Have been working on my to do list, just as I have before every small game season. Get the guns in shape and myself in the mood (its too hot here to really feel like hunting season).
1. Recheck your local game laws for changed from last season. Read the fine print, not just the starting date and bag limit.
2. Some locations forbid sound deadening devices. Dont know what to do about a shroud, but for LDC shooters, take the LDC off. The rifle will not shoot to the same point of aim as it did with that weight hanging on the muzzle, so you may have to make a fake one (inactive) of the same weight.
3. Airguns dont excuse you from the rules. Be both ethical and legal.
PREP FOR ALL AIRGUNS:
1. All metal work comes out of the stock. That hidden metal gets two coats of Johnsons paste floor wax. First coat is allowed to dry, then buffed. 2nd coat is just allowed to dry, no buffing.
2. Stock inletting gets a once over, looking for cracks or problems. It also gets a good coating wax. Going to stick with wax for #1 and #2 as greases/oils tend to be absorbed by the wood, and a few seasons of that softens up the bedding surfaces.
3. Check all screws, mounts, rings, etc. Even PCPs have some vibration, and vibration tends to loosen screws.
4. Attend to the trigger. If possible, will wash out the parts to rid them of last years gunk, and relube (very lightly) with top quality lube. In cold weather, a super lite trigger and cold numb hands may be more of a problem than a help.
5. Put it back together and carefully sight in from a hunting type position (leaning on a tree trunk, shooting from a fence post, or shooting from kneelingwhatever is common for your type of hunting).
6. Know where the gun shoots its first (cold, no warm up) shots.
7. Leave your hunting guns alone dont add on a new part, change settings, or try some new pellets stick with whats been working, save the experiments for the off season. If youve the urge to buy something new, buy a new skinning knife or hunting boots.
8. It often rains during a hunt. They make spray metal preservatives (understand, its not a lube, but a metal preservative type wax). Use it on the external metal work. It tends to be a bit sticky at first, so put it on a day or two ahead of a hunt. (If you blot at it with a cotton rag while still tacky, makes a good matt finish for those worried about metal reflections spooking game).
PCP / HPA SPECIFIC:
1. Will open the air tube and inspect. Often just remove the fill plug end, but some guns have special needs. Am a pump-filler, and twice yearly inspection has become the norm (at the start of the season, and at the end). Havent found rust yet, but still clean the tubes twice a year.
2. If you can get to the back end, clean the striker, tube, and striker spring. Dont want it to gunk up and give erratic striker speeds.
3. O-rings are cheap, when in doubt, change them out.
4. The only good use for silicon grease is for o-rings. Its a crappy metal lube and a crappy rust preventer.