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HW77 Autumn Forrest laminated stock

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    Jonnes
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    I’ve been a huge fan of German rifles for as long as I can remember. I’ve owned a HW80, HW50s and HW30s. But I’ve had my eye on a HW77 for quite some time now. So I finally went out and bought one with a thumbhole stock. I’ve always wanted the Special Edition Autumn Forrest, but you can’t find those with the older model stock, which I like a hell of a lot more than the newer version. So this is what arrived last week. A fine shooter, that needed just a little tuning on the insides.

    After shooting with the scope for a while, I removed it again to do some plinking with open sights. Well, that was a huge disappointment. The cheek piece is too high (the thumbhole stock was originally made for the HW97, that doesn’t have open sights). So I went out to look for an original HW77 stock. And guess what… someone had an old model Special Edition Autumn Forrest for sale, in brand spanking new condition. So naturally I coulnd’t resist and had to buy it.

    There are a couple of things I really like about the HW77. First of all, the fixed barrel is a huge plus, simply because it’s more accurate. I didn’t buy the carbine version but regular one, so all and all it’s rather long. But the advantage is that with the longer barrel in combination with a rear sight that can be moved all the way to the back of the stock, it results in a very long line of sight, improving accuracy. I’ve ordered a 11mm dovetail to weaver rail so I can put a scope on it (with weaver quick-detach mounts) whenever I want to do some more accurate long-range shooting. But primarily I’ll use this plinker with open sights. With the low-profile weaver rail I don’t have to remove the rear sight, making this an ideal rifle for long plinking sessions.

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    JohnL57
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    That’s a beautiful stock! A 77K or 97K is near the top of my wish list. I was fortunate enough to find a used R10 Deluxe stock for my R9 a while back.

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    Jonnes
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    Love those classic lines, nice stock John!

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    Brewski
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    I like the classic stocks as well…they just work.

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    Jonnes
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    They do indeed.

    Made some minor adjustments to the rifle. I added a low-profile weaver rail and mounted a 6-24×56 scope on it with quick-release mounts. Makes it extremely easy to switch between shooting open sigts, or scoped. The fun level just went up by 100 points! 😀 

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    Jonnes
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    Also a small update on my HW77. As with my TX200, I also installed a Tinbum delrin guide rod and spacers. It went up from 7 joules to 10 joules without any negative effects, recoil wise. I also polished the piston and cylinder, resulting in noticeable smoother cocking and shooting. Agreed, it isn’t a power house, but the level of fun with this thing is tremendous! You can shoot it all day without getting tired, and in the accuracy department this thing is amazing. I can shoot matches at 20 meters all day with this thing, it’s has even become boring at that distance. So being able to remove the scope with two clicks, and try the same thing with open sights, gives you an extra challenge. 

    If all the spring piston rifles I own and have owned, the TX200 and the HW77 are absolutely the best springers ever, bar none! I even tend to have a slight preference for the HW77, even though the TX200 is a lot easier to maintain and is the absolute winner when it comes to craftsmanship. I can’t really explain why, but the HW77 is my grab-gun of choice and in the few weeks I’ve owned it, I’ve shot 2 tins of lead through it.

    Honestly, if you don’t yet own one, or if you want to start with air rifles, get a HW77. They’re not as cheap as some other brands, but they will last you a lifetime and they’re FUN FUN FUN!!! I’ve owned well over 50 spring piston air rifles over the past 3 decades, but this thing beats them all.  😀 

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    LGswift
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    Just picked up one of these. Do you happen to know what brand or model of scope rail you have?

    Cheers!

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    Jonnes
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    Sure thing @lgswift, I bought this one at Krale Schietsport in The Netherlands. They ship globally.

    https://www.krale-schietsport.nl/en/mounting-rail-umarex-dovetail-to-weaver-picatinny.html

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    Windmill01
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    I concur with your appraisal of the HW77 Jonnes, I’m totally rapt in mine very accurate and a pleasure to shoot. I have found it however to be fussy with head sizes of the H&N FTT pellets I use. It’s a 22 cal. Also I need to replace the spring with a lower power version as after about half an hour or so of plinking cocking gets a bit tedious. But I won’t be selling it. I also blinged it up a bit with stainless stock and trigger screws. Your rifles by the way look amazing.

    Gary

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