I have bought a second hand HW97K MK1 and I wondered what sort of day to day maintenance I need to do on it.
To use a crap analogy, is a gun like a car, ie need to clean, check oil, tyres etc on a regular basis and once a year give it/get done a good service?
Also would anyone know the differences between a MK1 HW97K and its later versions?
Apologies if this question has been asked before.
I did do a search on maintenance but gave up searching all the hundreds of posts after someone commented that I don't seem to be doing much work
It is often said 'if it ain't broke don't try and fix it'.
Certainly get familiar with how the action separates from the stock and wipe the action over with an oil rag at regular intervals (some people do this after every shoot as it only takes a few seconds) and certainly if the rifle has been out in the rain (after drying the rifle of course). A rub over the stock with a stock oil or polish will also help.
As to a regular service, my advice is to get to know what your rifle feels like, sounds like and its performance (chrono needed at best).
If any undue changes are noticed then it could be time for a service with, at minimum, a relube and at worst a reseal/respring.
I keep a slightly oily rag in a plastic bag, and wipe over the blueing every time I use any rifle. A compound called "Ballistol," is also popular. If it gets wet, dry off first, if it gets really soaked, take the stock off, and dry both stock and action carefully. I rub some furniture wax inside the stock to stop any rain soaking in. If you put a wet rifle into its case, don't forget to dry the inside of the case as well. If the stock is varnished, I wipe over with a slightly damp cloth occasionly, if walnut, I oil it. If you get rain down the barrel, dry it with a pull through. Some people never clean a springer barrel, but I do every 6 months, or so.
The ox is slow, but the earth is patient.
if its still accurate leave it alone.
if you lose accuracy then start investigating it.
cosmetically, give it a wipe down with an oily rag after you have been out and if it gets wet while your out let it dry fully before you wipe it down with the rag and try not to store it in the slip/case as they can sweat and ruin the blueing.
basically - its an HW so its not going to need a lot of care and attention. they are built well and designed for a hard life around a farm being knocked about in the back of a tractor etc. without any day to day maintenance being done on them. HW springers are probably the most resillient rifles on the market.
The MK1 had a longer barrel and maybe smaller internals.
And maybe a square spring!!!
If the serial number is below 1446049 then it has the smaller internals.
Just wipe down with an oily rag EVERYTIME you touch it. (Day to day maintenance)
If it was me I always strip any new S/H rifle I buy and re grease it how I like.
Hi. If it's OK just shoot it and in about twenty years get it serviced. It's a weihrauch.
Last edited by Peter Dunkley; 05-07-2010 at 04:02 PM.
When I die don't let my wife sell my guns for what she thinks I gave for them!!!
Since then I have removed the original all steel, four prong spring guide and fitted a newer plastic jobby.
As you say ... built like tanks.