I recently bought a new Crosman 760 airgun. I realized that it has a smooth bore barrel, and is okay to shoot bb's . I bought mine from Walmart IN Hilo, Hawaii. I did not want one of the scoped ones, because those 4x15 rifle scopes are, well, junk.
I'm 63 years old, and my eyesight isn't very good. I think the open sights give a pretty good sight picture. If you're eyesight is good. I found that, even with my latest prescription eye glasses, I saw two front posts. Okay, bag that idea. I installed a BSA RD30 red dot sight I had. The BSA actually works really well for this airgun.
My intention in buying the 760, was to see what kind of accuracy I could get from it using lead pellets. I have much better air rifles with rifled barrels, and I did not expect the 760 to give the kind of accuracy those do.
I am also intending to use this 760 for night rat shooting, as the rats get into our chicken coop at night. I will set the 760 up for 7 yards, which is te distance from a lawn chair I sit in, to the chicken feeder.
So, most target shooting will be at 7 yards. I had a fair number of .177 caliber pellets to try, so began my accuracy testing. At first, it became evident that the gun liked the Gamo Match wadcutter pellets the best. After a couple of shooting sessions, I decided to clean the barrel, and found it quite dirty, but it cleaned up easily. Also, be sure you oil the "wiper" that seals air in when you pump the gun up.
I was using 6 pumps. I'd say after about 300 shots, the 760 began to shoot the Crosman Premier Match wadcutters better than any others. I was shooting 5 shot groups. I am currently getting groups as tight as 3/16" at 7 yards. I have it well zero'd in, and it should do fine for my war on rats.
Today, I decided to shoot a few groups much farther out. I set up using our brick fire pit to set the target at. I paced it off as 17 yards. The first group U shot, with the Match pellets, was 3/8" x 15/16". No pellet holes were touching, but they were all pretty evenly spaced. Now, for my much more expensive air rifles a 15/16" group wouldn't be great. But, this gun is a smooth bore, and the pellets were wadcutters, which are not known for good accuracy at much past 10-15 yards.
For a $32.00 airgun, I really like this little 760. It's light, fast handling, accurate, easy to pump, and powerful enough to do what I want to do with it.
If you get one, I advice a few things.
1. Clean the barrel. Maybe even do it before you shoot it. I use Googone as my cleaner, and a .065" weed trimmer line instead of a metal bore cleaner.
2. I have read about some of these 760 breaking off at the stock when pumping. I use a method of pumping that put no stress on the stock. From a seated position, I rest the end of the butt stock on my right leg, with the barrel pointing up. I then grab the pump handle with my left hand, and open it. I briefly pause at full open of the pumping handle. That's to let it take in a full charge of air at each pump. Then, I put my right hand on the barrel near the open sight, and, kind of push inwards with both hands and close the pump handle. Then do it 3 to 10 times, depending on how much power you want. For target shooting, try 3 pumps. Hunting, 6-10.
3. Be sure and oil the wiper, and do it maybe every couple of hundred shots. I put like 2 drops of a 30 weight NON-DETERGENT oil on it. Non-detergent oil won't hurt the rubber seals.
4. Don't over pump the 760. Crosman says 10 pumps maximum. Stick with that. It may be only a $24-$35 airgun, but why try to destroy it?
The gun uses the Crosman 5 shot magazine, so you can loud it full and insert the mag, and push it into the first click. Pump it up. Take your shot, and do it again 4 more times. You can mount a scope, or dot sight, or use the open sights. The problem with the open sights is that, there is no way to adjust windage. Only elevation. I did try the open sights, and found that, at 11 yards, it shot about an inch to the left.
My BSA RD30 works well on this gun. I also have ab NCStar 4x30 compact scope I want to try on it.
The only thing I don't know, is how will this airgun hold up over time. There's a lot of plastic here. Treat it right, and you should have a lot of good times shooting.
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