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Hatsan 135 QE Vortex Reviews

Hatsan 135 QE Vortex Air Rifle

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By Thomas from USA on 2017-05-04 17:40:57

Things I liked:

I bought the 135 Hatsan in .25 caliber over the .30 caliber for a couple of reasons. 1) Ammo is considerably cheaper so you can shoot more of it, not to mention there's more variety of pellets to shoot. 2) It reaches out futher with less bullet drop. The .30 caliber is great at 25 yards, but at 50 yards it drops 6 inches or more. Not so with the .25 cal. Can get clean kills out to 50 yards with much more predictable ballistics. Here's another reason to get the .25 caliber: bullet expansion! Using H & N Hollow Points it expanded to .40 caliber! Speed kills and does wicked things in regard to bullet deformation. Having said that, I also tried the 17 grain .25 cal GTO and got 100 feet per second more than the 750 fps advertised. It didn't expand much but penetration was far superior, plus you get more distance. Overall this is an impressive gun . . . very fun to shoot. I don't plan to scope it . . . open sights work great. I really love this gun.

Things I would have changed:

Not much. The gun is a hefty beast but at least you can sling it. Carrying it on a hunt without a sling would be a buzz kill.

What others should know:

Wish I could show you pictures of the bullet expansion I got with the hollow points. When you shoot different types of ammo expect the point of aim to change. For instance, after sighting the gun in, the GTO pellets shot 1 inch lower than the H & N Hollow Points, but they all grouped well. The point is before going on a hunt, in deference to the animals you shoot, know where the particular pellets will group. I still haven't tried all the pellets I own, but the GTOs and H&N HP are my go-to bullets. There's no doubt in my mind a GTO bullet fired from this gun would take down a hog (hit behind the ear) or small deer inside of 30 yards. For a break barrel that's pretty exciting.

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0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:

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By David from USA on 2021-10-31 13:05:20

Things I liked:

the power and even then its not that good, the gamo magnum in .22 caliber shooys faster and retains more fpe at range, maybe i got a lemon, 650 fps with 20 grain pellets, go figure

Things I would have changed:

improve quality control and checks my gun arrived half broken as well as smothered in oil and after MAYBE a 1000 shots i cant get it to group at all with any ammo. artillery hold and many other holds have confirmed this suspition

What others should know:

i bought this gun waaaaaaaaay back but never left a review, i was a kid and i was too excited and never sent it back but now a bity older i shoulkd have sent that hunk o junk back, dont buy from hatsan, spend a little more money and go for a company that cares about what they put out

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    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    This is a big boy air rifle, it's heavy and solid, shoots very hard and so far is very accurate. It loves jsb 25.39 gr and shoots the target trophy 20.6 gr pellets at 780. Great, beast of a gun

    Things I would have changed:

    It is heavy, but that helps tame the recoil when rested.

    What others should know:

    Amazing build quality for the price it's a whole other machine, get your workout on before tackling this one

  • 5.0 5.0

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    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    On 2-1 -22 I ordered a Hatsan, model 135, in .25 caliber, The wood stock is a work of art to my eyes, looking down the barrel, the blueing was a tad bit sloppy, some areas a bit darker than others, but this did not bother me a bit, all of my other Hatsan air rifles were perfectly blued, I put 350 rounds of jsb Exact king Diabolo through it to break in the barrel, and sight in my open sights., The next 2 times I shot it, I mounted my 2x16x 44--30 mm scope I had already, and, by the time I got near the end of shooting a 200 round tin of jsb Hornets in 22.07 grains, sighting it in along the way to the end contents of the tin of 150 rounds, This rifle,at 27 yards was shooting in a 1 inch targ dot very well, with my 65 year old eyes., Sure, this rifle is heavy, but I don't mind a bit. after shooting heavy muzzleloaders for 34 years or so. Quality is there everybody.

    Things I would have changed:

    Nothing , Over all an excellent product, and highly recommend by myself, You'll get some stronger muscles when you use theese guns awhile.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    Everything!

    Things I would have changed:

    Nothing!

    What others should know:

    Purchase this rifle! You won't regret it!

  • 5.0 5.0

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    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    I love the power. 30 foot pounds of energy. It shoots the H&N 23 grain .25 caliber hornet pellets at about 750 feel per second. I love the size of it. It fits snugly in a 48 inch Plano hard plastic rifle case. I love how it shoulders and I love the sights on it

    Things I would have changed:

    I wish it didnt take 2 hands to cock it but its so worth the 50 pound cocking effort to get all the power

    What others should know:

    Definitely use the hornet pellets with this gun. Also be prepared to use 2 hands to cock it. Plus Ive already fired 13 shots out of it and Im still working on sighting it in from 20 yards distance away using open sights. Plus you really need to hold it tight. Also use a mini Phillips head screw driver when tightening the screws because the slots are very small

  • 5.0 5.0

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    Things I liked:

    I have this 135 in both .22 and .25 caliber. Thinking of getting the .30. This is a solid, accurate, hard hitting, beautiful airgun. That being said I am a airgun tinkerer. I have super tuned both these guns. Totally dismantled, cleaned and polished all internals. Went through the trigger cleaning, deburring and polishing. The Vortex piston did fail on the .22 after the warranty but Hatsan got me one out very quickly for around $40. No problem. Drop it in and good to go. There are drop in spring kits out there if the Vortex isn't for you. I prefer a spring over a gas piston and will change over if the Vortex continues to be problematic. This is my 5th Vortex Hatsan and after 7 years only one failure. The Turkish Walnut stock is beautiful. I own many Weihrauch airguns. This is not one. If Weihrauch made this as it is with Turkish Walnut one would need to get a second mortgage. I think they are a bargain.

    Things I would have changed:

    Not a fan of the sling swivel. Seems a bit light duty for a rifle this large. The safety has a lot of side to side slop. Easy fix with shim washers. I have never been a fan of the gold colored advertisement of features all over the receiver. Just stamp the model in the steel like the old days.

    What others should know:

    REGARDING COCKING EFFORT. So much talk about how much of a beast this is to cock. Almost scared me from getting one. FYI: I am a 65 year old grandpa that has been shooting airguns for the past 40+ years. Maybe and probably have the cocking routine down pat but I find both my .22 and .25 135 a firm one hand cocking effort. I can cock and shoot all afternoon long sitting in a chair with one hand holding the stock and the cocking the gun. I simply tap the barrel end to break the action, then in one firm smooth motion, just cock the gun. It is a large long rifle and affords a lot of leverage.

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    1.0 1.0

    Things I liked:

    the power and even then its not that good, the gamo magnum in .22 caliber shooys faster and retains more fpe at range, maybe i got a lemon, 650 fps with 20 grain pellets, go figure

    Things I would have changed:

    improve quality control and checks my gun arrived half broken as well as smothered in oil and after MAYBE a 1000 shots i cant get it to group at all with any ammo. artillery hold and many other holds have confirmed this suspition

    What others should know:

    i bought this gun waaaaaaaaay back but never left a review, i was a kid and i was too excited and never sent it back but now a bity older i shoulkd have sent that hunk o junk back, dont buy from hatsan, spend a little more money and go for a company that cares about what they put out

  • 4.0 4.0

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    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    accuracy right out of the box, beautiful stock ,sights are excellent but could be a bit closer.

    Things I would have changed:

    sights are set pretty far away. It is a Beast to load ! could also be lighter.

    What others should know:

    the most important thing is its tough to load , not for seniors , also very heavy

  • 5.0 5.0

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    Things I liked:

    A .30 break barrel, you say? Who would need such a thing? I suppose the short answer to that is that you really don't. If we are chasing after foot pounds of energy for hunting, and want something in a larger caliber than .22, you'll get more of THAT out of a PCP in .25, for example. Pellet selection is somewhat limited in .30 as well. When I purchased mine a few weeks ago, I could only find 2 pellets that were in stock among a half-dozen suppliers. Fortunately, the rifle does not appear to be very pellet picky. This is a gorgeous, well-appointed rifle. It is a pleasure to shoot once you get it cocked. It is extremely quiet for artillery, and the recoil is gentle. Hatsan does a nice job with triggers. The Picatinny rail allows far more secure mounting for optics than the pathetic 11mm rail often found.

    Things I would have changed:

    It is a workout to cock. Shoot 10 rounds in rapid succession, and you know you've done a job. It is heavy. The weight is both a bane and a bonus. While the rifle is heavy, it is docile, and will easily punch 5 school-bus sized holes in a group the size of a nickel at 20 yards. The velocity is low. You can practically watch the pellet make its way to the target.

    What others should know:

    If you are going to use this for hunting -- and there is really no other purpose for such a cannon -- you are still limited to the type of game that you could take with a higher velocity .22. In windy conditions, the .30 is likely to be superior. It is also likely to be superior in conditions where there is grass or light brush in the target area, as the heavier pellet is less likely to be deflected. Don't fool yourself into thinking that you'll do much plinking with this. Compared to .22 and .177, .30 ammunition comes at a premium, and most shooters simply won't want to invest the energy in cycling the beast.

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    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    I really wanted to like the gun. Decent finish, dead accurate (when things don't start going loose on you), amazingly powerful gas piston gun that should be awesome. Unfortunately just not executed to the caliber that I would hope for a $300 gas gun.

    Things I would have changed:

    The main break barrel pin, used to fix the break in place and prevent wobble and ensure decent indexing at the break, kept loosening every 100 or so pellets. Even with decent thread locking, the vibrations throughout the gun were simply too much for the specified screw/fastener configuration. The screws were also made out of very mild steel, and appeared to show signs of wear right out of the box. There was too much tinkering that would have to be involved to make this gun something reliable (which in my opinion is the whole point of a gas gun, to just keep shooting). Decided to return it because I think having to tear apart and re-spec fasteners before shooting through a tin is a bit much to ask for.

    What others should know:

    I really wanted to like the gun. When everything was tight and reliable, it was awesome, powerful, a real feat. Unfortunately the quality of engineering was just not there, and not something I wanted to spend my time tinkering with in order to get working. I wish Weirauch would revamp their HW97k to keep up with the power of this gun, that thing would be truly impressive.

  • 5.0 5.0

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    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    I "holds" offhand better than any of my other air guns (due to its weight I am sure). It has a long "pull" which works well for me. The trigger is great right out of the box.

    Things I would have changed:

    I do not know about "change" but Pyramid Air should supply a stunningly attractive female weightlifter to cock it for me (I'm 73).

    What others should know:

    Mine is a .25 and I have a pellet trap (measured 54 feet - silhouette ram distance) with a three inch round swinger made out of mild steel, 1/4 inch plate. A hit on the edge actually bends the plate. it seems to be accurate with any of the six types of pellets I have (all lead, all mid-weight). Better be eating your Wheaties or have a lot of hair on your back if you buy one of these. I own a Ruger Number One in 450/400 that weighs less. My model (135 QE) does not seem to change impact or grouping with different holds. I still hold it in my hand and place my hand on the forward bag when I shoot it off the bench; nor do I place the buttstock on a bag as well. I have found this to be true with most of my air guns, place them directly on a hard bag and you invariably get inconsistent grouping (vertical stringing - for me anyway). This is simply a well made, accurate tool. (so is a sledgehammer) I really like this rifle,

  • 4.0 4.0

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    Things I liked:

    Great air rifle - lots of power - accurate

    Things I would have changed:

    Make it a Spring Air gun

    What others should know:

    reat air rifle - but piston failed Bought the 135 EQ .30 cal about 3 years ago. Loved it. But a month ago - the nitro piston failed with less than 500 pellets through it. Out of warranty, I sent it to Hatsan USA. Got a quick response. They said that the most common reason a nitro piston fails is because if you store it muzzle up - like in a gun rack - piston cup oil will leak down the piston rod and soften or weaken the piston bladder - causing it to fail. I had never heard of that before. So be aware ! Store it on its side or other end up.

  • 2.0 2.0

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    Things I liked:

    Very powerful when it worked. Good accuracy. Nice comfortable stock

    Things I would have changed:

    Screws are made of low quality steel. They strip easily. Hatsan quality control, poor at best. Use quality gas spring instead of the inferior part that leaks. The trigger is too heavy and won't adjust any lower. Tried contacting Hatsan but they were useless. Gave up on that and just lived with the heavy trigger

    What others should know:

    I had previously posted a complete review on this gun back in 2016/2017, but it looks like all the reviews between Jul 2016 and Jul 2017 are not there. So here's the abridged version: This is the second time that all the gas leaked out of the vortex piston, after storing it over the winter. Not impressed. The first time it took two months for the repair and cost me $40 to ship it back, even under warranty. Not worth the money to go through that again, plus pay for a repair. I won't be buying another Hatsan gas piston gun. Now I own a $300, 10 Lb. boat paddle. Don't waste your time or money on this one. Should have spent more $ and went with a Wiehrauch.

  • 5.0 5.0

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    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    What's not to like? Beautiful adjustable stock, great power and accuracy, overall excellent quality. WOW!

    Things I would have changed:

    Nothing

    What others should know:

    Got this on sale but had to wait a few months to get it. PA shipped as soon as it became available! Definitely worth the wait. I cleaned the barrel, mounted scope and sighted in within 7 shots. The break-in was around 50 shots with definite improvement in smoothness and accuracy. I am using the trigger factory settings and Crosman 14.3 hollow points. One inch swingers at 35 yards are no problem. Regularly hit two and a half inch swingers at 50 yards. I own 13 break barrels and this is now my favorite. This is definitely the most powerful 22 cal break barrel I own. I actually prefer the weight of this rifle. Definitely heavier than my other rifles. This helps with stability. A bit loud for my back yard but, I love the sound of it as well. Just fantastic!

  • 4.0 4.0

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    Things I liked:

    A friend of mine has one of these in 30 caliber. Shoots those 44 grain pellets at 570fps on the chrony, around 32ftlbs. Shot it several times and I enjoyed it. Shot a sparrow with it and it disintegrated the little bird. It's a beast, kinda hard to cock the barrel, 50lbs or more.

    Things I would have changed:

    Kinda heavy at 10lbs. Although I think there's a synthetic stock version that is slightly lighter. Cocking effort is high, but expected from such a powerful piston. A longer barrel helps with cocking. I have a Hatsan 125 in 25 caliber and has slightly lower cocking effort, or at least it seems like it due to the longer barrel. I wonder if Hatsan can do some tinkering with the piston system to make it more powerful without increasing the cocking effort too much, like 5 more lbs, reach 640fps with 44 grain pellets, which translates to 40ftlbs.

    What others should know:

    This is a manly air rifle. Not meant for women, small stature men or young kids.

  • 5.0 5.0

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    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    I all like a well-made rifle

    Things I would have changed:

    I would not change anything it is a complete Rifle excellent machine

    What others should know:

    buy one and discover it yourself, the price is cheap I recommend it ??????????

  • 5.0 5.0

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    4.0 4.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    It's beautiful. It's a hammer! Overall a decent build.

    Things I would have changed:

    Have the .30 cal in stock more often. Settled for the .25 cal instead.

    What others should know:

    It requires strength to cock it. I'm a big guys, I've got some decent upper body strength and shot many rounds through it without issue. My 13 year old though, different story. Understand that you'll get a workout cocking this rifle.

  • 5.0 5.0

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    4.0 4.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    Beautiful rife. Wonderful wood stock and has great accuracy and hits like a hammer. Got the .25 cal and love it . Great gas piston break barrel with lots of power.

    Things I would have changed:

    Nothing for my first airrifle it's a charm

  • 5.0 5.0

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    5.0 5.0

    Things I liked:

    I own a 177 and 25 of this model. I absolutely love these airguns! Both are powerhouses. In 177 with standard Crosman 7.9gr hollowpoints I am getting around 27fpe. Plenty to take all small game up to racoon and groundhog. In 25 my 135 is getting 32-33fpe using H&N Grizzly 31gr rounds. It shoots the grizzlies under 1 inch at 40 yards. In my honest opinion I think you could take a coyote within 30 yards.

    Things I would have changed:

    Nothing

    What others should know:

    The 135 guns are heavy. So not ideal for a kid.

  • 5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    things I like is the quality of the rifle and power/accuracy

    Things I would have changed:

    I wouldn't change anything to this model But I would add maybe a multi shot magazine like the Gamo swarm gen 2

    What others should know:

    Its a man's rifle

  • 5.0 5.0

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    5.0 5.0

    Verified Purchase

    Things I liked:

    This Rifle Has some SERIOUS POWER .30 CAL Very Nice

    Things I would have changed:

    I Like The Whole Package

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