After some time away from the hobby and seling off a bunch of AGs I bought one last week and (pics) shot it this weekend...
I have been away from the forum for some time. But I have been around here for about 15 years (the old one too!) and am 50 yrs old getting back into the hobby again.....
So the classic "order on a Wednesday and it arrives on a Saturday" unfolded last week. I felt a rush tracking the shipment that I remembered was regular before my "sell everything fire-sale" back last year... I have bought used in the past and am a big fan of it, however, I wanted a .20 cal springer and they are hard to find. I ordered a HW97 K in .20
Upon arrival (under heavy rain) I took it into the shop and cleaned off the bench (sort of) then looked through all the scopes that came off of the guns I had sold. I found a TAC Vector 10-40X50 and some medium-high UTG 30mm rings. Cleaned the scope rail groves and mounted it up!
Sunday the weather broke and I decided to go outside and get in a bunch of rounds just to , in my thinking, "break in" the rifle a bit. I have a huge assortment of pellets from the past - so I picked up this unopened tin of 250 pellets...
I used some other pellets to help me keep track of the number of shots. A pellet equals ten rounds fired
I was firing at my backboard and sometime at the cow bell - but not sighted in for those first 250 shots. I did take a break at 180 rounds to eat lunch. Back at it I fired of the remaining pellets and also used it as time to learn the trigger a bit.
From the old shooting table I laid it down to get some pellets for testing...
I tested five different pellets and , while I am not yet convinced, the best of the group was the Benjamin "cylindrical" 14 gr .20 pellets. They gave me the only one hole 5 shot group at the target board. Mind you it was a clover leaf one hole!
I really enjoyed myself and ended up deciding that I should fire a few shots from each of the rifles I held onto. Mind you I was no collector like some of you are. I had a bunch of PCPs (that I run off of nitrogen) and the total was about 20 rifles and pistols. I am left with , now including the HW97 K:
- TX200 .177: 12ft lb vortek tune by me and one sweet shooter
- TX200 .22 - David Slade tune and a nice walnut stock
- RWS 850 .177 converted to regulated nitrogen 13cc tank
- MountainAir Airguns : 2220 - Lothar Walther barrel .20 cal with nice shroud
2225 - Lothar Walther barrel .25 with a shroud
- AAS410 - Walnut stock, Donny FL moderator and a single shot adapter
- HW97K - .20 cal still learning its way around
Each to its own case. I spent the evening cleaning and wiping them all down. It was just a nice relaxed kind of day. We finally got a break from the heat of summer....
Thank you and I appreciate any comments.
You sir, are correct! I am already planning on doing my best to fire into the back board about 100 - 150 shots per night. If I say make the 100 shots per nights starting tonight then I will have 300 more pellets to help it settle in a bit before I shoot it for target and knock down targets this weekend!
So that brings me to my question. I am not able to afford a tune right now - but would like one in the future. I have tuned one of my TX200's with a 12 ftlb vortek kit and done a trigger job etc years and years ago. Pleasure to shoot that one is...
But the question is about how many pellets simply fired through a springer to get it to its point of settling down a bit does it take??
I do know that every rifle is different etc.
Should I dissemble and clean and re lube first?
Ah - the questions start flowing again!
Hi John! I can't speak for anyone else and I shoot strictly for the pleasure and challenge of shooting 5-shot benchrest groups but (for me), it's a waste of time and pellets to do anything differently waiting for the rifle to break in. I concentrate just as much on the first 5-shot group as I do on any other. I know there will be other opinions and that's fine. Some may feel it's a waste of time testing pellets for accuracy until the rifle is broken in but that raises the very question you're asking: "How many shots until it's broken in?" I think the better rifles will need minimal break-in. If you're not shooting in competition, just have at it on the knockdown targets.
If you're not uncomfortable with disassembly, you will sleep better knowing you've cleaned and lubed the internals properly. Again, the better rifles may not need it but it certainly can't hurt knowing you've done the job to your standards.
When you test pellets for accuracy, I would suggest you do it indoors if possible; if you test outdoors, be sure to use wind flags or every pellet will appear to be inaccurate.
Be sure to enjoy each squeeze of the trigger -- that's a quality rifle so don't just throw away any shots. And I like that scope too; I have 5 of them myself. Have a great time!
Super - Thank you for your feedback. I plan on getting in more trigger time this weekend. I would like to tear it down first - need to research that a bit as I am comfortable with a TX200 tear down but don't want any surprises with the HW97K.
Shot it some last night and it is still dieseling some... I must not have noticed the smell and or smoke last time I shot all those rounds as it was rather windy...
I think/feel that the best approach is likely to tear it down and inspect it then clean it and reassemble... I have enough moly to lightly grease the mainspring
From what I have been able to find out since it is a full power (FAC) I need to be VERY careful when unthreading the end cap and likewise know the proper techniques for threading it back on with out a spring compressor...
I hope/plan to tear it down tonight and get at least that far. Then I can clean and reassemble tomorrow night and shoot this weekend...
Any input is greatly appreciated!