Weihrauch HW90 Review

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You can never go wrong with a Weihrauch air gun and this beast certainly proves it. The HW90 delivers blasting power while retaining impressive accuracy. The fact that this gun still holds a place in the modern era competing with all the classics proves that this gun would never disappoint.

Gun Type

The Weihrauch HW90 is a gas piston-powered gun. A gas-powered gun works the same as a spring-powered; however; in this case, the coiled spring in the chamber is replaced with a gas strut. The air in the strut is already compressed and when the gun is cocked, more pressure is applied to it. The pressurized air is kept under tension until the trigger is pulled. When the gun is fired, the pellet is propelled downrange in the barrel due to the propellant force from the compressed air. A gas piston rifle has no spring fatigue or spring torque, even if left cocked for hours. It provides you with smoother cocking and smoother shooting with less recoil. It also functions perfectly in low temperature than in the case of the spring that can get affected by harsh weather conditions and lasts longer than the metal spring. Weihrauch HW90 air rifle has a caliber (the internal diameter of the bore) of .177(4.5 millimeters), .22(5.5 millimeters) and .25(6.35 millimeter). Weihrauch HW90 is a break barrel gun, to cock it, you need to pull the barrel downwards while holding the gun upwards; insert the pellet and swing it back to its natural position. The first few times may seem difficult but after a couple, you’ll be able to work it perfectly. Break barrel guns give you unlimited shooting capacity. You can shoot thousands of rounds without worrying about running out of gun powder. Also, the Weihrauch HW90 is a single shotgun, this means you can only shoot one pellet at a time, after which you’ll have to manually cock it and insert another pellet. Single-shot action gives you control over what type of pellet you want to shoot, and how you want to shoot it. It also improves your shooting skills because you’ll always want your first shot to count. 

Ammo

Weihrauch HW90 air rifle pellet

Since it has 3 types of calibers, Weihrauch HW90 has 3 types of ammo for each caliber: 177 calls uses .177 pellets, .22 call uses .22 pellets, .25 call uses .25 pellets. .177 pellets are lightweight, popular and very cheap; this makes them cost-effective and suitable for plinking, and target shooting. .22 pellets are heavier than .177 pellets, they produce more downrange knockdown power and have a more stable trajectory (its path towards its target); this makes them suitable for field hunting and pest control. The .25 pellets are heavier than .22 but produce less velocity than .22, if you’re hunting small game, the .25 will surely take down critters with a single shot, there isn’t much difference with the .22. However; if you’re larger critters like raccoons, there is a substantial difference in placement and range because .22 requires precise headshot while .25 can do the job with a chest shot.

Stock

The stock on the Weihrauch HW90 is a pure beauty, being of a varnished and plain beech. It has a well-rounded shape and includes substantial pistol grip with pressed checkering panels. The butt has a nice subtle rubber recoil pad and the stock is comfortable on aim.

Weihrauch HW90 air rifle stock

The Beech stock gives it lots of advantages; first, it has high hardness, has high resistance to abrasion and has high hardness. Secondly, it has a beautiful wooden texture. The beech stock has a very nice finish; it also has a very nice uniform and gorgeous texture. 

The substantial pistol grip allows you better leverage on the gun. The raised cheek piece allows your eye to align with the scope while keeping your cheek firmly resting on a solid surface of the firearm for maximum stability.  The stock is ambidextrous, meaning both left-handed and right-handed folks can use it comfortably.

Sight

Weihrauch HW90 air rifle scope

The sight on the Weihrauch HW90 is a globe front sight and a fully adjustable rear sight. The front globe sight consists of a hollow cylinder with a threaded cap; this allows you to interchange the front sight elements. The most accurate iron sight shooters like Olympic and international competitions (50m, 3-position) use globe sights where the front sight is not a post but an aperture. The rear sights are fully adjustable for wind age (allows you to adjust left and right) and for elevation (allows you to adjust up and down)

Weihrauch HW90 air rifle sight

Scope Mount: the scope mount on the Weihrauch HW90 is an 11mm dovetail. The dovetail is a set of parallel grooves that run along the top of the receiver on which you clamp the base of your scope. The dovetail is lightweight so it doesn’t add weight to your rifle it also ensures your scope is nice and tight to the bore of your rifle.

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Weihrauch HW90 Trigger

Weihrauch HW90 air rifle price

The Weihrauch HW90comes with an elite two-stage adjustable trigger. This amazing trigger allows you to adjust the weight of the pull and the weight of the travel. 

Trigger Safety: a safety device has been incorporated to eliminate the possibility of accidents that occur due to accidental discharge of the pellets. The safety engages immediately the gun is cocked back after the pellet has been inserted.

Cocking and Loading

To cock and load the Weihrauch HW90, simply:

  • Place the gun with the butt stock on your lap, while holding it upwards,
  • Slap the barrel downwards and pull it down until it reaches its limit.
  • Into the now open breech, insert your pellet into the barrel.
  • Cock it back into place and you are ready to shoot.

Velocity, Accuracy and Power

The velocity of the Weihrauch HW90 is 1050 FPS with .177 caliber pellets, 853 FPS with .22 caliber pellets and 625 FPS with .25 caliber pellets. 

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Chrony tests have given us the results as:

With .177 caliber pellets

Pellet Name Pellet Weight In Grains  Velocity     (FPS) Muzzle Energy (ft.lbs)
Laser 6.50108417
Hobby6.90109119
R10 Lite7.00104819
Silver Bear7.10109219
Club7.11109719
Super H-point7.40109720
H&N Match HS7.70108719
Laser Sport7.70104019
CO27.70103219
Meisterkuglen Pistol 7.70105419
Napier Pro Hunter7.72105217
Trophy7.8899818
CP Lite7.90100618
Accupell7.90102118
JSB Express7.90100017
Bearcub 8.09100119
JSB Predator8.10102118
Silver Ace8.12100016
JSB Stratton8.20100116
H&N Match8.20102619
Super Point8.3098820
Superdome8.3093919
R10 Heavy8.3094319

With .22 Caliber pellets

Pellet NameWeight in GrainsVelocity (FPS)Muzzle Energy (ft.lbs)
Hobby11.9084019
Silver Bear12.8083020
Laser13.3681819
H&N Match13.7579319
Meisterkuglen13.9078519
Super H Point13.9077920
Trophy14.0078220
Accupell14.3076819
Crosman Premier14.3077919
JSB Express14.3077519
Bearcub14.4476820
SuperPoint14.5079619
Superdome14.5076719
Beeman FTS14.6077819
Ram Jet14.7673719
Silver Ace15.2470718
Napier Pro Hunter15.4079621
Silver Sting15.7474319
JSB Exact15.9074319
JSB Predator16.1072119
Silver Arrow17.1069219
Crow Magnum18.2068419
Kodiak21.1062118

With .25 Caliber Pellets:

Pellet Name Pellet Weight In GrainsVelocity (FPS)Muzzle Energy (ft.lbs)
Laser17.3067814
FTS20.0066017
Silver Ace23.5058615
H&N Match21.0064016
Perfect Rounds24.0058416
Ram Jet24.0060216
Silver Arrow24.2057315
Silver Sting25.0057616
Crow Magnum26.0058017
Silver Bear26.1057717
Ram Point26.9056416
Kodiak 30.7052617
Kodiak Match30.8052317

Noise

This rifle has a great reputation on noise, the silencer included has done a great job in minimizing the sound, there are lots of customer reviews without a single complain on noise. It’s certainly suitable for backyard usage without disturbing the neighbors and in urban areas.

Maintenance

 The Weihrauch HW90 hardly requires lots of care; however, you can take these precautions to make sure your air gun remains as good as new: 

  • Maintain your bluing: the outer metalwork of your air gun has a finish known as the bluing, make sure to always keep your rifle dry as this can rust not just by contact with water but even damp atmosphere. Clean the dry surfaces with an oily rag you can use WD40 or 3-in-1.
  •  Get a rifle rest: Buy or make a combined toolbox and rifle stand to make working on your gun easier. By having your support, both of your hands are free to work well with, this makes it easier to work and prevents possibility your rifle falling due to fatigue. 
  • Preserve your gun: keep your guns away safely, you can get a gun cabinet for that, however always make sure your cabinet and gun are dry to avoid rust and condensation before storing them.
  • Love your stock: your gunstock is probably the best bit of your air gun. Oil finished stocks should be oiled regularly to keep their appearance. The wood needs to be dry and the stock oil should be applied by hand; the heat from your hand warms the oil helping it to penetrate the grain. Lacquered stock can be protected using furniture wax or beeswax.
  • Also, remember to oil your gun every 250 shots and to clean the barrel with cleaning rod every 500 shots.

Shooting Range and Intended Use

The effective shooting range of the Weihrauch HW90 is up to 50 yards. Many customer reviews have acknowledged the power it produces within the range. This gun is suitable for small game hunting, pest elimination and target practice.

Warranty

As of this date, the Weihrauch HW90 has a 1-year limited warranty.

Weihrauch HW90 Specifications

  • Caliber: .177 (4.5mm), .22 (5.5mm), .25 (6.35mm).
  • Loudness: 3-medium
  • Barrel Length: 19.69 inches
  • Overall Length: 45.28 inches
  • Shot Capacity: 1
  • Cocking Effort: 46 lbs.
  • Barrel: Rifled
  • Front Sight: Globe with Aperture Inserts
  • Rear Sight: Adjustable for wind age and elevation.
  • Scopable: 11mm dovetail.
  • Trigger: Two-stage adjustable.
  • Butt plate: Rubber.
  • Suggested for: Small game hunting/ plinking.
  • Action: Break barrel.
  • Safety: Automatic.
  • Power plant: Gas Piston.
  • Function:  Single-shot.
  • Body Type: rifle.
  • Weight: 8.82 lbs.

Customer Reviews

If you look at customer reviews for the Weihrauch HW90 on YouTube or PyramydAir you’ll see very interesting positive reviews. They don’t just give 5 stars and one lined comments like “it’s a nice gun”, No they go completely insane about it, many customers have acknowledged that it’s an absolute joy to own such a beast and that it is worth every single penny. Lots of customers have talked about the splitting power this rifle produces, along with great accuracy and consistent shots and also how it manages to provide consistent ratings in velocity and power with different pellets. Many other customers have testified on how the rifle stands the test of time because most of them who bought theirs in the 70s still use it till date. However; some negative reviews complain about the weight and cocking effort of this rifle. These though are minor issues that you’ll soon get used to as you use this rifle.

Weihrauch HW90 air rifle price

Pros

  • Beautifully finished sportier beech stock
  • Monte Carlo stock
  • Beautiful all around bluing
  • Fantastic trigger
  • Great accuracy 
  • Mind-blowing power
  • Outstanding safety mechanism
  • It delivers on accuracy as advertised
  • Consistent velocities with different pellets

Cons

  • Gun is pretty heavy
  • Cocking takes a bit of effort

Weihrauch HW90 Price

Weihrauch HW90 air rifle price

As of this date, this rifle sells for about $650, yes, you don’t read it wrong, this break barrel gun has the same price as a PCP air rifle.But for all the features and impressive power it has, this price is justified when you know you can trust this rifle to accompany with you in the field for years to come.

Conclusion

Weihrauch has been setting the bar on air rifles for over 50 years and the HW90 certainly delivers. Its beastly power and accuracy are commendable and that certainly makes it one of the best air rifles on the market today. 

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