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    Default Is the Weihrauch HW30S all its cracked up to be?

    Having two grandsons I wished to add an air rifle that can be used by a 6 year old. I have a very old Diana 25 that can be used but I was looking for something that they can grow up with.

    So looking at the much recommended HW30S what does it offer over other makes of similar weight and power.
    It is has all metal construction with a very neat ambidextrous stock and is very well made. The cocking action is smooth and light
    and has the well respected Rekord trigger. The blueing and stock finish is of the same standard as the larger HW air rifles.

    Now as this is to be a training air rifle it will only be used with open sights at 10m . So I wondered how accurate it would be using the
    very good open sights. (supplied with 6 foresight elements in a neat envelope attached to the trigger, took me a while to find them )

    Weihrauch HW30S

    After I had cleaned the barrel and run about 50 pellets through it. I tried my hand at some targets and an acceptable group was obtained
    using JSB 8.44 gn pellets. I am sure an even smaller group can easily be obtained .
    The rifle is a pleasure to handle and standing shots are easy due to its size, weight and very good balance.
    The Rekord trigger is set light measured at average pull of 1.55 lbs using my homebuilt trigger pull and this helps with shot to shot consistency.

    Note : Photo shows trigger pull of another target air rifle

    Due to the very low recoil and light cocking action I wondered what power the HW30S was putting out.
    Time for the Shooting Chrony and using JSB Exact 8.44gn the following figures were obtained
    Lo 531.9 Hi 553.5 Av 539.7 ME 5.46 ft/lb

    So now my so called full power HW30S was looking like a target 7.5J model and I remembered seeing a strange mark on the box description

    and then looking on the internet saw that the "F" was the German mark for a 7.5J model. The pentagram symbol which confirms this can be seen on the compression tube.

    So now what to do as I wished to use the rifle for more than just paper targets at 10m.
    I contacted TW Chambers and ordered a UK spec spring ( 9J or 7 ft/lb )

    Part 2 will be my impressions of the HW30S with a standard HW 9J power spring

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    Thanks for the review.

    But, naah, the HW30 is a 7.5J rifle through and through, if you want 16J go with a HW50

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    An amazing little rifle in its class good for old and young alike use it as it was designed for
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    Thanks for the review.

    I am a great fan of the HW30S , I have 2 of them , they are my favorite air rifles.

    I agree with CK , leave the power as it is , this rifle is all about accuracy and sweet shooting , they perform superbly with the factory open sights.

    These rifles usually start performing at their best after about 500 pellets have been put through them.

    These rifles are precision instruments , do NOT make the mistake of only thinking of them as a rifle for children , they are not.


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    I'd have to agree with those who said its best as is.

    This is my 2 cents:

    I bought one through the mail from The Airgun Shop, together with BSA Essential AR 3-9/40, and then bought JSB Exact Express .510 g / 7.78 gr from Sharp Edge Sharp Shooter in Sandton City.

    That combination, after some sighting in and practice, is deadly up to 30 m.

    The gun is well-priced, beautifully made, and solid but still light, and has almost no recoil when firing the light Express pellets.

    I'm no expert marksman, so I won't be posting any groups, but its very accurate, even in the hands of someone with little training.

    For distances beyond 30m I would not recommend it, but up to and including that range, shooting the JSB Exact Express pellet, it is perfect for targets, plinking and applicably sized PC targets.
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    Does the BSA Essential AR 3-9/40 have mildots? I have a little Hawke 4x32 on my 30s with mildots and plinking at 50m is easy
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    It does have mildots, so if you have steady hands you can reach out further.
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    The 30s is a fine rifle, I donít think it can be beat at its price point especially for youngsters learning to shoot. As as an added bonus, it is a fantastic rifle for shooting round the homestead.

    i agree 100% with CK, no need to put in more powerful spring - rather buy a different rifle if you want to juice it up. I bought the vortex kit with JohanMK and it never left itís packaging because the standard setup was that good.

    I once had a 30s that Mze waved his wand over and it literally put 10 pellets through one hole at 10 meters.

    i regret ever selling my first 30, Iíve owned a few since then and they were all fantastic but sentiment and all that stuff.
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