Easy like Sunday morning – HW77K MK2 .177 "Target/Plinker"

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    JohnnyPiston
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    A true Beeman classic, of Santa Rosa vintage. 77K Mk2, original 25mm internals and a tight barrel.

    In lieu of the OEM rear micrometer sight I added a Williams FP-AG-TK aperture sight along with a Williams Target Replacement Insert  (0.050" inner hole). Original front sight ramp replaced with a Weihrauch globe sight with the lollipop insert.

    Tuned for easy and smooth 2 finger cocking using a cut down OEM high power 97 spring. The usual polish where needed, including the underlever sliding tab release. Metal tophat and OEM rear guide with polished washer, piston liner. Once preload was fine tuned, this baby did not dissapoint:

    775 fps with JSB 8.4 for 11.20 fpe

    800 fps with JSB 7.9 for 11.22 fpe

    The easy, lazy cocking effort and gentle firing behavior make this rifle a joy to shoot.

    Some pics from a couple months ago when I still had the OEM rear sight on it:

     

    And a couple pics snapped today:

     

    There you have it, my 77k Mk2 Target/PlinkeršŸ˜‰. Thanks for looking and hope you enjoyed it.

     

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    shambozzie
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    Very nice. The joy of a well tuned German springer is something every airgunner should experience  at least once in a lifetime. 

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    JohnnyPiston
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    Thanks shambozzie. I agree with you. 

    Regarding the "2 finger cocking", here's a short video I made with a brief demonstrationšŸ¤“. It really is a light and smooth cocking effort. For those that have never operated a MK2 with the sliding underlever tab detent, you can see it in action here as well:

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    thumper
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    You have great taste sir. Those are the finest spring piston airguns ever made. My absolute favorite. 

    I have two San Rafael era guns, one in .22 and one in .177. The .177 is tuned to about 11.5fpe and is a dream to shoot, as I'm sure you know! 

    I replaced the sliding catch spring in mine with a much lighter one. Makes it a little easier on the old fingers.

    That's a really nice one there, I bet it's an excellent shooter. Thanks for sharing 

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    LDamm
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    Beautiful gun and very nice shooting Jon.  Looks like you had a little cross wind to contend with also.

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    Loren
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    Beautiful classic rifles that will never go out of style.

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    270windude
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    I was planning on commenting anyway, given the catchy title of this thread as simply a shout out. However your 77 sealed the deal. That’s is exactly the kind of gun that I think of when I think about why I love airguns. Custom tuned, practical, surprisingly powerful, accurate and smooth shooting. I can’t also forget to say a bit of historical value as well. I very rarely like keeping even collector items in stock form when there’s options to “add” value.

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    270windude
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    Awesome video too btw. Some good shooting.   Out of curiosity, what distance is that to the targets from where you’re standing?

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    Lewis
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    They are beautiful!

     

    Wish I could shoot like that.

    How are you getting on with the .20 HW77?

     

    I recently picked up a first-gen that was in well-used condition. I'm sure it has been shot off a limb, rocks, car door, etc for many years. I kind of appreciate the patina. I really just picked it up to flip it, but then I shot it, shouldn't have done that… Now I'm in love with it. It even has a fair bit of twang. I should hate it, but it just shoots so well.  It is the full-length version, SOOOoo easy to cock, not much more than the weight of your arm. Right at 12 FPE with the brown box Crossman's. It is a fabulous plinker that you can hand to anyone, no fear of scratches, etc.

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    JohnnyPiston
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    thumper, thanks man. These old 77's have stood the test of time. They definitely have character compared to the newer 77s. 

    Good idea on the spring relacement for the sliding tab release. When I first received this rifle the mechanism was a bit wonky, dry and not smooth to operate. Now its good to go; smooth yet requires a purposeful push with the thumb, with that reassuring "old world" lock up. Yeah, I like the MK2's.

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    LDamm

    Beautiful gun and very nice shooting Jon.  Looks like you had a little cross wind to contend with also.

    Thanks Larry. Just a faint fall breezešŸ˜‰

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    Loren

    Beautiful classic rifles that will never go out of style.

    Indeed, this is not the rifle for full customization (Venom/AirMasters style muzzle brake , extensive mods to piston or compression tube). I also think its a classic, beautiful as is.

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    270windude

    I was planning on commenting anyway, given the catchy title of this thread as simply a shout out. However your 77 sealed the deal. That’s is exactly the kind of gun that I think of when I think about why I love airguns. Custom tuned, practical, surprisingly powerful, accurate and smooth shooting. I can’t also forget to say a bit of historical value as well. I very rarely like keeping even collector items in stock form when there’s options to “add” value.

    You bring up some good points on the attraction of air rifles, to which I'd add the cost benefit of shooting, especially when you like to shoot A LOT. 

    I wouldn't go so far to say that this was "custom tuned" however, maybe just a simple tune or old school tunešŸ˜‰. Work done was simple and straightforward. It's basically in stock form with the exception of an aftermarket piston seal and piston liner, and the original sights can always be easily added to return the rifle to its original state.

    The distance from where I was standing to the resettable target was about 16/17 yards. 

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    Lewis

    They are beautiful!

     

    Wish I could shoot like that.

    How are you getting on with the .20 HW77?

     

    I recently picked up a first-gen that was in well-used condition. I'm sure it has been shot off a limb, rocks, car door, etc for many years. I kind of appreciate the patina. I really just picked it up to flip it, but then I shot it, shouldn't have done that… Now I'm in love with it. It even has a fair bit of twang. I should hate it, but it just shoots so well.  It is the full-length version, SOOOoo easy to cock, not much more than the weight of your arm. Right at 12 FPE with the brown box Crossman's. It is a fabulous plinker that you can hand to anyone, no fear of scratches, etc.

    The .20 cal 77mk2 (an unexpected grail find this year!) is safe and sound. After unboxing I cleaned the barrel, gave it a good wipedown and shot a 5 shot group at 19/20 yards seated using JSB's- didn't even tough the scope settingsšŸ˜‰.

     

    Soon I'll install an ARH high power kit. 
     

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    Loren

    Beautiful classic rifles that will never go out of style.

    I agree completely and I hope that you are right.          Uj

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    JAMz
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    Very nice gun Johnny!

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    Fuciliere
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    Ohh nice rifle JP, always appreciate your posting, just prove that no need to get into those high ft lbs to enjoy shooting.

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    JohnnyPiston
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    JAMz

    Very nice gun Johnny!

    Thanks JAMz!

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    Fuciliere

    Ohh nice rifle JP, always appreciate your posting, just prove that no need to get into those high ft lbs to enjoy shooting.

    You got it buddy- got to enjoy spring guns for what they arešŸ˜‰. 

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    mister12ax7
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    Wow, what a beauty. Thanks for sharing.

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