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Good news 1983 Hw35 Back To Life

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by littleJon365, Feb 23, 2019.

  1. littleJon365

    littleJon365 Democracy unless they disagree

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    Have a few rifles at the moment that I’m trying to give a new lease of life too.
    This week I’ve been working on a HW35 dates 1983. No pitting on the metal work but was in need of a little TLC. Stock was a mess. I figured the insides would be bad but it doesn’t look like they’ve been touched since it left the production line.
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    Trigger needed stripping as it was clogged with thick grease. Some of it had gone hard and was an effort to get off to say the least.
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    The piston was thick with it as well and needed a good clean before a polish. I use a wet and dry 800 then 1200 before some bum slide is applied.
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    Once all this was cleaned up I started work on removing some of the surface rust with a little wirewool and oil. The metal work needed a little touching up some some philips cold blue was applied.
    I then started in the stock. There seemed to be a fairly good grain under all the layers and layers of stain/paint/lacquer. Took a while to take it all back before a good wipe down with some white spirit.
    I then stained with a mahogany by colron which I think can up pretty nice. This is just a bit of a hobby as I like to tinker, I’m by no way and expert like some guys on here but I enjoyed it.
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    After two stains and about 8 coats of oil and then decided just to wax and not lacquer. Not sure what would have been better but I decided to wax. After plenty of buffing here she is.
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    I’m please with how it’s looking and it’s shooting very well. Original open sites fitted back on.
    This one will now be moved on now I’ve finished as I have a line of rifles I need to Finish. Next the HW77 from 1987. Cracking little thing, metal work very good, stock and internals need a little love but should be fun

    Thanks
    Jon
     

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    Very well done, a very underrated gun. I had one and Christ, do I ever regret unloading it.
     
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    You've made a darn good job of that, I love seeing rifles brought back to life, well done to you :thumb:

    Ray
     
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    What a stunner Jon - that’s a wicked job mate
     
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    Wofty 'This is the way'

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    Bloomin' lovely that. you should be proud of yourself sir.
     
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    36 years old and still looking good.
     
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    They are pretty decent little rifles. I’ll Chrono it later and decide if I need to put some new guides in.
     
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    littleJon365 Democracy unless they disagree

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    Thanks Ray. I’ve really enjoyed giving these old rifles a new life, not to keep but just because I can’t stand seeing them rust away until they get skipped. Got a 77 to start next
     
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    Cheers mate. ‘87 HW77 next
     
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    Now we’re talking :nana:
     
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    Cheers :thumb:
     
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    littleJon365 Democracy unless they disagree

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    Bit like me, good looking for my age :cool:
     
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    Thought that would get you going...
     
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    You were really lucky with the metal work on the 35 Jon I must say - photos alone it looks like it’s just had a fresh reblack. How’s it shooting? As nice as my 35 is to look at it’s got to come appart as it’s a bone shaker at the moment.
     
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    I like the 35's ,nice one.:)
     
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    You’ve got new guides in yours haven’t you? Is it the original spring as well?
    Lucky that my spring was starright and looked in good nick. I’ll Chrono it later and a little accuracy test.
     
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    Yes mate, new guides, original spring though I had to remove a couple of coils and the piston conversion for a synthetic seal.
     
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    Lucky mine already had the piston seal done, although it was a right mess. Hooefully will shoot well, once I’m happy I’ll put it up.
     
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