HW80 22, a true classic – Part II

Monday, October 28, 2013

hW80 .22 caliber 001

The HW80 is a true classic. I just love the way it looks, feels, handles, and shoots. It stretches 45.3 inches from muzzle to butt pad and weighs 8.8 pounds.

hW80 .22 caliber 002

At the extreme aft end is a brown rubber butt pad that connects to the hardwood stock with a black space. Forward of that, the stock is righthanded with a cheek piece on the left side of the butt stock, but I believe that it can be shot comfortably by lefthanders. The cheek piece is also low enough that the HW80 can be shot comfortably with iron sights. The pistol grips slopes gently and has checkering on either side.

hW80 .22 caliber 007

Forward of the pistol grip is a black metal trigger guard that surrounds a silver colored metal trigger and a silver colored metal post that can be screwed in and out (through a hole in the trigger guard) to adjust the weight of the Rekord trigger. Forward of the trigger guard, the forestock is smooth and unadorned except for a slot for the cocking mechanism on the underside and a couple of black metal screws on either side.

hW80 .22 caliber 004

Forward of the forestock, the front half of the breech block and cocking mechanism are visible. Beyond that is the 20 inch barrel. At the muzzle end of the barrel, on top, is a small dovetail that is used to mount a globe front sight with interchangeable inserts. Moving back along the barrel, a notch micro-adjustable rear sight is mounted on top of the breech block.

hW80 .22 caliber 003

Moving back along the receiver, there are dovetails for mounting a scope and three holes for accepting anti-recoil pins. At the extreme aft end of the receiver, there is push-button safety that is automatically activated whenever the gun is cocked.

To ready the HW80 for shooting, grab the barrel near the muzzle and pull it down and back toward the pistol grip until the mechanism latches. Cocking effort is around 34 pounds. Slide a pellet into the breech and return the barrel to its original position. Take aim, snap off the automatic safety, and ease the first stage out of the trigger. Squeeze a bit harder, and the shot goes down range. The Rekord trigger is crisp and clean and can be adjusted from over four pounds to less than a pound.

The shot cycle of the HW80 is very relaxed. The gun goes ka-chunggg and that’s it. There is a slight bit of spring twang that is heard but not felt, and the report is audible – what you would expect from a spring gun of this power – but certainly not raucous. In all, the HW80 is a very pleasant air rifle to shoot.

The sample that I tested was launching 11.9 grain .22 RWS Hobby pellets at 850 fps, generating just a hair over 19 foot-pounds of energy at the muzzle. With Crosman Premier pellets, I found I could shoot 5-shot groups at 32 yards that you could cover with a quarter.

The .22 HW80 can be used for hunting, pest control, or just general shooting. Mount a peep sight instead of a scope (and be sure to remove the notch sight mounted on the breech block), and you can make like Matthew Quigley.

I liked the HW80 a whole lot, and I think it would put a grin on the face of any adult airgunner. With proper care and the occasional rebuild, it will last a lifetime and you can leave it in your will. What’s not to like?

Til next time, aim true and shoot straight.

–          Jock Elliott

6 Comments

  1. RidgeRunner says:

    It is refreshing that at least one manufacturer knows how to build a proper air rifle.

  2. andy says:

    Hi Jock, Nice little write up, your blog is impressive and almost makes me want to start blogging about my fx2000 again…

  3. Lazy9boy says:

    I own a R1 in .177. Is it possible to convert it to a .22 by simply replacing the barrel? I love the rifle as it is, but own a HW95L in .177 also and would like to step up to the more potent .22 for hunting with the R1.

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Lazy9boy,

      Yes, it is possible. It required replacing the barrel and breech. Contact the good folks at Airguns of Arizona.

  4. Hemi392 says:

    I changed my R1 from .177 to .22. Purchased a new carbine length barrel, new cocking arm pin and a small amount of Molly grease. Total cost was about $145.00.

    The shop wanted $30 labor to install it but I wanted to do it myself.

    First remove the stock. Drive out the cocking arm pin. Remove the arm and cocking guide.

    Unscrew the barrel hinge bolt and gently tap it out.

    Clean barrel breech area, bolt, shims, cocking arm and guide with de natured alcohol and a tooth brush, razor blade (careful don’t scratch).

    Apply small amount of Molly on the new cocking pin and arm. And carefully use a smooth ball peen hammer and steel base to flatten both ends of the new pin. Try to copy the factory pin as to how much to flatten it.

    Molly up the new breech area , bolt and shims and the cocking guide/arm (not too much Molly grease).

    Tighten up the trigger adjustment a little and install the trigger guard. Install the guide and cocking arm to the spring tube.Then place a medium size punch in to hold the barrel to the spring tube and then cock the gun. Be VERY careful not to touch the trigger and went handling the gun.

    Now remove the punch and slide in the left shim. Align it using a small screwdriver or other small tool and install the hinge screw but not all the way to the right side.

    Turn the gun over install the left shim then carefully screw the hinge bolt all the way in. The threads are fine and do not damage them or else! Thigh ten the blowy so the barrel assembly moves smoothly but doesn’t fall free on its own when the rifle is cocked. Now install the right hinge bolt nut and tighten it.

    Now hold hold the spring tube and barrel tightly and de cock by pulling the trigger (while holding the tube and barrel so it doesn’t slam shut).

    Put the stock and scope back on and enjoy your new .22 caliber R1. Mine shoots great and I love the shorter carbine barrel as I feel the gun balances better.

    1. Jock Elliott says:

      Hemi392,

      Thanks for your input!

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