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Latest model 2013/14 Weihrauch HW95 .22

Discussion in 'Airgun Reviews' started by mark.177, Jan 22, 2014.

  1. mark.177

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    felt compelled to write a review and something of my experience so far with this rifle. A purely impulse buy and purchased brand new about 4 weeks ago i had to lie to my partner about its price and the fact it was brand new! told her it cost £130 second hand.
    brand new the hw95 cost me £295 apparently the new model i bought has a revised cocking shoe linkage, new stock shape and a few other minor changes. the rifle has no open sights but does come with a weihrauch sound moderator which fits the 95's short 12 inch screw cut barrel. despite the short barrel the rifle is still quite long at 45 inches with moderator. weighing in at about 9lbs with scope fitted its not too heavy. i found the balance a little off feeling light out front but with the addition of about 100gms of weight added internally to the moderator it balances perfectly, this also reduces muzzle flip.
    some have said the trigger is a little too far forward and a bit of a stretch to reach, i have large hands and agree a set back trigger would improve things. the record trigger unit itself though is of course fantastic.

    i've never been a fan of Weihrauch stocks, i just find them all so dull and ugly but the 95's ambidextrous stock isnt too bad the finish feels a little hard/plastic and i think it would mark/scratch easily, the stock has standard chequering to the sides of the grip and forend and although beach has a nice dark stain... almost looks walnut... irrelevant though i have ordered a cs500 custom sporter stock!

    first firing of the rifle was a disappointment... cocking felt smooth and easy despite the short 12" barrel but the spring noise was awful reverberating for almost a second after firing with a loud "TWANGGGGG" a few more test shots and i was starting to regret my purchase... running it through the chrono it was consistent! first few shots using air arms fields in 5.52mm where showing over 15 shots 564-566 feet per second, 2 fps variation! and a healthy 11.36 ft/lbs... maybe i could live with the twang?... um... NO!

    it taks some guts to strip a brand new rifle... that or stupidity! but i had to look inside and see what was going on. first thing i noticed was the nylon undersized two part spring guide, no top hat but there was a thick washer at the piston end. the piston is fitted with a metal sleeve about .5mm thick but this leaves play of .5mm all round the spring. i also noticed that the revised cocking shoe was scraping the sleeve a little. removing the piston i noticed small cuts on the piston seal! it was clear this was from burs on the inside of the piston chamber. i also noted small silver slivers of metal on the piston seal and inside the chamber! i emailed weihrauch direct and reported this and they replied... offering apologies and a promise this would be looked into, they also sent me a new piston seal free of charge.

    its worth noting that i have no specialist tools to work with. i do though have a dremal, files, drill, screwdrivers, punches and other basic hand tools so set about doing what i could to improve things as far as i could, de burring the inside of the chamber was the first second was looking up custom spring guides and piston liners which was actually quite easy as found a chap on an internet auction site selling just what i wanted a quick call and £23 saw a PTFE piston sleeve, delrin top hat and spring guide in the post!
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    after cleaning the internals and removing the original metal piston sleeve (which came out quite easy) i fitted the new 1mm thick ptfe liner, tried the spring for fit and glided in nice and smooth, not to tight and no play. the only problem now was the cocking shoe as it was rubbing against the liner. using a peice of dowel the same diameter as the inside of the piston and some 250 wet and dry i spent an hour re shaping the underside of the shoe, probably taking .5mm thickness off before polishing it. now it was sliding along the chamber without galling.
    one thing i wanted to try was opening up the transfer port, weihrauchs standard was 3.1mm... i toyed with opening it to 3.5? but ended up expanding it only fractionally to about 3.2 using some 400 wet and dry wrapped around wire. i also chamfering both ends ever so slightly for this i used a dremal round metal diamond ball bit fitted into a length of dowel to reach the internal side. both ends of the main spring where polished along with the face of the front of trigger housing block that fits inside the chamber holding the spring in place.

    after cleaning everything, re lubing with molybdenum grease and re assembling with the new delrin top hat and ever so slightly wider spring guide which slides into the spring under its own weight, you dont want it too tight a fit it was time to test.
    the rifle felt a little smoother to cock... first shot and... a big smile! no twang! a little dieseling smoke was noticed but after another 50 or so shots it seemed to settle down. time to chrono first shot 576 feet per second after another 20 shots through the chrono lowest was 576 highest was 578! 11.80 ft/lbs... a little high for me but letting t settle till i cut the spring.

    now the weathers been awfull so not had chance to get out much but a break in the weather saw me out on the perm with the 95. i really wasnt sure how id get on with a .22 springer after shooting .177 pcp and rimfire? it wasnt my intention to shoot any live quarry until i new the 95's capabilities and hold over. i set targets up using a laser range finder at 25 yards, 30 yards, 40 yards and 50 yards and set to work zeroing at 25 yards with a group smaller than a 5p set as my standard for hunting! i wasnt disappointed! next 30 yards, 3 shots and again the group size remained smaller than a 5p! 40 yards and just slightly larger than 5p. 50 yards and a 3/4 inch group... i am in love with this rifle! i did try the pellet balanced on the scope turret trick and yes the pellet stays put, slides back a little and then forward but its so smooth! as mentioned above i have ordered a custom stock for it something i have never done before but after shooting it i am genuinely gob smacked at its consistency and accuracy! i dont consider it tuned as it is not but with some basic tools and little money this rifle is transformed!
    maybe once the custom stock arrives i will look at a new trigger blade? or even a buttoned piston? but it shoots so well i dont know if it needs it?
    anyways this ids the first review i have written on a rifle and sorry if it goes on a bit but i absolutely love this rifle!
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  2. john e. smoke

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    Good write up
    I wish I had done something similar in tuning mine. I ended up putting a vortek tuning kit in..... it now shoots amazing but it cost me over £60!
    I also got ukNeil to make me a reflex silencer which is heavier than hw's, also shortens the length a couple of inches.
    Last thing was a cheek riser which gives a better fit with high mounts
     
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    Yes,good unbiased write up,what's not so good is having to do it to a brand new quality manufacturers product.Sounds like you have got it spot on with impressive performance figures,well done mate nice one.You are right about that stock as well,the rowan set back trigger is supposed to make a differenceas well,not cheap but worth it on a keeper.
    andy.
     
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    thanks, have fitted a rowan set back trigger and just waiting now for my custom cs500 stock which will probably be another couple of weeks. weihrauch did send me two new piston seals free of charge which came today along with a baseball cap, two stickers, a pin badge and pellet tin holder for my trouble! new piston seal fitted today.
    fitted the trigger yesterday, it feels and looks great! i dont like the record gold trigger and the protruding gold adjustment screw its just too blingy.
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    turning out to be an expensive springer though at £550 including new stock, trigger, delrin/ptfe parts and removeable linkage pin... worth it though!
     
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    Nice write-up, Mark. If you want to sell the stock when the CS arrives, drop me a PM!
     
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    will do. help recoup some of the cost.
     
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    Great read,excellent write up with pics..Dave
     
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    Enjoyed that and a good response from HW
     
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    Did the rowan make a lot of difference.Not keen on bling myself,it's ok for a target gun,as lets be honest we all like it to look good,but a bit too expensive for a hunting set up.
    andy.
     
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    Great write up.....really enjoyed it
     
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    Great write up. I am considering buying one if these so it was really helpful to read the thread. Only thing is, as a self confessed liar, how do we know you are telling the truth about the gun ...
     
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    undecided about the trigger as havnt had time yet to get back out with it shooting. needs some fettling as even though there is sufficient play and spring tension the first stage feels a little lumpy now? so want to get to the bottom of that. one thing i will say is for £36 posted they could at least supply them with a new hardened pin and a few shims?! one problem i did notice with the extra set back trigger is you dont get much room behind it even the shorter adjustment screw they provide needed grinding down a fraction.
    it does feel better placed and looks really good and actually sets the standard stock off rather nicely, so much so that had i not already ordered the custom stock i may have kept the original... doesnt help having the tatty old tasco sat on it so that will be the next job...
     
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    Ha ha.... as soon as i work out how to use the video on my dslr and the sun comes out will try to make one. can just about operate video on my phone. am not opposed to swallowing my pride and ripping kit to pieces if its s#ite... even if i did spend my own money on it!
    wanted to do a little video showing the pellet on the scope turret and breach. as it wouldnt do it before the new guides were fitted. for a light rifle its impressive!
     
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    Great video Mark. I really enjoyed that. Hope it is first of many ...
     
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    Good video bit of an abrupt end but better than anything I've ever done. Hate to say this but pretty sure I can detect some twang?
     
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    ha yes, for got to say good bye and thanks for watching! doesnt sound twangy off camera may be the echo? its a very small room
     
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    call it ocd or something but think your right... there is some twang still:confused: it was awful before which is probably why i didnt notice it but the more i listen to it now i can here it.
    the piston sleeve is a good fit and so is the delrin top hat but i think maybe the delrin spring guide is a tiny bit loose in the spring? the only other thing i can think of to eliminate it is a buttoned piston and possibly a slightly tighter fitting spring guide?
    theres no doubt its shooting much better but i think it still needs some work.
     

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