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Retropug's Hw35e

Discussion in 'Gun Gallery' started by RetroPug, Jul 25, 2020.

  1. RetroPug

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    I'm completely new to the sport, and after having done a fair bit of research I decided that I wanted a springer, specifically a Weihrauch and preferably an older one.

    On Monday after work I picked up this 1980 .22 HW35E from Paul Chell off here:


    It's a lovely rifle, and exactly the kind of thing I was hoping to buy. It has a few marks here and there on the stock, and a couple on the metalwork but nothing major, especially not for a 40yo rifle and I bought it to be used so that's no issue at all.

    It also came with a scope & mounts, and a rifle slip. I've since bought some open sights from Oilman on here, and have a mounting screw on the way from an online vendor for it so I can shoot with those.

    After having a play on Thursday once some RWS superdomes had arrived in the post with just a front sight to check it's firing well etc. and hitting a few cans despite the huge parallax error, today I had time to fit the scope and try zeroing it.



    Initially I struggled, as I wasn't hitting the paper at all! Started adjusting the scope and used more paper beneath the target and realised the scope was aiming way higher than impact.

    Fine. I made adjustments and kept getting closer:


    I then ran out of scope adjustment. With the height wound all the way out, it was still hitting slightly low at 9M distance. Pointless, as at longer ranges I'll never be able to zero. I assume I haven't mounted the scope well, so my next session I'll remount it and try again.

    Just before calling it a day, I dialled in the windage/left&right and placed quite a few pellets just to see how consistent I could get. Windage was all good, and I was getting pellets in pretty much the same place just below where I was aiming, although the paper was riddled by then so it was getting hard to tell.

    So, I got a fresh one and knowing it would be a bit under I decided to just see if it definitely was consistent and accurate:


    Yes, happy with that, and the distance downward is how much my zeroing is out. So, if I can remount the scope and zero it properly, I should be shooting accurately at a short distance (9M).

    My plan is to go to Thurlaston's air rifle range soon, but want to do the initial setup and playing around first to catch silly things like not having enough scope adjustment!

    So, next time this will be coming off and being mounted again carefully. Hopefully it's an error, rather than unsuitable mounts etc:

     
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  2. mikeyhall1

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    To be honest mate I’d expect it to be low at 9m, the pellet still has an upward flight well beyond that so at longer ranges you should be ok mate.
     
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    I think the 35 was unique for barrel droop with optics especially one of that vintage
    I bet she'll shoot fine on irons and will need the rear scope mount shimming up from underneath
    The old way was with a piece of film negative (remember those:D) or its modern equivalents

    This raises the back which shifts the cross hairs down which means you lift the point of aim to bring you back into scope's adjustment range

    All my old 35's did this:up:
     
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    Thanks. I thought barrel droop might be something to do with it, but one thing I've learned in engineering is that the idiot using the equipment is usually the first thing to check!

    It may well be suitable at range but ideally I don't want everything right on the edge of adjustment. I've got some very thin brass sheet somewhere that might do the trick.

    Really looking forward to getting out with it!
     
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    Kitchen foil is also good
     
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    Nice rifles need pics though:D:up:
     
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    Nice tip, thanks!

    Are the pictures in the first post not showing?
     
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    No pics showing buddy
     
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    Should hopefully work now. They're in there but media was private so hopefully updated now.
     
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    Nice classic :up:
     
  11. mikeyhall1

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    Can see it now mate, very nice indeed. :thumb:
     
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    A proper air rifle!!!!!! :) :thumb:
     
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    If you don't want to put too many (uhh... More than one maybe?!) layer, try to cut some from a plastic bottle, like the Nestea would be a good source which I used that on my 35E too...
     
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    Try another scope that is on low or medium mounts.

    From the angle of the pic it appears to be a bit of a dropper.
     
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    Yesterday I made two brass shims:


    They insert into the rear scope mount like this:

    Both are now fitted, but I have not yet had a chance to zero with them. If I have adjusted the rear of the scope too high, I can remove one shim:
     

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