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Hw45 @ 42 Yards

Discussion in 'Air Pistols' started by Kadushu, Jun 17, 2019.

  1. Kadushu

    Kadushu Engaging Member

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    The topic of HW45 accuracy came up in another thread a few weeks ago which got me wondering how far it could be stretched. So in the interests of science I've spent half an hour or so trying to hit a baked bean can at 42 yards with standard open sights. Is it possible? Absolutely! Is it easy? No.
    In the end I was hitting it pretty reliably from a rested position. I commited a 5 shot group to paper to give an idea of the spread. As you can see, you could place a tin can over 4 out the 5.
    IMG_20190617_203548696_HDR.jpg

    So in conclusion, for a spring pistol I reckon the HW45 is remarkably accurate and possibly with better optics that group could be tightened up further. In the past I've always found it very capable at more sensible ranges - shooting off thistle heads at 20yds is entirely within its remit. If you don't have one, get one!
     
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    It's a fantastic pistol no doubt, just the cocking effort that puts me off it a bit. My mate bought a new one so maybe it's still quite stuff but it's tough going cocking it repeatedly
     
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  3. Kadushu

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    It definitely gets easier with use. Not sure how much it's the pistol loosening or your muscles growing!
     
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    pjgtech You're only Supposed to Blow the Bloody Doors Off!

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    Nice one buddy.....A guy at our range has a HW40 and can hit a 2" bell at 47m (max range length) with it.... another guy has an open sighted Weihrauch rifle, not sure which one, and he hits shotgun cartridges at 47m.... I struggle hitting those with a scope.... :facepalm:
     
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  5. Kadushu

    Kadushu Engaging Member

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    Outstanding! Not sure I could see a 2" target at 47m!!
     
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    Pugwash Post apocalypse

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    I haven’t got an HW45 (yet, it is definitely next) but for those who have a 40 and a 45 how much difference is there in the cocking effort. I haven’t had a go with a 45. The 40 takes a bit of effort but is a knack you soon get the hang of.
    Is the 45 harder or about the same?
     
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    Good shooting be interesting how much differene a little pistol scope would make, they are great pistols once you learn them.
     
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    I don't find much difference between the 2 really.
    Obviously the effort on the 45 is opening it up but the 40 is when closing.
    I much prefer shooting the 40 though
     
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    So you did you or didnt you hit a baked bean can? Putting a peeled plum tomato can next to 5 shots in a piece of paper where you hit isn’t quite the same thing, where were you aiming?
     
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    I love my 40 but just feel like I need a 45. I like the idea of the smoke and noise but I guess the novelty will wear off when I discover I can’t hit a barn door with one. Just an itch that needs scratching.
    If I end up with one airgun though it will always be the HW40.
     
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    I've always found the 45 accurate.
    I must admit I don't find it difficult to cock, might be technique. I rest it on my thigh & push the top/barrel up & over. If I try doing it like say Webley recommended for their Premiers/ Tempests etc - holding the gun near the chest, then I find it more difficult.
    I hope that's clear, I think I've explained it very badly :confused:
     
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    I find that after shooting the 45 for a bit the 40 feels super easy/accurate. Cocking effort is similar but in opposite directions.
     
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