BSA Ultra SE

BSA Ultra SE

 
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Product Info

Manufacturer
Model
Ultra SE

Specifications

Action Type
Function
Multi-shot
Magazine Capacity
  • 10 pellets / .177
  • 10 pellets / .22
  • 8 pellets / .25
Trigger Type
Two Stage Adjustable
Caliber
  • .177 (4,5mm)
  • .22 (5,5mm)
  • .25 (6.35mm)
Safety
Manual
Air Cylinder
Not Removable
Air Capacity
63cc
Fill Pressure
Max 232 Bar (3364 psi)
Regulated
No

Dimensions

Length
820mm (32")
Weight
2.6kg (5.7lbs)

Price Check

The BSA Ultra SE provides top spec' performance and unique handling qualities in a stylish, affordable package. Perfectly balanced and designed for fast target acquisition, the Ultra SE is purpose built to take your sporting shooting to an exciting new level. It's a lightweight stalker, a super-compact ratter, the ideal hide hunting rifle and much, much more. It's the BSA Ultra SE – a genuine mini-supergun! With up to 8 stock options available on the Ultra SE, from classic beech, MTP compatible camo and a range of new bright, youthful colours, this rifle really is the complete package.

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4.6
Accuracy rating 
 
4.5
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4.5
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5.0
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4.5

BSA Ultra SE 177 multicam

A fantastic little carbine, from out of the box it was firing very nicely. Matched it too JSB Exacts in 4.53mm after trying a load of different pellets. With these it has averaged out at around 11.45 ftlbs and 5 shot groupings at 35m around the size of a 5p with many being smaller.

Cant fault it.

Pros
Lightweight
Accurate
Great trigger
Very comfortable stock
Perfect for much of my shooting around farm buildings including shooting from my truck.
Cons
low shot count
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5.0

BSA Ultra SE

Advertised as 12 ft lbs, but as with most UK Spec Air Rifles, they usually fall between 10.5-11.5 ft lbs, not a surprise, and I was hoping somewhere in the power range in the mid 11ft lbs, shooting 703 FPS with JSB 15.9s, thats exactly where the power level was, 11.48 ft lbs.

First Test: Fill it to 200 bar, let it sit for about 3 days, re-check pressure, still at 200 bar.

Second Test: Chronograph/Usable shots
200 Bar Starting Pressure JSB 15.9 grains unsorted, straight from the tin, plenty of shots for the purpose of this purchase, A short, small game hunter.

40 Shots
High: 710fps
Low: 680 fps
ES: 30 fps

Advertised as a Self Regulated Valve, so it is not actually regulated, but an improved valve system, Not bad for a 75cc Air Cylinder, better than I remember my first BSA Ultra many years ago, main difference between the new Ultra SE, and the older version Ultra, is the bolt action design on the newer SE model, as compared to the MMC Cocking system on the earlier version. The MMC Cocking system, was replaced with a sling stud, now removed on the new SE models.

Accuracy: 40 Yards, 5 shots, JSB 15.9 grains. I was not surprised at all, every PCP, BSA I have ever owned, was laser accurate. All shots taken from a bench rested position, resting on a shooting bag, nothing scientific by any means.

The Action: The bolt Cycles smooth, the lead in is very smooth.

Total Length: 31.5 with the air stripper, 29.5 with the air stripper removed.

Weight: 8.09 lbs, with a Hawke Eclipse 30 SF 4-16x50, & BKL 30mm Scope Rings. Weight alone 6 lbs.

Trigger: Out of the box is fine for me, smooth, little long first stage, but the second stage breaks smoothly, no adjustments made, perfect for field use, but can be made much lighter.

Magazine: Very nicely designed, cycles perfectly with 15.9 grain JSBs. Designed for longer profile ammo. Color coordinated for Caliber, Shot count nicely laser engraved into magazine.

As always, my experience with the BSA line of Airguns has always proven itself to be Highly accurate, built to last, and a blast to shoot. I never had any leaking, accuracy, or cycling issues with any of my BSAs, My personal experience has always been positive, and they are built tough, and built to last, right out of the box.

Pros
Extremely accurate
Compact and light
Very quiet with the BSA VC silencer
Comes to the shoulder nicely
Gorgeous Minnelli stock
Very smooth cocking action
New and improved magazine
Room for modification and improvements like a regulator
Cons
Low shot count, but I have a hydrotech tank so I'm fine
Not regulated
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4.0
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4.0

Nice little carbine

I wanted a pigeon gun in .177 to use from bale hides. It had to be very light and compact. Also a small rifle for woodland use and around barns and yards. On occasion to be used from a truck window whist in the driving seat too.
It handles beautifully, I cannot put the damned thing down! It is very light, even with sight and silencer mounted. Ideal for working from a hide and in thick woodland. I am fussy, I did not like the first one I bought. It was put on a chrono and was over limit on certain pellets. It went back and BSA replaced it with like for like. The new one is giving around 11lbs so is better ( quality control? )
Anyhow, it has bedded in well. Maintenance is easy, it is very user friendly.
I had looked at the silly probe model a few years ago and hated it. Bolt action makes this very pleasant to use.
It came with swivel mounts, a nice touch.
It is a very accurate little carbine, it will take pigeon at 50 yards cleanly with head shots. I have no complaints in its intended usage.
On quality, well the finish is reasonable for the price. Blue is quite pleasant on the eye, the stock easy to clean. Charging is easy ( though fit a filter as Air Arms do ) time will tell on durability.
It likes a diet of quality pellets, AA, Daystate and RWS all shoot well from it. The most consistent seem to be Daystates
I feel it is a good little carbine for the money, it has to compete with many in a crowded market.
BSA quality control needs a look at, there is more Loctite used than on my tractors!
All in all, very pleased. Its best day was 23 woodies on brassicas.

Pros
Lightweight.
Easy to shoulder and use, very shootable.
Can be carried all day long.
Excellent for shooting from a cab window.
Excellent for use from a hide or in woodland.
Nice bolt action.
Magazine low profile allowing low sight mounting.
I like the stock, good grip.
Cons
Trigger a bit iffy. I will replace with a Rowan unit.
Shot count, around forty in .177, I am surprised but pleased.
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3.5

Great little shooter - room for basic improvements

The Ultra SE is a great little gun on paper. at only 32" long it is one of the shortest PCP's on the market, making it ideal for younger shooters, but also for close quarter work, either round buildings or from vehicles. It fits in the shoulder well and feels incredibly balanced. In terms of changes from the original Ultra, there's been plenty of sensible updating. That daft MMC cocking action has been replaced with a far more usable bolt action. It's light and super smooth. Unfortunately, it's allied to a rather basic trigger. It's nowhere near as comfortable as the R10 trigger. It just lacks feel, and feels a bit cheap. It's a cheap gun, but It'd be nice for it to not feel quite so cheap! The other problem that is well documented is that the tactical stocks are prone to peeling. I don't know what it is, but the lacquer will just not stick and after a few months, chips and peels off. This is just so irritating. I've actually taken the whole lacquer off now, so I'm just left with the plastic underneath. It doesn't feel quite so nice to hold, but it looks a lot better! Of course the other option is the wooden stock, which looks great, but the stock is noticeably shorter. Consequently, there is nowhere to put a bipod except where it covers the gauge. Again it's a small thing that could have been fixed with a similar sized stock to the tactical one. Sometimes, BSA do puzzle me with their decisions! You can get round it by buying attachments, but the wooden stock is already more than the tactical versions, so it diminishes the value for money if you're forced into buying extras immediately! It also has a very small air reserve. It has enough to complete an HFT course - just, and unless you're overrun by pests, plenty for a hunting session, but in .22 I'm struggling to get any more than 40 or so out of it. I appreciate the desire to keep weight and production costs down, and to keep the balance, but it could do with more than just 4 magazines out of it.

Mine's also distinctly under powered. It was sold as a full power gun, so I'd expect more than a peak of 9.6 ft/lb.

But those things aside, it's a great gun. As I said, it does have plenty of good points. Money no object, it's never going to compete with the higher spec guns, but then it doesn't need to. It fills a perfect little gap in the market. when out and about in and around farm buildings, getting into small spaces where there isn't much room can be an awkward experience if you've got to manoeuvre a great big gun into position as well. But the Ultra SE is perfect for this. At less than 6lbs, it's no chore to carry around a shoot, even with practical additions like a scope, silencer and bipod. I would say make sure the power is at a healthy point before buying it. It's got an anti tamper fitted to it and more threadlock on the screws than should be possible, so if it is low, the gun has to go back to BSA. But if it's shooting at full power levels, the gun's accurate enough to take out any air gun quarry. Also, having the option of a .25 cal. is a nice touch. This gun excels as a close quarter ratting gun and the extra hitting power and diminished over-penetration of the large calibre is sensible.

Overall, it's a lot of fun to shoot. I wish they'd spent a bit more time thinking through the stocks and the trigger, but on the whole there's a lot to like.

Pros
very compact and man
great accuracy
Cons
niggling build quality problems
small shot capacity
bipod covers the pressure gauge with wooden stock.
Trigger is bit clunky
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