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Good to get out and 'fun shoot' again
« on: April 13, 2020, 05:14:09 PM »
I got permission form the property owner where to shoot the Texan as well as the pellet shooters. Did some casting today as it was needed to shoot the Texan. Hadn't had it out since last Fall and it was great to get some big bore shooting in. I couldn't remember what I had it sighted in for but after a few shots it seemed as if I was dialed in about 2.5" high at 100 yards with 150 gr. NOE boattails.

I really wanted to be sighted in for the 110 gr. Arsenal as it's my most accurate bullet and after a few shots I had it back to 'normal'. Shooting nice 1.5" groups in the wind at 100 yards and that's fine with me. I even managed to whack away at a coyote-sized rock at 324 yards repeatedly (nasty wind adjustment of about 5' though)  I'm over it with turkeys running off after being hit with pellets...the .308 Texan is back in business.

I also got a chance to try the three different .30 slugs in the Raptor that Tinkerer so kindly sent me. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it) none of them did any good at all. None of the three were better than 6" at 50 yards and two of the three jammed in the clip (rolled sideways)  For comparison I also shot JSB Diabolo 44.75 gr. and the groups were 1" or less. I was a little bummed at the results, but also satisfied that the Raptor will remain a pellet shooter for now. The .22 slugs that I tried last summer had about the same results as well. Seems like slugs is trying to force a square peg through a round hole. I think it would bother me more if I didn't already have a .30 bullet shooter to fill that void. The plus side is that there's no reason to spend money for a mold (and the time to cast) when the results will be subpar. Now I know.

A big thanks to Tinkerer for sending me the bullets to try out. Without that I would have bought a mold and wasted time and money on something that wasn't going to yield the results I was looking for. Thanks for saving me that bitter pill.


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Re: Good to get out and 'fun shoot' again
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2020, 05:50:11 PM »
We need to remember, that "slug" typically require faster twists than pellets. I should say "traditional pellets", which eliminates "hybrid" pellets. Fact is....

I've been trying to buy the FX .25 caliber Hybrids for nearly 2 months, after I heard about them. The original date to dealers was mid March, here it is mid April, and no such luck. Like you Kevin, we shall see!

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« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2020, 08:21:25 PM »
Good deal Kevin. In these times it’s nice to be able to shoot in the back yard for relaxation.

Glad you got the Texan out. It will do a more reliable job on the Turkeys for sure.

I’m so happy with getting my Texan. Really makes me think about a .457 or .50. Then again can’t shoot the big bores I already have very often.
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Re: Good to get out and 'fun shoot' again
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2020, 01:25:56 AM »
Too bad the slugs didn't workout.  I forgot that I had the NOE mould to cast .30 pellets too.  I have some to share that weight 48 grains or so.  The shoot great out my R5 and Flex.  Wanna try some?
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Re: Good to get out and 'fun shoot' again
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2020, 07:01:42 AM »
Sure, Glen! I'd never considered casting pellets but at the cost of the .30's I'll entertain the thought. I find the task of casting relaxing and therapeutic, but I also want it to serve a useful purpose.

Let me know they freight and I'll paypal you like before.



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Re: Good to get out and 'fun shoot' again
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2020, 07:15:41 AM »
Steve,

I've changed my mind on wanting to own the .45 or .50 Texan. If we could hunt big game here it would be a different story, and I also have a superb long range gun. The .45 and especially the .50 can't touch the range that the .308 has. I did some research on the .50 and air usage/shot count. Seems To me it seems like it's a one shot gun. Fine if you're hunting, but hard to justify for recreational shooting. Couple that with the cost of lead and the associated molds for ammo and it just doesn't compute. It's a lot of time and money to pay for a few more decibels of sound when the slugs hit steel. That's about it. Just my opinion.


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Re: Good to get out and 'fun shoot' again
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2020, 07:45:36 AM »
Steve,

I've changed my mind on wanting to own the .45 or .50 Texan. If we could hunt big game here it would be a different story, and I also have a superb long range gun. The .45 and especially the .50 can't touch the range that the .308 has. I did some research on the .50 and air usage/shot count. Seems To me it seems like it's a one shot gun. Fine if you're hunting, but hard to justify for recreational shooting. Couple that with the cost of lead and the associated molds for ammo and it just doesn't compute. It's a lot of time and money to pay for a few more decibels of sound when the slugs hit steel. That's about it. Just my opinion.

I think I’m coming around to this realization also. No big game hunting. Can’t shoot in backyard, and holy hell do I go through massive amounts of lead and will burn through two bottles of air right quick. The .257 and other smaller bores can shoot all day on a tank of air and I don’t use up 20lbs of lead.

Still I love these beasts.

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Re: Good to get out and 'fun shoot' again
« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2020, 08:31:11 AM »
Regarding big game hunting in CA...I think we'll see airbows and/or air driven bolts long before we see standard air rifles for big game. Between the politics and the lead ban, I just don't see it happening anytime soon. 

I think the focus should be directed at air-powered archery. Non-lead, wickedly lethal, and just as accurate (if not more so) than a conventional bow.

I think this is 100% doable and worthy of lobbying for. I started thinking about it more when toying with the prospect a .50 cal. I would rather have the Sam Yang Dragon Claw than I would the Texan, just for the flexibility (and cost)

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Re: Good to get out and 'fun shoot' again
« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2020, 06:55:20 AM »
I watched a video from another state where the proposal was for air archery for the disabled. Bottom line to them, an arrow/bolt needs to be propelled by a string. This had to do with definitions of firearms and bows.
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Re: Good to get out and 'fun shoot' again
« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2020, 08:59:35 AM »
There are a few fascinating facts about hunting in California.

It is legal to use an Airgun to hunt:

Aoudad Sheep
Mouflon
Tahr
Feral goat
Fallow deer
Sambar deer
Sika deer
Axis deer
Coyote
Jackrabbit
Opossum
Pigeons
Quail
Rabbit
Skunk
Small Game Squirrel
rabbit
Sparrow
Starlings
Turkey
Weasel

So, it is legal to take these critters with airguns using lead ammo.

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