Waaaaahhhhh! I bought a used CMP Daisy 853. The stock was sticky with tape and paint and Sharpie marker, but after shooting some superb groups with it I decided it deserved a refinished stock.
After 5 days of scraping, sanding, staining and re-coating I re-assembled her to do a little paper punching. Well the bolt handle snapped after 12 rounds. Not all the way off, but the connection in the front just broke.
I sent a note to Daisy about getting parts, but thought I should check in here too. So where can I get parts for this thing. It is too good a shooter to junk.
I suggest you call them. They have just about anything you need for the X53 series of guns, and the prices for parts are beyond reasonable, all the way to ridiculously cheap. My guess is your shipping will be equal to, or maybe exceed the amount you actually pay for the parts you need.
I agree, they are GREAT shooting guns, as long as you keep your distance reasonable for what it is. I highly recommend the Pilkington trigger mod. It's easy to do and can be done with simple homeowner tools. I've done it successfully on a 953, 753, and even an old 850.
BTW, my 753 is the gun I would choose for target shooting inside 20 yds, if money were on the line. (Even over my FWB 300S.)
Just got an auto responder from Daisy recommending that I call since e-nail is slow on the turnaround.
The 853 I have is shooting in the 480 range. I thought my chrono was broken because I got 480.1-480.1-480.1-480.2-480.2-480.1 etc. The SD came out as "0". Slow? You betcha. But even my competition handloads don't have that consistency.
I saw the pilkgun trigger mod...I would only try it if I had half a dozen triggers and sears to play with.
I see an 853 repair kit along with a video is available from one vendor. Perhaps I should go that route.
Ask them for a exploded diagram with parts list. The bolt handle is $2.50, so yes you'll pay more for postage. You might want to get a couple of trigger assemblies $2.00 P/N 853-20. Includes 18, 19, 20, 22, 23. Then you can practice the trigger job. Next to the trigger job in the 10P files is a picture essay that I did which shows you everything that you'll see in the video, but with the shot strings you're getting I wouldn't touch a thing.
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