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AirForce Texan .257 new to me
« on: January 13, 2019, 11:58:17 AM »
Not quite sure where this post belongs. .257 isn’t exactly bigbore and I haven’t even shot the thing yet, so will post here for now.

I have been preoccupied with getting an air rifle that will allow me to reach out a bit further with less of a rainbow trajectory. Kevin put the Texan .257 in my head and as hard as I tried I could not get it  out of my mind. That’s obsession for you.

I will admit to being a bit fascinated by Kevin ‘s .308 Texan. I liked the fact that he could shoot all day and not use up all his air. My DAQs on the other hand can suck up all the air in my big tank and small tank in no time at all. I do love shooting the beasts and that isn’t going to change. I had looked for a .308 DAQ but had no luck, and besides it was time to try something else out. Something maybe a bit more modern, efficient and completely different.

And so the Texan. A country mile long, futuristic in looks, and a teeny tiny little projectile in .257. Ordered one, but it was on backorder, and the delivery date changed on me twice.

I had been chatting with Shamu over at the GTA after seeing his Texan for sale , complete with a Maddog stock. Fast forward. I bought the slightly used rifle from Shamu.

More to come...


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Re: AirForce Texan .257 new to me
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2019, 12:06:15 PM »
There are a few guys around Roswell, NM who are into airguns, besides me. I do have a big bore (9 mm), which I seldom use. I'm the only one using a .25 caliber, the others use mostly .22 caliber, and at least one .177 PCP. With the exception of the 9 mm, all are suburban and exurban friendly. They could be backyard friendly, but the city bans their use, period!

I do realize you like your big bores Steve, but you'll grow to love the smaller bores too!
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Re: AirForce Texan .257 new to me
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2019, 01:22:47 PM »
Oh I have a herd of .177, .22, .25’s. They are all backyard friendly. The Sumatra .25 Carbine and Marauder .25 are both favorites for keeping the backyard rodent population in check.

Back to the Texan .257.

I kinda like stuff that’s not mainstream. Italian motorcycles are in my blood. I like twins and singles and am a glutton for torque. The Cummins satisfies that. Probably why I like those two .575 DAQs so much. Big ole bullet that just breaks stuff. (Sorry Kevin for giggling when I bust up a spinner).

The Texan in .257 is not a mainstream caliber. It is “a limited offering” from AirForce. Oh goody another rarity!

I haven’t shot the Texan yet, but I’m hankering to. First things first. I read the short manual, installed the tank, reinstalled the action in the Maddog stock, with a grand total of two screws. Picked up the hefty rifle and admired the almost pristine awesomeness.

The Maddog makes this rifle feel very nice and stable. The ergonomics just work. The weight is a bit cumbersome to carry in the field though. I think I just need to practice going prone when needed or leaning against a tree etc. my Sumatra and Mrod share a bit of this weight. The Sumatra wears that ATN X-Sight ll and yuge battery, and it becomes a beast to carry around. I usually figure something out. I don’t mind laying in the dirt, so be it,

I keep spending little bits of time with the Texan trying to understand it, and get used to its mechanisms.  Cleaned the barrel and found it moderately dirty. Got new brushes and a jag and little bit larger patches and a jar of lead cleaner from Shooters Choice. Cleaned with this but not before whittling down a clothespin to keep the cleaning rod from poking the valve. —- thanks Kevin for the heads up!

Need something more substantial than a clothes pin though. Already poked a hole in it. Oh note to self, wear nitril gloves when using this cleaner. Stinks to high heaven and doesn’t want to wash off your hands.

Poked around in my cabinet in search of a scope to put on the Texan.257. Decided I hardly ever shoot that RWS 350 Magnum. It blew up the RWS scope that came with it and so I stuck on a UTG 3-12/40 compact  side focus. That went on to the Texan. I will probably get something else down  the road, since I’ve spenr my wad for now.

The scope is compact, has reasonable magnification, and is light compared to others.

I’ve picked up the AirForce many times now and I think the scope height is adequate. Good thing because those are the tallest rings I have.

Those two bullets are
1. Kevin's favorite .308
2. the .257 Arsenal  257420 that came with the Texan.

Both sure are dinky compared to the .575 lead I haul around.

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Re: AirForce Texan .257 new to me
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2019, 03:02:41 PM »
I must say, that's a handsome looking tripod!
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Re: AirForce Texan .257 new to me
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2019, 06:27:25 AM »
I'm a bad influence. That being said, it's a nice addition to your stable. The one piece missing from your arsenal was something that could perform well and consistently at long range and you have that now.

Look out turkeys! You just need to hire a day laborer to carry it.  ;D
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Re: AirForce Texan .257 new to me
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2019, 09:43:38 AM »
Way to go, Steve.... Once you get a taste of tagging beasties regularly at over 100 yards, you will love it.... IMO the .257 is still our best all around long-range caliber....  8)

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Re: AirForce Texan .257 new to me
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2019, 09:57:55 AM »
Way to go, Steve.... Once you get a taste of tagging beasties regularly at over 100 yards, you will love it.... IMO the .257 is still our best all around long-range caliber....  8)

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