finally, the baby arrived...............i was expecting the "k", but pleasantly surprised as i opened the box and saw the longer rifle version. "they" bought in a few, so i was able to choose one that had the "contour map" (beech) to my likings..........
the overall length is only about 2" longer (barrel), and the cylinder a bit more at about 3-3.5". obviously it's front heavy, nothing to worry about though, the overall feel/handeling is pretty good. i don't think the extra 2" will have any significant effect on the pointability/movability in the field. longer cylinder = more usable shot, overall i'm a happy camper.
no "extensive" chrony sessions yet (no sun), only managed to put a few through........AAF 11.7 ftlbs, CPH 12.5 ftlbs, Bisley Mag. 12.9 ftlbs. not enough shots to comment on the consistency. it's an UK spec, so i was expecting it to do around 10.5 ftlbs, hence a bit surprised to see the ME go over the limit.
didn't go for the SAS silencer (BSA's own design), as I would prefer something better (logun/airstream/custom...or maybe one of those tasty CF ones). using the ones i've got at the moment, the locally made Woodchucks (short) performed ok, the crack's gone but nothing to write home about. parker-hale mm1, as expected, performed better. don't think any quarry would notice it 40 yds down range. cool, it will be even more quiet with one of those "high-end" silencers. interestingly the ultratec is almost as good as the P-H, unfortunately maybe due to inferior design/materials used, there's the spring-twang, and sometimes the baffles needs abit of re-alignment (very difficult/time consuming as it can't be stripped). the pro's, it's lighter (alloy) and cheap.
in the end, i've opted for the beesa contender. so far so good.
gotta go play, more to follow.................