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Recommendations please.

Post by Die Judicii » 10 Jul 2024, 9:38 pm

Hi All,
I own a Stoeger X20 in .177
Power wise I couldn't ask for more,,,,,,

But, The trigger is just downright awful, and its accuracy leaves something to be desired.

It has the factory variable scope on it,,,,,,,and tbh,, I'm not certain whether the accuracy issues are coming from the rifle itself, or the scope,,, or maybe both.
Anyway,,,, I've decided there must be something better out there that is available.

What brand/model of air rifles are considered to be very good to excellent these days. ??? :unknown:

My primary use would be waging war on the Indian Minors and the introduced Pigeons out to approx 35 meters.

With this in mind also,,,,,what caliber,,,, .177 or .22 ?

Many thanks in advance.
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Post by on_one_wheel » 10 Jul 2024, 10:10 pm

The Weihrauch HW97K is absolutely amazing

I bought one in .22 for rabbits however a .177 would be great on birds... get one of each :thumbsup:
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Post by NTSOG » 11 Jul 2024, 7:29 am

G'day,

Weihrauch air rifles are excellent and have much better triggers than most. Some are sold under the Beeman label in the US. The old HW 80 is still a good break-barrel. I have one in .177 which is brilliantly accurate and very powerful after a rebuild. The HW 90 has a Theoben gas strut in it and can be pressurised to very high levels of power so that cocking it becomes a task requiring great strength. I have two in .20. I also have a little lower-powered Anschutz in .177 which I use in my machinery shed to get rid of sparrows, etc. It's very accurate, but has a terrible trigger. I had a Hatsan which I bought out of curiosity. it was massively powerful in .22 but was so inaccurate I took my angle grinder to it and chopped it into pieces.

In general I would be looking to find a Weihrauch springer in good used condition, either the HW 80 or HW97K with under-lever cocking. I suspect springers are not as popular due to the more modern 'pressurised' air rifles on the market nowadays. Of course springers are fussy about how they are held due to the double recoil and they destroy rifle scopes that are not specially built for them.

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Post by Die Judicii » 11 Jul 2024, 8:36 am

Many thanks OOW and NTSOG to both of you.
I was over the moon when I saw both of your replies which had high regards for the Weihrauch ,,, and in particular the HW97k.

I had done some research, reading quite a few reviews online yesterday,, and it certainly seemed to be very well favoured.
You gents have been the tipping point in its favor.

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Post by bigpete » 11 Jul 2024, 9:12 am

on_one_wheel wrote:The Weihrauch HW97K is absolutely amazing

I bought one in .22 for rabbits however a .177 would be great on birds... get one of each :thumbsup:


Can vouch for this. I bought one when I was doing contract pest control and it was a great rifle. However a 22 is more versatile I found with the exception of shooting inside sheds.
I'd get a 177 for the task he wants. Bit flatter shooting and cheaper ammo and would still kill rabbits easy enough
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Post by bigpete » 11 Jul 2024, 9:16 am

Also the trigger on mine was magnificent, easily one of the best factory triggers I've used.
Only thing I didn't like was the fact the rifle could be fired without having the pellet carrier pushed into position....not good when newbies are around....
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Post by NTSOG » 11 Jul 2024, 11:26 am

G'day DJ,

The Weihrauch Rekord trigger is excellent and can be 'fiddled' in little ways. Here's a site that discusses adjusting the trigger on an HW97K.

https://www.thebushcraftforum.com/threa ... er.417739/

Before I started with powder-burners I bought several Weihrauch rifles and spent hours practising with them off the back porch. I became very comfortable with the triggers on them so when I bought a couple of Weihrauchs [.222 Rem and .22Magnum] for hunting the transfer was relatively painless.

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Post by Cooper » 11 Jul 2024, 7:00 pm

Fit birds like India mynas I’d go .177 calibre. I had one in .22 cal and just reckon there is more choice in pellets in .177 and generally cheaper.
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Post by Peterwho » 11 Jul 2024, 7:43 pm

I have two Weihrauch HW97ks, one in .22 and one in .177. Highly recommend them both but I would use .177 for your uses.
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Post by Die Judicii » 11 Jul 2024, 9:13 pm

So,,,,,,,,,,,, we're all in agreeance. :thumbsup:
Many thanks to all,,,,,,,, and thanks Jim for the trigger info.

I managed to buy one today with timber stock in EXCELLENT condition from a dealer.
A .22 cal one.
Can't complain about the dealers efficiency,,,,, I rang him at business opening this morning,, paid for it,,, and he posted it soon after midday.

Now the usual PTA wait begins. :roll: :roll:
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