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Reevo’s Hw45 Project

Discussion in 'Air Pistols' started by Reevo17, Dec 19, 2019.

  1. Reevo17

    Reevo17 Group therapy

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    Evening all,
    So rather than post every other day with something I’ve done I thought I would condense it all into one project post that I would update.

    a few weeks ago I picked up an HW45 from freeads for £125 posted. The chap selling it said it was his late fathers and needed a new spring as it hadn’t been used in a long time. It was cheap - almost too cheap but off went the money and I sat by the letter box in anticipation.

    low and behold it was a lovely 1985 HW45 in a box (and not some turd or a big F U letter). This is one of the very first HW45s made and it has the character to show its age and beauty. The Dirty Harry holster was also included!

    https://www.airgunforum.co.uk/commu...g-to-buy-a-lottery-ticket-my-new-find.281186/

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    After a few initial shots (it did work) I knew I’d have to strip it as it was full of oil and grease and dieselled.

    I thought I’d try a TBT kit and Aussie red seal and set to work cleaning every part of this 34 year old beauty! Even oiling the grips 7B11C9EE-BA35-4C59-80AC-E81F1E013E9E.jpeg D0036AEF-A42F-4F34-A9E1-BCBB8E7F881F.jpeg

    https://www.airgunforum.co.uk/community/index.php?threads/hw45-just-do-it-i’ve-done-it.284141/

    surprisingly the 45 is very easy to strip with basic tools - follow this guide if you do!

    https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/weihrauchowners/viewtopic.php?t=18643

    having previously had 2 black stars in .177 I was desperate to try a .22 barrel so ordered one up from SWS! Sure it’s a pistol, sure it’ll loop at that power but this was going to be a no pressure fun gun! And boy - I wasn’t disappointed!

    .22 is so much easier to load and gives a whopping smack! Shooting a baked bean tin at 10m even at 4ftlb (old spring with coil removed for TBT guide space) it went through both sides!

    After the strip it was like having a new pistol. No smoke, no dieselling, no loud crack and recoil like a 44 magnum. Just a gentle and silent kick in the hand - pure ecstasy!

    https://www.airgunforum.co.uk/community/index.php?threads/super-windy-day-with-80-and-45.284228/

    even on a windy day this was nearly on par with my HW40 at 10m!

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    this brings me on to present day.

    I bought a 45 stock bracket recently and had an old butchered 77 stock waiting for great things in the shed.... well the two came together today.

    I was using a sanding flapper disc in my bench drill as the paint stripper did nothing to it... well the flapper did a great job! Then onto the elbow grease of smoothing it all out, cutting the stock!! and shaping it to the pistol etc.... the hardest part was removing the raised cheek piece

    the remains of the stock will be used for a testing surface for my next crazy idea.

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    Now I appreciate that this is super compact and carbine, it was only done as a fun project. HW stock and I still have the butt pad to fit on too. The above is a modern stock that you can buy - a plank of walnut stained pine by the looks of it.... so I can easily replicate that if I find that this is too small etc...

    just awaiting the stain so I can apply that then oil! I’ll let you into a secret.... it isn’t brown.... or black... or green!

    I’ve also order some new grip screws and my black hogue grips arrived today also, although I have to wait a week for these. Sigh.

    I’ve kept her original or easily reverted back to if needs be. She will never win a beauty contest but I can say that she is mine and I now know every part of her.

    new piston seal, breech seal, transfer port seal and cylinder seal too! All the seals!

    I have a new spring for her too if I ever want to chase the 6ftlb limit but for now she is shooting very sweetly I think I might just keep her where she is.

    watch this space....
     
  2. garryt

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    Nice job buddy......:thumb:
     
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  3. Reevo17

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    Thanks matey!


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    You win the internet for today. Bring it back by 5pm tomorrow with a full tank.
     
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  5. Reevo17

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    Haha cheers mate!
     
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    Nice :)
     
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    Wow you have been busy. Whats it like with the stock on accuracy wise.
     
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  8. Reevo17

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    Not tried it yet Pete.

    Awaiting some black screws and stain first before I fully mount

    Will report back when I do!
     
  9. Blue BSA

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    Does somebody make the bracket or was it one off the original HW45's stocks?
     
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  10. CaineIsCarter

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    Looks great. I have a new one (my third, will I ever learn)? on the way but I love the appearance of the older ones with the engraved lettering.
     
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  11. Reevo17

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    Pass, I bought it from a member on here... mmamonster I think.

    Tbh they’re easy to replicate if you had the set up
     
  12. Reevo17

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    The grips are nice, my finger tip rests nicely my in it on the wrap around... consistent hold land mark

    Hope the hogues are as nice!
     
  13. Reevo17

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    Which ones do you have?
     
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    Rattymcrattyface hurrr duurrrr

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    Good stuff:)
     
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  15. CaineIsCarter

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    What I mean is, I’ve bought and sold two HW45s previously and regretted it each time :)
     
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    Rattymcrattyface hurrr duurrrr

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    Same here. I didnt 'get it' but now i do and regret it:D
     
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    Great work mate. Really looking forward to the finished article.
     
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  18. CaineIsCarter

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    It’s strange; I returned to airgunning about 6 or 7 years ago as one in a long series of midlife crises and then sold up in disillusionment after a couple of years. I’m starting to sniff around again, and while I don’t regret selling any of the rifles I had, I’ve always hankered after another HW45.

    I think it’s the sort of thing a lot of people with no other interest in shooting might buy. It’s just such a great bit of kit.
     
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  19. Reevo17

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    Same mate. The tbt guides and new seal (stops oil seeping last the hard plastic piston seal) really does turn this into a little gem!
     
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    Certainly is. Something you can put into a drawer (locked of course) for years and then bring our with the kids/ grandkids years later for a plink or hand down

    Solid, reliable.
     

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