HW 30S: Part 12
The HW 30S.
This report covers:
- The test
- The target
- Velocity is high
- Rifle fired off safety once
- Shot cycle
- JSB Exact Heavy
Surprise! Today I do what so many of you have asked. I back up to 25 yards and shoot the HW 30S once again. Let’s get right into it.
Today I shot the rifle from 25 yards. I selected the two best pellets from the final 10-meter test with the AirForce Edge rear sight on the rifle and the aperture front sight insert.
I shot two 10-shot groups with the rifle rested directly on the sandbag. I wore my brand new new prescription glasses that enhance the 20/25 vision in my right sighting eye.
Reader GunFun1 mentioned that if I shot at 25 yards I would probably have to use a different target, because I’m shooting with non-optical sights. Well, I always do that. At 10 meters with non-optical sights I use 10-meter air rifle targets and at 25 yards I use 10-meter air pistol targets. The larger bullseye turns out to appear almost the same size when the range increases like that.
Because of the order in which I shot the pellets, no sight-in was necessary. From Part 11 I knew that the rifle was already sighted for the JSB Exact 8.44 dome, which was one of the two pellets I selected for today. I confirmed this after the first shot by looking at the target through my spotting scope. I saw that the pellet had hit the bullseye slightly above center and was perfectly centered, left and right. I then fired the next 9 shots without looking.
Velocity is high
I could tell by by how fast the pellet got to the target that the velocity is higher than it was before the Vortek PG3 SHO tune. And the pellets hit the bull at about the same place at 25 yards that they had hit at 10 meters.
At 25 yards ten pellets went into a group that measures 0.571-inches between centers. It’s a very nice group.
Rifle fired off safety once
I was surprised during the first group when the rifle fired suddenly as I took it off safe. I had noticed that the barrel didn’t seem to come open as far as it should have for that shot. It was more of the sound when the rifle was cocked than anything visual. It’s a sense you develop when you shoot these guns thousands of times.
When I pushed in the safety button, the rifle immediately fired. Fortunately the barrel was pointing downrange at that time and I couldn’t find any damage that was done. But it is a reminder of how we must handle these airguns safely at all times, just in case. And, no, I don’t think it went ionto this group.
I also noted that the rifle moves when it is fired. I think the more powerful PG3 SHO Vortek kit is the reason for this. The movement is quick and short, but the rifle definitely moves.
JSB Exact Heavy
The second pellet I tested was the 10.34-grain JSB Exact Heavy that has been the most accurate pellet in this rifle up to now. I mentioned that no sight-in was necessary, but at 10 meters this pellet hit the target low and to the left of the bullseye. I saw that the sight needed to be adjusted right and up — especially since I was moving back almost twice as far.
The Edge target sight moves very little with each click which will be true of all 10-meter sights, because they are designed to move pellets into the center of the bull in very fine increments. So I cranked the sight 10 clicks to the right and four clicks up. Then I shot the first pellet and saw that it was still outside the bull on the left and also slightly low. It had moved a little, but a lot more adjustment is needed to center this pellet — maybe 25 more clicks to the right and 8 more up.
I shot the next nine shots without looking at the target again. When I was finished there were 10 shots in 0.612-inches at 25 yards. Not too shabby!
So today the 8.44-grain JSBs beat the 10.34-grainers. The two groups were very close in size, only 0.041-inches different. Errors in measurement can cause a lot of that, though the group of Heavys does appear to be slightly larger.
I did this test today so that the 10-meter results would be fresh in your mind. If I had the time I would have shot these targets on the same day, but weekend activities got in the way. I didn’t shoot until yesterday morning. At least I was fresh!
Does the HW 30S deserve a 50-yard test? Well, it’s going to get one! I will test the velocity next, which will be before I move out to 50 yards, but from what I already see from today’s test, this little rifle is up to it.
This series has been a good one. From factory, to lube tune and trigger adjustment to tuneup kit. And now the target sights. The 30S has gone from your average plinker to a tackdriver! And, there is more to come!