It was necessary to break the blog into two parts because bad weather prevented me from spending time shooting the Royale and I also wanted to expound on the excellent FX scope that accompanied the Royale. Before I get to the meat of the matter, allow me to make a correction from Part One: I reported that the Owner’s Manual recommended limiting the weight of pellets to 16 grains. That information only applied to another FX rifle and the Royale handled heavy .25 caliber pellets with aplomb. I apologize for not catching the mistake – need new reading glasses I guess…
As mentioned in Part One, the Royale is a joy to shoot. It also liked the various pellets and weights I tried and it just kept on producing single ragged hole shots all day long from a bench at 50 feet no matter what I fed through it. My plan is to attend the Extreme Benchrest competition in Mesa, AZ in October and I certainly hope I can cajole the good folks at AofA to loan me this bad boy again for the shoot. For hunters reading this, the .25 caliber Royale can develop over 45 foot pounds of energy and the rotary magazine has no problem with polymer tipped Polymags. This is great news if you are a Polymag fan. Some rotary magazines can’t handle the extra length (Polymag came out with a shorter version to accommodate for this). You could single feed the longer .25 cal. pellets out there (no separate single-shot pellet tray accessory needed) but it is great for hunters that like the polymer tipped pellets to have the 11 rounds at the ready in the field.
The chronograph results on the pellets run through the Royale showed: JSB Kings at 25.39 grains averaged 663.2 fps. Predator Polymags at 26 grains averaged 679.1 fps generating. All the shots were fired using the middle power level adjustment and were generating 24 to 26 foot pounds of energy at that power setting. The Royale even liked the new 16.4 grain lead-free pellets provided by Dick at Predator. They clocked at an average of 796.2 fps and were giving equivalent accuracy results. Trigger pull averaged 15.6 ounces on the two-stage match trigger as it came out of the box and I found it perfect for me without any adjustment. Shooting outdoors on the highest power setting, the muzzle report was still so quiet that I could hear the pellet hitting the target backstop. The advances in sound dampening technology in both firearms and airguns have been dramatic and are very welcome changes.
The Royale can be stripped, serviced and assembled by the owner in 30 minutes according to the AofA website. The pressure gauge is only marked in the bar designation and the warranty (mentioned in Part One) is one year, although the quality that goes into these guns makes me believe you will receive a lifetime of shooting pleasure with minimal maintenance.
Relatively new for FX, they have stepped into the scope arena with their line called FX Optics. The line includes a couple of different scopes and the unit that shipped with the Royale was the 6-18x44mm Illuminated Reticle in the 30mm tube. Here are some particulars:
- Weight: 25.4 ounces
- OAL: 13.25 inches
- ¼ MOA adjusting turrets
- Offers 10 feet to infinity parallax adjustment plus a large sidewheel comes with the scope
- The 30 mm tube handles more light than a 1 inch tube. Coupled with the 44mm Objective bell give this scope a bright image and the quality lenses make for a crystal clear sight picture at all magnifications
- Power ring moved through its range very smoothly; not sticky or stiff like some variable scopes
- Red Illumination of mil-dot reticle has 7 levels of intensity and runs on one CR2032 button battery.
- Lenses are fully multi-coated
- A one year limited warranty is offered with the scope
- AofA price: $379.95
I wound up getting a TruGlo adapter as the only 30mm rings I had available matched Weaver mounts. The adapter reduced that to the standard 3/8 (11mm) of most airguns. This worked great and easily cleared the magazine port. FX offers a unique set of scope rings as well. The FX No-Limit is easily adjustable for an additional .170 inch height as well as tilt of +/- 1.5 degrees. This pairing of rifle and scope was an awesome package that you couldn’t go wrong with.
As always, for more information on the Royale, other FX airguns, or any of the FX Optics line, reach out to www.airgunsofarizona.com and let their excellent staff assist you. All of their staff live and breathe airgunning and offer excellent customer support.
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