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    Default Weihrauch HW55

    This is one HW spring rifle that I have not previously had the pleasure of trying out, the HW55 target rifle:





    It is a break barrel rifle with a locking breech - the locking lever can be seen on the left side just before the tip of the fore-end. Rotate it forward to unlock the barrel ready for cocking. It is way better than the HW35 barrel lock, I do think it is a pity HW didn't carry this barrel lock design onto some of their other break barrel rifles.

    There are several variants of the HW55 depending on stock style, this version is the CM so I am told. I have also seen the Tyrolean stock and the MM as well as a the beech stocked basic model.

    The rifle is a reduced power variant of the HW50, this particular example is currently giving 540fps with JSB's, but the spring is looking a bit tired and the general information I have found on this model of rifle suggest a healthy example should be yielding 600fps or just over.

    A new spring has been ordered and will be fitted shortly.

    The stock has had its original varnish removed as it was fairly scratched and scruffy looking, it is seen here with the first coat of oil rubbed in.

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    dale, is the internals the same? ie: can one splap this spring into a 50s and have a 600fps 50s? Should almost eliminate recoil. May be great for BR
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    Quote Originally Posted by JTK View Post
    dale, is the internals the same? ie: can one splap this spring into a 50s and have a 600fps 50s? Should almost eliminate recoil. May be great for BR
    HW50S and recoil in one sentence??

    Dale that must be very accurate.
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    HW50S and recoil in one sentence??
    If you shoot my Gecado for instance which is lighter and runs at 620fps. You will see what I mean. That said I will make a heavy target stock for the 50s still which should counter a lot.
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    dont know about the spring, ...both the HW50 and HW55 were made with 25mm chambers, but they recently started making the HW50 with a 26mm chamber. So there are OLD hw50 (25mm) and new HW50 (26mm)

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    Quote Originally Posted by JTK View Post
    If you shoot my Gecado for instance which is lighter and runs at 620fps. You will see what I mean. That said I will make a heavy target stock for the 50s still which should counter a lot.
    Fair enough, it has more recoil than either of the sub 600fps gun's i use. However compared to the other springers I've used there simply is no recoil. Think full power HW90.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JTK View Post
    dale, is the internals the same? ie: can one splap this spring into a 50s and have a 600fps 50s? Should almost eliminate recoil. May be great for BR
    First bear in mind this rifle was made circa 1978.

    To the best of my knowledge the piston is the same as in an HW50 of the same vintage, and I would guess the body tube is common for both, with the 55 featuring some extra machining for the barrel lock.

    I would say you wouldn't need to fit the spring from one of these into a 50, just shorten a 50 spring and refinish the end - should give you the equivalent result.

    Quote Originally Posted by Johan Mk1 View Post
    Dale that must be very accurate.
    It only arrived on Tuesday, so have not gone out to the range yet, but trying at 6 yards at home, it was giving indications of being very capable.

    If the weather holds out over the weekend, I will give it a try at 10 and 15 yards to see how good it can be.

    Quote Originally Posted by JTK View Post
    That said I will make a heavy target stock for the 50s still which should counter a lot.
    Don't be fooled by appearance - the stock on the 55 is not as heavy as it looks.
    Last edited by Dale; 20-08-10 at 09:34.

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    Jip Andre, saw that some time ago. seriously thinking of it.
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    This model was apparently Herr Weihrauch Sr's all time favourite and always the one he picked up first. Do you intend moving it to the "Airgun related items for sale/wanted" forum any time soon, Dale? if you do, remember I enquired first, please.

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    Here are other HW55's by comparison:

    HW55S



    HW55MM:



    HW55 Luxus:



    HW55T:

    Last edited by Dale; 20-08-10 at 09:48.

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