Tool for loading a fixed barrel under lever.



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Tool for loading a fixed barrel under lever.
« on: April 06, 2018, 05:22:08 PM »
Has anyone found a loader that can place a pellet in the breach of an air rifle? My fingers are too large to let me perform this simple task.
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Re: Tool for loading a fixed barrel under lever.
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2018, 10:33:29 PM »
I have a TX 200 in .177 caliber and average size fingers.  I load the gun with no tool.  It kind of takes a knack and practice as the TX 200 has a smaller loading gate than my Diana 48.  I have chamfered the breech slightly to facilitate guiding the pellet into place.  I kind of hold the pellet between thumb and index finger most of the way but the final approach is just balanced on my thumb as I insert the pellet into the breech.

Since the TX 200 is a bit tight I do have a pellet seating tool of my own design and construction.  It allows me to seat the pellets to the same depth every time.  Yes, I'll share the information if you're interested.
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Re: Tool for loading a fixed barrel under lever.
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2018, 03:35:31 AM »
Small sharp nail bent 90 degrees. Works better with pellets that aren't real hard and wad cutters. You can stand them on their head and stick'em. Takes a little practice. Got a lanyard on mine. I've got a couple of fixed barrel with the scope over the breach.
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Re: Tool for loading a fixed barrel under lever.
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2018, 09:08:33 AM »
You're doin it wrong.  Hold the gun muzzle up with your left hand.  Pick the pellet up with your right hand kind of pinching one edge of the skirt so it is pointing up (kind of balancing) on your thumb.  You should be able to chamber it with your eyes closed.
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Re: Tool for loading a fixed barrel under lever.
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2018, 09:15:25 AM »
I have chunky fingers also and after a little practice I was able to load my .22 TX200 without a second thought. On the other hand loading my Diana D460 .177 took a little longer to get comfortable doing because it is s smaller pellet. However with a little patience and practice you should do fine just finish with a little push from the tip of your thumb to seat the pellet
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Re: Tool for loading a fixed barrel under lever.
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2018, 09:42:55 AM »
Thanks for the info guys, I made this tool, and it works great, (the tool).
I took an old plastic cutting pad (about .060 thick) and cut a strip 1/2 inch by 3 1/2 inches. I next punched a .079-.081 hole in the strip. The hole was centered on the 1/2 width and in from the end 5/16 on an inch.
Next I cut a slit from the end of the strip into the center of the hole. The slit is on the end of the strip.
I have attached some pictures for you to view.
The Tool works great, and the pellet is not damaged in any way and it won't fall out.
I place a pellet in the tool and making sure which end of the pellet is which I hold the tool with my thumb and first finger. I then place the pellet in the breach and position it is the barrel. With my index finger i push the pellet in the barrel and pull the tool up and away.
This works great me, hope it helps someonr else.
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Re: Tool for loading a fixed barrel under lever.
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2018, 12:39:49 PM »
You're doin it wrong.  Hold the gun muzzle up with your left hand.  Pick the pellet up with your right hand kind of pinching one edge of the skirt so it is pointing up (kind of balancing) on your thumb.  You should be able to chamber it with your eyes closed.

I do a version of this.  But I point the barrel down and use my index finger to guide and inset the pellet.  Then my thumb to verify it's all the way in.

Watersteps,

I like your gadget!  Simple and effective!   I'm gonna make one.  :)

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Re: Tool for loading a fixed barrel under lever.
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2018, 01:23:40 PM »
I like that little tool, Wade! Iíve always just balance the pellet on its skirt on the pad of my thumb an pushes her home, took me forever to get that down, but Iím just super stubborn lol
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Re: Tool for loading a fixed barrel under lever.
« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2018, 09:25:19 AM »
I revised this tool just a bit and works better now. The tool can now be pulled straight up after the pellet has been inserted.
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Re: Tool for loading a fixed barrel under lever.
« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2018, 10:34:40 PM »
Thank you for sharing ideas , this might help me alot.
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Re: Tool for loading a fixed barrel under lever.
« Reply #10 on: September 23, 2018, 04:23:17 PM »
Nice idea, Wade.  I have no major issue loading .177 into Diana 460 or Walther LGU but it can be a bit easy to fumble at times.  Will try something like your idea if needed in the future but would condsider combining it on a more rigid seating tool in some way if needed.
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Re: Tool for loading a fixed barrel under lever.
« Reply #11 on: September 23, 2018, 07:00:12 PM »
I have made a newer model out of leather with an inserting screw. See pic's, works a lot better. You must size the pellet hole a few thousands smaller then the pellet. Screw seats the pellet to just the right depth.
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Re: Tool for loading a fixed barrel under lever.
« Reply #12 on: September 23, 2018, 07:06:41 PM »
Good idea again.  Do you have a "Man at work" sign over your head?
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Re: Tool for loading a fixed barrel under lever.
« Reply #13 on: September 23, 2018, 08:52:04 PM »
Ha! Thanks
An old man once told me, if you stagnate and stop doing you die. Many of my old friends retired and just sat around, they are no longer with us. That's enough of the mushy stuff.

I like this insert er tool a lot better then the clear plastic one, I kept dropping it and I couldn't find it.   
Hope these tools help anyone who uses them.
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Re: Tool for loading a fixed barrel under lever.
« Reply #14 on: September 24, 2018, 12:04:46 PM »
I use a medical trezzer grag pellet flange insert attach a small cord from a camera easy for a handle to fine

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