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Offline Richard Saunders

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HW80 refurb
« on: March 26, 2017, 03:34:32 PM »
I've been working on giving my old HW80 a refurb. It dates from the early 80s and has had a hard life, being used to shoot rabbits, crows, pigeons etc. and treated very much as a working gun all its life with never a thought for cleaning it. Now, like me, it needs a little TLC in it middling years. The barrel was rusty and pitted, as was the rest of the metal work. The wood was battered, dented, scratched and scarred from a thousand bramble bushes and worse. I've just about finished re-bluing the metal and though its not perfect I'm pretty chuffed with myself as everything I usually touch ends in compete disaster. And I've also just started work on the stock - a rub down and two coats of all. I wish I'd posted some before pictures, but these are some pictures of 'work in progress'!





Daystate Hunstman Regal. Stage 2 Vmach HW80 and  HW35. Currently trying my best not to knob up a refurbishment attempt on an HW77K.

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Re: HW80 refurb
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2017, 03:36:36 PM »

Daystate Hunstman Regal. Stage 2 Vmach HW80 and  HW35. Currently trying my best not to knob up a refurbishment attempt on an HW77K.

Would you like to buy my book? https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mutiny-Spitfire-pirates-mutineers-treasure-ebook/dp/B00DMY2OPU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1496849135&sr=8-1&keywords=mutiny+on+the+spitfire

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Re: HW80 refurb
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2017, 07:55:56 PM »
It's all looking good on those photographs .

 Are the internals still in good fettle?
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Re: HW80 refurb
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2017, 09:06:26 PM »
That's looking great.

Which rebluing kit did you use?

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Re: HW80 refurb
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2017, 09:20:55 PM »
To be honest, I thought the internals would be knackered when I used the gun for the first time in years, but it was throwing inch groups at 30 metres. That said I'm sure it would benefit from new internals.

I used a re-bluing kit from Birchwood Casey - de-greaser, rust/blue remover and bluing paste all in one. So incredibly easy and I'm sure that in the hands of someone more competent than me the results would be event better. I'm also using some Birchwood Casey Tru-Oil on the stock. I'm two coats in and so far, so good.

The whole process has given me some confidence so I'm going to look at buying a real cheapy basket-case and seeing how good a transformation I can achieve.
Daystate Hunstman Regal. Stage 2 Vmach HW80 and  HW35. Currently trying my best not to knob up a refurbishment attempt on an HW77K.

Would you like to buy my book? https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mutiny-Spitfire-pirates-mutineers-treasure-ebook/dp/B00DMY2OPU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1496849135&sr=8-1&keywords=mutiny+on+the+spitfire

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Re: HW80 refurb
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2017, 08:28:48 AM »
The secret to a perfect finish is in the preparation or in my case nip down the road to see Colin molloy and get him to do it lol  ;D
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Re: HW80 refurb
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2017, 05:46:28 PM »
Nice to see your busy, i bet it will fine with just a clean & relube,check the piston seal while your at it & any rough spots on the piston skirt & cylinder.May be replace the breach seal these do rot with age. :)

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Re: HW80 refurb
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2017, 07:15:57 PM »
Fourth coat of oil. One more and I'll put the gun back together and see if it still works!


Daystate Hunstman Regal. Stage 2 Vmach HW80 and  HW35. Currently trying my best not to knob up a refurbishment attempt on an HW77K.

Would you like to buy my book? https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mutiny-Spitfire-pirates-mutineers-treasure-ebook/dp/B00DMY2OPU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1496849135&sr=8-1&keywords=mutiny+on+the+spitfire

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Re: HW80 refurb
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2017, 07:31:10 PM »
That's looking very nice.

 Is it proper, cut chequering?
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Re: HW80 refurb
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2017, 07:55:08 PM »
OMG Richard.......are those.....ahem.....errrr, 'golf clubs' I see in the background? :o

Just think.........those could quite easily metamophisize into another airgun.....it has been know, yer know!!! ;)