11 years ago
15 or 20 years ago. It's a nicely finished oak box, and inside is a
spring loaded vertical galvanized steel plate. I'm not sure what sort of
spring they use behind the plate, it may just be foam rubber. The
pellets flatten against the plate & fall down inside the trap.
I have been practicing a lot lately, trying to get my scores back up to
where they were when I was a lot younger. I'm shooting a Steyr LP50 5-
shot compressed air pistol, which has a muzzle velocity of ~ 525 feet per
sec. I think this is a bit hotter than the older CO2 match pistols, at
least it makes a more authoritative "clank" when the pellets hit.
I don't know if the galvanizing is worn off, or if it's just the higher
velocity, but the pellets have started sticking to the plate. A thin
layer of oil stops this for a while, but evaporates and/or gets shot off
fairly quickly. Right now, I've applied some waxy stick lube for metal
working (Boelube) on the theory that at least it won't evaporate. The
stick lube is relatively clean to apply, but I don't know how long it's
going to last. If this wears off too fast, I may try a grease next.
I'm thinking an "extreme pressure" lube might be best, but I figured
folks here might have some more specific ideas.