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My Armada is losing air when I fill the gun off of my tank. The pressure drop time it drops to 1200, the next to 900. The air is being lost from the tank valve when I bleed off the pressure to disconnect my hose; it just keeps going. Not sure what causes this...any thoughts?

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.

Big Bore Airguns / chrony numbers for .308 Texan
« on: December 18, 2017, 07:10:46 AM »
Interesting results when shooting yesterday with the chrony. I shot two different bullets, Hunter Supply 134 gr. s.p. and Nielson 122 h.p.  I began with a  2900 to 3000 fill on the gun for the first round with Nielson ammo and the first shots were horrifyingly slow (350 fps). I kept shooting through the chrony until the air pressure dropped enough to start getting decent shots and then I started recorded the numbers. I tried to read the psi of the gun as best as I could at each shot.

Nielson 122 gr. hollow point
544 @ 2600
585 @ 2550
606 @ 2500
625 @ 2450
638 @ 2400
650 @ 2350
656 @ 2300
706 @ 2250
768 @ 2200
742 @ 2150
788 @ 2100
772 @ 2050
787 @ 1950
740 @ 1900
749 @ 1850
722 @ 1750

Hunter Supply 134 gr. s.p.
609 @ 2500
660 @ 2450
673 @ 2400
695 @ 2350
723 @ 2300
764 @ 2200
754 @ 2100
763 @ 2000
768 @ 1950
768 @ 1900
744 @ 1800
731 @ 1700

I didn't run equal amount of shots because I wasn't interested in the WHOLE curve. Otherwise I'm just wasting bullets. Of course the beginning and end are somewhat useless and my goal was to find the optimum zone. I was quite surprised to find that zone was lower than I would have expected. Right at around 2000 psi is the happy zone for sure. I had previously thought that it was about 2400, so this was revealing. Once I adjusted my supply tank to 2000 and tethered it my results down range were nice and consistent with the best ballistics I've has yet.

At any rate, I'm always seeing 'fill it to the max', 'turn power wheel all the way up', etc., etc., and I'm wondering how these guns shoot at all set up like that. It's no wonder that guys say they have issues. I did clean my barrel after fifty or so shots and I could see a small amount of lead in the rifling (again using the borescope). Neither bullet seemed to make a big difference on lead deposits. Prior to the chrony, I had found that both of the bullets seem to perform the same as far as ballistics go, and the numbers confirmed that. Hopefully this helps anybody else looking for tuning info. That shooting session just advanced me a ton and should save me a lot of $'s in wasted bullets.

I'm willing to host a shooting day sometime between this weekend and New Years if anyone is interested. I know that some of our local Guild members here in the area don't have the resources for shooting (especially long range and big bore) that I do. If this is something you'd might like to do, drop me a line and we'll see what the best days are for everyone and we'll make it happen. We can do some shooting, fire up the BBQ, snack on deer sausage, and make a fun time out of it.


Happy Holidays to all, first and most important. The last year has been an air gun whirlwind for me. I started the year with nothing but a Benjamin Prowler and I'm finishing the year with a .308 Texan, a .25 Armada, a compressor, and all of the associated goodies. It has been a series of successes, failures, accomplishments and frustrations.

The Texan in particular is a fickle girl. The power and range is awesome, however landing on the perfect combination to achieve it is like finding a needle in a haystack. The biggest factor I have found is the lead fouling. This is compounded by the fact the removing the barrel not an easy task since I've installed the Mad Dag stock. I also did a slight bit of damage (started to cross-thread) to the front screw port on the chassis when installing the stock so I don't want to keep removing it. So cleaning has to be done through the muzzle. I was able to borrow a friend's Hawkeye borescope to inspect the barrel and that was a revelation. If any of you have never used or seen this, it's truly an amazing piece of equipment. I immediately identified that despite my initial cleaning efforts I was still fouled. After using a lead remover/brass brush/copper wool combo the barrel is squeaky clean and now I know what I have to do to maintain it. If anyone ever questions whether or not they may have a fouling issue on their big bore, I would say it is 100% worth it to pay a gunsmith to take a look so you can at least know with confidence what you're dealing with. I made a ton of changes and spent a lot of time/money/aggravation trying to achieve results when my problem was simply fouling.

Because I've shot a variety of ammo (swaged, cast, round balls) it's hard to tell what causes fouling the most. My guess is the round balls. They fly extremely fast (as evidenced by the .22-like 'crack' when breaking the sound barrier) and I think that's the main culprit. I've shelved all round balls and I just use them now as extremely expensive slingshot ammo.

The Armada is just an awesome turnkey gun. Mike did an amazing job on it and it's a tack driver.

With the help of a buddy who's a welder, I've been steadily updating 'the range'. My back yard has multiple (I've lost count now) steel targets from 50 to 200+ yards. Round stationary, round and flat swinging, different sizes, etc.  Of course I also have a couple of moveable target stands for paper as well, but nothing matches to resounding bong of steel. It's great fun and allows me to shoot whenever and as long as I want. I can accommodate guests so whenever any Guild members feel the itch to launch some lead, feel free to drop me a line.

Again, Happy Holidays to all. No one of us knows more than all of us.


Big Bore Airguns / Texan tuning and possible mods
« on: October 25, 2017, 12:19:18 PM »
I'm hoping to try to make some improvements on my .308 Texan. Some things that would like to know are really basic and apply to the general principles of airgun mechanics. Here are some things that I'm just a little confused on. If you have input, the more dumbed-down, the better  ;D

The Texan self regulates but has a tuning wheel. The instructions were vague as how to use this. I don't know which way is "more" and which is "less".

Should I change it at all? Right now I'm somewhat in the middle.

I shoot a lot of different ammo from 44 gr. round ball to 198 gr. slug. If I used the wheel properly would it markedly help accuracy and/or air usage?

I'm seriously considering a shroud. While the noise doesn't bother me, it couldn't hurt to quiet it down since I hunt on the property I recreationally shoot. However, accuracy is more important. I know R&L has a shroud, but would a carbon fiber sleeve possibly be better for performance?

Would a muzzle brake have any use on a Texan, or is it just a way to pimp out the gun for cosmetic's sake? 

Considering a Maddog stock at some point...has anyone used that and if so does it make a difference?

Airgun Optics and Accessories / Having scope issues due to inexperience
« on: October 25, 2017, 11:59:10 AM »
So here's story: I bought the .308 Texan w/Hawke scope combo. I have had moments of glory, but changing bullet sizes, power on the scope, air pressures, etc. has been a steep learning curve. I might find a sweet zone with 118 gr. and then switch to something larger and tinker with adjustments on the scope but I never seem to be able to get it right. Granted, it seems the .308 Texan isn't exactly a tack driver out of the box but I've seen what it can do. I had to remove the scope and place it back on again using the picatinny adapters. Everything looks perfect and not tweaked in any way.

When I went out today to shoot, I was kicking up dust about 3' low at fifty yards. For whatever reason the gun never shoot the same twice and I was using some new ammo so I thought it may need some adjusting. I maxed out going up and I'm still 1.5' low at 40 yards. I can't see anything wrong with the angle/mounting...I'm kind of lost. I'm used to old school fixed 4's and 3x9's on center fire rifles without as many bells and whistles and way more room for error due to trajectory.

Before I start stripping this down and trying to assess where my issue is, I would welcome any advice. I could just be overlooking something easy.

General Airgun Forum Discussion / This forum is the greatest
« on: September 24, 2017, 07:05:05 AM »
I've received so much great info here and continue to do so. I got help yesterday from two members who went out of their way to meet me and one drove a considerable distance to as well. This is just the kind of thing that someone who is trying to learn about the hobby needs and the companionship over a common interest is so cool. Three guys from different walks of life giggling and cooing over air guns and having a blast.

A big thank you to Steve O and Int3man for taking time out of their schedules to assist me. The gun that Michael built for me is amazing and I now have a tuned 50 yard tack driver that's easy on air. I only hope that somewhere down the line I can repay the favor or show the same dedication and courtesy to someone else who may need something that I have to offer.


So I'm enjoying my Texan .308 but now that I'm hooked on the hobby I seriously need a smaller PCP to plink/hunt small game and have a higher shot count. I was considering the Airforce Condor in .25, but after shooting a buddy's FX Royale I was floored by the accuracy and the big advantage of a regulated system. So, here are my parameters/desires/budget...please feel free to give me your opinion.

dead nuts accuracy at 50 yards and able to sniff 100 yards with some skill and effort.
consistent shot placement with a shot count of at least 15 per fill
.22 or .25? I want the best long range accuracy I can get and with as much knock down as possible. Leaning towards the .25

Budget: Realistically around a grand. I can justify that (barely) but I can't really do much more. I still have a compressor that I'm going to need to purchase on the horizon.

Current mindset: I was considering going with the Condor as a 'matched set' with my Texan, but after seeing what a regulated gun can do I was taken aback. As much as I'd want to, there's no way that I can swing an FX Impact/Royale, WARP, or anything else in that price class at this time. However, the FX Streamline is in my wheelhouse and right now that's the current leader.

I'm concerned the Streamline is somehow a stripped down FX Royale...I'm not sure what makes the price lower than the rest of their line. I would welcome any and all comments, suggestions, comparisons, experiences, etc.  I'm also not opposed to a used piece from one of the noted gurus here if it fits my needs and is not a logistics nightmare to obtain.

Thanks in advance.


The only downer in an otherwise great day of shooting was that I shot the metal arm of my chronograph with my .308 Texan.  ??? Scared the doodoo out of me. I straightened out the arm in a vice but it's not perfect. I never used it again after I blew it over so I'm not sure if it works. I think it was just a bent arm. Other than that and stepping on a yellow jacket nest (amazing how fast a 48 year old man can run when motivated by being stung) it was a great day! And now I'm off to go deer hunting this evening (with the powder deer with air rifles in CA)

Big Bore Airguns / Problems with the Airforce Texan .308 and consistency
« on: August 18, 2017, 06:20:29 PM »
     I've put about 500-600 shots through my new .308 Texan/Hawke scope, but I'm still not at a place where I'm getting any consistency at all. I've used everything from round balls, 118, 132, and 154 grain and I can't any of them to group better than 8" to 10" with four or five shots. I've tried every conceivable air pressure, projectile, shooting tethered (when the fill tank pressure equalizes), etc.  I've had some small successes with the occasional two or three shot group, but it's frustrating when I'm all over the target at 57 yards. I don't know how to use the tuning wheel (even which way is 'more' and which is 'less') I'm using bags and a bipod, and while not a world renowned marksman, I'm fairly good with my other non-PCP stuff.

     My buddy came over today with his .25 FX Royale 2000. That's only PCP I've ever shot besides my Texan and I could cover a ten shot group with a fifty cent piece at 57 yards. Different guns/calibers/platforms...yes. But I'm hoping that the Texan is at least capable of shooting at game with confidence. Right now I feel like I can throw a rock and be more accurate and consistent. Either the gun is all hype, or I have a hell of a lot to learn (odds on the latter)  I have absolutely zero confidence and I feel like I have to start from scratch.

Airgun Tanks, Compressors and Filling / How do I shoot 'regulated'?
« on: July 24, 2017, 06:28:04 AM »
I'm newer than new to PCP and I'm learning more and more every day. I would like to know how one shoots regulated? I've searched here and couldn't find the answer. I have a Texan .308 with the 74 cu. ft. Air Venturi carbon fiber tank.

Thanks in advance for your help, I appreciate it.


Benjamin Prowler .177
Airforce Texan .308

Airgun Ammo / I've never used "bullet lube", and not sure if I should
« on: July 18, 2017, 06:33:02 PM »
I have the Texan .308 and I've only put a half dozen shots through it. I'm waiting on some parts & ammo but before I start really getting going I want to know if I should be using a product on the lead cast bullets (Air Venturi and Hunters Supply) as opposed to just shooting them right out of the box. I'm assuming that's fine, but I also want to take care of my piece and achieve the best results that I can. Thanks in advance.


Big Bore Airguns / first shots out of my new Texan .308
« on: July 15, 2017, 08:04:24 PM »
I finally put my package together and received all of my goodies from Airgun Depot. After a quick visit to the local paintball place I to the tank filled and I was able to put a half dozen shots down range. Since this is my first PCP gun I don't have much to compare it to, but WOW! Everything I had hoped for and more. I'm about a foot low at 50 yards (nice group though), but I didn't bother with tweaking the scope. Even with 1" rings I think the scope is too low and I struggle to get a good view. I'm ordering an Airforce dovetail scope rail on Monday (along with a chrony and a level) so I'll dial it in after I mount the rail.

I'm a total rookie so if those of you in the know have suggestions or advice I'm all open. Some things are wonderful discovering on your own and others just suck and either ruin outings or cost a lot of $'s



I purchased my first airgun since I was a kid this last year (Benjamin Prowler) and fell back in love with the sport. I just made the leap into PCP and bought a .308 Texan. Hoping to find some resources here in Northern California where I might meet up with some other hobbyists. Luckily for me I live on a ranch and I also have a public range about 10 minutes from my house. I've found two local places that can fill my carbon fiber tank, but they can only go to 3000PSI.

I haven't shot my gun yet (just purchased and in transit) and I would certainly welcome any and all helpful info so that I can avoid some pitfalls.

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