My Vortek spring showed up quickly, so I swapped out the Chinese spring in favor of the more powerful aftermarket spring. Vortek was quick to ship out my spring and even included a small container of spring tar. The spring is very nice, beefier than the original Gamo spring. The spring is a loose fit on the tophat and guide, so I still have some work to do to make it a perfectly smooth shooter. It did, however, boost my average power to 16 fpe and isn’t very hold sensitive to boot.
With this added power, I should be able to take out some bigger game. I’ve taken a couple of nice fox squirrels, one shot kills to the brain:
The Shadow is a surprisingly quiet air rifle, and the smack of the pellet hitting the squirrel’s head is amazing. By the way, two fox squirrels was enough to feed my family including the cat when combined with some rice and homemade gravy.
I’ve seen a raccoon over the last week out in the woods and decided to try a shot on it. It is a long 43 yard shot from my back door to where I’ve been seeing him, but the pellet should have over 10 fpe on impact, plenty to penetrate the skull and deliver a kill. I slowly opened the back door, steadied my arm on the door jamb, settled into a artillery hold, aimed, and squeezed off the shot.
I watched the pellet skirt illuminated by my back porch light as it made its way to its mark. The pellet landed right between the eye and ear and the coon began its death dance. I couldn’t have asked for a better kill shot. While cleaning the coon, I found the pellet had deflected off the inside of the skull and came to rest in the neck.
It isn’t the biggest coon I’ve killed, but it my largest air rifle kill to date. It also didn’t smell like garbage, so I’ve decided to cook him up. He’s in the crock pot as I type this and the house smells amazing. I’ll be sure to share my experience in cooking and eating raccoon in the future.
To summarize, I highly recommend Vortek springs as an upgrade to your spring piston rifle. The quality of the product and speed in shipping are top notch. 16 fpe in a .177 air rifle produces a very flat shooting, deep penetrating setup that is absolutely lethal for small game hunting. There’s still a few more experiments I plan to try with this spring and a new aftermarket seal. I hope to squeeze out a bit more power and smooth things out a bit. We’ll see what happens…