Big Bore Comparison Test: AirForce Texan and Ataman M2R Tact Carbine in .357 Cal

Airgun Depot has a new big bore comparison test of two .357 caliber air rifles. They compared the AirForce Texan against the Ataman M2R Tact Carbine, with very interesting results.

Airgun Depot tells HAM that reviewer Cameron Brinkeroff says this was one of the most closely matched and difficult Head to Head comparison tests he’s had to date. Both of these air rifles are outstanding, says Airgun Depot and they feel these are the best offerings in .357 caliber yet.

The olive green stock of the Ataman M2R Tact Carbine Type 2 is exclusive to Airgun Depot in the US, but the performance will be the same compared to other Ataman M2R Tact Carbines in that caliber.

For this big bore comparison test, Airgun Depot checked-out multiple bullet types. Especially with the bigger bore air guns, correct pellet and slug selection can make the difference between and excellent tight group, and a horrible one.

The Ataman gave best accuracy results with JSB 81.02 Grain pellets, while the .357 caliber Texan performed best using slugs from a new company called AeroMagnum.  AeroMagnum slugs slug produced a perfect 3 shot cloverleaf group at 50 yards with the Texan. Airgun Depot tells us that they hope to be selling AeroMagnum products in the near future.

Big Bore Comparison Test: AirForce Texan and Ataman M2R Tact Carbine in .357 Cal

This Big Bore comparison test showed similar accuracy for both guns. But the Ataman performed best with fairly light bullets, making it more suitable for long-range target shooting. The Texan gave best results with the much heavier Aeromagnum pellets, making it more suitable for use as a hunting air rifle.

Another consideration between the two air rifles in this Big Bore comparison test is that the Ataman has a magazine-fed side lever action. The AirForce Texan is, of course, a single shot model.

For more information, check out the Head to Head Review at Airgun Depot.