About a year and a half ago I picked up a Remington Express in .22 for 80$ at Wally World. Nice rifle, especially for the price.
Eventually I ended up with 5 airguns in .22 and I didnít shoot the Express to much.
I shot it over the clock @ 18fpe. I thought ďIíve been curious about .25 for a while, and the Express would pretty much make a 2/3 scale Hatsan 135 in .30.Ē
So I ordered a .25 xs28 barrel from Flying Dragon. The breach block is NOT plug and play. The hole that connects the cocking lever to the breach block is a lot further forward on the XS28. So I matched up the breach blocks and transferred the hole through with a pencil lead and center punch.
The groove for the cocking slot in the breach block needed to be moved back.
At work I have access to a mill, lathe and drill press... but kept forgetting to bring the piece in.
I finally got sick of looking at the .25 barrel and figured what the heck. Started cutting barrel with tube cutter until I could juuuussst feel extra resistance pushing a pellet through. Completed cut by clamping barrel to a 2x6 and cutting with an angle grinder. Dressed outside of cut with flap disc. Drilled cocking lever hole with hand held corded drill. Chased cocking lever groove with cut disc. Cleaned up edge groove corners with die grinder ďflap sandĒ bit. Cleaned everything with electromotive and painted with black finger nail polish.
Put gun back together. Function test good, havenít gone for accuracy or fpe yet. Havenít crowned barrel yet.
Just happy I got a .25 without buying another gun to take up space.
Maybe I could have used the Octane/D350/Air Magnum cocking lever, but those are all one piece and I didnít want to mess with the stock, in case I want to go back to .22 or .177...
Do you guys think 18fpe is 18fpe? That should put it around 550fps, but MMellick said he thinks it will be lucky to get 400fps.
What do you guys think?