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 Post subject: Re: TeXaN
PostPosted: Wed May 18, 2016 7:53 pm 
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Yeah these are just options you can play with or not.
But to me 50 cents a shot plus tax and shipping might
end up being 80 cents a shot.
Even shooting a mere 300 rounds might arrive around
$240.
Another thing to ask yourself is how good is this $.80
Bullet? If it doesn't group well then on to the next
Bullet because what's the point right?
There's another way to get bullets for the Texan....
Let me know if your Air Venturi rounds can't hit the barn
I may be able to set you up with a more accurate. Deer round.

Those pointed rounds are Hollywood rounds, they look good and they penetrate,
If you wanted a Big Bang for shooting with the boys but you want to reach out there
I'd suggest something around 280-360 gr.

Yes it is possible to fill the Texan with a hand pump but very impractical.
In fact, I don't think your buddies would be very impressed at all.
The Texan would require a good bit of manual labour.
Like pump for an hour to take a couple shots kinda labour and
If your drinking you may just keel over and puke on your rifle.
This is a different animal and requires more setup,
If you skip on the air and buy a pump you'll just be walking away with
An almost full tin of bullets and a sore back.
This is just my opinion but the math doesn't add up
For a pump With the Texans low shot count anD high air volume.
Invest in a great white if you plan on shooting
100 rounds from the Texan in a session.

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A little harder for higher speeds. 525gr. RN and 506gr. Schmitzer Spitzer - both silhouette bullets or for 100yard competition from large ctg. guns like a Sharps.

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Pure lead round balls will ALSO work.

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JEFF Tanner's custom moulds cast round balls that after sprue removal - are completely round - no sprue orientation - drop them in and shoot.

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i think i better learn how to cast these pellets because that's some serious stuff. Im gonna order the rifle soon. I think i'll put about $150-200 in ammo to start. Might as well try and learn to do it now. Any special tools i need?

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I suggest a Lee 10 or better yet, 20 pound Lee electric pot with thermostat - non-bottom pour - bottom pour pots can be a pain in the posterior with dripping molten lead- splashing, etc. Pipping is the most accurate way of getting good castings - especially elongated bullets.

So - dipper, electric pot, slanted catch cradle as in the pictures is really nice to have - not difficult to make, even for me. Old cotton towels make a good padded base for cooling the bullets. I've been using the one in my pictures for 30 years.

I used to cast bullets and balls using a Coleman stove I converted from white gas, to propane, running full pressure. It would melt 40 pounds of lead in my big home made pot, in 20 minutes- almost like a Tiger Torch. Normal propane stoves are too slow- too low a heat. White gas is much hotter and faster- if you can still buy them. An electric pot is worth the money.

Lyman's Cast Bullet handbook is a good source of information for beginners on learning to cast bullets. Highly recommended. In my large bore PB rifles, .375 and bigger, I shoot cast bullets. Considerably cheaper than buying them and MUCH cheaper than buying factory ammo. I also have bullet & round ball moulds for my Hornet and .222, as well as .243, .270, .30 cal, .338, .358's, .375's, .430's, numerous .45's, .50's on up to .69 cal. - even a 4-cavity I re-bored for paper patched .45 cal bullets for black powder ctg. rifle and my 14 bore ML rifle.
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Here's a sample of RB;'s and MLoading balls and bullets, from .32 to 4 bore (1.052").
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So, another question.. where does one buy big chunks of lead? lol

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HA! - just re-read my second last post - says for 100 competition - meant 500 yard silhouette & 1,000yard competition. That said, our long range shoots at Hefley Creek is only to 750yards - but mostly all offhand,with 2 shots off cross sticks. No air gun shoots - yet.

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Your cast rounds are looking good Daryl.
Looks like Jeff makes a nice brass roundball mold.

Frozen vapours. I'm glad you are looking into casting your own rounds.
It doesn't really take that much to get started. Here are the basics:

Casting pot ( plug in electric or external fuel).
Pouring ladle. A big one, you wanna pour a full glass of bullet.
Butter knife to scrape the bottom and sides and remove dirt and impurities.
Wax for dirt and antimony separation.
Dirt/junk pan/ tray
Shallow bucket with a bath towel to catch rounds
Bullet mould
Bullet sizer

Gloves( thick enough to handle some heat)
Coveralls or work cloths
Respirator
Safety glasses
Table

Wash clothing, and shower after
And don't eat the bullets.

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The cast bullet loading book by Lyman will instruct on fluxing, etc. I use a stainless soup spoon (not a huge stirring spoon) for scraping and fluxing the melt. Parrafin or beeswax is best for fluxing, but 'Marvelux' is also good and does not burn or smoke. Stirring, scraping while stirring will bring the 'dross', oxidation and dirt to the surface, which is then scraped off.

Here is my pot and 'stuff' set up in the basement well in the car port. I wear cotton when casting, but cast only outdoors - no respirator, but I do wear my glasses which give some eye protection.

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The pot was a bottom pour, which I turned into a dipping pot by running a #6 self tapping screw into the hole in the bottom of the pot- to seal it. It has worked perfectly for hundreds of pounds of lead cast into bullets and balls, so far. This is my 4th lead pot & it has been 'going' strong for about 12 years now.

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Wow Daryl what big balls you have! :lol:
I'd love to see a pic of your 4 bore rifle with
Cannon balls! I'd imagine that would tear a hole eh!?

I was going to drill out my bottom pour to ensure a fast pour
On my .510 bullets but ended up going with a bigger pouring ladle.

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The 4 bore was a gun my bro made for a fellow who "needed" one - for something? LOL

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I to, understand that ridiculous need,
I feel it has been met with the Texan.

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Fitted the Texan with a Nitro Recoil Pad.
Said to reduce recoil up to 70% in Safari firearms lol.
I'm hoping more for the Texan.
It also says it's designed with Anti-Muzzle jump technology.
Sounds cool on paper, will see this weekend.
To me, it's a soft but durable rubber, 1-7-/8 thick,
and a concave butt design to better hold the rifle square on your shoulder.
It gives my brain the same feeling as when you plop down onto a nice lazy boy.
This should do just fine until I get my rubber butt from BLACKWORKS.

Not that firing the Texan is like taming a wild bull, but it does have a lot of kick for an Air Rifle.
when combined with a 34", I have taken steps that I think help the shooting characteristics.
I just to sort out the front end now, Which i think will be the most fun part. :twisted:
Poured 8kg of short grained rice on the floor last night and alittle made it into my Caldwell tackdriver shooting bag. Eventually they all made it it. Boy 8kg of rice and I still think it needs
1 or 2 more. Your right Kim I'm glad I didn't fill this with sand!!
I recommend this bag to support the Texan. It's designed to use its own weight to wrap around and squeeze the barrel down like a Venus fly trap. This is the same kind of bag used when I originally found my 50 yard zero . Fantastic bag rest.
Hoping to get on a table soon to test out the recoil pad, monopod, and rice bag.
alittle forward weight and barrel support from a shroud and a nice effective Brake are gonna be the icing on the cake for stabilizing the shooting attitude of the Texan, although I hear polishing the valve really helps in smoothening out the shooting cycle..eh Kim;)?
Oh Ignore the muzzle protector that's just a mono pod foot cover, I was using it for
Demonstration purposes only. Ahah.

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So I thought I would something to the Texan saga having owned mine for almost a year now. I was invited to a shoot out at the Drumheller private range on Friday and spent the afternoon enjoying a perfect day of shooting. So everyone there where shooting at these metal gong's way out at 300 yard's which was not too hard to hit with powder burner's, so I thought I would see if I could get a slug out there with the Texan. One of the guy's had a spotting scope and kept watch for me as I worked on finding the target. after lofting out close to a dozen shot's raising the holdover up to about 8 feet I finally managed to land one on the 10" round gong. I used a self cast 220 grain slug with the power adjuster set in the middle. Have to say at the end of the day I was feeling pretty good, almost 60 year's old, disable and was able to hit that 300yrd target with my Texan and also hit it 4 out of 5 shot's with a SKS that had open sight's. Steller day :D

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So I thought I would something to the Texan saga having owned mine for almost a year now. I was invited to a shoot out at the Drumheller private range on Friday and spent the afternoon enjoying a perfect day of shooting. So everyone there where shooting at these metal gong's way out at 300 yard's which was not too hard to hit with powder burner's, so I thought I would see if I could get a slug out there with the Texan. One of the guy's had a spotting scope and kept watch for me as I worked on finding the target. after lofting out close to a dozen shot's raising the holdover up to about 8 feet I finally managed to land one on the 10" round gong. I used a self cast 220 grain slug with the power adjuster set in the middle. Have to say at the end of the day I was feeling pretty good, almost 60 year's old, disable and was able to hit that 300yrd target with my Texan and also hit it 4 out of 5 shot's with a SKS that had open sight's. Steller day :D

Sounds like a great day there budz.. :D

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Tactical Texan.

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