Can anyone give me more barrel specs? How many rifling groves are they and how deep are they? I don't like the twist rate and I'm thining about having a custom barrel made.
best to call or email the manufacture. www.airforceairguns.com
.257 how many usable shots to 100 yds. while on zero ?
Depends on the weight of the slug.
Whats the lowest power turn downed to in 357 Texan in foot pounds??
I am very curious to see a side by side comparison performed between the air arms 357 slayer and the air force texan 357. I have seen the individual stats on both, but someone like Steve Schiely or Tyler Patner doing a shoot out at 50 and 100 yards would be very informative. My curiosity is picqued because: one is $2000, the other is $1000. Both are made in the U.S. Soooo!?
can 50 caliber air rifle shoot same ammo as 50 caliber black powder
That depends on the exact diameter of the ammo. Some .50 cal air rifles are .495, while others are true .50
How come there's no FPS difference between the calibers? (.357 &.45 both 1000 fps)
Because they are both capable of it with lightweight roundballs
I'm seriously looking into getting the texan.45 but I've heard about some people are experiencing inconsistent shot placement does anyone have that problem and howdid you fix it?
After day 1 of shooting my 45 carbine, shot placement is not a problem. The limitation is with the shooter, not the gun!
It's all about finding the right ammo
anyone got a prefered scope for this? and i would need 1" rings correct?
I think this is about preference. Mine use high rings and Weaver to picantinny adapter. Scope I use for my Texan ss is ATN 4K day/night scope. I love this setup.
can the big bore accept smaller caliber barrels to switch calibers and are they available to order from pyramid
You'd have to call Airforce and see which barrels may use the same valve on the cylinder. Last I was told, they cannot be switched. Though I know the .257 uses the same bottle/valve as the .308, so those two should swap no problem
Since the .257 is out, why does it have the lowest fps at muzzle? The .45 says 1,000fps, the .35/357 says 1,000fps and the .30 says 1,100fps, but the .257 says 960fps. Should it not be at least 1,100fps like the .30?
That's what airforce lists with 87 grain ammo. It is likely capable of more than that by adjusting the power wheel or using lighter ammo.
Does this can ship to indonesian? If can i want to buy afc 357cal... Thanks...
Looking for quiet (key word), effective air gun ,to shoot coyotes on private property I have permission to hunt on.After listening to the video on the texan ss, I was hoping for something quieter. Any chance there is an aftermarket suppressor for .30 or .357. Looking to hunting nights after i develop some proficiency as far as accuracy
A quick google search should yield some results, or just look at the Texan SS AirForce TexanSS Big Bore Air...
I don't have a rifle club membership can airforce texan shipped to india
Does this ship to India?
Whats the over all length
Does the .45 come set up in one peace or do you have to set it up
Just like all Texan's, you need to put the bottle onto the gun, that is the only set up required.
Would a .309 cal. slug work in a .308 Texan without getting stuck!
The.308 texan is not a 500 foot pound gun the 45 cal texan is
You're talking about a thousandth of an inch and a 500 ft-lb gun. I would think other than a miniscule loss of velocity and some light leading of the barrel, the projectile in question should fire fine. That being said, one should always strive to use the proper ammunition for their rifle, whether powered by compressed air or powder. You can always resize the larger slugs.
alot of 357 358 35 30 cal .knock down best ammo to use for top preformnce ,humanly taking white tail ,105 hollow pints 357 were my choice , open to sug.
explain the tuneing lever on side of barrell how don you set it
Anyone shot any cast bullets in the .458 - .459 diameter. I have several molds for my black powder .45 cal. Most are .452 but some are .458. Any problems if you have? I can run them through a sizing die and make them .457.
Where can I find detail Schematics for Airforce Texan .457 & Sam Yang Dragon Claw.
What is the handle on the right in photo 5? Is that how the thing is cocked? Just asking because one large for an air rifle seems idiotic to me.
What is the twist rate on the LW .357 barrel?
Yes, that is the cocking lever. It is probably the easiest big bore to cock on the market right now.
I have a Texan and am trying to fill it the first time of use with an air tank. I have the air tank connected to the valve on the cylinder of the rifle and all the air is going out the barrel. How can I fix this
I had the same issue with mine. My solution was to open the cocking lever. It took the pressure off the bottle and started filling fine.
Try cocking the gun. May not help though. The valve may be sticking, you can try to quickly open the valve on your tank to give the valve a quick but strong shot of air might knock it open and solve the issue.
Hi, Is it possible to change the barrel from 0.45 to .357 as it is with the AirForce Condor (.177 to .22)? Thanks in advance. Regards Brian Timm
I'm looking for a case (preferably soft) for a Texan .45. It is the Irac version, that makes it 13" tall & 52" long. Do you guys sell anything that will work?
I got Flambeau hard case from pyramyd. Its been very sturdy, light, and fit my Texan ss with scope, bipod and small box of slugs. Just arrange them carefully. I think this is the correct link: https://www.pyramydair.com/s/a/Flambeau_Safe_Shot_Double_Rifle_Case_Black_53_375/4466
After 50 shots, my Texan .45 needs to be cleaned of lead. Could I reduce leading by lubing the bullets with SPG black powder lube? It contains no petroleum.
You certainly can try it. No harm in that
What pellet is the best for hunting big game
That depends on the caliber and your intended game, but in terms of energy, heavier is usually a bit more effective.
Does this shoot .30 pellets with any decent accuracy or just slugs?
When I tested I was surprised at the accuracy of the JSB pellets at 45 yards. Not sure how consistent those results would be but in our testing they produced about a 1" group at 45 yards.
Any guidance yet on the right diameter slug for the .308 yet?
All of hunters supply 308 works well from 79 grain to 156 I size mine to 308 for uniformity and accuracy
.308 slugs are what you want. Pyramyd will have some soon. Have tested Hunter Supply ammo and it preformed pretty well also.
Can I get a 357 ss
At this point, the SS has only been announced in the .45
when I load the 405 flat nose bullets r they suppose to go all the way in or just part way my 250 goes all the way in but the 405 don't
Because of their length, they don't go in all the way. My experience, the back half of the slug will stick out.
I purchased air .45 texan . When i fill the air in cylinder. Its leaking from front nozzle of cylinder . Wot to do as i m in india. I cant send it back to company pls help
Try dry firing it a few times and if that doesn't work call the company in the US they are extremely helpful
I just purchased a Air Force Texan......as instructed I put the air tank on hand tight and NOW I can not get it off.....Any suggestion or help Please
make sure its fired then if necessary you can use a strap wrench on the tank.
I have an air Venturi G-6 pump will will this pump work without any modifications for both my Benjamin Armada and the Texan
Not a q just a note about rl,s shroud could not believe how quite
I'm looking at the .357. What is the OD of barrel? Learned that it's a 1:16 twist so will definitely need to rebarrel or reline it. Why do big bore air gun makers make that mistake time and time again? The Bull dog is 1:14!?! This caliber at what would shoot well requires a 1:20 or 1:22 twist period.
0.640 inch OD barrel.
max shots per fill is really the same in all calibers? Just looked at the specs dose not make sense. how many shots with can I get and stay over 100 ft-lbs of energy in .357 cal?
It is not the same for all weights of slugs. Here are a few shot strings posted in GTA forum with .357 and no power wheel adjustment (as shipped): JSB 81 grain pellet 932, 1010,1020, 1045,1059,1066 - 204.47 FPE. 1064,1056,1044,1037, 1019,1012,992; 170 grain FP- 869 - 285.1 FPE, 852,826,810,787,767. There is a power wheel to adjust hammer spring to each pellet, slug used for optimum performance.
What pellet is suitable for hunting deer at 100 yards with the .45 Texan?
I get excellent 5-shot groups @100 yards with the 340gr and the 405gr Lee Precision bullets made at home. My most favorite is the 330gr Lyman HP bullet also made at home as it also provides much better expansion. all 3 bullets give me about 2-3.5 inch groups at 100 yards.
Due to the relatively fast twist rate, 1:20, it takes long ammo for best accuracy at 100 yards. 370 ish grains is shooting best out of the Texan at long range. Lighter slugs will be less accurate and it's up to you what your comfortable shooting accuracy wise.
Is there anyone who makes pressure regulators for these texan? Don't want to keep refilling after 2 or 3 shot, and this gun is good for 6.
Has anyone considered double balling the Texan like we use to a traditional style muzzleloader??
It does work KEVIN. I got 2" groups at 70yds.
YES it will !!! I done it today and it shoots both of them and I got a 2in. group at 50 yards !! So YES IT WILL WORK !!!!!
Well I've done it & I get 2 balls in a 2" group on 1 shot at 60 yrds
NO, you can not double ball in a Texan since it requires the projectile to be in contact with the barrel to make the seal so the air will not go around the projectile, in plain words, NO it ain't gonna work.
Is refilling this thing a pain in the butt?
not really, as long as you have a 4500 psi bottle with you, it's a cinch
If you call filling every 5 to 10 shots then i would say yes. If you have a bottle and compressor it might be easier.
What grain/range was the 9mm specs determined with?
Round ball or pellet for max feet per second, 81grain JSB has a nice long string with top of curve five shots around 1060 fps. For max energy they would have used a slug over 200 grains that is moving well under 800 fps. It's unpractical to use that large excepting short range. The twist rate is 1:16 so long slugs will shoot best accuracy long range but with one heck of a rainbow. Sad they messed up the twist rate.
Has anybody used the 357cal 145gr Nos/Ben round out of the Texan 357 and if so how is the accuracy what is the velocity.
Accurcy is an issue. The holes touching was not consistent. Groups are all over and 3 inches in 50 yards. Same results as pyramyds video review. Still figuring this gun out.
The Nosler will group hole touching hole at 50 yards. Not seen any data for longer range. Theory says they will open up quite a bit at range due to the twist rate. 81 grain JSB were doing 1060 fps and 170 grain slug (unsized to barrel) 870 fps so I'd say the Nosler will be in the 920-940 fps range.
Can a 45 Cal Black Powder Sabot Bullet be fired from the Texan Big Bore ?
Yes just not real accutate
When is Air Force going to start making multi-shot magazines for their rifles?? The Texan would a GREAT rifle with a 6 round magazine!
they already are, it's called your hand mag, holds as many rounds as you carry, HA HA HA, no really the design just won't work with a magazine since there is no bolt.
Does anyone know the magic pellet for this gun? I'm talking accuracy. I tried 250 grain n 310 grain with horrible groups. Now I'm trying 411 grain that's more consistent but still not as accurate as my 357 bulldog.. I'm shooting coyote with it n Im hoping to find something accurate out at 100 yards .
All three of these give me great results up to a 100 yards with 5 shot groups under 3.5 inches with rare flyers: Lyman #457122 (330gr), Lee 457-340-F (340gr) and Lee 457-405-F (405gr).
You will want to go with lighter rounds. I also started out with 400+gn and have tried every weight and shape I could get my hands on. Best groups at 100+ yards were from accurate molds #46-175A, and from the lyman collar button 150gn, both group superbly at long range, accuracy is good enough to pulverize field mice at 100 yards.
Why can't airforce seem to keep up with demand for these rifles?
Because everybody wants them........
Can be exchanged to barrel, for example; one cal.0.25 ..? I can use the air tank Condor ..?
No, they are not interchangeable
Shipping to Canada, is Customs gonna have a bird?
Call them and find out.....
will the bullets made for reloading powdered ammo work in this air gun ?or like the 22 be a few thousandths off ?
Yes they do work and the barrel ID is .457.
try the lyman collar button, sized to .454 or .457
will you be carrying Airforce Texan .45 cal Aftermarket Noise Suppressor in the future ?
R&L can help.
I hella hope so
Hey Guys... Whats outer diameter (mm) the barrel ..?
The .357 is 0.640 inch OD. I think 16 mm is a less accurate measure and now am curious if that's also the .457 barrel OD.
how many cubic inches is the tanks volume?
490 cc tank .
is the .30/7.62 a real .300 or is it .308 need to know for casting bullets for this gun. thank you
It is listed as a .308 on www.airforceairguns.com
BULLET INFORMATION!!! I have been casting and shooting (with my Texan) for some time now. I have GREAT news. I have cast the following loads: RCBS .457 143gr. Round Ball, Lyman .457 .143 gr Round Ball, Lee 143 gr. .457 Round ball, Lee .456 220 gr. Conical, Lee .457 340 gr. Conical, Saeco Redding .452 200 gr. Conical, Lyman .458 145gr. Collar Button. The RCBS is the best round ball mold as it leaves no sprue and is the tightest fitting .457 of the three. The tighter the load the better the velocity. The Best of the Best of all these loads is by far the Lyman .458/.459 145 gr. Collar Button. This load was designed for the 45-70, over 100 years ago, and was known as the "plinker" or "pellet" round for this caliber. It is still available through many online sights. I am getting as much velocity as the round ball loads. Also getting jagged hole groups at 50 meters and 5 shot groups less than 2 inches at 100 meters! I am sizing this CB with a Lee .459 sizing tool. UNBELIEVABLE!!!! The actual Lyman numbers for this Lyman Collar Button are: Lyman 145 Grain, item # 2660130, 457130, 2-cavity RN. All the people coming from the firearms side of this hobby are searching for the giant accurate load. I have been shooting air rifles for over 30 years and understand the energy and take down power of a 145 grain projectile. This is my main load for my Texan and the 909 Light Hunter. Sizing the Texan load to .459 and the 909 to .457 both with the Lee brand Sizing Tool. This Collar Button gets nearly 1000 fps with the Texan (and I have not yet adjusted the Texan efficiency wheel) and approaching 800fps with the 909.
I agree, the Lyman Collar Button performs perfectly. It also may be the closest thing to a diabolo that you can get in 45. The only difference for me is that I get about three more shots per fill and about 50-75 more fps if I size down to .454. Having said that, the darn things are dead accurate with .457 or .454, the numbers just look better with .454.
one more comment,for this fine rifle, , with a .457 bullet in my barrel (big bore haley .457 barrel). loaded with bolt open, one can see light around the bullet from muzzle, which would translate to lost power. The .458 don't do this, & the saboted bullets give absolutely the best seal & best velocity. (for no lead states). Also, I shot non lubed bullets once to start and it took an hour to get all the lead out of the barrel. Use lubed bullets! (Get a Hawkeye Bore scope & prove it to yourself with all your rifles). I think Saboted are by far the best performance accuracy, and velocity by far. I typoed below, my fill pressure is 3200psi. Hard cast lead is still not hard compared to the steel barrel, & i get no lead to clean out with the lubed meister's. I dropped a big doe the other day with base of the neck shot like i hoped would work. I hope Air Force will build a "bull pup" design big bore. Every PCP i own are just too big & cumbersome in traditional stocks. My bet is Air force will develop a better valve to release more air & even better performance in the future. The current in line design is state of the art however, so as far as i'm concerned, you are looking at the best big bore on the market right now, especially for the price! Kudo's to Air Force from a serious rimfire/centerfire & now pcp shooter. I'll own one of these soon as the holiday's are over! Kirk (former national nbrsa rimfire champion & many time national archery champion) Big Bore's are addictive!
I was thinking the exact same on a " bullpup " designed Airforce big bore.. If you move the barrel back to the shoulder that would bring the muzzle back to make room for sound suppression and not have such a ridiculously long gun out in front of you.. Then add a repeater operated by the left thumb.. You would not have to take your eyes out of the scope for 7 shots.. WOW
comment, I shoot Meister 300 grain 45/70 bullets (.458) diameter out of my haley better than anything i've tried except one. (these are $49.99/250so hard to beat) i get 1/2 inch 50yd groups around 800fps. the absolute best for accuracy arePrecision Rifle's "Dead Center" saboted 175 grain pills.with velocity much closer to 1000fps & they shoot clusters @ 50 yds. . (if fill 3500psi). The problem with deer is getting a good blood trail, i killed 2 last yr & this low velocity don't leave a good exit hole. the 175's stay in the deer, I'm going to try base of the neck shot with the 300 grain in a couple days . which should drop em in the tracks if it will break the bones. remember the ballistics on these are like a lite load in a 45 long colt. (last years double lung shots were dead deer but they ran entirely 2 far, a broadhead bleeds em out much quicker & leaves a trail).. If you hunt big game be prepared for a good tracking job if it don't drop. The barrel on the Texan can't be beat (Walther 20 twist .457). I think a little slower would be better, I have 22 on mine but 28 wouldn't be too slow. Kirk Ethridge
Can the tank be screw off and replace with another backup tank?
Yes it is the spin-loc design.
what grain bullet will achieve 1000 fps.
143 Air Venturi round ball gave me 1030 fps.
142 grain speer ball ammo is giving me 1076 fps
is it ok to fill the Texan with helium
What do you mean you really have to know what your doing? Fill tank with Helium shoot helium...? Is there aomthing I'm missing?
Yes, but you really have to know what you are doing. I have successfully used helium in my Texan with impressive results.
is it ok to use helium instead of air.
Not really... The gun and valve are designed to use a maximum 3000PSI fill of air, NOT helium.
What's the deal with the 34 in. barrel? Why not 22-24?
2 ways of raising a guns power for the increased weight and drag on a slug/large pellet. #1 make the barrel longer #2 Bigger valve opening release more air Release more air less shots per fill and a longer barrel is more accurate along with increased power
to get the power that it does
Does it come in Blue?
no plans from AirForce
Can any brand of 457 or 458 lead ammo be used in this gun? Hoping to be able to buy local and use slugs made for reloading conventional ammo.
I have shot a 458 led bullet made for my 4570 gvt rifle, and it shot good, also Ive fired the round balls used for 45 caliber muzl load guns, shot good, But I am using 457 air gun pellets bought from Hunters Supply. Rifle shoots good. I've never tried the 451 pellets. I'll use the ones mentined in my 45 Texan.The gun is a Beast.
needs to be soft lead, other than that should be ok
is it ok to shoot 451 in the Texan air rifle
You save the day sir thank you very much I've been wondering about just that ammunition I saw it in the store for about 56 bucks and it comes with 500 rounds and I was wondering if it would work in my rifle if it does you just save the day
I just went to the range and took some 451 bullets made for the cowboy 45 colt, 250 grains, it shoots good and is very accurate. I keep forgetting to take the chrono with me, but I crono'd one of the 143 round balls in the yard and it went 1055 FPS..
Hi Has anyone successfully created a moderator for this beast?
I saw a picture of it.. It looks absurdly long..
Rlairguns has a shroud in stock. I put a RL shroud on mine and it is real quiet.
I hear a an SS Model is in the works?
does the Texan come in blue
Are these ever going to hit shelves???????
They are already out!
yes, by August 15
has anyone shot a muzzle loader 45 sabot out of this and what kind of Velocities out of it.
2'nd test with the round ball shot 1055 FPS,
My gun is new and I tried the Sabbots I it and it shot good and held a good group, but the balls shot as good and the 160 grain flat nose shot about the same group. I am now using th regular airgun pellets bought from Hunters supply, gun shoots the round ball at 1022FPS making over 300 FPDS and a good TKO.
You don't have to rely on sabots to get optimum performance out of this finely engineered rifle. The rifle is capable of 1.5 inch 5 shot groups at 100 yards.
can I put a bigger tank on there
you don't want to..... it's hard enough to see through the scope with high rings now.
what is the most foot pounds of energy this gun will produce
500 ft/lbs at the muzzle
Hi when will you guys make a video showing accuracy and velocities of the gun ?
Some fine videos already exist on youtube, at airgundepot.com, and the Airforce airguns website.
Does anyone know the overall length with the tank removed? (Basically how long of a case do you need for this).
Because of the size of this thing, the length of a case is the most predictable feature. When you start adding on features (ie. scope, night vision, flashlight, etc.) it will be the width that will dictate the case. Add ons are too numerous to mention, so I'd advise you to obtain the gun and then look around to find the case for you.
48" WITH TANK
what "factory" bullet shoots ?
.457 OR .458 .457 ROUND SWAGED LEAD BALLS WORK GREAT
is it able to hunt a big bore ? if yes max at what distance
Look at Quackenbush web page for big game hunting information. One of his rifles has similar performance but different concept.
Why do they not have 4500 psi tank for gun that will use so much air? Is it an issue of tank weight/weapon balance or cost of carbon fiber tank?
The performance of the gun at, and below 3000PSI is astounding, and one of it's best selling points. A 4500PSI tank has to be filled from a 4500PSI tank, and after that it's less than 4500PSI, no more 4500PSI fills. At 3000PSi fill for the gun, you will obtain many refills from a 4500PSI tank.
I'm sure that weapon design and weight would suffer. From a practical standpoint, only the very largest weight slugs drain the tank enough to require another fill after 2 or 3 shots. The lesser weight slugs get 6 or 7 good shots before requiring a fill. Since this is a gun made for hunting, those numbers are quite effective. Most high powered hunting rifles hold 5 rounds in their magazine, then have to be reloaded!
the biggest problem with that I think would be the cost associated with a carbon fiber tank.
They do now jdsairman.com has one I just bought it you have to use his regulators to adapt it but at least it's available no
Suggestion--might want to do comparison with Quackenbush 45cal.
Since Quackenbush site has not taken orders since last November and updated a week ago that has no intention of opening up for new orders anytime soon I would elsewhere
can it use the other cal. barrels as well
No No, it was not designed to have an interchangeable barrel
can I buy extra cylinders/reservoirs, prefill them and change them in the field?
You should buy a portable carbon fiber tank, fill it, and take it with you into the field, then you can refill the non removable weapon tank very easily. The use of a hand pump would be extremely tiring for this beast.
can a .458 bullet be used safely with this diameter of .457 for the AirForce Texan?
Barrels can vary gun to gun. Slug the barrel and measure the slug after. Size ammo to be exact to 0.0005 over bore for best results from air. Powder burners can be well oversizeded but it will greatly reduce fps in air rifle.
As long as the slug is soft lead either size .457 or .458 will work, some say .456 are working also. trial and error will determine what works for you.
Airforce recommends a .457 sized bullet
Lands and grooves. A .457 barrel needs a .458 slug for the rifling to properly grip the bullet
Does this airgun use the standard hi-flow spin lock tank already for sale?
No. According to to Airforce site, the Texan has its own unique tank and valve system.
Some one know how many shoots from one fill
It get various shots depending on th pellet used, a 405 grain pellet will only get 2 good accurate shots, the 146 round balls can get as many as 3 accurate shots,, no use going above 3000 pounds of air cause the first shot wont be very fast.
Mine shoots too strong on first shot if I fill to 3000 psi, get 3 consistent shots if I fill to about 2800. This is with a 380 grain bullet.
power looks good needs scope lowered needs to be repeter.think they will ever fix it
American air arms slayer, beenjam bulldog, and hatsan hercules might be a better fit for you. This is more of a single shot percison rifle than a fast shooting speed competition rifle.
There are many lower power repeaters out there and they serve a function for target and smaller game (larger bag limit). This gun is designed to hunt larger game where a single shot is all you need as that's your season limit typically.
Like most Air Force guns it will have the most ergonomic scope mounting with high rings. It is designed to be a single shot only.
Will this allow for swapping barrels/calibers like other airforce guns?
Not by existing design.
Will they ever include a clip? I can't load a pellet at a time. What if you have to make a follow up shot? I can't see hunting with only one pellet at a time.
On this gun, you need to manually seat the bullet into the bore making contact with the rifling, then close the breach. A magazine doesn't perform that function. A hunter must know his limitations, of which you appear to have many! You should become a fisherman.
I expect they don't include a magazine because magazines restrict the ammo you can use. Many magazines won't allow round balls, and length of the ammo is often a problem. With a single and generous loading port, you don't have these restrictions.
buy a different gun and stop crying
best answer!!! just like he said above, make your shot count or go get a semi auto firearm
Does NASA launch 3 shuttles at a time hoping 1 of them will hit the moon ? You need to make your first shot count
How many shots per fill on full power.
They are making a hunting gun with a star track idea, any change to this/ anyone knows
no . it would be a phaser then. not an air rifle.
That's Star Trek not Star Track. just sayin'.
The Texan as you see it is how it will be produced unless you are referring to some other gun.
anyone know if AF will ever change their gun style to a more traditional rifle, just asking
Since air rifles tend to be long, I have always thought that if the stock and furniture looked more like a Kentuck, that would be great. Or perhaps more airguns could be designed to look like the Girondoni 10 shot .46 caliber air rifle that Lewis and Clark brought with them when they set out on their mission of discovery and discovered that it rains in Oregon. You know, it's just a thought.
order a custom stock from maddogstocks, it will look more traditional, the new raptor is a new design.
It looks more like a Ferrari than a Buick if that's what you call ugly..
It is ugly just as all their rifles are. If they would design one more along the conventional rifle lines they would have a total winner I believe.
It is very ugly, isn't it? That was my opinion when I placed my order for one! Other than quality engineering, materials, functionality and accuracy, it's U-G-L-Y!
What do the groups look like @ 50 and 100 yards?
At 50 yards you'll have about an inch to maybe 2 inches pattern, As far as hunting medium game myself I'd keep it there on the 50 yard range. It's better predictable on windy days and various conditions. It's a good gun ,,
I shot a pre-production model at 100 yards and was able to put 3 shots in a roughly 2.5" group. More than accurate enough for just about any game hunting you may be doing at that distance.
how many yard can we down a hug with this rifle
The shot will most likely go right through any animal you might shoot at 50-100 yards, so be careful of what's behind the target animal. This gun kills by bleed out (same as the arrow kills), not necessarily by shock, as so many other lesser velocity, lower energy guns rely on.
With a 50 yard zero out 380 pellet was 3.5 mil dots on Hawke 6.5-20 at 20 power for 100 yards. According to Chairgun, the power was still way above 350 fpe so 100 yards is still more powerful than a Sam Yang 909 at the muzzle.
Looking at the stats you should be able to take down a good size hog easily at 50 yds or more
At 100 yards you would still have roughly 150 FPE left over with a 400 grain slug, so assuming you could take an accurate shot at that distance, 100 yards would be doable.
How many full power shots before refill
you can get 6 usable shots with a 215 grain 370fpe using pelletier's numbers
what is the rate of twist in this 45 barrel? and who builds it?
It is a 20 twist by LW
I believe they are still nailing down the supplier, although I have heard it will be LW. Not sure on Twist at this time
Who makes this barrel? Is it button cut rifling or hammer forged? What is the twist rate and is it choked? What does the caliber actually slug out to?
Airforce is still waiting for the shipment of barrels coming from Germany, they are LW barrels.
Twist rate is listed as 1:20 on the Airforce site.
I have heard LW. All the other details we will not know until we actually get the guns, unless you contact Airforce and ask them directly.
Can this model be baffled?
This gun is not baffled! It is L-O-U-D - much like a centerfire rifle! When you shoot, game animals and people will hear it!
Currently, there is no way to do so.
How many shots per fill? How consistent is the velocity? Lothar walther barrel?
3-5, the pre-production model I shot was not chronographed while shooting. But I achieved a 2.5" three shot group at 100 yards before the shots began to show significant drop. Should be an LW, not certain yet.
Wonder how many shots per fill it gets ?
How many shots per fill?
How many good shots per fill
How many shots at high power?
Depending on bullet weight, you should get from 2-6 good shots before needing a fill up.
how many shots can you get from a full fill
How many shots at useful distance? What does the side lever do?
Depends on what you consider useful. 3-5 shots should be feasible though. The side lever is the cocking mechanism.
What cal best fits bore? .454, .457, .451, etc?
I ordered a sizer to uniform my 458 bullets to 457. I also use the 457 airgun pellets from Hunters supply, I think Pyrmid air has as good of a price on the pellets as Hunters supply. They just have a better selection at Hunter supply, be sure and ask for air gun pellets ..
I spoke with a rep from airforce today 2/5/2015. she said the actual caliber will be .457