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My New Hw98

Discussion in 'Airgun Reviews' started by Whitehead4272, Apr 18, 2020.

  1. Whitehead4272

    Whitehead4272 Well-Known Member

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    Just wanted to add my review of my now 3 month old HW98.
    I use my air rifles over a neighbouring dairy farm and market garden. Only 2 quarry types.
    Rabbit at 38 paces out to a hedge from edge of the milking sheds and moderate range rats around the buildings.
    I have shot over this land for 20 years, most recently with a HW100 which was a great hefting rifle, accurate and reliable but after 3 years I grew tired of the bottle filling and keeping an eye on the power tail off and decided to move the gun on to a younger shooter that sometimes joins me on the shoot.
    I wanted a good hefting gun and not keen on carbines.
    Having seen the 98 in magazines, i thought yeah looks ok ish so i took a look in my gunshop.
    It looks and feels so much better in the flesh and the handling is a joy, even before setting it up. The wood is darker than other HWs and the stippled area adds contrast but subtly due to the very dark wood.
    The stippling works, offering far better grip than the other models i tried but the most impressive aspect is the bull barrel. Its only moderate length, being semi carbine but there is plenty of weight forward from it. It steadies the aim. Lock up is easily the best i have encountered on a break barrel, with zero resonance coming from the barrel when you close it, unlike the 95/99. Its a solid clunk.
    The crown is finished well as is the breech.
    I am not one that goes in for all the tuning add ons but just clean them out first, add moly on the spring and back of piston, find the right pellet (in this case Falcon) and get shooting.
    From a bale rest, i achieved 2 groups of 1/2 inch at my 38 yard range which is as good as i was getting from the 100.
    The gun has been working flawlessly for a few months now in all conditions.
    Heavy maybe, if not a 6ft er but very steady on aim and very little recoil.
    I am not an FT shooter. There maybe better models for that but can highly recommend if after ground game/pests.
     
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    Nice little write up :thumb: Iv`e been thinking of a 98 for myself on and off for the last few months, it might be on again now lol
     
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    Nice write up buddy, thank you
     
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    Thanks for this write up very informative. I have wanted to get a 98 after shooting my brothers one and loved it , I should of bought it but it was .177 and I am a .22 Man.
     
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    A friend had a 98 in .177 and it's a tack driver. It's never been tuned just well shot in. Nice review thank you !
     
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    .177 for the task i have. If you use Express, Falcons or RS at 8 grains you cannot go wrong for long range vermin control.
    Caveat. I am NOT an FT shooter. I have little doubt there are more appropriate choices for that but as a sporting springer for vermin control, very difficult to beat for a variety of reasons.
     
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    thanks i would just be using it for targets/plinking etc i have a prosport in .22 and love that, but if i get one it will probably be in .177 cheers
     
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  10. Baldy HW98

    Baldy HW98 If at 1st you don't succeed, you needed 2 mildots!

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    Good write up and good to see another 98 fan. Mines in. 22 and has a lovely consistent groupings - 10 shots under a 5p at 30 yards. Keep us informed on how it goes
     

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    Had a 98, with a few bits done in.177. Absolutely ace rifle wish I'd never have sold it to be fair.
     
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    I had a 98 in .177, and it seemed to kick more than the .22 rifles I had been shooting, I could not get on with it, and soon sold it. Years later I discovered the HW95K in .22, loved it and added the HW98 adjustable stock for absolute perfection. Incidentally, the 98 adjustable was lighter than the 95K luxus stock that it replaced
     
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    Got a thing for the 98 just now, once this lockdown is over I may be on the hunt.......:hunting:
     
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    You won't be disappointed:up:
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    Big Al Art Newbie

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    what scopes have you got on the two guns
     
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    That 98 is a nice looking rifle
     
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    Just need a silencer on it now :)
     
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    Try very hard to overcome this you may be very disapointed. I was, twice i never learn. Now the 97 is another matter entirely.
     
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    I have also gone right off springers in .177 even though I owned a .177 TXHC for years. All I shoot now is a .22 TXHC It is so much smoother to shoot than a .177 and as long as you zero them at 25 to 27 yards I find the trajectory easier to use than a .177 zero'd at 35 yards.
     
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    Hi Whitehead I got my hw98 .177 about the same time as you mate early February, bought a simple Hawke 4-16x44 Vantage low mounts I was after a break barrel as I’ve already got a HW97kt for the ‘takes me back to being a lad simplicity’. initially the bull barrel look is what I liked so I tried one at my local rfd as soon as I cocked it, put a pellet in and that solid clunk of the barrel locking up it was sold lol. When I fired it t was deader than I’d thought too, bit of a twang heard but felt great.
    I then fitted a Rowan extra setback brass trigger same as in the 97 and shot it for a month or so and decided to have it tuned, too be honest it felt great anyway but I had my 98 done by Tony W at SFS and that shoots amazing. Anyway for a change took it to Tony Burton at AGRTUNING where he tuned and fitted a Vortek kit.
    Since I’ve had it back and obviously with the lockdown ive only shot it at about 21 yards down the garden, must have put about well over a thousand down it can’t put it down haha ! Mine likes Crossman premier 7.9 gr the boxed ones, but also JSB heavies so I’m hopefully going to get up to my permissions this weekend to try it out to further ranges to see which pellet is best.
    I love the simplicity of a break barrel and a pocket full of pellets, I think it’s got to be up there with the best break barrel available to be honest

    Anyway congratulations on a great gun mate all the best Tim .
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