because I only make small batches the price is a little higher than BSA's piece of "art" that's not fit for purpose.
I will sell direct or you can buy from Darrin at XTX Air if you like:
https://www.xtxair.com/bsa-ultra-se-scorpion-se/bsa-stainless-steel-pellet-probe
He has produced a fitting video guide but if you feel it's beyond you or you don't have a torque screwdriver you can arrange to send the gun to me for a service/tune and as part of the tune I can fit one for you.
The BSA nickel plate isn't just one bad batch, it's a design problem, the nickel will wear or flake as the detent ball wears a track into it. It's just a matter of time before your hammer tube, pellet probe guide bearing and barrel fill with "glitter", but as nickel is harder than both mild steel and aluminium it will cause wear problems in the rest of the gun.
One of BSA's many design and manufacture errors.
£30 each + P&P from either me or Darrin, I will sell a little cheaper if fitting as part of a tune.
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Re: BSA Reliability and maintenance
« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2018, 06:49:48 AM »

You can buy all the BSA pellet probes you like, the nickel plate will always wear through on the detent ball and start flaking.
I manufacture stainless pellet probes with no plating to eliminate this problem, but because I only make small batches the price is a little higher than BSA's piece of "art" that's not fit for purpose.
I will sell direct or you can buy from Darrin at XTX Air if you like:
https://www.xtxair.com/bsa-ultra-se-scorpion-se/bsa-stainless-steel-pellet-probe
He has produced a fitting video guide but if you feel it's beyond you or you don't have a torque screwdriver you can arrange to send the gun to me for a service/tune and as part of the tune I can fit one for you.
The BSA nickel plate isn't just one bad batch, it's a design problem, the nickel will wear or flake as the detent ball wears a track into it. It's just a matter of time before your hammer tube, pellet probe guide bearing and barrel fill with "glitter", but as nickel is harder than both mild steel and aluminium it will cause wear problems in the rest of the gun.
One of BSA's many design and manufacture errors.
£30 each + P&P from either me or Darrin, I will sell a little cheaper if fitting as part of a tune.
Thanks Tom pm'd you mate I think its gone through but not in my Sent folder :(
I am thinking of getting a tune/regulator after xmas. That's certainly something I would be interested in you doing.
Anyway I am off to bed been working all night catch up later. Cheers Tony
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