i was recently fortuneate enough to get the funds together to buy a new weihrauch hw 60j in .22 hornet. The weihrauch website is a little lacking as to information and photos of their fac rifles but owning two of their air rifles already i know how well they are built. After much searching i found a few people who could order one for me and after a few emails this was done by steve beaty of ivythorn sporting. The importers said there would be a twelve week wait. Well on a slow day at work i e mailed steve and the rifle had turned up the day before after only eight weeks.
So i loaded the family into the car and trotted off to somerset to pick the rifle up. This is only the second new rifle i have bought and it was really nice to be able to test it on the range at ivythorn. after a long drive i was greeted by both steve and shane who i found to be very honest in their approach towards me with no pressure to buy anything but were willing to listen to my thoughts and requirements. Shane swapped a scope off of my air rifle to put on the hornet and then fitted a spare scope of mine back onto my air rifle. There was no rush to take my money as compared to other shops i have been in and i was told to keep hold of it until i had tested the rifle and was happy with it which i thought was a nice touch.
As for the rifle itself it is everything i had hoped it would be. The finish is superb both on the stock and the metal work. the stock whilst typically european really works and i have no problem with cheek weld with the hog back style. The trigger is a two stage with a smooth first pull then a definate stop before gentle pressure releases the firing pin with no creep. I was a little worried about which scope and mounts to use as i wanted them low enough to get my head on the stock but i wondered if the bolt would interfear with the scope but the bolt has a shallow lift so its no problem at all. the barrel is of a heavy contour but not a varmint. It feels solid but not front end heavy. it is fully floated and although the stock has a slim forened the is very little flex if any and a generous float. The wood itself is superb and the photos just dont do it justice.
So far with factory ammo i have managed .6 inch groups at 75 yards sitting off of sticks and .8 inch groups at 100 yards shooting prone off of a ruck sack. im not ashamed to say most of my rifle shooting up until now has been sub 75 yard so 100 yards trying to shoot an inch square seems a bit far but i hope to improve on these groups with practice a better shooting bench and refined home loads. Im certainly confident that the rifle will out shoot me.
I will keep you posted on how the load developing goes and what accuracy i can get.
Thanks again to stave and shane at ivythorn and i would recommend them to anyone.