With the last blog I gave the five-cent tour of the Daystate Renegade .22 and it is a striking PCP bullpup airgun that worked flawlessly. In this segment I’ll let you in on how it performed with me behind the trigger.
As far as first impressions when shooting this model, I liked the slightly tacky feel of the stock. I’m not sure of the thinking behind it, but the forearm is made of a hard polymer, which is slicker, but the recesses on either side allow for a firm grip. Being able to adjust the cheekpiece as well as the buttpad was very beneficial as well and makes all the difference when setting the gun up for your chosen optic. The AR style pistol grip was very familiar and made activation/deactivation of the manual safety very easy and convenient.
As covered in the previous installment, the Renegade is equipped with a hybrid trigger that is both mechanical and electronic and it was sweet. It averaged a pull weight of 1 pound, 5.4 ounces and was incredibly smooth, positive and predictable. At that pull weight I did not mess with it as I found it to be just right.
I paired the Renegade with a Sun Optics USA 5-30x56mm scope which added 30 ounces to the already substantial 8 pounds of the Renegade, but it was worth it. The 30mm tube required large rings so I had to utilize an adapter on the dovetail rail that added height which actually worked to my advantage. The Sun Optics scope was clear as a bell with using a glass etched micro mil-dot red/green illuminated reticle. Low profile turrets provide 1/8 moa adjustability and there is a parallax side wheel adjustable down to 10 yards. This nitrogen-filled scope retails around the $450 range.
As for shooting, the rotary magazine is easy to load, even with fat fingers like mine. There is a provision for reversing the magazine so it can be loaded from the right. It slides easily into position and a strong rare earth magnet draws the magazine into perfect alignment with the bore. Additionally, the Renegade comes with a single pellet loading tray, also embedded with rare earth magnets to hold it in perfect alignment. I set up targets at 25 yards and filled to 2000 psi after every 5 shots. Shooting several different weights of lead and alloy pellets of different brands let me know that this bullpup preferred medium weight lead pellets and the brand that came out on top for me were the RWS Superdomes at 14.5 grains – 5 shots touching but stringing horizontally; still able to be covered by a quarter. Next best were H&N Baracuda Hunters at 18.21 grains – again, 5 shots able to be covered by a quarter. I’m sure better accuracy could be wrung out of this bullpup with more practice time. It did not like 9.9 grain RWS Hypermax pellets as I could not get them to group well. Even though I was not using a full complement of air (only 2000 psi), the pellets it liked were still chronographing at 825 to 869 fps providing for up to 28+ foot pounds of energy.
I can confirm that the new Daystate models are coming with a 5 year transferable warranty now and the Renegades now rolling off the assembly line also have a laser built into the forearm and there is a Huma regulated version available as well. www.airgunsofarizona.com not only imports the Daystate lineup, they can fix you up with any accessories you might need from big Daystate compressors to targets and pellets. For those who like the bullpup configuration, the Renegade should definitely be something you check out.