Another way the Carnivore is different from most other big bores is that it's a repeater. You don't get just one shot and then have to reload. Quickly work the bolt, and another shot lines up.
Foot-pounds will vary by the grain weight of your projectile. However, Hatsan has stated you should get about 75 ft-lbs. of energy with the .30-caliber gun and 95 ft-lbs. with the .357-caliber gun. That gives you a good amount of power to take animals at longer distances or some larger critters at closer distances.
Hatsan BT Carnivore Features
- Precharged pneumatic
- Repeater (7-rd mag in .30, 6-rd mag in .357)
- Anti-double-feed system prevents more than one pellet loading into barrel
- Fill reservoir up to 200 bar (2,900 psi)
- Ambidextrous synthetic stock
- Vertically adjustable comb
- Textured grip
- Automatic safety
- Integrated rail accepts Weaver or 11mm mounts (no open sights)
- 2-stage adjustable Quattro trigger
- Gold-plated trigger blade
- Rubber recoil pad adjusts vertically and angularly
- Removable air reservoir has built-in manometer (air pressure gauge)
- 255cc air reservoir volume
- Anti-knock system prevents gas waste if rifle is knocked or bounced
- Fully shrouded barrel
- Integral silencer reduces report by about 50%
- Weaver/Picatinny accessory rail for a bipod, laser or flashlight
- Integral sound moderator reduces report by 50%
- Up to 21 shots per fill in .30 caliber
- Up to 12 shots per fill in .357 caliber
- Includes 1/8" BSPP probe with male threads, 2 rotary clips, sling, sling swivel studs, sling swivels and owner's manual
Rifle appears to be of good quality. I really dont think the bolt is as stiff as majority of reviews here. It is pretty smooth. Have to be sure to pull back all the way before sending the bolt home.
Sound on mobile app db meter is 77db at the muzzle. In comparison gammo bone colector .177 reads 77db and Hatsan breakbarrel carnivore .30 cal reads 80 db.
I am filling with MK4 Hill handpump. 100 bar to 200 bar takes 135 pumps. I stop pumping at half point to allow pump to cool as it does generate heat.
I definitely recommend!
I would like to try out other loads but it seems general consensus is jsb's for this rifle.
Was able to zero the scope in three shots. The accuracy is unbelievably awesome, and the power is second to none. It does take a lot of effort to cock, but seems to be getting easier now after 100 shots.
Has a tendency to jam occasionally where the pellet fails to load correctly. You then have to remove the magazine and push the pellet in more and re-cock to shoot. Hopefully this will improve with use and being more familiar with the air rifle. Also, I would suggest that there needs to some R&D effort by the manufacturer to improve the magazineā€™s ability to load pellets consistently.
Overall, I rate this to be a great Air Rifle and would recommend it to anyone who wants a fantastic small game hunting and all around fun air rifle.
Though you may be discouraged by the speed of this air rifle and think it may not get too far away. Well, I can prove you that "Speed is really not what you should use to judge this air rifle." (I copy this phrase from other air rifle professionals.) The pellet for this .30 model is 50.5 grain, and muzzle energy is said to be 75 lb/ft. How does the number means may not be meaningful, but see my picture of a shot at approximately 30 yard. You will know what this air rifle can do.
(P.S. When I shot this pellet, the air pressure was about 100, about to get into yellow zone. So, you can image how it does when in 200 par --- between green and red zone.)
It does not like the heavier cast slugs, but shoots the smaller slugs well. JSB .357 pellets would be my choice for long range small game hunting. It is not as accurate as my Benjamin Marauder .25, but hits much harder with better penetration. The bipod adds weight, but keeps my groups small. The extra large scope let's me shot from fawn to dusk. I use a similar scope on my rat guns. A 50 mm objective really pulls in the light.
I do wish it had a bit more power, and a wider magazine. It would compete with the Bull Dog then. It is quieter, accurate, and heavy. The stock is fully adjustable. Wish it was available in wood.
The largest game I would hunt with this gun is hogs, and coyote. Raccoon, possum, fox, and of course, rabbits squirrels, wood chuck and prairie dogs are no problem.
Also at first I was getting MANY MANY bad feeds, double feeds (one which caused me to have to reseal the breech seal) BUT....it was ALL due to the bolt being so difficult to pull back COMPLETELY (COMPLETELY being the key word here) causing all the problems. So WHEN you get this gun (not IF) put on a pair of gloves, pull back that bolt a couple hundred times, and you will find the gun you always wanted. This thing hits HARD and EXACTLY where you aim it.
Trust me when I say you CAN NOT get a Big Bore REPEATER for anywhere NEAR this price point and you CERTAINLY will not find one to shoot more accurately.
0.30Caliber 0.30 CalVelocity 860 fpsLoudness 3-MediumMag Capacity 7
0.357Caliber 0.357 CalVelocity 730 fpsLoudness 3-MediumMag Capacity 6