EVOL HPS 30 HPS thoughts

Woogie, What caliber is your Paradigm?
The Paradigm is in .22. I have been shooting the 18.1 grain pellets but was nevery happy with the results. So am going back to the 25.4 grain pellets. These have been great in the rifle and I just need to get more. Well more to hold me over until I can get a slug barrel from Tom ;)
 
Well went out to a local place that has been abandoned for a few years. Have seen many jack rabbits and different birds all over the place. Decided to take my dad and my son out there to try and smack a few of them around. Took out the AAA Paradigm as well as the HPS30. Right off the bat was able to smack a sparrow at 60 yards with the Paradigm. Have some scope camera footage of it that I am working on uploading.

Went walking and found a few starlings at just under 100 yards, close to 95 or so. My dad was eager to shoot the HPS30 at something other than the steel practice plate. He lined up the shot and let a 44 grain pellet fly. He smacked the absolute bajesus out of the thing. A giant pop had all three of us giggling.

My son was feeling left out and wanted his turn. We spotted a few more birds flying around, but they didn't stick around for long. Not long enough to get a shot off. So back to the truck and off to the house. On the way back there was a water bottle left as trash. My son and dad were trash talking about who was the better shot. So we set up the tripod and they each took shots at the water bottle at 100 yards. Both were able to land shots, my dad hit the bottle in 3 shots while my son hit it his first shot.

Had a great time and my dad was impressed with the HPS30. The weight, ease of cocking, and smooth shot cycle. Let him shoot both the HPS30 and the Paradigm and asked him which he preferred......he grabbed the HPS30 and asked me how much for one! Lol


Will sadly be getting the rifle cleaned up and ready to send back to Tom. The rifle handled about everything I put it through, except the -40° weather, that honestly was borderline painful for me as well.

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My son being a bit unhappy about not being able to get a rabbit or a bird while out hunting. Well as it happened when we got home and putting things away we spotted a rabbit in the back yard. We grabbed his R5M and headed for the yard. He has been practicing and excited to get his chance at his first rabbit. He was able to line up his shot and sadly pulled the first shot. He quickly racked another round in and was able to settle down. The next shot he domed the rabbit and put it down! The smile on his face was awesome.

The first question out of his mouth was if he could get a gun like the "test gun".....so guess I am going to be selling a few guns and looking at finding a mini evol for the little guy.

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I would assume they will be the newer models. The advancements in the HPS is awesome. And honestly you are able to shoot slower if you want as well.
I wish they'd make the simpler older version with the ability to change barrels or simply add a .25 variant to that platform. I prefer the more simplistic robust original evols but I only want .25 since I don't want to have to buy multiple calibers.
 
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I wish they'd make the simpler older version with the ability to change barrels or simply add a .25 variant to that platform. I prefer the more simplistic robust original evols but I only want .25 since I don't want to have to buy multiple calibers.
All EVOLs can barrel and caliber swap, they are fully compatible with the new HPS barrel and chamber insert design.
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Older EVOLS can not accommodate the new HPS valve but this will not prevent them from using the new barrels we are releasing this year; including 25 caliber.
 
Well rifle is back on its way down to Tom. Sad day and was dreading it, but it was time.

Had a great time with it and found some details to help Tom as well. The function of the rifle is great and you guys are going to LOVE these rifles when they become avaliable.
Woogie, what was your experience with it on first round shot after the gun was sitting for a bit? Was doing some reading on another gun with a balanced valve and it sounds like its a known thing that a balanced valve can have a "dud" of a first round shot...being a hunter that would be a deal breaker for me, but I have no experience with any balanced valve guns.
 
Woogie, what was your experience with it on first round shot after the gun was sitting for a bit? Was doing some reading on another gun with a balanced valve and it sounds like its a known thing that a balanced valve can have a "dud" of a first round shot...being a hunter that would be a deal breaker for me, but I have no experience with any balanced valve guns.
Honestly I didn't see anything that would hurt it for hunting. I did see a really low first few shots after having it out in that extreme cold. But those were the only drop shots that I saw.

When I took the gun out hunting, I had my dad shoot it at 100 yards after having the rifle sit for a few days. He lined up ans put a pellet right where he was aiming.
 

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