New for 2017 BSA updates their classic R-10 PCP airgun to the new BSA R-10 SE. New to the SE is an improved shroud and moderator system advertising a 25% reduction in sound and a more efficient regulator for higher shot count.
Like the original R-10, the SE is a joy to handle and shoulders well. Excellent ergonomics combined with a stylish design and beautiful walnut stock. 44″ overall length, 7.6 LBS with out a scope and a little over 14″ on the trigger pull.
The SE comes with a new sound moderation system and this rifle is back yard friendly. Your first pull of the trigger and one would ting the rifle malfunctioned to fire as it’s quite quiet at about 80 DB at the muzzle.
The model we tested is designed strictly for right handed shooters because of the design of the comb but a left handed version is available. Comb height is just right for good scope to eye alignment and at the rear is a soft rubber butt pad that is vertically adjustable as well.
The BSA R10 SE comes with two 10 shot magazines (.177 caliber we tested). The magazines are plastic but quality, easy to load and easy to insert which must be done from the left side of the rifle. The magazine lock and release is located on the left side where the shroud meets the receiver.
The rifle gets it’s power from a small 200 cc bottle. Once attached it can be filled using the supplied probe inserted in a location well hidden under the rifle forward the trigger. Don’t let the small size of the bottle fool you, the advertised improved regulator does increase shot count as we found later in our testing.
The manual safety is located at the rear of the block on the left side. The new improved trigger breaks cleanly and crisp right out of the box with no adjustments needed. Bolt action is smooth and the beautiful walnut stock has finely detailed checkering through out.
Next we put the rifle over the chronograph to see power as well as shot count, but first as always we cleaned the barrel first, which we highly recommend as this one was rather dirty still from the usual manufacturing residue. About a dozen patches with a little cleaning solution did the job.
With a tin of our favorite JSB 10.34 .177 caliber pellets in hand we headed out to the range and began to shoot…an shoot…and shoot. The bottle advertises 232 BAR (around 3300 PSI) , our fill station only had 3200 PSI available but still managed to get a whopping 60 shots.
929, 933, 929, 934, 931, 933, 931, 929, 931, 930
919, 921, 928, 927, 932, 924, 928, 930, 936, 931
928, 929, 931, 931, 928, 929, 929, 931, 932, 933
933, 935, 931, 934, 929, 934, 935, 934, 939, 933
935, 935, 939, 932, 937, 935, 940, 938, 943, 936
940, 941, 936, 936, 931, 932, 925, 920, 919, 917
As you can see, the last few shots started to drop a little but with a full 232 BAR we expected that would not have happened.
Next up we mounted a scope and sighted in at 17 yards, it only took three shots. One has to appreciate that when it happens. We then shot the remaining magazine empty.
Next we moved the target out to 25 yards in some light shifting winds coming from the left ranging from around 1-5 MPH at any moment.
A quick move of the target out to 40 yards and another 10 shot magazine loaded, and as before, only aiming at the center making no adjustments for distance or the wind.
In usual BSA R10 fashion, we weren’t disappointed. Stylish, excellent trigger, great ergonomics, high shot count and most important accurate.
For more information, pricing and specifications on the amazing BSA R10 SE .177 caliber air rifle, visit our BSA R10 SE page by clicking here.