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Texan SS .308: Finally the gun I always wanted!

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    davidsng
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    I like to share my my newest gun to my arsenal.  I am very pleased with my new gun and wish to share my modifications and experience with this gun because it turned out perfect for me.

    First, I always wanted a gun that was able to quietly shoot coyote at long distance in all seasons, specially winter.  My experience with most regulators, I don't trust them in 20 degree weather.

    So, therefore, I had set a goal of an unregulated gun, that can shoot like a regulated gun, but still be a bigbore.  It seemed pretty impossible, but I gave it a try…

    First, I found a 1.1 Liter bottle for $180.  As soon as I got it, I noticed it did not fit in the gun.  The treads were the same, but the carbon fiber made the bottle thicker, so I had to gently trim the gun to make it fit.  Nerve-racking to cut, but it fit.

    Second, was the wood stock.  I always pictured it with a stock but only problem was that nobody makes them, and I was NOT going to even attempt that myself.  Luckily, Doug Russel (Maddog Stocks) made exactly what I wanted. Only issue was the shoulders of my bottle were a little different shapped than the standard ones.  So, I trimmed the stock down in that area. Then put the stock on and tightened it down hard.  This I immediately noticed a very positive consequence to the stock not fitting perfect.

    When I shot the gun before I put the stock on, I noticed cheek weld and pressure made a difference in the shot POI, but after the stock was put on, ABSOLUTELY NO DIFFERENCE!

    Third, in order to get the extremely flat count I always wanted, I tuned the gun down from 200+fpe to 158fpe.  Wow, I got more shots and more accuracy that I expected.  I got 7-9 shots under a 20fps spread and only fill the gun to 170 bar!  It made great used of my air supply. Plus, it is very pleasant to shoot.

    I knew I liked the gun but was nervous about bring it to EBR.  I did not think a 158 fpe (150fpe is the lower limit) bigbore would hold up to the 400-700fpe guns there.  But it did!  Even if I did not get credit for two of the targets, it still placed 3rd!

    Here a video for those who want more info.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    ChuckHunter
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    That is sweet!!!

    I've been thinking along those same lines except in .257 most likely… With a thermo scope set up!

    Dogs are running rampant up here in central Michigan and mostly out at night!

    If I pull the trigger on that build will probably be picking your brain on the set up!

    James from Michigan

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    Hal4son
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    Really good video and a cool gun.  I like it.  

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    Scotchmo
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    Nathan,

    Thank you for the video detailing your build. It was good to talk with you at the EBR match. Congrats for your bigbore performance at the match, and also for you speed silhouette placing – exciting to watch.

    If I was starting over building up a .257, I'd probably use a Texan.

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    davidsng
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    Hey James, yea .257 seem like a good caliber.  Thermal would be great!  Coyotes are popping up in mn now.  When I was young I never ever seen one.  Now, I see one or two per year and hear them often.  I've noticed deer and rabbit populations are going down at the same time.  Think there is a correlation there?

    Nate

    Hal, thanks!  Glad you enjoyed it!

     

    Scott, It was great meeting you too!  That is a amazing piece of art you made there!  It's one of a kind. Yea I'm really thinking of getting a .257.  There is a guy who has a condor .257 with a tj barrel.  I'm testing it on Saturday. Let you know what I think.  Thz

     

     

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    steve123
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    Congrats Nate! Scott as well.

    Man you guys brought home a pile of $$$$!

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    airgunner343
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    Hi David, 

    Thanks for replying to my post. Great video by the way. Question about the bigger tank. Do you need to do a special modification for the bigger tank or can I simply use a regular paintball tank? Can you please give me more details on the tank such as brand and size? And what's the biggest tank you can get away with?

     

    Dan 

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    davidsng
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    Can you please give me more details on the tank such as brand and size.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Acecare-PCP-Airguns-1-1L-CE-Scuba-Cylinder-30Mpa-Carbon-Fiber-Air-Tank-2021-/234153530397?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l6249&mkrid=711-127632-2357-0

     "Do you need to do a special modification for the bigger tank or can I simply use a regular paintball tank? "

    The tank needs to be metric 18×1.5 to fit the texan valve.  The talon p valve has standard so normal paitball will work for that one.

    And what's the biggest tank you can get away with?

    There are 2l talks.  One is 2x as fatter, other is 2x longer.  Those might work too, but the 1.1 liter seems to be just right for the gun to me.

     

    Nate

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    DHC
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    I have the 257 and enjoy it. Casting bullets was part of the investment for me(actually I sold a bunch of toys I no longer played with and spent it all on a Texan,stock,mold and lead) . Nickle a shot makes me smile.

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    davidsng
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    Yea, I really like the Texan platform.  I plan on buy more in the future.  Did you get the SS version in the .257?  I've been trying to find someone who has one to tell me what they think,

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    airgunner343

    Hi David, 

    Thanks for replying to my post. Great video by the way. Question about the bigger tank. Do you need to do a special modification for the bigger tank 

     

    Dan 

    Hey Dan, Yes I had to trim just a little of the gun away to fit the CF bottle.  I had the older Texan.  I think to new ones are already like that to fit a stock cf bottle.  The top rail needs trimmed for the 1.1 Liter and a hair off the bottom on the older ones.  (The CF tanks are a hair thicker at the neck than the regular aluminum bottles.

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    mercado
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    With a bottle drop adapter there's no need to cut the frame..

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    davidsng
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    Mercado, thx for the pic.  I knew about that adaptor, just don't like the way it looked.  I felt cutting the stock was  better for me.  Nice set up.  Please attach a link to that part for the others who may want it.  Pcp Tunes correct?

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    jwrabbit123
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    hey  nice gun , My friend hit 1107 yards with the 308 with his slugs great gun once you tune it , message me if you want any tips LOU

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    mercado
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    I admit the at first the look doesn't kill me..but having condors to use very often the position of the neck is horrible in those guns with the bottle straight.. with the angle adapter.. the condor one.. the texan one is way too low .. with those rings I get perfect check rest .. I hate to use high rings..the adapter is from pcp tunes.. is the best place for aiforce accessories..

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    mercado
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    I recently traded my 308 texan.. but kept the .257 texan for a custom built…I wanted to make the texan push these… but it will take me deeper in to the rabbit hole.. ring now I have other things to do..maybe for a future project.. at 175g..I think it was going to be a lot $$$ .. to do  990fps

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    mercado

    I recently traded my 308 texan.. but kept the .257 texan for a custom built…I wanted to make the texan push these… but it will take me deeper in to the rabbit hole.. ring now I have other things to do..maybe for a future project.. at 175g..I think it was going to be a lot $$$ .. to do  990fps

    Those are huge!  The new texans that come with the cf bottle have a larger hammer and weight.  Plus the valve has more air flow.  You should be able to get those close to 990fps, I think.  Just be for one or two shots although.

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