It’s always a process to really get in there and test a new airgun. It takes a lot of time and patience and a pretty steady hand too. I enjoy the process and I enjoy sharing the results even more. In part 3 of this review of the Weihrauch HW50S, we are going to take our 7 pellets from our velocity tests and see how they do at 10 yards with just open sights.
As I started the process I used my tried and trusty Birchwood Casey Shoot-N-C stick on targets. Unfortunately the black sights got completely lost on the dark background of the targets. Fortunately, they have several great target options, and so I switched over to the Birchwood Casey TSA-12 bright orange targets. They may not have the “Shoot-n-c” feature, but they allowed me to the sights clearly on the target. Next I setup and started shooting groups down my 10 yard indoor range.
I have a pretty simple process that I’ve used for years. I start with some basic pellet choices and just see how they do. More often than not, a couple of pellets shoot pretty well and after some more trial and error, I find the best of the bunch and get down to some real accuracy tests. If nothing in the first group of pellet choices delivers, I have some 70 more that I can dip into. For today’s test there were a couple that showed real promise but we’ll get to that shortly.
Here’s how I shoot my initial groups. I sight my airgun with the first pellet as dead center as I can. Today we’ll start with the RWS Hobby pellets, the lightest of the group, and start shooting our 5 shot groups. I did not change the sights throughout the testing. It’s interesting to see how the point of impact and group size changes across different pellets. And, this is only at 10 yards. Imagine what may happen when we stretch it to 20 yards. In any case, here are the results from our 7 pellet test group
Shot cards. 5 shots from each pellet taken from 10 yards.:RWS Hobbies 11.9 GRN, 655.5 FPS – .797″ CTC H&N Hollow Points 12.65 GRN, 672.7 FPS – .534″ CTC Hatsan Vortex Express 13.21 GRN, 636.4 FPS – .686″ CTC Crosman Premier 14.3 GRN, 590.8 FPS – .796″ CTC Crosman Premier Hollow Point 14.3 GRN, 612.2 FPS – .391″ CTC JSB Jumbo Express Diabolo 14.3 GRN, 578.7 FPS – .660″ CTC H&N Field Target Trophy (5.55mm) 14.66 GRN, 608.7 FPS – .750″ CTC
From those results I can clearly see 2 that stand out above the rest; the Crosman Premier Hollow Points and the H&N Hollow Points. Normally I’d take those two pellets and focus on seeing how they do at 20 yards. But, I’m very curious to see how all of our test pellets are going to perform at that range. So, for the 4th and final part of this review, I’m going to mount a Hawke Airmax EV 4-12×40 AO scope and shoot another set of shot cards down my 20 yard outdoor range. So keep watching the blog for the next set of test results!