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Offline Richard Saunders

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Doing my best to rescue an HW77
« on: June 07, 2017, 02:17:24 PM »
I bought a bargain HW77 advertised as having had a hard life. It arrived today and I have to say that it wasn't half as bad as I was expecting. Yes, the stock was scratched and a little dented, and there was some pitting on the metal work, but nowhere near the basket case I was anticipating (and the price I paid for it!).

Anyway, its in pieces now in the garage. The plan is to fit a Vmach kit, re-blue the metalwork; I had a go at this on my HW80 and learned some lessons so will have another go with a kit. If it goes tits up then I'll have a pro do it again. And I'll also re-furb the stock - something I have already started.

Here's some pix:

Before:








Stock rubbed down


First coat of oil/white spirit mixture applied

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Re: Doing my best to rescue an HW77
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2017, 02:32:25 PM »
Not looking bad its a shame how they darken in patches though
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Re: Doing my best to rescue an HW77
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2017, 02:45:16 PM »
Yeah. I suspect that I could get over that with some kind of stain, but by the time I have oiled it up a few times I think the dark patches will be less in your face.

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Re: Doing my best to rescue an HW77
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2017, 02:51:28 PM »
Stain leaves dark patches too mate i know from past experience that almost made me cry  :)
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Re: Doing my best to rescue an HW77
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2017, 04:23:00 PM »
Yeah - I hear you. It is frustrating but I keep telling myself it is going to be better than it was before - and that's not something I can always claim when I have had a go at fixing something!

Anyway, first coat of oil has gone on now:


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Re: Doing my best to rescue an HW77
« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2017, 01:22:36 PM »
A few more coats of oil on now and starting to get some nice shine...




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Re: Doing my best to rescue an HW77
« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2017, 02:48:13 PM »
Keep at it mate its coming along nicely  ;)
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Re: Doing my best to rescue an HW77
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2017, 12:43:07 PM »
Keep up the good work!!

I was given a HW97 stock by a mate as he's a bit OCD with his guns, It fell over and marked it ever so slightly so he bought a Custom stock to replace it!!

I acquired an action from another mate although it was dead rough, I've put them together , It shoots well smooth but I chopped too much off the mainspring and it's a bit low on power, I've a few more mainsprings that will do the job though..





I bought the Venom muzzle weight second hand, It was a second grade item and doesn't look very nice in the hand!!

I'm supposedly going to strip the rifle and polish it for reblueing (When I can drag myself away from this infernal interweb thingy!!)  :o


John  :)