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Extreme Big Bore Air Rifles - My new aquisition.....WOW!!!
« on: December 06, 2012, 10:56:32 AM »
Hey Guys...My name is Rich and I have been a member for a while now. I was ....in a former life...Lol, an online chat rep for Pyramyd Air but my Mom passed away on the 8th of October and
lets just say that things went down hill from there. Not with Pyramyd....with the chat room company....NEEDLE.  BUT ...I will not go any further than that. Lets just say it was a MUTUAL seperation!!! LOL

ANYWAY.....I will be posting results and a reveiw of the new Hunter Extreme .45 caliber PCP air rifle from EXTREME BIG BORE AIR RIFLES in Michigan. This is the most powerful big bore pcp I have tried to date.
I have 2 other big bore rifles...my Will Piatt tuned Sam Yang 909 Big Bore in .45 caliber and my Sam Yang Recluse in .357 caliber, ALSO a Will Piatt tuned rifle. Both of these rifles are powerful, accurate and are very well made for the money. The stock triggers are OK...but could use some improvement, which Will was kind enough to take care of when I sent him the rifles.
My 909 has about a 2.5 lb trigger pull ( very light ) and the Recluse is about 4 lbs..which is a good place to have it. Both rifles started out at around 10 pounds of pull so the trigger work that Will did was a GREAT improvement over the stock settings. I have always preferred a light trigger,  but at 4 lbs the Recluse trigger is fine.
Both of these Korean rifles are VERY ACCURATE! I practice at 50 and 100 yards and at 50 I can get almost hole in hole accuracy with a 2 shot group. When I go out to 100 yards I can hold about a 1" group and sometimes better if I really try. Shooting form really comes into play when you are trying to hit a ping pong ball at 100 yards....but I can do it. It just takes concentration and finesse.!!!
As for my preferred ammunition...I ONLY use hollowpoint projectiles from none other than Mr. Hollowpoint himself...Bob Vogul. I have tested many of Bob's designs and have found all to be accurate and well made.
I harvested my first deer this season with my 909 using Bob's 250 grain HP. It was a doe about 120 lbs. The shot was 60 yards and I hit her high in the shoulder through both lungs. She ran about 60 yards before expiring. That rifle shoots a 250 grain HP at 780 FPS. It did a great job of creating enough kinetic energy and damage to quickly and humanely harvest the deer.
I have not used the .357 RECLUSE as of yet to harvest a deer but I have no doubt that it can. It will shoot a 140 grain Hornady Flat Nose bullet at just about 1001 FPS. That equates to roughly
311 ft. lbs of kinetic energy. In comparison...the Benjamin Rogue was used by TEAM WILD in Africa to take a Red Heartebeest at 53 yards. Now after speaking with Chip at Crosman I found out that the Rogue is designed to use the air in the gun as efficiently as possible and to get as many full power shots as possible. Therefore...with a 145 grain Nosler Ballistic Tipped bullet they only get about 750 fps.
That is what it is designed for. Now...that animal was hit in the heart and went a very short distance and was done. The kinetic energy produced by the Rogue is roughly 181 ft lbs.
So if the Rogue can take a Red Heartebeest at only 181 ft lbs...then the Sam Yang Recluse at 311 ft lbs should be more than adequate for most deer sized game here in the United States.
NEXT POST..........ON TO THE EXTREME HUNTER .45 BIG BORE PCP !!!!!
Here is the link to the Heratebeest hunt by TEAM WILD..
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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2012, 12:14:38 PM »
Congrats on the doe. Would love to see pictures and hear more about the extreme .45
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« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2012, 02:48:10 PM »
Tag. I am looking forward to your review.

I just received a gun last week that Will Piatt had tuned and worked on the trigger. Not only is it powerful, the trigger is a pleasure to pull. Night and day compared to my stock Dragon Slayer. Now I'm waiting on another to be delivered.
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« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2012, 04:37:49 PM »
Welcome to GTA. I do not want to be a rain cloud here and I do really welcome you to GTA . I have rifles tuned by Will and several other BB . I think that the Extrem hunter should be a top of the line rifle . And I believe Will is a good tuner . And I hope you have a chrony that you use at 10 feet away that can verify your energy levels . It has come to light here that Will has some sort of issue with some of his chrony readings in the past that match what you have stated . He has recently stated that his Recluse tunes are yielding around 220 fpe . I just had one tuned by him and the threads are all here for you to read . I also have emails from him that state that what he thought his tunes were yielding 300 fpe were really not reached in his mind . I would like some real world news about the Hunter and I have talked to Allan in the past myself . Marvin

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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2012, 11:29:03 PM »
OK Guys...I will be reviewing the Extreme Hunter very soon. As for the erroneous chrony results from Will... I chronographed my Recluse today and with the 115 Grain HP from Bob Vogul I am getting 975 fps.
That works out to 242.808 ft lbs of kinetic energy. So the numbers that Will had told me must be wrong and I would expect that with the 140 grain flat nose Hornady bullets I will be in the mid 800's.
Which is still a very good speed and energy for the Recluse. Will does a great job on the Sam Yangs. I think he may have been using a different bullet he was telling me about. I have earlier results that he told me about over the phone. The 68 grain Round Balls were producing 1109, 1077, 1021 fps for a 3 shot string.
I will say that the 140 grain Hornady Flat Nose Cowboy's are very accurate and I get 1/2" groups at 50 yards and 1" groups at 100 yards. I routinely break clay pigeon targets at 100 yards all day long. The gun is very accurate.

As for the Extreme Hunter...I am so IMPRESSED so far...this gun is EXCEPTIONALLY WELL MADE!! The gray/black laminated stock is absolutely flawless and the trigger ( which is a Timney Mauser Sportsman model ),
is awesome!! I have fired a few rounds through the gun and I can tell you...so far....this is the highest quality big bore air rifle I have ever seen. I will get into the review more in the next posts.
I will try to upload a photo for now..
Thanks,
Rich

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« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2012, 02:09:32 AM »
The Recluse is plenty enough to take deer.I also have a will P tuned 909s and Recluse and so far this year I have taken a 6pt with the 909 (roughly 140lb).I also took 2 deer (a 5pt at 130lbs and a doe at 160 lb) with my recluse.The doe was about 45-50 yards with a 140 gr swc..complete pass threw even hiting shoulder.Pics are on the Hunting gate.Very quick recoverys.None went over 20 yards.
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« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2012, 01:57:06 PM »
OK Guys...I will be reviewing the Extreme Hunter very soon. As for the erroneous chrony results from Will... I chronographed my Recluse today and with the 115 Grain HP from Bob Vogul I am getting 975 fps.
That works out to 242.808 ft lbs of kinetic energy. So the numbers that Will had told me must be wrong and I would expect that with the 140 grain flat nose Hornady bullets I will be in the mid 800's.
Which is still a very good speed and energy for the Recluse. Will does a great job on the Sam Yangs. I think he may have been using a different bullet he was telling me about. I have earlier results that he told me about over the phone. The 68 grain Round Balls were producing 1109, 1077, 1021 fps for a 3 shot string.
I will say that the 140 grain Hornady Flat Nose Cowboy's are very accurate and I get 1/2" groups at 50 yards and 1" groups at 100 yards. I routinely break clay pigeon targets at 100 yards all day long. The gun is very accurate.

As for the Extreme Hunter...I am so IMPRESSED so far...this gun is EXCEPTIONALLY WELL MADE!! The gray/black laminated stock is absolutely flawless and the trigger ( which is a Timney Mauser Sportsman model ),
is awesome!! I have fired a few rounds through the gun and I can tell you...so far....this is the highest quality big bore air rifle I have ever seen. I will get into the review more in the next posts.
I will try to upload a photo for now..
Thanks,
Rich

Rich, where do you get your 140 gr. Hornady cowboy bullets from?
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« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2012, 10:45:29 PM »
Do you have any pictures or a link to the extreme hunter ?
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« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2012, 12:55:15 PM »
OK as for the 140 grain Cowboy's...I got them from Midway USA. Here is the link: http://www.midwayusa.com/product/640016/hornady-bullets-38-caliber-358-diameter-140-grain-lead-flat-nose-box-of-350
As for photos of the rifle...I tied to upload the ones I took but the files were too large. I will take some others at lower resolution and post them soon.
I will be testing and shooting over the next few days and I will be posting my results once I have all the information together. I will be posting phots of the targets and at what distances they were shot at.
I will be shooting at 50 and 100 yards and aslo report on longer shots (about 150 yards or more if possible)  once I have a target set up at distance.

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« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2012, 01:08:46 PM »
Hey Jeremy 1982...sounds like the Recluse does the trick. Are you using the 140 grain Cowboys? Sounds like that is what you were meaning.
I figured they would go through. They are made to penetrate I guess....lol
My doe went about 60 yards. She was hit high in the shoulders through both lungs with a 250 gr HP. It took a few seconds for the lungs to fill up I guess. But she had expired by the time I got to her.
Quick clean harvest. Just the way I want it. I never did recover the slug though. The deer was processed before I could get to the deer cooler and recover it.

Now with the Extreme Hunter.,...I should be able to drop them right in their tracks..LOL. NO DOUBT!!!
This rifle has INCREDIBLE POWER...close to 600 ft lbs at max fill pressure. Just in the few shots I have taken it is showing me the power and precision with which it is made. I am very impressed so far and I will be getting the review done soon so keep checking back. :D
The weather here in Georgia has been very warm and it has slowed the deer season dramatically. My buddy's deer cooler was really hoppin a few weeks back but now it has slowed down big time.
We are hoping for a cold snap to turn things back on and maybe a 2nd rut to come in. It would be nice since I know I have a good buck in the area. He has been making rubs but I have not seen him on any of my trail cameras. Hopefully I can get a chance at him. but we'll see.

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« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2012, 06:41:11 PM »
The 140 gr. I shot the doe with was one I had made my self out of a Lee 140 gr swc mold but It is very similar to the hornady cowboy swags.These also are very accurate.Probably the best Ive shot from the gun yet.The 5 pt I shot was a hollow point I also made from a Lee 130 gr flat nose mold I had converted.Even with the hollow point though I got a complete pass threw at 53 yards.The Recluse is def. a suitable gun to take deer with though.I'm looking forward to seeing the results from the extreme .45 though.I have a Ranger XP .45 on order now that I'm hoping will be in before next year.I'm just hoping I don't fall in love with it and let my other air rifles sit on the shelf ;D ;D ;DTheir all great guns.
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« Reply #12 on: December 09, 2012, 10:56:32 AM »
Eagleone,you had said you were shooting a 250 gr bullet out of your 909.....what kinda velocity's are you getting with them?The heaviest bullet I have is a 205 gr flat nose but I want to try some thing a lil heavier.Ive been using some 170 gr and 190 gr with great results...got a pass threw on a 140 lb deer plus they are some what flat shooting out to 60 yards but I'm trying to find some thing with little more punch.
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« Reply #13 on: December 10, 2012, 10:40:15 PM »
I am using the Mr.Hollowpoint 250 grain HP's and getting 780 fps. I shot the doe at 60 yards at she went about 60 yards. It was a double lung shot. I hit her high in the left shoulder and it went through the lungs and into the opposite shoulder. If I had hit her lower ....right behind the shoulder, I probably would have had a complete pass through. The next deer I take I am going to try to place the shot in that spot, so I will let you know how I make out.
I am in the process of getting a Nitrogen gas set up for my guns in order to run the EXTREME HUNTER at the higher pressures and also so I can get a lot more fills. I will have a 6000 psi tank and it will be 300 cubic feet of Nitrogen so I should get quite a few more fills compared to my 4500 psi carbon fiber tank which is only 88 cu ft.. I will let you know what velocities I get and at the different pressures as well.

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« Reply #14 on: December 10, 2012, 11:08:58 PM »
You might want to look in to a booster pump . About half of your 300 cf will still not be usable . I know several BB shooters have gone the nitrogen way and then added the pump due to the refill cost rate . Some have complained that with the fill rate used on the big tanks they are paying for 6000 psi but receiving 5700-5800 psi . GL .Marvin

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« Reply #15 on: December 11, 2012, 01:51:29 PM »
Yea I was thinking about ordering a 220 gr Ruger old army conical mold to see how it performed but the highest gr. Ive shot so far is a 205 gr.I dont like the round nose much but Ive heard they are pretty accurate in the 909.What dia.is the Extreme?.452?
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« Reply #16 on: December 15, 2012, 12:26:01 PM »
No.. the Extreme is .457

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« Reply #17 on: December 15, 2012, 10:25:34 PM »
OK..guys so I have some FPS numbers and I have had a chance to shoot the Extrems Hunter .457 a bit. I am getting very good accuracy out of the rifle using the 250 and 280 grain HP's from Mr. Hollowpoint and I am shooting at 50 and 100 yards. I will post phots of the targets once I can compile all the information. As for the FPS performance I decided to try the 250 grain first and fill the gun to 3500 psi rather than go up to the full 4200 psi that Brent had said he uses. My results were as follows... first shot was 899.8 fps = (449.56 FPE),2nd shot ...857.3 fps = (422.78 FPE), and shot 3 was 785.4 fps = (342.51 FPE).


Now again...this was on a 3500 psi fill, not the higher 4200 psi. I was was interested in what the lower pressure would give me and at 900 fps...that is an AWESOME and powerful shot!! More than enough for ANY sized deer..thats for sure. I then tried the 280 grain HP's and the results for those are as follows. Still a 3500 psi fill. First shot was 875.2 fps =(476.35 FPE), 2nd shot ...800.2 fps = (398.20 FPE). The third shot my chronograph read error so I did not get the reading for the third, although I would expect it to be as much of a drop off as the 250 grain was.

I am awaiting the arival of my 6000 psi Nitrogen tank which will be delivered this week and I ordered a Nitrogen Tank Gauge assembly from Joe Brancato so that should be here Tuesday.Once I have that I will be able to run the higher pressure and see what I get with the 250 and 280 grain HP's repectively. I will also be posting some photos of the rifle and my chosen optic. I am using a Cablea's Alaskan Guide Series mil-dot scope right now. It is a 2.5 - 10X by 50mm scope. The Extreme Hunter comes with weaver mounts already installed so all you have to do is adjust your Weaver scope rings to match the spacing on the rifle and install your preferred optics. My rings are medium high rings and the scope has plenty of clearance. No issue there. One thing I did notice was that the breech where the bolt rides is not smooth and polished like I have seen on other rifles. When I questioned Bret on this he informed me that it is made that way for a reason and that all I had to do was use the RemOil on the O-Ring seal and on the bolt. It is getting better the more I shoot so I anticipate it will get smoother over time.
OK so I am going to sign off for now and will be posting photos and more test results in the next few days once I get the Nitrogen tank and get all the results.
STAY TUNED!!!!!!!!!!  8)

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« Reply #18 on: December 15, 2012, 10:27:33 PM »
Hey Melloroadman...so how much is a booster pump....another $500.00????
I have spent enough already!!!

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« Reply #19 on: December 26, 2012, 01:43:44 PM »
Hey Guys. Just wanted to give you all an update. I have not had a decent day to test the Extreme Hunter using the Nitrogen with the chronograph, but even though the weather has not cooperated at all and with the wind we have been having , my long range accuracy tests are providing me with the results I am looking for. I am getting lots of power with the Nitrogen though. I am running the rifle at 4000 psi with a 250 and a 280 grain HP and the accuracy results are excellent. I am able to keep a 1/2" group at 50 yards even with the wind and at 100 yards I am able to keep about a 1 1/2" group.....which is not too shabby at that range and with the windy conditions no less
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One thing I will tell you is that in order to maintain accuracy with this rifle you will need to clean the bore about every 15-20 shots. I find that this really helps keep the accuracy where I want it. I do the same thing with my Sam Yang rifles and I get great results with those rifles too. I take a brass cleaning brush and wrap a patch around it and use Hoppes bore cleaning fluid. I run that up and down the bore 5-8 times and then run patches until they come out clean. That seems to really help in keeping the accuracy right on.
Over all so far I am very impressed with the Extreme Hunter .457 air rifle. It is a very powerful and accurate rifle and the more I shoot it the more I have confidence in the rifles effectiveness in taking large game at long distance as well as shorter ones. I would give Allen or Brent a call at Extreme Hunter Big Bore Air Rifles. They are great guys to deal with and if you had any issues I am sure they will take care of it right away. One of the great features of the rifle is the Timney Trigger. It is fully adjustable. I have adjusted mine to be very light pull...about 2 lbs. This is to my liking but not every one will want this. But it works for me. So if you are looking for an accurate, powerful and expertly made air rifle.....THIS IS IT!!!!!!!!!!!
We are having another windy day here so until I can test the rifle in calm conditions I dont want to post any photos of the targets. I will tell you though I can break a clay pigeon at 100 yards almost every time, even in windy conditions from my bench rest. Freehand shooting,  I have taken out clay birds at 150 hards. Now,  I cant do that every time....but I can do it. Thats why I like a light trigger pull.
I will post some video to utube if I can soon. Its just with the crappy weather its hard to get good footage.But I will try soon.
You can get ahold of Brent and Allen here.... http://www.extremebigboreairrifles.com/

Youy can tell them that Rich K. from the forums sent you.

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