Weihrauch HW 97K Review

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PJAG's review of Weihrauch HW 97K

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“I bought my Weihrauch HW97K Air Rifle about 3 weeks...”

Written on: 24/09/2003 by PJAG (4 reviews written)

Good Points
Accuracy
Trigger
Power
Weight?!

Bad Points
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General Comments
I bought my Weihrauch HW97K Air Rifle about 3 weeks ago and it certainly was the right choice.

I mainly use it for pest control: crows, rabbits, stone martens and sometimes even mice. If you don't approve shooting stone martens, just wait until you have 'experienced' them. They are noisy as hell and besides that, they tend to enjoy themselves with gnawing at cables of the engine of your car.

Anyway, two other alternatives I had in mind: HW90 and TX200. My local dealer told me not to get the HW90 because he experienced that the barrel is too thin to handle the force necessary for cocking. There is a danger of bending the barrel because of the cocking effort, which means that accuracy decreases after a while. It will be hard to find a review that mentions this because it's primarily a long-term effect. So if you want the Theoben system, get a Theoben.

The TX200 is at the same level as the HW97K so it was a bit of a toss-up. The Rekord trigger actually tipped the scales: it has well proven itself for quite a long time, feels smooth and you are very well able to predict the exact moment of firing. The gun is equipped with an automatic safety, which is very easy to handle.

The HW97K is accurate, accurate, accurate and has the power as well. Here in the Netherlands you 'only' get the full power (290 m/sec) versions because there aren't any restrictions on power like FAC's or so. Loading pellets into the barrel is easy since the bear trap loading device is well accessible.

The stock is well finished and well shaped. The gun is bleud to a high standard, which gives the gun a classy look. It's well balanced and recoil isn't worth mentioning. Still my scope sits on a dampa mount, just to completely exclude the risk of breaking it.

There has been discussion about whether it is a silencer or a muzzle weight that sits at the end of the barrel; well, it definitely is a silencer. I can tell that not only because of the damped sound, at the German Weihrauch website they say it's a 'M ndungsbremse' which means silencer.

Weight is often mentioned as a bad point of this airgun. Without a scope it weighs 4kg, so 4,3/4,4kg is the weight you'll have to carry when a decent scope is fitted. (The TX200 is even a bit heavier). I don't mind the weight, I just grin and bear it. Just as with cameras, weight adds stability (of course, too heavy isn't good either).

Maintenance exists of rubbing the barrel with some oil to keep the bleuing shiny and prevent rust. The HW97K is very durable, you only need to replace the spring after 5-10 years depending on how much you shoot. Your dealer can give you more details on that.

Weihrauch HW97K summary: accuracy, power, Rekord trigger, reliable and durable, solid and still beautiful.

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Cazzidy's Response to PJAG's Review

Written on: 29/09/2003

Hi PJEG, from you power figure, I suppose that yours is in .177?
<br>How does your cocking handle return into its housing: straight or slightly set off to one side? Mine returns into the catch a bit off centre and to the left, slightly scratching its blueing on the side of the catch housing)...
<br>I would like to hear opinions on the 97K in caliber .20, plse. Thanks in advance-Cazz

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Thegrimreaper's Response to PJAG's Review

Written on: 05/02/2010

I found this review very helpful because... I want to buy a Weihrauch and could not decide wether to buy the HW77 or the HW97K but after reading this review and speaking to a couple of gunsmiths I have been led to believe this to be the one I should go for. I also know that weight adds to stability but also means the overall product is well put together. I WANT ONE!!!!

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383384_Cottontaillkiller's Response to PJAG's Review

Written on: 17/07/2008

Hi there,
<br/>Ive currently got a cheap gas powered .22 air rifle and i was looking to upgrade to either HW97K or a TX200 and also what pellets are best to use with each rifle (.22) I am currently using bisley hollow points and they are working well.

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237327_Riflemaster's Response to PJAG's Review

Written on: 05/04/2006

The hw97k is a brilliant rifle with accuracy as well as power and the real ruler of hunting spring rifles its a real dream rifle to have!!!

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Mattzo20's Response to PJAG's Review

Written on: 26/02/2006

i would say the RWS superpoint extra are the best pelets from the HW97K

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Pjag's Response to PJAG's Review

Written on: 24/08/2004

I mostly shoot RWS Superdomes, but I'm going to try some other pellets. The Crosman Powapells were very good in my TX200, so I expect same performance in my HW97K.
<br>To be honest, I haven't shot many pellets so I don't know which is the best. Maybe the other reviewers know more about this.

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Trapoo's Response to PJAG's Review

Written on: 24/08/2004

Hi PJAG,
<br>
<br>What are the best pellets to use on the HW97K (.22)?
<br>
<br>TJ

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Pjag's Response to PJAG's Review

Written on: 16/06/2004

I've had no problems killing crows and rabbits out to 40 yds with my .177 (full power version). It's important that you hit them on the right spot. Rabbits: some say you should aim for the head, but others say you should hit them in the heart/lung area, which is bigger > better chance to kill.

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Snipy's Response to PJAG's Review

Written on: 29/05/2004

PJEG, is the 177 good for shooting pests? Does it make clean kills (do the pests die quickly)?
<br>Thanks, snipy

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Smiler's Response to PJAG's Review

Written on: 05/02/2004

Hi,
<br>
<br>This is the response I got from Weihrauch
<br>
<br>"we refer to your inquiry of 22.12.03 and want to inform you that the mod. HW 97 K is available with or without silencer / muzzle break.
<br>This depends on the various law in the according counties.
<br>Best regards"
<br>
and this from Hull Cartridge the official importer..
<br>"Thank you for your recent enquiry regarding the HW97K. This model is fitted with a silencer- it is not a muzzle break. I hope this clears up any confusion.
<br>
<br>Regards
<br>
<br>HULL CARTRIDGE COMPANY LTD."
<br>
<br>So there you have it, it's a silencer, not a muzzle break!
<br>
<br>It's quiter than the TX200 anyway, see http://www.straightshooters.com/docs/decibc.html
<br>
<br>
<br>Cheers,
<br>
<br>Steve

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Wileycoyote's Response to PJAG's Review

Written on: 04/10/2003

I found the .22 cal Weihrauch HW97 at $385 USD at (www.pyramidair.com) shipped for free to continental US. Pyramid doesnt carry the Beeman mounts or Bushness scopes, but a great guy on the rifle.

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Pjag's Response to PJAG's Review

Written on: 02/10/2003

If you live in the USA you're lucky. I'm from the Netherlands and I can tell you that airguns are a lot cheaper in the USA than in Europe.
<br>By the way, at this moment the US dollar is worth less than a Euro ($1,16) or UK Pound ($1,66). So what seems cheap, ís expensive for US-guys.
<br>I just received my Bushnell Elite 3200 from Straightshooters: even after paying import duties and purchase tax, the scope was still a lot cheaper than here in the Netherlands or Germany.
<br>So just stay where you are!

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Cazzidy's Response to PJAG's Review

Written on: 02/10/2003

Wiley, Straightshooters import the BlueLam version into the States on a claimed exclusive basis. In the UK there is a retailer who advertises it for about £ 325. Forgot his name, but see UK airgun mags.

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Wileycoyote's Response to PJAG's Review

Written on: 02/10/2003

I live in the United States and this gun goes for 475 USD. Does anyone know if I could purchase this gun in Europe and have it shipped for less? Any web site would be appreciated.

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Pjag's Response to PJAG's Review

Written on: 01/10/2003

Made a stupid mistake. I completely admit it. Thanks anyway.
<br>I misinterpreted the word 'bremsen' (=to brake): I thought it had something to do with 'braking' the sound but I should have known better, its related to recoil.
<br>A pity I can't rewrite that bit.

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Cazzidy's Response to PJAG's Review

Written on: 01/10/2003

PJAG, sorry for misnomer, pal! The German word "Mündungsbremse" means muzzle brake, and is meant to indicate exactly the opposite of "silencer". In fact, I think it is neither of the two, since it is rather a muzzle weight (open space, without baffles, having hardly an effect on sound) than a recoil moderating ("brake") item.
<br>A brake has lateral orifices to divert gas efflux away from barrel axis (in part to the rear), thus giving less recoil or barrel "flip"....A brake adds to the report, in stead of reducing it.

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Cazzidy's Response to PJAG's Review

Written on: 30/09/2003

Thanks JPEG, please keep in touch, I am a Dutch in Belgium. Are you visiting any of the air gun forums, maybe?

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Pjag's Response to PJAG's Review

Written on: 30/09/2003

Hello (Butch) Cazzidy. Yes, it's a .177, I forgot to mention that.
<br>What you say about the slightly off-centre cocking lever; mine doesn't have that problem, it slides in perfectly. If yours did so from the beginning, perhaps you should contact your dealer about this.
<br>From what you write I conclude that the catch is in the right place, so maybe something could be done about the cocking lever. But that's too technical for me.
<br>Good luck,
<br>PJAG

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