Going through some old posts, I realized that it has been over three years since I've had my FX 2000 out of its case. I decided, last week, to get her out and put some pellets down the bore.
I bought the gun used maybe seven years or so ago. It's a great shooter, and I especially like the traditional design of the walnut stock. It holds eight pellets in an eight round rotary magazine that the action cycles when you work the bolt.
It was a major player in the production of my DVD, "Airgun Hunting the California Ground Squirrel." ( Airgun Hunting the California Ground Squirrel ) It was also the only rifle I shot on a five day prairie dog hunt to Wyoming back in 2009. I went through about 1200 pellets, and any prairie dog inside of 100 yards was in deep trouble.
A couple of videos from the Wyoming hunt, taken about five years ago, showing off the FX 2000's capabilities in a windy prairie dog town.
As a quick side note. Things have changed a lot in the past five years, as far as what is considered "long range" in the world of airgun shooting. A hundred yard shot these days is more like "medium range" for a lot of guys.
At that time, Its favorite pellet was the 15.9 grain JSB Exact. I have since switched to shooting the 18.1 grain JSB EXACT Jumbo Heavy's in her. She is producing 29 fpe at the muzzle, for 32 shots, with an extreme spread of 17 fps.
I've only had one scope on her, and that's a Bushnell 7-21x40mm 3200 Elite, with mildot crosshairs. Nice scope, and it works great for what I do with this rifle. Which is mainly hunt.
My knees were giving me some grief, so I wasn't up for much hiking and hunting, so instead, I decided to shoot her on paper, to see if she's still sighted in, and shooting as good she used to.
Since I can't possibly remember all of the different information about my various PCP's, I keep a 3x5 index card on each one. It holds information like, optimum fill pressure, most accurate pellet, number of shots per fill, sight-in distance, etc.
I dug out the card, on this rifle, and refreshed my memory. Fill pressure is 2950 psi, and sight-in distance is 65 yards. That makes sense, since the last time I had her in the field, was for a local prairie dog hunt, and I usually zero at 65 yards for my prairie poodle adventures.
My target of choice, for this shooting session, would be one of the, new to me, Champion brand, Visicolor life size prairie dog targets. It's similar to the Shoot-N-C targets in concept, but has the different kill zones outlined on it, and the impacts show up in different colors, depending upon where the pellet lands. Yellow for the head, fuchsia for the heart, green for the lungs, yellow again for the lower gut area, and orange outside the kill zones.
I put the target out at a lasered 65 yards, and started shooting. First, I put four pellets on the head, stopped and reloaded the magazine, and then put six in the heart area. Five of those centered up on the heart, and one just clipped the heart and landed in the lung area. Considering I haven't shot her in over three years, I was pretty happy with those results.
I'm always looking for targets, other than bullseyes, that add some visual interest to my shooting, plus targets like these are a bit more interesting when posted in a blog story. A constant diet of bullseye targets gets very boring, at least to me.
She's not as sexy as some of my newer guns, she's not particularly quiet, and isn't regulated, but the one thing she does have in common with my newer guns is, she kills anything I get the crosshairs on out to 100 yards.
I took a break for lunch, and this little guy stopped by for a visit. Not used to seeing them up at this 7500 foot elevation. I usually see them in the prairie dog towns down around the 5000 foot level.
It turned out to be a fun day, and I'm glad I've hung on to this rifle. It is one of the first models that the FX company produced, when they got into the PCP airgun business back in the early 1990's. You will sometimes see these guns sold under other names. For example I have seen them sold as the Webley 2000, the RWS Excalibre, also as the FX Tarantula, FX Black Widow, and a two shot version sold as the FX Wolverine, or the RWS Rapier. All great shooting PCP's. In addition to my FX 2000, I also have one of the RWS Rapier's. Both definite keepers.
Well, once again, until next time, thanks for reading.