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Old 09-28-2013, 05:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Picked up my first Sterling today!


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An STP sterling if I understand correctly. Came up on my local kijiji and I just jumped on it.

The guy said he had won it in a tournament 15 years ago and he barely used it. It has very minimal wear so I know that to be true and from some residue I found in the barrel he probably only took it out less than a full day and put it back not to think about it much again.

All the internals were sound with no wear marks which again confirmed he had barely used it. Just wiped off some old oil and reapplied some fresh.
I didn't like that the pump arm felt rather loose when I first gave it a few pumps. So while I had it apart I applied some teflon tape to the threads going into the pump arm and some low stick tape on the angled arm going into the back of the bolt. with another strip of low friction tape around the barrel beneath the pump handle it feels so smooth when pumping and no rattle





It is the first time I have ever owned own, touched one let alone taken one apart so it was an interesting experiance. It is a stacked tubed nelson am I right? Everything is so nice, definitely the nicest pump I have ever owned I can not wait to take it to the field tomorrow and try out.

Just a few questions past my excitement. How old would you say this one is?
serial number is 100145.
Is there anyone around with barrels for these puppies? At first glance the threading on the barrel looked like angel threading but upon comparing to the angel barrels I had at home that is not the case. I remembered reading about the few that have passed through the tinkerer's guild and the ones I had read about on mcarterbrown (and not being too interested as I never thought I would see one pass through these parts of my atlantic province :P) that the barrel threading is it's own kind..

Also how do you adjust the velocity on these? I didn't want to mess too much with the lower internals as I was very interested to see after I cleaned it up if it would leak or be able to cock and fire.

last how much does one of these usually go for, looks to be all stock original parts so, yeah... lol

Thanks for looking and I'll let you guys know how it holds out tomorrow

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Old 09-29-2013, 09:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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As for your question on the barrels, of it has the Sterling Thread you can have a machinist lathe 1/4 inch off the top of the threads off of a Raptor Barrel or try to find a Sterling Threaded barrel in the B/S/T. Here is a pic of the 2 different barrels use on the Sterling's.



As for adjusting the velocity, does your fore grip have a small hole in it? If it does you need a really long 3/32 allen key to adjust it.




If it doesn't you'll need to adjust via springs. The hammer spring is easily accessible and should do the trick, get a Madman spring kit and cut one of the springs to fit.
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Old 09-29-2013, 05:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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yep no external adjuster so i'll have to adjust with springs. I put it over the chrono today and was a smooth 285-297, I was super impressed because that was just exactly how I got it and I am sure the last guy ran it on CO2 and I run air.

The threads are sterling for sure, so I will have to find a new one in the b/s/t or something. wish it was spyder threaded I have a metric boatload of excess spyder barrels kicking around my place lol.

All in all though I completely understand why people love these things. It shot so straight and I had an easy time lining up shots, it was a blast. Would like to find a way to put a fore grip on it and making the airline a bit less obnoxious but is totally good for the time.
I did however notice a few times that the bolt would blow back slightly when firing a shot, is this a common thing with sterlings? and is there a remedy for it or just keeping your hand on the pump handle?

thanks for the response, am loving this thing so far.
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Old 09-30-2013, 07:37 AM   #4 (permalink)
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A couple of suggestion (this is just my opinion), you'll great improvements if you pick up a couple of items, a Palmers Female Stabilizer, some macro line and a couple of 90 fittings. This will help with constancy in your shots and it will help your "making the airline a bit less obnoxious" plus once you get the correct spring combination for 300 + FPS you can just go to the chrono station with a 3/16 Allen Key and adjust you FPS down with the velocity through the Palmers Stabilizer and run a macro line from the stabilizer to back of your valve body. As for your "bolt blowing back issue", keep your hand on the pump handle. When I'm running real tight in a bunker and don't want to expose my hand what I'll do is using my non-trigger hand thumb I'll hold it against the back of the bolt .

Here is a pic of my airline set-up.

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Old 10-01-2013, 05:38 AM   #5 (permalink)
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If you're interested, super_stanchy rethreads CCI barrels to be sterling threaded and he'll bore it for freak inserts as well:

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