HW 50S
The HW 50S breakbarrel from Weihrauch.

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This report covers:

  • The test
  • H&N Excite
  • Shooting behavior
  • Crosman Premier 7.9-grain
  • Light or heavy pellets?
  • RWS R10 Match Heavy
  • H&N Finale Match Light
  • Where are we?
  • Summary

Today we look at the accuracy of the HW 50S after being tuned with the Vortek PG4 SHO kit. For this test I shot four pellets that are new.

Today I mounted the Edge target peep sight to the rifle. And I put an aperture insert in the front sight, as well. I shot at 10-meter rifle targets. Let’s get started.

The test

Today’s test was shot at 10 meters off a sandbag rest. The rifle was rested directly on the bag. Each pellet was shot 10 times for a group, which is a difference from the past where I shot 5 shots.

H&N Excite

I sighted-in with the H&N Excite pellet, and once the pellets were hitting the bull I stopped and switched to shooting for accuracy. It took five shots to sight in — one from 12 feet and four from 10 meters. The Edge sight adjusts crisply and made the sight-in easier because its knobs have detents that can be felt.

The group of 10 Excite pellets measures 0.452-inches between centers of the two shots farthest apart. This pellet continues to surprise me with its performance at a reasonable price.

HW 50S Excite group
The HW 50S put 10 Excite pellets into this 0.451-inch group at 10- meters.

Shooting behavior

The rifle now shoots smoothly with a little forward jolt for each shot. The trigger is ideal, breaking exactly when and how I want it to.

On the other hand I dislike the effort required to cock the rifle. It’s way in excess of what I was hoping for. I’m just recording my thoughts for the future, because there is no way this rifle will remain tuned as it is.

Crosman Premier 7.9-grain

I shot the obsolete Crosman Premier 7.9-grain pellet next. Ten went into a group that measures 0.423-inches between centers And look at where they hit — directly opposite of where the Excite pellets hit the bull. This is why I don’t often adjust the sights, once the pellets are hitting within the bull.

HW 50S Premier Light group
Ten Premiers went into 0.423-inches at 10 meters.

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Light or heavy pellets?

One question I want to answer was whether light or heavy pellets are best for this rifle. So the next pellet I tried was purposely heavier than the rest.

RWS R10 Match Heavy

Ten RWS R10 Match Heavy pellets made a scattered group that measures 0.744-inches between centers at 10 meters. While the group is well-centered it is a classic example of a pellet that’s not suited to a certain air rifle. It’s also an illustration of why 10-shot groups are more revealing than five-shot groups. Of course one group isn’t enough on which to base a decision, but when there are other pellets doing much better, it’s probably good enough.

HW 50S R10 Heavy group
Ten RWS R10 Match Heavy pellets made this 0.744-inch group at 10 meters. When the shots are scattered like this for a rifle that you know is accurate, it usually means the pellet isn’t suited to the airgun.

H&N Finale Match Light

The last pellet I tested was the H&N Finale Match Light. Ten of them went into a group that measures 0.354-inches between centers. It is the smallest group of today’s test and it also proves that the 50S is quite accurate. The previous smallest group of five shots that measured 0.422-inches.

HW-50S H&N Finale Match Light
Ten H&N Match Finale Light pellets made a 0.354-inch group. It’s the smallest one of the test.

Where are we?

Well, I like the size, smooth shooting, accuracy and trigger of the HW 50S. I dislike the heavy cocking effort. What I’m going to do is look for a way to decrease the cocking effort while maintaining all the other features that I like. This is something I need to ponder awhile.


The HW 50S is a delightful little breakbarrel rifle with just a bit too much power to suit me. The trigger is superb and I like the accuracy, but I need to find a way to shave about 10 pounds off the 37 lb. cocking effort, to make it a spring gun that’s also fun to shoot. Obviously you readers will have a lot to say about what I should do.