Daystate Red Wolf Review
Whilst some dismiss the electronic action as unnecessarily complicated, the reality is that Daystate has been making electronic rifles for many years and has developed an extremely reliable platform that not only delivers consistent power and performance across the fill range, but enables enormous shot counts; at 12 ft. lbs. Daystate claims the Red Wolf will return around 500 shots in .22. The ambidextrous Minelli stocks combine elegant looks with in-the-shoulder comfort and performance thanks to a height adjustable cheek piece and three-way adjustable butt pad. The pistol grip is nicely contoured and provides excellent access to the trigger. With no sears to operate, the trigger effectively tells the computerised brain when to let go – some have likened the experience to a mouse click. In reality, although the trigger has a unique feel, it is fully adjustable for weight and travel and, like any other trigger, once gotten used to it is a joy to use. The 10-shot (five shot in .303) magazine inserts from the left hand side and self-locates thanks to the use of magnets. Daystate provides a single shot tray as well. The cap to the fill valve, which will accept a foster fit and is located underneath the forend, is also magnitised. A roundel on the side of the rifle’s action indicates the maximum fill pressure for each gun. The Red Wolf’s electronic action also allows you to choose between three different power settings – high, medium or low. In all honesty, the feature is only really of any use in high power versions as most 12 ft. lbs. shooters will leave the setting on high. Cycling through the levels is achieved by activating the safety catch, opening the side lever, which incidentally can be located on the left of the rifle as a factory option, and cycling through the menu displayed on the digital screen via the trigger. The battery is accessed by opening a flap on the underside of the pistol grip – you’ll probably need a pair of long-nose pliers to gently ease it out. The digital screen will tell you when it is time to recharge, something only necessary after several thousand shots. Carefully detach the connector to remove the battery and plug it into the provided charger. The Red Wolf is a super-high performance rifle, capable of incredible accuracy, as has been proved by the number of awards it has won, including world championships. It performs well as a hunting rifle as well. One thing to keep in mind is the fact that the electronic action will go into a sleep mode after a few minutes, requiring you to either operate the sidelever – you won’t double load – or flick the safety catch off and on to wake the rifle up again.
Daystate Red Wolf Product Range
Daystate Red Wolf B Type
The B Type is distinguished by the use of a steel bottle – either 400cc or 500cc – and as a result is a little heavier than the HiLite models and a little cheaper. The 500cc option gives an enormous 510 shots in .22 (460 in .177) at 12 ft. lbs. In all other respects, the B Type is identical to the rest of the range and while it makes a superb hunting rifle, the extra shot count will appeal to those who do most of their shooting on the range. High power options, where laws allow, include: .25 calibre 45 ft. lbs. (50 shots); .22 calibre 35 ft. lbs. (80 shots); and .177 calibre 20 ft. lbs. (195 shots).
Daystate Red Wolf HiLite
With its carbon bottle, the HiLite is regarded by many as more aesthetically pleasing than the steel-bottled B Type. In all other aspects the rifles are identical. The bottle itself is 480cc and returns a claimed 475 .22 shots at 12 ft. lbs. (420 in .177). High power options, where laws allow, include: .25 calibre 40 ft. lbs. (45 shots); .22 calibre 35 ft. lbs. (75 shots); and .177 calibre 20 ft. lbs. (165 shots).
Daystate Red Wolf HiLite HP
The high-power, or HP, versions have a longer 600mm barrel compared to the HiLite and B Type rifles which have a 430mm barrel and as a result, are slightly heavier at 3.8 kgs. and longer at 114cm. In most other aspects they are identical to the rest of the range. Designed primarily for hunting, the Red Wolf HiLite HP is available in .303 calibre at 65 ft. lbs. (45 shots). In addition, at 50 ft. lbs. The .22 and .24 will return 75 shots and the 30 ft. lbs. .177 will deliver 70 shots.
Daystate Red Wolf Safari
The Daystate Red Wolf Safari carries on the company’s tradition for producing super-high powered hunting rifles that combine brawn with sophisticated design. Featuring a re-designed barrel and upgraded electronics, the Safari is capable of extreme power levels and is distinguished by a unique rough-touch wood stock. The rifle generates 80 ft. lbs. in .303 and returns 30 shots from a five-shot magazine. The .25 and .22 also provide 30 shots at 65 ft. lbs. Whilst the 30 ft. lbs. .177 will give 70 shots.
Daystate Red Wolf Midnight
Daystate is well-known for producing some of the most attractive stocks available and has a long relationship with Minelli of Italy. In addition to the walnut handle, the company produces a couple of laminate finishes including the blue Midnight edition which blends dark blue and black shades. In all other respects, the Red Wolf Midnight is identical to the rest of the range with B Type, HiLite and HiLite HP models available. Although the stock will appeal mainly to competition and range shooters who want to stand out from the crowd, the colours blend in well with most backgrounds, making the Red Wolf Midnight a superb hunter as well.