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Thread: the old 397 keeps working well, even decades later

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    Boolit Master

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    NJ via TX

    the old 397 keeps working well, even decades later

    8.7 meters, gamo match diabolo pellets, cheap crickett 4x32 scope, 4 pumps each, 5 shots off bench rest.

    Last edited by rfd; 09-09-2017 at 07:43 PM.

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    Boolit Master GhostHawk's Avatar
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    Fargo ND
    Nothing wrong with that at all.

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    Boolit Master melloairman's Avatar
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    Target and rifle both look good . Marvin

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    Boolit Master 35 shooter's Avatar
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    collins ms.
    Accurate rifle and i like that scope too. I bought a 392 this summer and already want a 397 to go with it.
    I love these little pumpers!

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    Boolit Master

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    I need to shoot my air guns more. My oldest son expressed an interest in a very old Crossman .22 CO2 rifle I have. Haven't shot it in years and years. Bought some of these lead free pellets with a plastic skirt at Wal mart the other day because they had them on clearance.

    I have two old Sheridans, a blue streak and a silver streak, need to get them out too.

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    Boolit Master

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    Bozoland Mt.
    That's good shooting, I just found my old 342 Benjamin, bought back in the mid 70s.
    In the late eighties I used some motor oil on it, then it quit working at all. had it stashed in a corner for 30 years.
    I contacted Baker airguns about seals for it, and the seals, special tool and shipping add up to 60 bucks.
    60 bucks is kinda precious theses days.... I'm pretty sure I can make the special tool, just a rod with a square end, and a means to turn on the other end. I'm thinking an extension for a socket wrench.
    If it needs modified, there are plenty of them down at the pawn shop.
    After seeing what is inside, I will go visit Ace hardware.
    To lazy to chase arrows.

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    Warminster Pa. ( North of Filthydelphia)
    YouTube for Benjamin valve replacement instructions

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    Boolit Bub
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    Hard to get quality like that now days
    Nice rifle, nice shooting

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    Boolit Master jmorris's Avatar
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    I rebuilt mine a few years ago photobucket pretty much ruined the thread by eliminating the photos though.

    I still have the photos and can upload them here if there is any interest in them.

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    Boolit Master
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    great guns especially the older ones with quality inards. I have not torn into a 397/7 thats less than 5 years old yet.
    Its a solid platform and as long as you dont abuse them they should last a long *** time. Most are damaged from over pumping and improper or to much oil.
    some of the early ones are a bit tougher

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    Boolit Master

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    Northern WI Gods Country!
    Pictures would be good jmorris.
    A gun is like a parachute: If you need one and don't have one, you won't be needing one again.

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    Boolit Master Fenring's Avatar
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    Mar 2010
    I lover the older pumpers.

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