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Spring-Piston shooters: How often do you replace the spring?

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--- Quote from: gonzav on March 27, 2019, 06:46:06 PM ---
--- Quote from: gokidd on October 20, 2017, 11:08:53 AM ---Hello, folks:
I ask this question here in WFTF looking for guidance from the shooters who strive for maximum performance from the spring guns.
How often do you replace your spring?
Do you make that judgement according to loss of power or just age of the spring?
Also, do you "pre-set" your spring before using it? (Probably the wrong term, but I'm asking about putting a new spring under tension for maybe 30 minutes before you begin using it.)

Best wishes,
Bob who wants to be WFTF next season

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I replace my springs every time it breaks. So far my Vortek springs for my LGU broke after over 6000 shots (6 months). No power loss at all.
I have not tried ARHQ equivalent springs yet. ARHQ can preset the springs for extra $2.

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Interesting! I've only tried two Vortek springs (a PG2 kit and a "home rolled" kit based on a bare spring) and neither broke, they both simply sagged and started losing power after 2500 shots and were replaced within 4 months with ARH springs. At field target matches I attended (when there were more shooters with springers) I mentioned my "PGS 80fps velocity loss shooting less than 5000 CPLs" and more than a couple who tried the Vortek springs verified that they also had rapid velocity loss after 2500 shots. LOL.....seems that "Vortek spring sagging issues after 2500 shots" wasn't only my experience.


--- Quote from: mb94952 on October 09, 2020, 09:44:16 PM ---Wow, that's crazy !!! And that's an EXPENSIVE air rifle. I am so glad that I have you guys as a resource. So, are springs readily available online and would you suggest having spares in your parts box ?

If there are any musicians, especially bass players, I would understand metaphors very easily. In other words, is having springs in your parts box readily available like having a spare set of strings just in case ? Although I would hope I wouldn't need to change springs as often as I change strings, which is twice a year or so.

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Expensive? LOL, I guess it's all about what is considered "expensive".
The FWB Sport on sale for $735.08 is what i consider and expensive break barrel.........

A .177 HW95, Sale Price: $377.98, not so much..............

Anywhoo.....when I first bought my springers from Beeman decades ago the main spring, piston seal and breech seal were considered "consumables" (like tires on a car) and Beeman recommended keeping a spare.

If you're shooting less than a tin of pellets per month, and the springer is sealing properly I doubt that you'll need to replace these "consumables" within a few years. 

Here is a link to an Air Venturi  Beeman warranty pdf............

LOL...a lotta "legalise and restrictions" in that warranty but HW springers aren't "rocket science" and can be serviced with a bit of mechanical ability so I never paid attention to the warranty.

You are talking about your Weihrauch HW95, right ? Those are over $700 bucks, so that's expensive to me !


--- Quote from: mb94952 on October 10, 2020, 03:55:52 PM ---You are talking about your Weihrauch HW95, right ? Those are over $700 bucks, so that's expensive to me !

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WOW...that's quite a markup over the AOA price of $377.98! The AOA list price isn't over $400 here in the USA. Where are you located?
From the above...........
"Home > Air Rifles > Spring Piston
Weihrauch HW95 .177
Weihrauch (HW)
Sale Price: $377.98
Compared at: $394.90
You Save: $16.92
Manufacturer: Weihrauch (HW)"

Never mind ! You're correct, $377 On AOA. I was confusing it with the HW97K


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