I have had the Hornet not quite a month now. When I first chrony'd the rifle it was shooting 22 fpe ( 965 fps with 10.6gr Kodiaks ) but I was getting only 18 shots on the reg. AoA suggested that I back out the adjuster screw a tad as they thought it was wasting air. I removed the screw and did another chrony string. The lack of sound with the first shot made me think I had dropped the power by a significant amount but looking at the chrony showed the rifle was still shooting in the 22 fpe range ( the same 965ish fpe with Kodiaks ). At shot 30 it was still on the reg but I had only brought 30 pellets with me as I didn't expect much improvement if any. That was a lot of wasted air with the factory adjustment.
Not long after I read a post on the yellow forum about trimming the hammer spring so the adjuster screw became a true power adjustment screw. To make a long story short, a few coils removed now the Hornet adjusts from 7 fpe to over 19. It will probably go back up to the 22fpe as there was plenty of threads left to turn the adjuster screw in more but 19fpe in a .177cal was all I wanted so I stopped there. I have it adjusted around 17.5 fpe with heavy pellets at the moment.
So far I have tried JSB Heavies, JSB Express, CPH, Beeman Kodiaks & JSB Predators. The Predators were only shot at 22 yds but were a nice little cluster and I am curious what they will do on starlings that are raiding my woodpecker feeders. With the other four types of pellets, at 44 yds I really couldn't tell a difference in accuracy ( no serious accuracy testing as I was leaning over the top of my car ). I was suprised by the performance of the JSB Express as I didn't expect much due to their light weight. The rifle doesn't seem to be pellet fussy at all.
The noise ( or lack of ) that the rifle produces is very low. I had my stepson shoot the rifle while I was standing about 30 yards away. The sound of the pellet hitting the can at 65 yds away seemed to be louder than the rifle. It has a much lower report than the shouded rifles I have owned: Three AA S400 ( Xtra, Classic and Carbine ), FX Cyclone & Logun Domin8or.
Like a retard, I have put this rifle up for sale a couple of times when I needed the $$ as I have an FX Tarantula in .177 that I am attached to. Lucky for me the buyer backed out the first time. This time I had to give my stepson some money as he was in the hospital and had gotten behind. After playing with this rifle again the afternoon I think I am going to play it smart and keep the rifle and just take the funds out of savings . I hate taking money out of savings when I have toys but after a couple of weeks I would have replaced the money and I know major regrets would have set in and I would have ended up buying another .177 Hornet.
Anyway, if you are interested in a solid built pcp with plenty of consistent shots, VERY quiet and will shoot groups that would make rimfire accuracy junkies envious, take a look at the BSA Hornet ( just not mine
I am thinking a of buying .22cal pcp later this winter and was looking at the HW100 but might just stick with BSA and get another Hornet in .22. If it performs like the .177 I will be a happy camper.
Not a very good pic. Scope is a Simmons Pro-Air 6-18X40AO in BKL mounts