The HW 30S over the old-style HW 30 stock.
This report covers:
- A deal
- Shouldered the rifle
- What about the custom stock?
- One more thing
Today we look at something simple, yet important to our shooting success. Today I replace the HW 30S stock with an old-style HW 30 stock. Then I will report on what the old stock does to the ability to use the open sights that come with the rifle.
Reader AlanMcD told me about an old-style HW 30 stock that had been taken off and was for sale on the Airgun Nation website. The seller wanted $95 and from the picture I could see that the stock was in like-new condition. With Alan’s help I linked up with the seller and bought the stock that’s shown in the picture above. It arrived in perfect condition last week. I put it on the barreled action today.
The HW 30S barreled action is installed in the old-style stock.
I could not visually tell the difference between the comb height of the old-style stock and the new one. One of our readers, I think RidgeRunner, said his old-style HW 30 comes up to his shoulder perfectly, aligning his sighting eye with the front and rear sight in a natural way. That was what I wanted, as well.
The stock swap took all of 10 minutes. Everything fit as it should, and then I photographed the barreled action mounted in the old-style stock. Perhaps for the first time after examining the new/old stock and comparing it with the new-style stock, I saw something that may have made the difference. Look at the very back on the new-style stock. Do you see that it swoops up by a few degrees?
The newer HW 30S stock at the bottom swoops up at the very back. Could that small swoop lift the comb of the stock so high that the open sights no longer work for many people?
Shouldered the rifle
I shouldered the rifle mounted in the old-style stock and was rewarded with a perfect sight picture. I didn’t believe it. After all, I am Gumby when it comes to adapting to weird rifle stocks. So I tried it again and again and again. No matter when I tried it, this old-style stock fit me perfectly! With just this small investment I now have an HW 30S that fits me well enough to use the open sights.
What about the custom stock?
I still have a custom stock ordered with Steve Corcoran. What do I do about that? My plan is to leave that order in place and to also test the rifle with that stock when it comes in. The bottom line here is to make a good pest rifle, which I think I’ve already done, but as long as we are on track, why stop? This cheek weld/sighting eye placement stuff has fascinated me and I want to ride it as far as I can.
One more thing
Yes, I still need to test the rifle for accuracy with its new/old stock. We know this rifle is accurate. But can BB be accurate when shooting it offhand? That will be the real test.
Today was a shorty report, but it took a long time to write. I hope I got the reason right about why the new HW stock isn’t well-suited (for me and for others) to shoot offhand. I don’t mean to impugn Weihrauch, but that new-style stock just doesn’t work for me when I want to shoot with open sights.