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This report covers:

  • Many caveats
  • The test
  • Start with the FWB 600
  • Shoot for the center of the bull
  • Get ready
  • H&N Finale Match Heavy
  • RWS R10 Match Heavy
  • The FWB 300S
  • H&N Finale Match Heavy
  • Shooting behavior
  • Trigger
  • H&N Finale Match Light
  • Not satisfied
  • FWB 300S second time
  • RWS R10 Match Heavy
  • H&N Finale Match Heavy
  • FWB 600
  • Conclusions?
  • Summary

Today is a day many of you have been waiting for — the day we pit the FWB 600 against the FWB 300S. It’s the battle of the Feinwerkbau(s)!

Many caveats

As I shot this test I realized it won’t be what it sounds like. Both of these rifles have done very well in past accuracy tests, with an edge going to the FWB 600. But on any given day either one of them could come out on top.

Instead of the test to see which one is more accurate this is more a means of evaluating both rifles, side-by-side to see how they feel. As the report continues I think you’ll understand.

The test

I shot both rifles from 10 meters with the rifles resting directly on a sandbag. I shot 5-shot groups with each pellet.

Start with the FWB 600

I started with the FWB 600 and I did not try the new front sight riser with the BKL rear sight riser in place as a reader suggested. I didn’t want the day to go in a different direction, so I just removed the FWB rear sight and riser and installed the AirForce Edge target sight. I knew that sight would work — as flexible as it is for elevation. I adjusted it up quite a bit to compensate for the new FWB front sight riser. And my second shot at 10 meters hit inside the bull at which I aimed. Some fine clicks of elevation and I was on target, which was the ten-dot of the bullseye.

FWB 600
FWB 600.

Shoot for the center of the bull

I decided to adjust the rear sight to hit the center of the bull, since with a peep sight I’m not shooting my aim point away. With a peep sight the entire bull is the aim point. I would do this for the first pellet but not for the second one, since I’m only really interested in the size of the groups that I shoot.

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Get ready

To get ready I went back to the past tests in which the rifles were shot and looked for the two best pellets. I will give those group sizes as we go.

H&N Finale Match Heavy

First up with the FWB 600 was the H&N Finale Match Heavy pellet. In Part 5 of the FWB 600 test five of them made a 0.094-inch group at 10 meters. Today five went into 0.21-inches at the same 10 meters. I know that’s a lot larger, so maybe it gives you an idea of how BB was shooting on this day.

600 Finale Heavy
The FWB 600 put five H&N Finale Match Heavy wadcutters into a 0.21-inch group at 10 meters.

RWS R10 Match Heavy

The second pellet that the 600 was great with was the RWS R10 Match Heavy. In Part 5 of the 600 test five of them went into 0.091-inches at 10 meters. Today the 600 put five of them in 0.184-inches, which is good enough for the silver trime. It’s twice the size of the Part 5 test group, and that refines our baseline of how BB is shooting today.

600 R10 Heavy
The FWB 600 put five R10 Match Heavy pellets into a 0.184-inch group at 10 meters. Good for a silver trime.

The FWB 300S

Now it was time to test the FWB 300S. Until I got the 600 this was my most accurate 10-meter target rifle. Since it was still sighted in I didn’t bother with a sight-in but went straight to shooting groups.

300
FWB 300S.

H&N Finale Match Heavy

Back in February of 2012 the 300S put five H&N Finale Match Heavy pellets into 0.097-inches at 10 meters. Today it put five of the same pellets into a 0.303-inch group at the same 10 meters.

300 Finale Heavy
The FWB 300S put five H&N Finale Match Heavy pellets into a 0.303-inch group.

Shooting behavior

Like I said earlier, this isn’t as much as a rifle-against-rifle accuracy test as it is a comparison of how the two rifles behave. The 300S is quite a bit harder to cock than the 600, but because the sidelever is short I can leave the rifle on the sandbag when I cock it. I have to take the 600 off the bag to pump it because that pump lever goes so far forward.

I really dislike the fact that the action comes back when the rifle fires. The 600 is neutral when it fires, but the 300S barreled action comes back and the peep sight hits my glasses. I had the rubber eyeshade on both rifles, so I could get close to the peephole, but I still don’t like feeling that action coming back.

My 300S peep sight has a Gehmann eyepiece with a multi-colored filter. The yellow filter was dialed in. I don’t find it any easier or harder to sight because of it, but I did have the target lit with a 500-watt photo lamp. Without that I think the yellow filter wouldn’t work.

Trigger

The thing I was most interested in was the trigger. Before this test I was positive that the 600 trigger was lighter, but after shooting the 300S I think they are identical. Feinwerkbau did that one right!

H&N Finale Match Light

Back in 2012 the next best pellet in this 300S was the H&N Finale Match Pistol, but that’s a pellet that was taken off the market. Today I shot the H&N Finale Match Light, which is heavier than the obsolete Match Pistol pellet. Back in 2012 five Finale Match Pistol pellets went into a 0.117-inch group at 10 meters. Today five Finale Match Light pellets made a 0.341-inch group. Big difference.

300 Finale Light
Five Finale Match Light pellets from the 300S made a horizontal 0.341-inch group at 10 meters.

Not satisfied

These results didn’t satisfy me, so I vowed to shoot more groups the next day, which was Saturday. Let’s see how that went.

FWB 300S second time

The second time I shot the 300S I dialed the yellow filter out of the Gehmann attachment so the target appeared bright white. I also added the R10 Match Heavy pellet to the test and dropped the Finale Match Pistol pellet.

RWS R10 Match Heavy

I started with this pellet that was the best one in the FWB 600 — the R10 Match Heavy. The rifle was sighted in so I shot all my groups from both rifles and never looked downrange until it was time to retrieve the target.

Five R10 Match Heavy pellets went into a group that measures 0.189-inches between centers. That’s certainly better than anything shot with this rifle yesterday.

300 R10 Heavy
On day two the 300S put five R10 Match Heavy pellets in a 0.189-inch group at 10 meters.

H&N Finale Match Heavy

Next I shot a group of H&N Finale Match Heavy pellets from the 300S. Though this group appears larger than the last, it measures smaller — just 0.186-inches between centers.

300 Finale Heavy
The 300S put five H&N Finale Match Heavy pellets into a 0.186-inch group at 10 meters. It looks larger than the last group but it measures smaller.

Well, the FWB 300S has redeemed itself a little. Apparently BB was shooting better on this day than on the last.

FWB 600

Just because I was set up to shoot I also shot one group from the FWB 600. I didn’t want to embarrass the 300S, I just wanted to know where I was on this day.

Five RWS R10 Match Heavy pellets went into a group that measures 0.197-inches between centers. It is the largest group of the second day. Embarrass the 300S, my foot! The 300S seems to be able to hold its own and it actually out-shot the 600 this day.

600 R10 Heavy
The FWB 600 put five R10 Match Heavy pellets into a 0.197-inch group on day two.

Conclusions?

I conclude there is very little difference in accuracy between the FWB 300S and the FWB 600. I like shooting the 600 better because it fits me better and it doesn’t poke me in the eye when it fires, but downrange it’s difficult to call a winner.

Summary

After this test I’m all jazzed to shoot more 10-meter rifle-against-rifle tests. Someone suggested pitting the AirForce Edge against the Crosman Challenger 2009 PCP. Since I don’t have the new Challenger to test I guess that will be my next 10-meter rifle test.