BSA Light Pattern spring replacement
Looking for some advice, i have ordered a new spring for one of my guns from John Knibbs, i have checked and apparently it is the correct one but when fitted the spring will be solid once cocked, is this correct? also how do you guys fit these new springs, the old ones are easy you can do it by hand, but the new one forget it it will need a spring compressor. I usually use a large sash cramp for this job but due to the shape of the gun this is not simple. any help would be much appreciated.
You may have to cut a coil or two off the spring. Make sure you flatten the cut end with a Dremel or something. You shouldnt have to force the spring in these old BSAs and if it's coil-bound it won't cock anyway.
If the spring sticks out only a couple of centimetres or so, and the trigger block screws on with just your weight on the butt, it should be about right. I've found in the past that velocity was higher in a Light with a softer spring than a stiff one.
Sounds a bit low, but running in the rifle will see velocities rise if you replaced the piston washer.
Just a quick update, I resized the new piston seal, not quite as loose as Lakey's recommendation but close, it slides down the bore with ease. I also shortened the new spring from John Knibbs as per your recommendation to give 20mm pre-load the gun could easily be assembled by hand, shoots pretty nice and is now delivering velocities of 555 fps +/-5fps over a 50 shot string. first shots were all over the place I think it was dieseling on the oil in the piston seal as i had readings of 728fps followed by 690 fps then 470 it then stabilised at 555 fps as previously mentioned.
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