The RWS 350 Feuerkraft .22

Monday, December 13, 2010

The RWS 350 Feuerkraft

You know how a kind word from a friend can change your outlook on an entire day? Well, the RWS 350 Feuerkraft did the same kind of thing for me.

Let me explain: I had been feeling a bit gloomy about my springer shooting skills after testing several .25 models. I simply couldn’t master shooting them really well at longer ranges, and I thought perhaps I had lost my springer shooting “mojo” altogether.

But then came Brown Santa (the UPS guy) with a long slim package with the RWS 350 Feuerkraft in .22 caliber inside. I pulled it out of the box, slapped a scope on it, and went outside to give it a few shots. We’ll get back to what I discovered in just a little while, but first let’s take a walk around the RWS 350 Feuerkraft (350F for short).

The stock is fully ambidextrous.

The 350F is a long air rifle, 48.375 inches from muzzle to butt pad, and it weighs 8 lbs without scope. It has a slim hardwood stock that is fully ambidextrous and unadorned by any checkering on any other decoration. At the extreme aft end of the stock is a black rubber recoil pad attached to the stock by a black plastic spacer. Moving forward, ahead of the pistol grip is the black plastic trigger guard which encloses a black plastic trigger that is adjustable for first stage travel.

The red fiber optic front sight is easy to see.

. . . and so is the green fiber optic rear sight.

Forward of that, the long slim forestock encloses the breech block and cocking linkage, giving the 350F a very clean, finished appearance. Ahead of that is the barrel which has a plastic muzzle brake that serves as a mount for a red fiber optic front sight. Moving back along the barrel, you’ll find a green fiber optic rear sight mounted on top of the breech block. Moving back again, there is a dovetail on top of the receiver for mounting a scope, and at the extreme aft end of the receiver is the push-pull safety which is resettable.

To ready the 350F for shooting, grab the barrel near the muzzle and pull it down and back until it latches. This takes about 33 lbs of effort. Next insert a pellet into the breech and return the barrel to its original position. Take aim, flick the safety off, and squeeze the trigger. On the sample that I tested, at 1 lb. 5 oz. the first stage came out of the trigger, and at 3 lb. 14.7 oz., the shot went down range. The 350F was launching 14.35 gr. JSB Express pellets at an average of 722 fps, generating 16.6 ft/lbs of energy at the muzzle.

Now we can get back to what I discovered when I went outside to shoot the 350F. The first thing I found out was the 350F has a very nice shot cycle – just a quick snap with no buzz or twang. I heard perhaps a tiny bit of vibration, but I didn’t feel any through the gun. The report is also surprisingly subdued for an air rifle of this power — not dead quiet but not raucous either.

If you plan to scope the 350F, definitely use one of the RWS one-piece drooper mounts.

The second thing I discovered is that if you plan to scope this air rifle, you will definitely need the RWS one-piece “drooper” mount. The first scope I tried had conventional scope mounts, and I simply ran out of elevation adjustment. So I popped back inside, swiped a scope with drooper mount off another RWS rifle, and mounted it on the 350F.

Within a few minutes, I was happily blowing the center out of a target at 13 yards, and I found that I could hit exactly the spot that I wanted. Encouraged by this, I set up a target at 35 yards, and, from a sitting position, was able to put 4 out of 5 shots into a 5/8 inch edge-to-edge group. I yanked the last shot, which opened the group up to 1 inch edge-to-edge, but even so, that’s pretty much minute-of-squirrel’s noggin.

In the end, I found I really liked the 350F. It has no bad manners; it has a decent trigger; it’s commendably accurate, and, like an old friend, it cheered me up about my springer shooting skills. If you’re looking for a no-nonsense air rifle that suitable for hunting or a day afield, the 350F should put a grin on your face.

Til next time, aim true and shoot straight.

–          Jock Elliott

3 Comments

  1. Ken says:

    Thanks for the review Jock. Based on your accuracy results, I’m going to try those pellets; I’ve tried the 15.9’s and the RS 13.4’s but neither have been as accurate as the CP dome 14.3, which is tops in my 350 Pro Compact (same as what you tested but shorter barrel). I’m wondering if something is not right with the example you reviewed, due to the very low (for this gun) velocity you recorded. Most pellets in the 14-grain range give me 820 to 860 fps, with the CP’s averaging just under 840. (Sure, I understand it’s not all about speed and that accuracy is more important, but hey – we’re paying for a magnum gun, and dealing with the greater weight, recoil, and learning curve of a magnum gun – so give me the missing 100 fps!) On the other hand, the JSB’s may be a loose fit in the breech/bore. When I tried a tin of the JSB RS 13.4’s I was amazed that they fly 20-40 fps slower than most other pellets that weigh a full grain more. Talk about giving away projectile energy! Maybe the 14.3’s share the same characteristics as their RS brothers? Hmmm. Let us know if you have a chance to try some different pellets through the gun before you give it back.

    Got about 2,000 rounds through mine so far and it’s a smooth shooter, albeit with a fair amount of recoil that I kind of enjoy. This is my first springer and I’m enjoying the challenge of developing consistent proper technique. I’m doing 5/8″ to 3/4″ ctc 5-shot groups at 35 yards regularly now, and have shot a 3/4″ 10-shot group at the same distance (I’ve been shooting from prone or a rest). I use a Leapers 3-12×44 SWAT scope (which seems to be very sturdy and of high quality) with the same RWS lockdown mount you used. I like the plain “workhorse” style of this gun, along with the very sturdy build quality, excellent fit and finish, and solid heft. I have modified my stock slightly by grinding half-moon reliefs at the barrel pivot screw area, which allows me to maintain correct pivot tension without removing the stock to access the screw. The simplicity of this stock has also encouraged me to shorten the butt by about an inch for a better fit; along with a new grind-to-fit recoil pad, length of pull is now perfect for me at 13.25″. Thread lock is of course used on the stock screws. Look at me Ma…I’m a Gun Smith!

    I really enjoy your blog, keep it coming Jock!

    Ken

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Ken,

      Thanks for your comments and the kind words!

  2. Mario says:

    I purchased my RWS from Airguns of Arizona when they were at their old address, They were very very helpful. I bought the rws 350 you see above and I’m so happy with it. I have no problems hitting the 1 inch circle at 30 yrds and have no plans on ever getting rid of it. If your in the market for a Good quality air rifle,drive down and visit these folks. They will hook you up with what you need. And the selection of ammo for your rifle is great.
    Superfly

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