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Old 03-11-2017, 05:27 PM
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My FWB 300 S Match is out of storage



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Been surfing through this group in the last few days and you all have caused the embers to burst into flame. So, decided it was time to unpack my FWB 300 S Match and start getting her ready for some backyard fun when the weather gets right. She still looks new doing the external inspection. It’s been some time since she’s been out of storage and I do hope she’s pulling at the bit to go. So, with that I’ll give you a little background and post a couple of photos.

She was purchased new from the Arroyo Sports Center located in Pasadena, California, May 23rd, 1981. Arroyo Sports had received her from the distributor which at the time was Beeman’s Precision Airguns, Inc. located in San Rafael, CA.

A note about the test card in the instruction book reads “Each and every FEINWERKBAU carries its own test card and guarantees – 5 shots fired at 10 metres range must pass through the same hole as individual proof of its incredible accuracy……… “.

Do hope internally she is still in good shape. Have tried to keep her stored in a decent environment. We’ll see.



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Old 03-11-2017, 05:45 PM
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Just bought one from here --
Really enjoying getting it going ---have some fun with yours --
If you don't like it -- haha ---let me know --
What scope??
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Old 03-11-2017, 06:03 PM
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Hadn't thought about a scope. Will start off with the diopter aperture sight that came with her.
I'll see how that goes first.

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NIB from 1981. I'm not sure I could bring myself to shoot it. (I'd buy a "shooter grade" probably)

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Old 03-11-2017, 09:20 PM
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Hi David,

Didn't mean to mislead anyone. Can't be counted as NIB as over the 36 year period it has be out of the box and doing its thing a number of times. I've always been amazed at the accuracy. Never had anything else I've shot even come close. Its a joy to shoot. Just hope sitting so long this last time has done it no harm.

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Old 03-11-2017, 11:39 PM
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Great rifles - I've been collecting them for our junior club. Yesterday I rebuilt a recent acquisition, a 300S "Mini", here shown in front of the full-size version. This was the first time the rifle had ever been rebuilt and I found that the age-sludged assembly lube originally applied during manufacturing was what was probably causing poor accuracy, although the 40-year-old plastic seals had also age-hardened a bit. I added new springs because I had them, although I believe the ones I removed are fine and will use them in a club gun recently gone south. This one now shoots into the customary one hole through 25 yards, and one of my shooters scored regular 10.9's with it today in prone.



The Mini is light and compact enough to make a good sporter, and hopped-up springs are available to add some velocity.
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Old 03-12-2017, 12:40 AM
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Bob, thanks for the post and photo. Great to hear about the 25 yd. test and that you have some good marksmen on your team.

If I read you correctly sounds like there are parts available for the FWB 300 S when needed. I do want to spend more time with mine now and learn as much as I can so I too can do mechanical maintenance when needed. I'll start looking for any documents, reading posts and looking for possible publications that may increase my knowledge about what makes these critters tick and possibly what parts one should have on hand. Looking forward to the shooting too, especially since I'll be able to do it around the homestead now.
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The rebuild videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4MJsRTIx2I&t=2s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkkNDxn79aE

The parts sources:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPx89J8COB4&t=7s
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Old 03-12-2017, 01:32 AM
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Great Bob. Thanks very much for the links.
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Hi David,

Didn't mean to mislead anyone. Can't be counted as NIB as over the 36 year period it has be out of the box and doing its thing a number of times. I've always been amazed at the accuracy. Never had anything else I've shot even come close. Its a joy to shoot. Just hope sitting so long this last time has done it no harm.

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Still, impeccable condition. With the box and other items it's far above-average condition.

I have a 300S Mini and enjoy shooting it. Mine was probably a German club gun and still smells of cigarettes. The bluing on the cocking lever is worn. I kinda prefer shooting it this way.

I find the wear on sporters to be much less elegant. Rust spots and stock gouges don't exactly give the nostalgia of patina, if you know what I mean.

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Old 03-12-2017, 11:13 AM
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David,

The box that I keep the rifle foam insert in is the original that is duck taped together and a bit the worse for wear. When I opened it up I found all the original documents that I had forgot were there.

Glad to hear that you're another pleased FWB 300 pilot. There seems to be a number of us that we can share knowledge with. Great. Bob Smalser has been a big help all ready.

With the weather the way it is here I'm going to check the basement for a possible 10 meter lane for some indoor practice until the outside temperatures get reasonable. Then I'll be able to practice from the covered porch, off hand or bench, toward the south which is hundreds of farm acreage that starts at the edge of the backyard. Need to start looking for some 10 meter targets and I've started thinking about building a light weight fold up bench to use also. Anyway, fun stuff that will keep this old dog out of mischief, maybe......

Going to check the inventory for I know there are some tins of pellets that I purchased with the original FWB 300S buy and some later purchases. Also, thinking I should order some MP-5 lubricant to use when necessary but sparingly. If I remember correctly very little of that type of maintenance is required with these FWB 300s. As you see I need to get up to speed on the proper procedures for the old girl.

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Well I've known Joe R for a while and if you love old air guns and really love old FWB 300s. Then you should watch JWR try a new method on one of his 300 stocks(or maybe you wont want to see what he did to this poor stock?). It can bring a tear to your eye. lol


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Well I've known Joe R for a while and if you love old air guns and really love old FWB 300s.........
Bob Smalser, who has been a great help, put me on to Joe Rhea's youtube presentations which I have started working my way through. Not only are they a great learning tool, enjoyable, but they're also keeping me from getting wrapped around the axle. Had the pleasure of meeting Joe on the wireless the other evening. A real gent who obviously knows his stuff.
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Found some targets from Sept. 7, 2006, the last time I had the FWB 300S out of the box. Thought I would post them so we can compare how I do when it’s possible to start shooting at 10 meters again, which will require that I’m outside. I’ll be waiting for a warming spell and in the mean time getting some sort of bench setup ready.

The targets in the photos were placed at 10 meters and each group was 10 rounds.The shots were from a bench rest with the diopter sight that came with the FWB 300S. The pellets were H&N Match, as you see in the pellet photo, packaged for Beeman. They were purchased the same day as the FWB, May 1981, and the price on the bottom of the tin shows $4.99. I think the price has escalated a bit since then. I've found there are still six tins in the inventory counting the tin in the photo. This has become a fun experience locating items I had collected for the FWB. Looking forward to being able to get sighted-in again and start practicing.





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