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Matador R3s Busting pest birds
« on: June 09, 2017, 08:39:28 PM »
I have been doing loads of pesting in the last few months and have added several new toys to my collection.
The one I have been using most of late is an early Matador R3 gen 1 steel breech .25cal long and I have tuned it to 910fps for 90 shots on the reg.
It is VERY accurate and I have been favouring it over my .22 std R3 for the longer shots and windy days.
 




I fitted it with a Tac Vector Optics 6-25x 50 scope, a brand which I have really taken to of late as the German Schott glass and mechanics are hard to fault. I could go on for ages about the new TVO marksman range of scopes but for now I will tell you 6 of my PCPs now have one! Even since these pics were taken I have replaced my 4.5-18x56 Falcon Menace scope that has always been on my .22 matador with a TVO 4.5-18x50 that has quickly become my favorite scope.. Ill be getting another one for the .25cal matador to replace the 6-25x 50 as it has a better reticle/clarity and  I never use it past 12x anyway.







Within a week of owning the .25cal I had shot through 5 tins of Kings and found that with a 12X scope setting its holdovers almost match my .22 R3 with the Falcon 4.5-18x56 set on 18x. It made it very quick to get accustomed to the .25 ballistics and has had me pushing the .25 out much further than the .22cal.

A couple of nights ago I got the chance to smash my longest kill with a PCP (.22 R3 204 yards on a hare) and landed a kill shot at 242yards!
I had been shooting it at 230 yards on a gong and was quite surprised in the frequency I could land a shot at that range within 5 inches.
The same evening I saw 3 hares just past my gong ranged at 242 yards. Shooting off my outdoor table off a bipod I dropped this one with a heart lung shot.. a whopping 9ftlbs of retained energy still passed right through at that range.



I have also been visiting a "job" on some stock feed lots, and the matadors have been very successful on the grain thieves. theses pics are from different days..
The same farm has a very large pigeon problem that is next on the list.














« Last Edit: June 09, 2017, 08:42:49 PM by Wingman »

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Re: Matador R3s Busting pest birds
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2017, 10:47:15 PM »
Nice work, that's a huge shor count on the .25cal!
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Re: Matador R3s Busting pest birds
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2017, 11:17:32 AM »
Nice work, that's a huge shot count on the .25cal!

Yea, it is the long version with the 388cc cylinder, it gets even more with a Huma reg as its smaller with a larger plenum which allows lower reg pressures for the same velocities. Edgun air cylinders are rated to 300bar fills so they get even more if you were to fill to that.

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Re: Matador R3s Busting pest birds
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2017, 10:54:15 AM »
Hi Phil,been meaning catch up,just got so busy,Dont have mynas round here anymore,never came back
 after i got stuck into them couple years ago,think coz got so many maggies round here, rest got chased
 away as the two species dont seem to get on in same area,prob coz both are so territoral maybe.
 Good to see you got forum back up.
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Re: Matador R3s Busting pest birds
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2017, 07:56:43 AM »
Kill shot at 242 yards. That is impressive but I suppose not much better than a kill shot on a rabbit at 900 yds with a .5 cal powder burner.

I think it must be a lazy shooter that can't be bothered stalking a bit closer.

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Re: Matador R3s Busting pest birds
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2017, 06:54:42 PM »
A few pics from a few of the last outings with the trusty well proven Falcon Menace 4.5-18x56 scope on the .22 R3













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Re: Matador R3s Busting pest birds
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2017, 07:00:26 PM »
Another hour at the feedlot with the .22 and its new glass





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Re: Matador R3s Busting pest birds
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2017, 05:50:47 AM »
Giving the neglected .22 cal a run..
Shot of the day was the spurwing plover at 167y with a crosswind  :)



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Re: Matador R3s Busting pest birds
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2017, 11:23:11 PM »
Gee that looks satisfying. Nice shooting there. Do those plovers take much knocking down?
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Re: Matador R3s Busting pest birds
« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2017, 02:41:57 PM »
Indeed... Nah the plovers seem to fold up pretty easy as long as you dont connect with that hard wing bone..
Ive never shot one inside about 85y as they are hard to get close to but all seem to go down instantly.

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Re: Matador R3s Busting pest birds
« Reply #10 on: October 06, 2017, 05:15:09 PM »
Wingy I missed this whole thread somehow, damn fine shooting, especially the looooong kill shots!
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Re: Matador R3s Busting pest birds
« Reply #11 on: October 06, 2017, 09:02:49 PM »
They are annoying, where I go to get rabbits there  a couple, and I reckon their screeching warns off the rabbits.
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Re: Matador R3s Busting pest birds
« Reply #12 on: October 06, 2017, 09:28:47 PM »
Thanks Neil,

Im sure you will be interested in my latest work with JSB Edgun, Huma Air and Edgun west...
we just set a world record.. MOA on vid at 200y with a diabolo pellet  ;D
I have shot several 1/2 moa groups at 200y since and stay tuned for my next vid smashing it again with sub MOA at 300y  ;)

http://www.talonairgun.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=34&t=36916

http://www.airgunnation.com/topic/sub-moa-at-200yrd-with-34gr-heavies-on-vid/#post-217908


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Re: Matador R3s Busting pest birds
« Reply #13 on: October 07, 2017, 09:06:34 PM »
200+ yards kill is freaking awesome bro...im still dreaming and want to try 100+ yards kill but not confident yet.
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