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Sorry...I was a little out of it last night. Cold medicine and lack of sleep. I was only using the example of what the stock-internals Texan is capable of. That accuracy and energy at distance is hard to match with other airguns. Didn't mean to high jack your thread! ;)

Here is a group that I just shot this afternoon. My phone was ringing and lost count (hence six shots), but this is pretty typical for me NOW. It took a lot of bullets, tears, frustration, etc. to even get the slightest bit of consistency. The wind came up just a bit today and I'm no expert marksman so I'll take this group. The first two were on the lower right of the bull and the next four all in a row. Maybe wind, slightly different hold, whatever.

Nicely done, Alan

The Texan isn't quiet. When shrouded it's a little better, but if that is a deal breaker stay away from it. I think asking for a powerful big bore and super quiet is like asking a funny car to go fast but be fuel efficient. Range is great however with 200 yards being no problem at all with practice and knowing how to use your scope. The Texan is a high maintenance gun, so be warned. It's prone to lead fouling, having a fickle personality with tuning, and is cumbersome. I use mine as a recreational bench shooter and for that it's fun. It should be noted that my coking lever has now broken twice on it as well (at roughly the same shot count...fatigue issue?)

Maybe a suppressed 30 cal. pellet shooter for coyotes at night, but that won't hold muster for deer. If you seek quiet for night and power for seer IMO you are looking at two different guns.

The one that comes to mind that might fill the need for both is the Benjamin Bulldog. It's suppressed so its pretty quiet for a .357, easy to shoot/carry, and has a lot of pic rail for night accessories.

The Garage / Re: .177 Regulated Rifle Build
« on: January 08, 2018, 05:25:31 PM » That's beautiful

My pleasure. I've never seen that Hatsan gun and it would be cool to see it banging steel. Weekends are fine; it usually doesn't cut into my fishing time. I hate being on the river on weekends and fighting the crowds.

PM me when you get your rifle and as long as the weather is cooperating we can have a shoot. Do you have an air tank and a filling source?

If you don't mind driving to the North Bay, I have a range at my place and you're welcome to stop in and shoot.

Welcome aboard!

Big Bore Airguns / Re: chrony numbers for .308 Texan
« on: December 31, 2017, 12:06:03 PM »
Thank you all for the great advice. It's helping a ton. Here's what I've done chronologically:

Ordered a set of two upgrade springs from AAO

Contacted Airforce about the power issue, warranty requirements, etc.  Their response was that the .308, .357, and .45 all behave differently tune-wise. Their suggestion was to use the tuning wheel at max power as according to them that's what the gun likes. I have to agree as my fps went from the high 700's at 2000psi to 927 at 3000psi. I have a fairly big drop off in fps each shot, but that's not the most important thing for me right now. Finding the power, greatly increasing my range, consistency, and accuracy is very gratifying. Staying on my barrel cleaning and getting the tune figured out has made shooting this thing a lot more fun. Now instead of wondering where my shot is going to go I'm picking apart 3" spinners at 200 yards.

Thanks again and Happy New Year!


General Airgun Forum Discussion / Re: What is everyone doing for newyears
« on: December 31, 2017, 08:53:16 AM »
I will be on the range today and maybe tomorrow. Have new reactive steel targets (homemade) with the flapping bulls eyes and some new spinners. I also would like to sight in my brand new Remington .308 powder burner (Merry Christmas to myself!)  I've spent three weeks getting the goodies to go on it without firing a shot. I camo'd the scope, added a sling, bought a clamp on muzzle brake from Witt Machine to lower the recoil, and hand loaded 100 rounds to test.

Tonight (after a nice long nap...I'm SO not a night owl) I'm taking my lovely girlfriend to sushi and then to a live comedy competition. I don't drink so I should be ok there. Unfortunately for me I'm allergic to alcohol; I break out in handcuffs whenever I drink!

Nice back drop. I haven't fished the Smith in many years. I try to stay within a day's drive and for me that's around 2.5 hours each way max. Otherwise I get too tired on the way home. The South Fork Eel is about my limit for a day trip. It's always so hard to plan a steelhead trip on the coastal rivers. I was never in a position to 'drop everything and run to the Smith (or Chetco)'. I sure wish I could!

That being said, it may work out for an excuse to hit the river AND shoot some airguns (at least that's somewhat reliable)

So the reservation list is full. Steveoh, Int3man, Oldpro, Shifty, Caniborrowsomeammo, Mike the-Targetmaker, and myself. Looking forward to it and I think it's very cool that a couple of you are doing a some travelling to get here. I will do my best to make the trip and commitment worthwhile.


General Airgun Forum Discussion / Fun with steel
« on: December 24, 2017, 09:38:45 AM »
Two of my closest friends are ornamental and one specializing in stainless. They've both made some pretty cool for me. below are a couple of quick pics I took of the targets that we just put up. I now have steel targets at 25 yards increments from 25 to 200 yards. Spinners, big, small, swinging, name it. While originally it was nice for the Texan, I've found myself shooting the Armada and even the break barrel a lot more now that I have so many options.

I really like the big spinners at distance. Hitting the 200 yard spinner is really cool with the Texan.

Welcome to the Airgun Guild Forum - New Members / Re: New member from Boise
« on: December 20, 2017, 06:22:29 PM »
Welcome aboard! I will be relocating to Boise (or somewhere in the Treasure Valley) next year about this time.

Big Bore Airguns / Re: chrony numbers for .308 Texan
« on: December 18, 2017, 06:20:57 PM »
I'm listening and absorbing. So Bob, with the hammer strike change would bring my FPE up. If I had a shot fall off in velocity with each shot I wouldn't be concerned because I'm bench shooting tethered. My velocity should stay consistent for a longer shot string.  Am I correct in that assumption? 

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