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Out with the Boss!

Posted by on August 25, 2013

I was out a couple times this weekend, getting some practice with my guns before we leave for the Eastern Cape. This weekend I focused on the FX Boss, which is going to be my gun for small game up to predators, and maybe the mini-antelope. As you probably know, this is an upsized version of the Royale, which is a superb rifle in its own right. I usually take a .22 or .25 for my small game needs, then pack a .308 and a .50 (or .457) caliber (shooting cast bullets) for bigger stuff. My plan this year is to use the .303 for this purpose, feeling it will anchor everything up to a jackal without being completely overgunned for Guinea fowl.

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The ergonomic synthetic thumbhole stock an forestock shelf allow me to shot the gun accurately offhand or other unsupported positions.

A lots been said about the accuracy of this gun, and Fredrik Axelsson (president and design maven for FX) did dominate the field at last years Extreme Benchrest competition with it. As a matter of fact, AOA has opened up the registration for 2013 ERC and this is the rifle I’m going to use at the event in November. I think that the Boss is probably the most accurate air rifle, or at least on a very short list, that I’ve ever shot. Especially when you start to reach out a bit further, I’ve printed several MOA 100 yard groups with the Boss when shooting off a rest. However, this weekend I shot either standing, kneeling or sitting at 40 and 50 yards, or off of sticks at 50 and 75 yards. This is more representative of what I can expect when in the field, so my results say more about my ability to shoot the gun accurately than the inherent accuracy of the rifle.

The ergonomic design of the gun helps wring the most from the proprietary smooth twist barrel, the thumbhole stock is very comfortable and provides a consistent hold and a excellent sight alignment from any shooting position. The trigger on this gun is an absolute pleasure; it is a light, crisp two stage design that is fully adjustable and breaks at about 14 oz on my gun. The trigger is a post with a trigger-shoe style blade, that fits the pad of the finger perfectly. I found that when I moved between guns the Boss’s trigger spoiled me for the other rifles, and it took me a few shots to acclimate. I’ll have to keep that in mind as I move between guns on the hunt.

The 500 cc air bottle in the forestock configuration provides a lot of air, which is good in a larger caliber air hungry design. I got up to 50 usable shots per 250 bar fill, but noticed a marked shift in POI at about the 40th shot. If your going to shoot this gun you’ll need a 300 BAR tank and a place to fill it, this is definitely not a gun you’ll routinely want to fill with a handpump. I think the sidelever cocking action is probably one of the fastest to cycle, and on this gun it is as smooth as glass. The 9 shot magazine is an “on steroids” version of the standard Royale magazine, and holds 9 pellets. In my shooting to date, it is has been very reliable. The magazines load the same as for the Royale, the first pellet is loaded skirt first, then flipped over with subsequent pellets going in head first. Even tough easy and quick to load,  I’m going to order a couple more magazines for fast reloads in the field.

I have both the 50.1 and the 46.3 FX and JSB pellets that generate approximately 830 and 860 fps respectively, producing about 75 fpe. This is not an exceedingly powerful 30 caliber gun, which is why the relatively light weight Diabolo style pellets are such a well suited projectile for it. I’ve shot jackrabbits at 100 yards and bobcats at 50, and the gun is very effective both in terms of the terminal performance and ability to place the shot exactly where it needs to go.

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This 50 yard 5 shot group was shot with me sitting and the gun on a tripod.

I don’t know another way to describe the accuracy of this gun than to say it is phenomenal. Based on my experience with this gun to date, I have complete confidence that out to 100 yards, I can hit the kill zone with every shot, whether I’m shooting at a prairie dog or something bigger.

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This 75 yard 5 shot group was from a sitting position with the gun on a tripod.

 

I just got home from Scotland on Friday, after a week of meetings in Edinburgh. I’d wanted to visit an airgun shop while in the UK, but couldn’t find anything within a couple of hours of the city. Scotland has enacted some pretty restrictive airgun laws recently, and I can’t help but think this has caused businesses to shut down. I’d been to an outdoors shop there several years back that had a nice selection of airguns, but those seem to be the “good old days”.

We continue the countdown for our departure to South Africa. We’ve got the invite letters from our outfitter, the South African Police (SAP) forms, and out temporary export licenses on our guns from US customs. I’ll be flying out to Atlanta and meeting up with the other guys flying in from Phoenix, then we fly to Johannesburg and on to Port Elizabeth together. I always like to travel in with the guys hunting with me the first time, to help them get through the formalities.

That’s all for this week, hope you all get out to do some shooting and well sync up next week!

8 Responses to Out with the Boss!

  1. Madison

    So I’m getting a fx boss in a few weeks after shooting a friend and I do a bit of preditor hunting this would be a good gun for coyotes out to 100 or so yards wouldn’t it? Thanks

  2. Ian

    I’m still waiting for my Boss to turn up from Sweden. Seems to be taking quite a long time to get here to Australia.

    I hope to be able to test it out on smaller game to 100 yards. Foxes to maybe 70 yards and also on small goats out to about 60 yards.

    I’d be keen to get info on your recent experience on game and also a couple of suggestions for scopes that might be suitable.

    • Jim Chapman

      Hi Ian, I’m sure you’re going to like this gun…. it hits hard and is a tackdriver. Fox at 70 yards no problem, and if the goats are small you should be good, though they can carry a bit of leads some times. I’d stick with head shots, as a thick coat can be hard to penetrate. I’ve shot a bobcat, coyote, raccoons, and a duiker with very good results, but have kept most of my shots inside of 5o yards. Hope you get your gun soon, look forward to hear how it goes!

      • Ian

        Thanks Jim.

        I’m looking forward to your next write up about your African experience. Something I’d love to do for sure!
        The goats I’d consider taking would be under 20Kg, for the table. Larger ones/culling and I’d use the 222 Rem.

        Do you have any suggestions for a scope for the FX Boss? The choice is bewildering.

        Thanks again
        Ian

      • Ian Todd

        Hi Jim.
        I was looking back on your old posts. My Boss arrived after about 6 months wait and I couldn’t be happier with it. I have taken rabbits out to 100 metres and they’ve gone down without a twitch. I was wondering how your trip to South Africa went on larger game? I can’t find a post anywhere.

        Thanks
        Ian

        • Jim Chapman

          Hi Ian, good to hear about your Boss … FX Makes great guns and the Boss is a favorite. Had to postpone SA, I was going to film for the TV show and had specific guns for the sponsors I was going to use, but there were some delays in production. Will reschedule as soon as I know availability.
          Regards,
          Jim

    • Dale ter Haar

      Hi Ian – who did you order from in Sweden? Was there a process to go through? I would like to order one to Botswana.

      Many thanks

      Dale

      • Ian Todd

        Hi Dale.

        I’ve just seen this reply. Mine came through a local gun shop’s order placed on my behalf. It is an amazing air rifle. Hammers pretty much any small game out to 120 yards. I am waiting on a trip to try it on small goats (up to 30Kg). I can’t believe how accurate it is. Off of a bench I have been able to 5 shots into a finger nail size at 50 metres. It is capable of much better but I’m not!

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