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 Post subject: Air Hawk Project
PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 10:41 pm 
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I couldn't resist any longer. An Air Hawk Elite with 3-9x40AO for $150 was just to much potential project for me to pass up. I picked it up a week ago, and began the tuning process. Stripped down completely, de-burred, cleaned, cleaned some more, polished a lot, scrubbed the barrel free of the orange goo that was all over the guns internals as well. I planned on simply dropping in a PG2 and Pro Seal, but I decided to try the old spring from my HW95 which I did replace with PG2. It fit the AH guide very snugly, and seemed a good amount of preload. I had a new Diana piston seal that worked perfectly, replaced the breach seal, and buttoned it all up and gave it a shot. Awesome! Extremely smooth in the cocking and firing cycle. Actually almost as quiet as my D34 with PG2. Also accuracy is coming together now as the barrel is clean and leading in. We will see how it pans out. So far 13.2fpe and holding.
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 Post subject: Re: Air Hawk Project
PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 10:50 pm 
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looks good nice score and nice pedal rack lol.... 8) :?

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 Post subject: Re: Air Hawk Project
PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 10:52 pm 
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Thanks Ace. I realized I caught a bit in the pic. What can I say. It's my man cave! Lol


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 Post subject: Re: Air Hawk Project
PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 10:53 pm 
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ain't nothing wrong with that. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Air Hawk Project
PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 4:35 am 
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That's a nice looking gun, much better than I remember. I remember the stock looking over sized, maybe they improved it. Good color too.
So was the power an increase or drop compared to the old spring? The HW spring should be better quality, but 13ftlbs seems awfully low so I was wondering if maybe it's too tight, short, or maybe there's another problem?


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 Post subject: Re: Air Hawk Project
PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 8:53 am 
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The gun was non PAL. I didn't expect more than I got. 840fps with Exacts is in my experience right in the neighbourhood for the power plant it's cloned from. It's firing behaviour is great, so I'm going to shoot it as is and see what happens after everything beds in. Will likely see a slight increase, but I'm fine with it now.


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 Post subject: Re: Air Hawk Project
PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2014 6:50 pm 
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I've put around 300 rounds through it now and things are wearing in nicely. Accuracy continues to improve and the action is settling in. Power has jumped from 840 to 875.


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 Post subject: Re: Air Hawk Project
PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2014 11:18 pm 
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Well done, Mulby. I'd say you have something to nurture there.

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 Post subject: Re: Air Hawk Project
PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 4:04 pm 
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Today I decided to install a PG2 in the AH. I must say, these kits are the bees knees. 13.5fpe of complete smoothness. Recoil is greatly reduced, hold sensitivity as well. Pellet on pellet from 13 yards. This afternoon I'll take it along when I take the kid shooting and see what it's like at 30 or so yards.


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 Post subject: Re: Air Hawk Project
PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 6:40 pm 
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Well, nothing scientific, but- winner winner chicken dinner! 40 yard bean can off hand was no problem. Even with the cold, gusty wind. Exacts are the best pellet so far. So happy with this Air Hawk I might go for a B26 from Eric.


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 Post subject: Re: Air Hawk Project
PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 9:42 pm 
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Kit has settled in after the afternoon shoot. 13.9fpe and really consistent. The trigger has worn in too and I've adjusted for a fairly long first stage but light, crisp, and predictable second stage. Feels a lot like the T05 on my Diana 24, not quite as smooth but also doesn't have the years of use. Would I give up my 34 for the AH? No! But it is a great project gun that is fun to work with, and the rewards are big. I'm liking the thumb hole stock very much too.


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 Post subject: Re: Air Hawk Project
PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 10:32 pm 
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Looks like your the Saskatchewan springer guru :)

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 Post subject: Re: Air Hawk Project
PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 10:41 pm 
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I'm no guru. Just a hopeless addict that loves to tinker.


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 Post subject: Re: Air Hawk Project
PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 10:57 pm 
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I have a crabby qb36 if you like to tinker. I bought it to replace the Slavia I ruined trying to tinker. Good with air but bad with springs lol. Getting warm we should try for a shoot. I'm itching it dial in my 2260 frankengun.

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 Post subject: Re: Air Hawk Project
PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2014 9:16 pm 
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Got some new glass for the AHE today. The 3-9x40ao that comes with gun isn't to bad, but what project is complete without good optics? So I picked up yet another Hawke 3-12x44 Varmint. Some don't like the half mil dots, but I like them and the side focus. I think the last touch will be refinishing the lumber. Maybe I'll save that for next fall/winter. Almost forgot, after some shooting in the gun is settling in very nicely, 14.2fpe, and a smoother/crisper trigger. Total investment so far- too much $ but lots of fun.


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