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Offline dezyboy

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MK1 BSA Meteor smooth bore
« on: June 19, 2015, 06:57:36 PM »
Just picked one up, anyone got any info on them ?


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Re: MK1 BSA Meteor smooth bore
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2015, 08:36:51 AM »
I'll check in the Hiller book later on for you Dez.


I do recall about a year ago, Venoman (Lyn) bringing a newish Meteor to the club that was giving very poor accuracy. He'd tried everything to find a cure, including checking for breech jaw slop, cleaning the bore with a pull through, changing scopes, and testing a raft of different pellets through it in an attempt to find one which was compatible with it, but failed miserably. He then asked to take it home to have a look and see what I could do to it......but it took me all of about 4 seconds to find the reason.........the barrel had no rifling!!! After slapping him around his bald head for some considerable time for not using the Mk1 eyeball first and foremost, I concluded it was a rouge barrel, which was duly replaced by BSA (read Gamo) under warranty. Drrrrrrr. :-\

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Re: MK1 BSA Meteor smooth bore
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2015, 08:52:19 AM »
They were produced by bsa back in the 60's/70s by for export to Australia and Ireland , to comply with their laws at that time.
 A shipment did go missing somewhere before they were exported. I don't know the full details, it's just something I read on the internet a few years ago.
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Re: MK1 BSA Meteor smooth bore
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2015, 08:54:28 AM »
I may have to put up with the variable accuracy , want to keep this original and from the little I do know .. smooth bore MK1's were rare and I believe only suppplied to Ireland and the USA in limited numbers.

You can tell the original smooth bore barrels from aftermarket barrels because of the barrel stamping ;)

They were produced by bsa back in the 60's/70s by for export to Australia and Ireland , to comply with their laws at that time.
 A shipment did go missing somewhere before they were exported. I don't know the full details, it's just something I read on the internet a few years ago.

You beat me to it and corrected me (australia not America)

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Re: MK1 BSA Meteor smooth bore
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2015, 10:42:15 AM »
It'd be a nice curio to own from a bygone era. :)
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Re: MK1 BSA Meteor smooth bore
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2015, 12:01:08 AM »
Had it apart today ... what a mess .. what seems like 3in1 has been the main lube from what I can tell  ::)

Piston head has seen better days .. 20,075 of them to be precise ;)   

So thinking about using the MK3 piston head instead ... anyone know if it is the same fit (as it looks to be the same)  ?

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