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Finally Got An Fwb 300s

Discussion in 'Gun Gallery' started by DrGunn, Oct 13, 2019.

  1. DrGunn

    DrGunn Engaging Member

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    I’ve wanted one of these superb air rifles for about 20 years but for one reason or another never quite got around to getting one. This has now finally been resolved and I’m the proud owner of a nice 1975 vintage example (I believe from the serial number - almost exactly the same age as my FWB 65).
    The metal is pretty good - a bit of patina, especially on the barrel, and a little surface rust on the compression chamber but not at all bad for a 44 year old gun. The stock seems to have its original finish with a bit of wear near the cocking lever and on the opposite side of the fore end. I was told it was regularly serviced and it has obviously been well looked after. It came with the matching manual, FWB adjustment tool, FWB sticker, a rubber eye cup and the seller even threw in a glove and sturdy home made hard case!
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    It looks like there is some nice grain on the stock but the original finish doesn’t make the most of it. I’m tempted to strip the lacquer and re-finish with oil to bring this out properly but on the other hand it’s pretty good as is and its all original - what are people’s opinion on this? At some point I’ll probably strip it down and polish the rust off the compression chamber but I think I’ll leave the rest of the metalwork as is.
     
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    Looks really nice, I love these old target rifles, hope you have fun with it!
     
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    That looks like a nice piece of walnut. I’d struggle to resist stripping that and oiling it!
     
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    mikeyhall1 2018 Forum Nice Guy - Pepe Le Pew

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    That is seriously nice
     
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    I like the look of that. Wood on it is very nice too
     
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    Kevin2306 Donator

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    That’s lovely.
    I’ve just got my 300su back from Dave Price and it’s even better now (plus I feel a lot better knowing he’s stripped, inspected and rebuilt it with genuine FWB service items).
    I’m just about to get mine out and do some 20mtr targets in the garden (shooting from the kitchen table as it’s persisting here)

    Enjoy

    Kev
     
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  7. Cinimod

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    Strip, strip, strip. I'm glad you've finally got one as they are a class bit of kit. I'm always on the look out for one (that corresponds to when I've got free cash) that needs a bit of tlc as good ones go for a tidy sum.

    What diopter sight has it got on it?...............dom
     
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    just give it a good service but keep it as it is,It's only original once
     
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  9. DrGunn

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    That’s why it took me so long to get around to it. I figured the prices are only going up and they are getting less and less common.

    It’s fitted with the original FWB sights.
     
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    you can strip it at any time, you can never make it original again, looks great as it is
     
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    I think I’m going to leave it as is for now and get some pellets through it, I can always re-finish it later. I gave it a good wipe down with Ballistol and the metalwork is even better than I had previously thought - it was mostly just dirty.
     
  12. Wofty

    Wofty 'This is the way'

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    Lovely, lovely gun.
    I'd put some lead through it then refinish the stock.
    That grain is just raring to be revealed to its full glory.

    How many vintage cars are still utterly original? Barely any as they'd be in the dirt by now. A sensitive restoration is no big deal.
    There were thousands of these guns made. They're not exactly bespoke one off's.
     
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    True, a good point well made. I have a few other projects to finish first so any serious work may be a way off...
     
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