Malt. Andy. Hi lads.
Andy you are more than welcome mate and thanks for the SPA! That was very kind of you fella, but it's a pleasure to help a fellow shooter out with a restoration project of a rifle I've really loved shooting from the past. I'm about to order a new HW77 for my collection but, your thread has got me thinking of looking for a vintage Left Hand HW35E I can restore for myself. I think, from the sound of it Andy, you've had a bit more luck than disaster with this find of yours mate. Certainly I hope so and you'll get her shooting again soon without too much pain!
Malt, you sound as though you've had similar great experiences with shooting one of these magnificent rifles too!
When I was a young lad there was very little in the way of a solidly built reliable spring powered hunt ing air rifle, other than what Diana and Original from Germany, BSA and Webley from Britain had to offer. Well made and accurate rifles, but at not much over 20-25 metres. Ammo wasn't as good or as plentiful as it is now. But then, they were not that expensive and you could even buy one from your mum's Littlewoods or Great Universal mail order shopping catologues and pay for it in small weekly payments!
That was air rifle shooting as I knew it growing up.
Then this German Messerschmitt ME 109 of an air rifle comes along that can hit a penny with a 10-shot string, out to twice that range and more, with better German made ammunition! You can imagine how that would have felt after all those so-so guns, getting your hands on something like this!
When this old sweetheart is finished, scoped-up and ready it would be fantastic to see what she can perform with the high levels of quality ammo we have now. Back when I had mine brand new, I remember using a German Diana "Match Gold" .22 pellet and they were perfect in my 35's barrel. They are long since out of manufacture alas, or out there under another name. Today, I'd first go for H&N FIELD AND TARGET TROPHY. They perform brilliantly in my HW80 Standard and HW80k .22 rifles. Well worth a try with your restored 35E Andy.
It's not my place to say what a fellow should or shouldn't do about his guns but, I know if she was mine, I'd restore her to perfection and never let her go.
Must be a first-love thing..!
Edited by pianoman, 06 November 2010 - 08:52 am.