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Re: FWB 300S can still compete with the best of them...

Post by Mac » Thu May 08, 2014 9:03 pm

This guy didn't just win, he kicked butt. After having shot a number of FWB 300s, I have yet to shoot one that wasn't deadly accurate.

Remarkable piece of engineering.
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Re: FWB 300S can still compete with the best of them...

Post by jgoodz » Fri May 09, 2014 9:32 am

Very impressive indeed 8-)

I have only shot mine a handful of times after buying it recently, the accuracy I have seen already is very impressive. Would a large/heavier scope have a negative impact on the action and mechanics of this rifle Len? I have no gun to put my Falcon T50 on :lol:

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Post by Leonardj » Fri May 09, 2014 8:34 pm

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Re: FWB 300S can still compete with the best of them...

Post by penage guy » Fri May 16, 2014 9:57 pm

I'm still learning about the FWB 300S and have scoped mine for bench rest shooting. With the sledge system, does it respond well to being shot off a bipod? Does this rifle mind being shot off a shooting rest or does it help to use the "artillery hold"?

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Post by Leonardj » Sat May 17, 2014 12:50 am

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Re: FWB 300S can still compete with the best of them...

Post by penage guy » Sat May 17, 2014 5:02 am

Leonardj wrote:
penage guy wrote:I'm still learning about the FWB 300S and have scoped mine for bench rest shooting. With the sledge system, does it respond well to being shot off a bipod? Does this rifle mind being shot off a shooting rest or does it help to use the "artillery hold"?
The absolute beauty of the FWB 300S sledge system is that it effectively isolates virtually all reactionary movements of the action from the stock, and thus, the shooter.
Thus, the rifle can be shot from a bipod, or bench rest, or even off-hand, with minimal adjustment to your hold technique. As close to shooting a PCP as you will ever get with a spring gun.

When shooting FT with my 300S, I am using a sitting/standing height bipod, while seated on a 16.5" high stool. For the disciplined lanes, I can shoot from either a (modified) kneeling position, or from the standing offhand position with no detrimental effect on the POA/POI that were established at the various distances while shooting from the bipod.

I have shot the above pictured 300S at ranges from 10 yards, to as far out as 100 yards, with amazing results.
The results that I have achieved have proven quite repeatable with other FWB 300S rifles that I have prepared for others, and as well, Harry Fuller, and a few others, such as Mr Berube above, have also proved the potential of these fine old match rifles.

Careful consideration however, must be given to the scope used on these guns - especially if they have been modified to bring them closer to FT capable velocities. While the firing cycle properties are isolated from the shooter, through the sledge mechanism, the scope is attached to the actual powerplant, and is subject to the shock and vibrations produced by any similarly powered springer. As a consequence, the scope must be airgun rated.
Thanks for the informative response. It's nice to know that a rifle like this can still be a very good shooter. Before I put a scope on it (airgun rated), I had thought of selling it, and I'm now glad I changed my mind. My next step is to shoot it at longer ranges to determine which domed pellet it prefers for accuracy. My 10m indoor results for JSB RS, Express, and Exact 8.44 grain pellets all showed good promise -- but of course the proof will come at greater distance. I understand that many 10m shooters use wadcutters that have a smaller head diameter (e.g. 4.50mm) than the RS and Express (both at 4.52mm). Would a preference for smaller head diameters for 10m shooting make a smaller head diameter a better candidate for accuracy at, say, 25m than the RS or Express pellets?

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Re: FWB 300S can still compete with the best of them...

Post by Leonardj » Sat May 17, 2014 5:08 pm

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Re: FWB 300S can still compete with the best of them...

Post by penage guy » Sun May 18, 2014 6:47 am

Thanks once again. If I may be allowed a further indulgence, I have one more question. My 300S shoots RS pellets with a MV in the 620s, Express in the low 580s, and the JSB Exact 8.44 grainers in the 560s. The ES with these pellets is usually under 15 fps with SD less than 5 fps. I understand that when new this rifle would likely have shot the typical pellet used back then (my gun is from 1983, I believe) at about 630 - 650 fps. I know the rifle could be improved, but given its age are the results I'm getting within reasonable expectations?

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