I have not purchased a new airgun in quite a while until recently, as I love the old school airguns of yester year. I love the craftsmanship, and the wood. Recently J.M imported a few HW guns and I bought a HW 98 with the new HW improvements....man I was impressed. The blueing of teh metal is great and the attention to detail on these new HWs are good too.
The breech is somewhat redesigned..wit a star type looking breech, a different way of securing the barrel to the breech I assume. The cocking lever is new. The front securement for the front stocj screws is new and improved..no more welded on tabs to the compression tube which I am sure used to work havoc on the I.D tne specs. Now its more of a TX type of deal attached with a torx screw, and there is a spring which keeps the cocking arm silent and rattle free.
The piston seal is new also. I pulled my apart and installed a J.M kit and hornet piston seal. I was amazed at just how tight the OEM spring was on the OEM guide which looks much like a J.M part. Virtually no twang out of the box..and a smooth shooter. My HW 98 is kind of rare as it is in 22 cal. New airguns never really impressed me...But this new HW is just so good it changed my mind on New airguns.
Remember me? You had called and talked to me about the HW35 model, probably a year ago now.
Anyhow, just wanted to say that the HW98 "in .22 caliber" has always struck me as being a potential "sleeper" of a great airgun design, bypassed by the masses.
It just seems like the model 98 gets more "attention" to the details, all the way down the line from beginning to end. When you add in the .22 caliber option, it would seem to be a heck of a nice air rifle that would handle 99% of most airgunners needs.
Glad you are enjoying your new HW98.
Did you buy it a AoA or somewhere else?