Customary with many Gamo rifles, the Swarm Maxxim is has a gas-piston power plant featuring Inert Gas Technology (IGT). This technology will give airgunners up to 1300 fps with only 30 lbs of cocking effort, but the real excitement is in the 10 round Quick Shot rotary-style magazine. This exclusive combo from Airgun Depot includes the Gamo Swarm Maxxim rifle, upgraded UTG BugBuster 4x32 CQB compact rifle scope with 36 color illumination, and a set of compatible Leapers Accushot rings.
Gamo Swarm Maxxim Combo Features
- 10 Shot Repeater
- Gas-piston power plant (IGT--Inert Gas Technology)
- Rifled steel barrel
- Whisper Maxxim Sound Suppression technology
- Recoil Reducing Rail (RRR) maximizes scope lifespan with 99.9% recoil compensation
- 11mm scope rail with scope stop
- SWA (Shock Wave Absorber) recoil pad reduces felt recoil by up to 74%
- All-weather ambidextrous stock
- Custom Action Trigger (CAT) independently adjustable 1st and 2nd stage, allows you to tailor your trigger.
- Combo Includes: Rifle, UTG 4x32 AO Bug Buster & 1" Leapers Accushot High rings
ordered one with 2 mags.
Like any airgun you have to get to know its likes, dislikes, and pellets it favors over others. I have read a lot of bad reviews, experiences, about this gun and I feel most of those were from people with just not
enough patience, or time, to get to know this gun. I love this gun, but it has taken time to learn it for its true potential. I have shoot 8 different swarms all .22 cal so this will be for that caliber. I shoot to a maxim of 40 yrds
most times so this will cover that range and some to 50yrds just for testing purposes. I have shoot this gun to 75 yrds, but in my opinion that's max for a humane kill with it shooting 16 gr. pellets. I tested with the included
scope and a Centerpoint 3x9x32.
Shooting and barrel conditioning,
So I set up target at 25 yrds and just did a basic scope sight in with the supplied scope. Not a terribly bad scope but could use a much better one. Grouping at this yardage using Crosman 14.3 gr. round nose pellets was
1 to 1.5 inches. I wasn‚€™t disappointed with this for the first few rounds. Some barrels condition up with 100 to 200 rounds, some take more as we all know. This particular one took almost 400 rounds to get the grouping
consistent to a 1/4 inch shooting 10 pellet groups, of course there was the occasional flyer which i left out for grouping measurements. I‚€™ll talk about how I prep my pellets later.
Holding, and resting, the gun for accuracy,
So once i started getting consistent groups I played wit different types of bag rests, and holding the gun loose and tight. This gun is not that picky for this but it takes practice, practice, practice to find the best way for you
to become consistently accurate with it. I shoot from a sitting position most of the time off a modified tripod rest, or table, so I will explain how this works best for me and the fill in the bags I found this gun liked best,
Yes that's right I try different media in my rest bags and it truly does make a difference in accuracy with airguns. Ill explaining my testing of this for this gun. as well ans the padding i tested for my tripod mount as well.
I have found white rice to work best for me so that is what I started with and it seems to love that best. I used light media and my grouping was very bad. I used sand and same results, Grass seed and wasn‚€™t to bad but still
not consistent as it was with rice. I use a firm hand grip with a gentle shoulder pressure with the stock resting midpoint on the bag and that works for me. But like I said you have to play with this gun to find what works best
for you but you will be rewarded with a very nice gun if you are patient and learn you gun. I have several friends that have bought this same gun and some find it great, some have cussed at me for getting one and they have
brought them to me to shoot and tune for them. I have worked on 8 of them so far and all of them shoot great for me. but learning your gun takes time and patience and I have a lot of that.
I have found that all of the ones
I have shoot like the same way I rest, and hold, them for me and all are just as accurate, but with different pellets
Pellets I have tested these guns like, Dislike,
Basic pellet conditioning to start with is washing and sizing all my pellet skirts, I dont worry to much about head size as long as there 5.50 min. and 5.53 max. This gun doesn‚€™t seem to be affected by that size for accuracy in
my tests. some like Crosman, some JSB, some Beeman, but not a one likes the h&n pellets. Some will even shoot Ruger superpoint 17 grain, Mine loves them, just fine and others miss the target completely. So each barrel likes
something different. Just because its your favorite pellet doesn‚€™t mean this gun will like them. I couldn‚€™t get a single Gamo pellet to shoot decent groups from any of the 8 Maxim‚€™s I shot. Not sure why but they don't like them
I shot 4 different Gamo pellets and the only ones that grouped decent at 25 yrds were the rockets. 3/4 to 1 inch groups firing 10 for measurement. Odd they make the gun and their own ammo doesn‚€™t work well with the
ones I tested. You may have better luck but I sure didn‚€™t. I have ordered the new JSB Hades pellets and have yet to test them but they look promising to me if conditioned properly for my gun, I hope. LOL.
How I conditioned different pellets for testing for best accuracy for each type of pellet,
This is rather in depth and will cover a lot with this gun and how it performs the way I do my barrel and pellets for accuracy depending on the range I will be shooting at, as well as the pellet I am choosing to shoot that day.
So i‚€™ll start with shooting at home for squirrel, House sparrow, control at 25 yrds. I primarily use crosman round noise, and hollow points, for this at 14.3 gr. at a velocity of 748 fps. They are deadly accurate and rarely do i
ever need a follow up shot. These pellets are washed first, Sized skirts, and lubed lastly. I use a 2 cycle oil for lube and do it a certain way so as not to get them over oiled. Over lube can cause sever in accurate pellet groups.
I will shoot these pellets out to 40 yrds this way.
Now I shoot the Ruger super point 17 grn with no lube and just washed and sized. They dont group well when lubed. To condition my barrel for these pellets I run a few patches soaked with GOO GONE just for a light cleaning
of the lube then run a few dry patches through to clean any excess Goo Gone off.. After shooting 2 to 5 pellets they come into play very nicely and group well for me. i use this pellet for Rock chucks, Yellow bellied marmots as
some call them, for penetration and deliver a very distinctive wallop on impact.
The JSB‚€™s I use occasionally I condition same as the crosman and weights from 14 gr to 18 gr shoot very nicely as well, The JSB‚€™s are a softer lead than the hard lead from crosman, Ruger, so skirt sizing must be done carefully for these
Now about the Magazines every one complains about,
I, like many others, hated this magazine when I tried to load shorter pellets into it. They would not slip into the magazine all the way without using a lot of force or a small plunger to load them in it. Well after about 400 rounds they
loosen up enough that now all my pellets slide in nicely and fit snug still. Love loading this magazine now, Quick and easy. 400 pellets to loosen it up was a pain but worth it. I can easily slip shorter, or longer, pellets into them
with ease. So even if you don‚€™t shoot every day like me just run pellets through it while your sitting relaxing and before you know it you will be as content with them as I am.
The auto loader,
I have never had an issue with the loader, Pellet feeder, in over 4000 pellets of different head sizes from 5.50 to 5.53 ever. I know some have . But all 8 i have shot, tuned, worked on and with have feed flawlessly for me. It is a bit to learn
the best way to disengage it for barrel cleaning though. Other than that I like it a lot.
The CAT trigger,
We all know we like our trigger feel different. So this is just a set up i do for myself and what i like.
Well right out of the box the trigger is pretty good for 1st, 2nd, stage adjustments. However Gamo could still refine it a bit more, But for $200.00, I got mine for $154.00 shopping around, it is pretty darn good. I shoot it for a couple
hundred rounds like it came. But once my groups started to come around I removed it and polished the innards to take off the rough edges as well as adding a longer second stage adjusting screw. Now my trigger releases at just under
a pound at 15 oz and it has an almost hair trigger. I release the safety and its glass smooth with just a slight feel of the second stage restriction just before it releases. I love it this way and set all my triggers up similar for my tastes.
Finishing this up,
I‚€™m not a pro at this but I do know it takes time, and patience, with any air gun, they all shoot pellets, but that‚€™s all the have in common‚€¶ every one is different in its own way and taking the time to know your gun makes it as accurate as
your capable of. If you expect miracles from it you better be the miracle shooter to make that happen. Few are. But you can make a Miracle happen with it for you if you devote your self to knowing your gun.
I hope my review, researching, of the Gamo Swarm Maxim can give it the real credit it deserves as it truly is a nice, accurate, air rifle.
A few clicks higher POI and I consistently make 2 10 round groupings at 40 yards.
The auto feed magazine is a sweet time saving component, and the 22 cal has good hitting power.
Not loud, not heavy and not hard to cock. This is now my favorite air rifle.
Tip; buy extra magazines.
0.22Caliber 0.22 CalVelocity 975 fpsLoudness 3-MediumMag Capacity 10
0.177Caliber 0.177 CalVelocity 1300 fpsLoudness 3-MediumMag Capacity 10