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PostPosted: Mon Dec 23, 2019 11:36 pm 
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Anyone have a HW77k or 97k with the laminated stock? What is your opinion on them? The underlever is already a heavier gun and without being able to handle the beech stock and laminate side by side its difficult to judge just how each balances.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 24, 2019 1:48 am 
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Got a laminate 77. It balances very well. Never owned the beech version though. But really, once you add the scope and mounts, there's not much between them. The laminate feels cooler to the touch and is better at hiding dings in the stock (but normal wood can have the dings steamed out of them though).:-)


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 24, 2019 7:39 am 
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I think walnut will age better. As in, it 10-15-20 years, it will still appeal to many shooters

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 24, 2019 8:07 am 
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Mike that stock is reallllllllllyyyyyy nice. I didn’t know they were available in walnut.
I have the HW100 in laminate and like it a lot. I do prefer the look of laminate but I know that’s not for everyone. As mentioned the laminate hides dings and dents much better but as far as weight goes I don’t think the 1/4 lb difference is noticeable. I have the 97 in beech and it’s a bit too heavy to tramp around with as it is.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 24, 2019 12:59 pm 
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The 97's and 98's are quite heavy regardless of the wood involved. When you are talking about over 10 or 11 pounds with scope, you
are talking heavy rifles. Thankfully, I'm still able to pack those - not much different than my 12 pound Sharps or 11 1/2 pound 1876 Winchester.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 24, 2019 1:36 pm 
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I'm strongly leaning towards the laminate. This one will wear peep sights saving some weight. If walnut were an option that would be my first choice. My thoughts are if I like the gun as much as I expect to, I could more easily sell the laminate stock and replace it with a nice piece of walnut.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 25, 2019 7:10 am 
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The only problem with Walnut stocks for the HW ‘s is that their near impossible to find. I e tried getting one from across the pond but they don’t seem to want to ship to Canada. If someone knows where to get a nice walnut stock for an HW80 let me know.

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Had a blue one, sold it for a pretty penny to an American. They are very thick and the pistol grip is at and unnatural position.

Plus the worry of damaging it.

Replaced it with a synthetic thumbhole, best thing I ever did for that gun.

Much more user friendly, easy to carry, easier to cock and I'm more accurate.

Pretty is nice but not always practical.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 25, 2019 5:35 pm 
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I was reading on another forum where a fellow has had 2 HW laminated stocks break.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 26, 2019 7:40 pm 
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Well, to close the loop on this, I've decided to go with a beech stock. I'm more of a traditionalist at heart! Thanks for being a sounding board everyone!


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2020 4:36 pm 
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peterdulux wrote:
Had a blue one, sold it for a pretty penny to an American. They are very thick and the pistol grip is at and unnatural position.

Plus the worry of damaging it.

Replaced it with a synthetic thumbhole, best thing I ever did for that gun.

Much more user friendly, easy to carry, easier to cock and I'm more accurate.

Pretty is nice but not always practical.




where did you buy thumbhole synthetic from? thanks

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 14, 2020 10:50 pm 
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I replaced the Blackline stock on my HW97 with a beech thumbhole. I like it a LOT better.
Have to admit, that stock of Sillymike's HW97 is REALLY nice.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 15, 2020 4:13 pm 
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FurFinFeather wrote:
Anyone have a HW77k or 97k with the laminated stock? What is your opinion on them? The underlever is already a heavier gun and without being able to handle the beech stock and laminate side by side its difficult to judge just how each balances.


Personally, I would have preferred to have the standard stock, in walnut, but laminated in blue or salt and pepper would have been OK as well.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2020 1:06 pm 
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I have a blue lam 97

Only thing I dont like about this stock, but has been corrected on the HW77 lams, is checkering. The Blue lam is smooth at grip and fore stock. slips a bit with sweaty hands or gloves. Other wise, the rifle balance well.

Other comments mentioned.. Thick at the wrist.. Yes, but any of the newer HW rifles seemed to have thicker grips these days. Dont know if it's something to do with wood quality or what. Even my 80's vintage 870 has a thinner grip than a newer 870

Two broken laminate stocks???? Sounds like they were dropped on end.I'm looking at the design of my blue lam stock, and a FWB laminate stock and I dont see how they could be any weaker than straight woodthe way the grain is oriented..

An article from this forum about a HW98 stock breaking while cocking.I was sure there was a second incident with pictures as well
topic57326.html?hilit=hw98%20stock

found the second article.. in French but pictures.
topic48008.html?hilit=hw98%20stock


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2020 12:28 pm 
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sillymike wrote:
I think walnut will age better. As in, it 10-15-20 years, it will still appeal to many shooters

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That is one nice walnut stock. Looks like something from the aftermarket to me, but I am only guessing.

Back in the late 1990's, I ordered a very nice walnut Vantage stock from Venom Arms in the UK, for my HW80. (Edit: to say that my Venom stock looked very similar to the one in the picture.)

I know Jim Maccari at Air Rifle Headquarters in the U.S., makes very nice airgun stocks, but I just looked on his website and he has an update from 2017 saying he won't ship outside of the U.S. :(


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