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    A lifelong spring air rifle enthusiast and hunter since age 8 (in 1965)Starting with a Webley .22 given to me by my Aunt from Australia. Served 12 years in the RAF Regiment as a marksman and Senior NCO Precision Weapons and Tactical Warfare instructor and examiner. I've owned many spring air rifles over the decades but, PCPs are not my cup of tea. Ugly things with no soul! I love Weihrauch and Air Arms spring rifles and currently, I own a beautiful HW77 .22, an HW80 .22, A .177 HW97K which is an amazingly accurate rifle and a .177 TX200HC carbine. I love teaching and developing shooting skills in young people and fostering a better discipline to both this sport and as a life-skill. I work now as a professional aviation artist and painter. And as a professional sessions musician and live stage keyboards player.

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  1. Hi Danny and welcome. Okay, I would assume you have never zeroed a scope before? Right. It's pretty easy really. Take the screwcaps off your scopes turret controls. These turrets themselves have turnable switch-buttons that alter your scope's reticle or crosshairs left or right, and "up and down". Pay attention to the arrow indicator marks and which way they indicate up and down on the vertical turret and left to right on the horizontal turret. Get to familiarize yourself with these turret controls. They work in a commonsense fashion. 1. Measure out a set range distance of 25 yards or 25 metres. 2. Set a target up. A clean unmarked MDF board and tape a card target to it. Your target can be a printed card from the shop or draw a circle and put a dot in the centre. That is your aiming point . As long as you have a solid backstop or clear space that won't have someone pop up behind it in your line of fire. Now take the turret caps off your scope. The vertical turret adjusts vertical elevation or, simply "up and down". The turret to right horizontal is the Windage turret. This adjusts your reticle cross hairs to left or right of the centre of your target. 3 Fire five pellets and see where they group on the board or target. If they are high above your aim point and off to left, you need to lower the reticle by turning the elevation turret following the indication arrow down by 5 clicks. Usually this is to right clockwise. Keep turning this down 5 clicks and fire 3 or 5 pellets until your reticle is putting your shots on the level with the aim point to right (or left, however the case may be). 4. Now you need to bring the scope reticle to left. Turn the windage turret control by moving the control by the direction arrows usually, to clockwise right. Turning the control right moves the reticle left onto your pellet group. Turning the control to anticlockwise left moves the reticle to right. Fire 5 shots to check where your shots are hitting on the target board and keep turning the windage turrets until you can clearly see how your point of impact alters nearer towards the bullseye or aim point, until you are hitting the point of aim mark on your target. When your shots hit the target dead centre, your scope is zeroed to a precise 25 yards range distance. To calibrate. Once your scope is in zero to your rifle barrel, set up targets at 5 metres interval distances nearer and further than your 25 metre zero range. Aim and shoot directly with your crosshairs on each target centre. You will soon see by how much your shots rise above your target as you shoot nearer to yourposition ; and fall below as you shoot further distances from your position. This will greatly help you decide how much holdover and hold under you will need to aim, to shoot accurately at your target at alternating distances. Hope this helps. All the best. Simon.
  2. Hello Claude. Don't whatever he does, buy a cheap bargain optic. No! A cheap bargain scope will not last long on a spring rifle. In fact, won't last long period. A spring rifle, regardless of make or cost, imparts a sharp two-way recoil and shock vibration that can be savage to a scope's inner workings. Often resulting in permanent damage. Usually the reticle or crosshairs break, it won't hold zero or the focus goes blurry. Even loweŕ-end Hawke scopes don't survive for very long before something like the reticle mount shifts and no longer holds zero or it won't focus down and hold focus under continued use. That's the usual breakdowns. My best advice is go for the very best quality he can save for. A really good little 3-9x40 beats a cheap, poor 4-14x50 any day of the week. MTC make excellent scopes for air rifles that stand up to spring recoil. A good Hawke scope for a Springer is their Panorama 4-12×40 or 50mm scope with a front-end focus or adjustable objective lens. All he needs and a good buy for about £120 - £140 or so, depending where you shop. I have two and so far, has stood up to recoil on my legal-limit spring rifles. I would never put them on my FAC HW80 .22. She wrecks every scope I had except for a Simmons Whitetail Classic 4-14x40 which costs over £200. Currently I have a Nikon Fieldmaster 6-18x40 SF side focus scope on my HW80 but that costs £450! Spend around £150 for an entry level quality scope is far better and longer lasting than a £30 quid cheapy that will need replacing sooner than later. The lads here will have their own experiences and recommend some sound makes and prices to expect to pay. Check out scope reviews on YouTube and you'll see what's currently on offer... and what to avoid! All the best. Simon.
  3. Everything planned for spring to summer is being cancelled. I see the reasons alright, but for a lot of us self employed folk, it's a worrying time ahead.
  4. Did you buy the MP40 on the left side too? What calibre? Single shot?
  5. If you are asking a question like this, it gives me the impression that your are something of an inexperienced newcomer to air rifle hunting . I would well advise you to go for .177 or 22 and gain all the experience you can with these calibres. They are absolutely time proven by effective results over lifetimes of air rifle shooting. A sub 12 ft/lbs. 177 or .22 does the business all day long. But it is down to you to gain proficiency with shooting them. .25 rifle at FAC 30 ft/lbs or even more FPE would be pretty effective I'm sure. But at sub 12, it is going to produce a very looped flight trajectory. That will frustrate the hell out of a chap who has no real understanding of how pellets fly through the line of sight in a scope. Real knock-down power lies in your personal accuracy-capability with your rifle and scope. Not with a whopping big slug you might find hard to predict without careful calibration and a lot of practice first. Go for .177 is my advice and gain a ton of experience with that.
  6. Aye Mark. Way cheaper than a therapist and a lot more adventurous! Memories I have, of days and evenings out in wonderful fresh air, just me and my rifle. Even if you bag nothing, it's still a lifestyle to treasure. Worth living. Simon.
  7. You've had more guns than I have had Jimmy. I used every gun of mine for years and moved on to something else so, my shooting has cost me a great deal less than it has for you. In my entire lifetime I have owned... 1950s WEBLEY JUNIOR SPRING RIFLE ..22 ASI SNIPER .177 (Still own it...at my Mum's) BSA METEOR.177 BSA GOLDSTAR .22 WEBLEY OSPREY .22 FEINWERKBAU SPORT .22 WEIHRAUCH HW80 .22 WEIHRAUCH HW80 .22 FAC (Still own it). AIR ARMS TX200 .22 AIR ARMS TX200HC .177 WEIHRAUCH HW77.22 (Still own it) WEIHRAUCH HW97 .177 (Mark now has it) DAYSTATE HUNTSMAN CLASSIC. 177 DAYSTATE HUNTSMAN REGAL.177 (Still own it). DIANA MAUSER K98 .177 (Still own it) WEBLEY FX2000. 22 (currently own it) WEBLEY AXSOR .22 (currently own it) 17 rifles over 62 years. More than some. Not as many as others. Spent enough on em I know that. All the best. Simon
  8. Thanks so much Si. I have put a bid on the adaptor in the first link you sent. I've also found an identical one on Amazon If you look you can see the differences between the threaded screwheads on either side of the knurled ring. so, one of them is bound to fit or I have a usable spare. So looks like this will sort the problem. One way or another. The second I am less sure of. It looks more like a muzzle brake. If the half inch thread is to fit into the Axsor barrel muzzle, it won't fit. Thanks for your help here mate. Really appreciate it. I will be in touch about ordering a dedicated silencer from you Si. The rifle deserves something special. Simon
  9. Gentlemen hi. Not a major problem but, the threaded female muzzle of my Webley Axsor is fractionally smaller than the usual half inch UNF. So fitting a female-fit moderator with a standard fit half-inch male-to-male adaptor is not possible.... My Webley FX2000 .22 has a standard fit Male threaded muzzle so, takes any current female moderator without a problem. But this is not so with their Axsor! So my question is.. How did any of you Webley Axsor owners address this? Is there a Male to Male adaptor made to address this? Did Webley or RWS produce a purpose-made silencer/mod. I should be looking for? Could Si Brown make me one to fit my rifle? I can happily shoot the rifle without one. She makes a beautiful carbine to be honest. But if I can get a mod on it and hush her blast, so much the better. I am as always, grateful for your answers lads. Thanks. All the best. Simon.
  10. Beautiful Mark. Really well done on buying her! You have a unique bargain here. The first HW80s became legendary and set the mark of the rifle to come. I remember when it came out and everyone was talking about it, saying how powerful it was. But the power was in the rifle's incredible accuracy. I have yet to see a vintage one nowadays in untouched mint condition as yours. If you email Weihrauch with the serial number on the barrel they will give you the year they made the rifle if you wish to know for sure. I absolutely love the rifle. I've owned two x .22 80s and they just put every shot right on the button. I recommend H&N Field Target Trophy for your first pellet to try with her mate. My HW80 is absolutely one hole accurate with 5.53mm headsize Trophies. Same pellet for my HW77 .22 HW rifles seem to love em! Looking forward to reading more with how you are getting on with her Mark. Well done mate. Best regards. Simon
  11. Thank you so much for your responses lads. I got the Webley Axsor home this morning, scoped her up, filled up and set to work ammo testing at 30 metres. .22 Air Arms Fields 5.52mm proved the popular choice. Half inch groupsat 30 metres are no sweat here. And the power is the glass full! Once the rifle was filled to 200 bar and warmed up and leadenned with the AA Fields the target board was returning very tight groups and solid penetration. Some subtle differences between the two Webleys are.... This Axsor stock is a beautifully figured walnut. It may look outwardly identical in outline to the beech FX2000 stock. But it is made to slightly slimmer proportions. The pistol grip is noticeably smaller and slender and it's a perfect feel in the hand. The beavertail forestock is noticeably slender too. FX2000 grip is a bit more of a handful but both are beautiful to shoulder in the hand. The handling of both guns is faultless. AND these are unmodified right hand stocks and I'm a left hooker! The Axsor has a longer cylinder and barrel. About a good inch and a half longer than the FX2000. And the Axsor needs a Male-to-Male adaptor to fit a moderator. It cracks off like a rimfire without one. But we'll sort that out this week. I am truly delighted with both rifles. Both have subtle differences. Both shoot with incredible smoothness and accuracy. Seems from what you fellows say, these guns were a tried and trusted design platform that built memorable shooting rifles under Webley, RWS and Logun. I can well believe the lads who regret selling their Axsors, FX2000s and Excaliburs. For a fellow like me, traditional, classical sporting rifle looks and handling, a precision accurate barrel and reliably consistent performance are all I look for in a rifle. A beautiful rifle to own that performs with superb, hard hitting accuracy. I just don't get what else could a chap possibly want? These two are keepers. Never to be sold. If anything, I would be looking out for an Excalibur. 22 to compliment these fine rifles. I love that sleek, schnabel stock they made for them. These are going to be sought after when a lot of modern trends for Bullpups and bottlefeed whatnot have waned and classical elegance is desired again. I will get some photos up as soon as I can, of both my rifles. Thanks so much gentlemen for great feedback. Greatest group of shooting men I have ever known. Simon.
  12. Ace shooting Mitch. But FAC air comes in differing levels of power output to powder burning .22 LR ammo. But if you have the skills and the rifle and pellet you shoot with are up to the task, knock yourself out. Each to his capabilities mate. Never shot with FAC .25. Sounds devastating on rabbits at decent ranges. Best regards Simon.
  13. It is Phil. It will be my third rifle from his shop. These seem to have something of a cult following among shooters and collectors. All the best. Simon.
  14. With Helen's Daystate Huntsman Classic. 177 PCP sitting in the cabinet for years now with next to no use at all and NO ONE at all interested in buying it, I have done a deal to swap it directly for a .22 WEBLEY AXSOR. No cash trade in but a straight swap for another gun with a local dealer. It's a mint condition Webley Axsor .22 I'm really enjoying shooting the WEBLEY FX2000 .22 I have had for about 2 years and this other Axsor is in absolute mint-perfect condition walnut. Not a mark or chip on it anywhere.. It feels a tad lighter than the FX2000 and curiously, has no pressure guage in the stock. But that lovely bolt action and the overall quality of the rifle is very evident. Anybody here have one or used one? Always good to hear your thoughts gentlemen. They seem to have a fair following for what some might say, is an old Swedish air rifle. Picking it up tomorrow. Saturday. Three PCPs and Three spring rifles in my collection now. All the best Gentlemen. Simon.
  15. Great to read you have found a mint original Mk.1 HW80 Mark. These are brilliant in .22 flavour. So what the. 177 .20 and .25 versions are like I have no idea but will probably be just as outstanding. Stock forend is a bit boxy with this version but it's a comfortable platform for building accuracy. If there is one downside to this rifle, they can be a bit fussy how correctly well you hold them, so your techniques for shooting a spring rifle have to well polished up to get the best out of them. But you have that level of refined technique already. For my money it is always Rifle No.1 albeit, mine is a 22 ft/lbs on-ticket supergun. Never yet found a modern break barrel spring air rifle to match a well sorted and run-in HW80. But your Feinwerkbau Sport pair will be on a par with it. I had the .22 version of that superb rifle which led to buying the HW80. It is never going to be offered for sale. It is one in a million rifle. Looking forward to seeing how you get on with it but, I think you are going to absolutely love its field performance. All the best mate. Simon.
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