You might call the Diana 470 Target Hunter the big brother of the Model 460 Magnum that I tested a while back. The 470 TH stretches 45 inches from end to end and weighs 9.4 lbs. Available in .177 and .22, it has an ambidextrous hardwood thumbhole stock.
Starting at the aft end of the 470, you’ll find a soft rubber butt pad that is vertically adjustable. Just loosen a screw and slide it up or down. Forward of that is the hardwood stock which has a cheek piece on either side of the buttstock. Moving forward again, you’ll find the thumbhole and a fairly vertical pistol grip which has checkering on either side.
Just ahead of the pistol grip is a black metal trigger guard, inside of which you’ll find a black metal trigger. This is the new generation trigger, the TO6. Ahead of that, the forestock descends to a level almost even with the bottom edge of the trigger guard and provides a kind of blocky shelf for four or five inches. Moving forward again, the 470 has checkering on either side of the forestock. There is a long slot underneath the forestock to provide clearance for the cocking linkage.
At the end of the forestock is the underlever which is used for cocking the 470. The far end of the cocking lever snaps into a nice metal muzzlebrake at the far end of the barrel. At the other end of the barrel, you’ll find the receiver, which is clearly marked “RWS Diana Mod. 470 TH.”
A few inches back from the juncture of the barrel and receivers is the silver breech block, and on the right hand side of the receiver, you’ll find the anti-beartrap release tab. The breech opening is cut more deeply on the right hand side of the receiver. Toward the rear of the receiver is a scope rail with a couple of dimples for anti-recoil pins. At the very end of the receiver is a push-pull safety that can be reset.
To ready the 470 for shooting, unsnap the underlever from the muzzlebrake by pulling down. Next, pull the underlever down and back until it latches. This slides the breech block back and opens the breech for pellet loading. As you do this, the anti-beartrap release tab on the right side of the receiver slides backwards along the right side of the receiver in concert with the breech block.
Insert a pellet into the aft end of the barrel. To close the breech and return the underlever to its original position, you will have to depress the anti-beartrap release tab, which is now located near the rear of the breech opening on the right side of the 460. As you close the breech, you’ll see the anti-beartrap release tab sliding back to its original position.
With the 470 loaded, take aim, push the safety off, and squeeze the trigger. It takes 1 lb 2 oz of effort to take the first stage out of the trigger, and at 1 lb. 7.6 oz, the shot goes down range. That’s light, but there is a very defined “stop” between the first and second stages. The 470 launched 14.3 grain Crosman .22 Premier pellets at 775 fps average. That’s about 19 footpounds of energy at the muzzle.
With the Crosman .22 Premier pellets, I put 5 shots into a group that measured 7/8 inch edge to edge at 30 yards, and the last three shots of the group fell into a cluster that measured just .5 inch edge to edge. That works out to .65 ctc and .28 ctc respectively.
The 470 TH is an accurate air rifle that packs a substantial wallop, is fun to shoot, and has an excellent trigger.
Til next time, aim true and shoot straight.
– Jock Elliott