Hatsan Carnivore .30 Caliber
Jim Chapman        http://americanairgunhunter.com
Hatsan has been building some high performance PCP rifles at affordable prices
for the last few years, and more recently has been expanding their product line to
incorporate new models, new technology, and new calibers while maintaining
quality, performance, and value. I've been saying for years that the Hatsan rifles
are one of the most under appreciated airguns on the market, but that is changing!
I've been shooting several of Hatsans guns this season, but today I want to tell you
about something I think is exciting, their new Carnivore series mid bore rifles! The
Carnivore comes in .30 and .35 caliber versions...
The Carnivore is based on Hatsans BT65 QE model rifle, that has been available in
standard calibers up to .25 for a couple years now. This is a large gun weighing in at 9.3 lb
without a scope, and has a length overall of 48.9" with a 23" barrel. The gun uses an
ambidextrous synthetic stock with an adjustable comb, an adjustable recoil pad, and
textured grips on the forestock and pistol grip. There is another Picatinny mount under the
forestock for mounting a light or biopod. The 255 cc under barrel air reservoir has a built in
manometer at the distal end.

The two stage adjustable trigger is acceptable out of the box, and is a bit heavy with a bit of
creep. After I complete testing I'm going to start working on the trigger. The barrel is
shrouded and quiets the report down quite well, it has a bit of a bark still, but I've been
shooting it on my basement range.
The gun uses a bolt
action to cock the gun
and indexes the seven
shot rotary magazine.
To remove the
magazine the small bolt
is pushed forward and
locked, so that when
the bolt is pulled back
and slotted into the
rear notch, it can be
removed.
In the two twenty yard seven shot groups to the left, I used
the Daystate Emperor Rangemaster 55 grain pellets and the
JSB Jumbo Exact 44.75. Both of these printed a single
ragged hole. In the closer target, I generated a twenty one
shot group while shooting a string over the chrony. I took the
gun out and set up a 2" spinner at 60 yards and hit it 21
times in a row shooting out the window of my car. OK, so not  
the most serious bench testing, but until the Minnesota winter
ends and I pack my mukluks away fro the spring, it's the best
you'll get from me. I'll go out in subfreezing weather to hunt,
but for target shooting, not so much. I will say however, that I
felt more than comfortable with this level of performance to
take the Carnivore out hunting.

The Emperor weighs about 10 grains more than the Exacts.
The body of the pellet is more cylindrical and the dome and
skirt are both less pronounced. The Carnivore handles both
equally well, though the Exacts are maybe just a little more
accurate.

Below is a 21 shot string from the Emperor pellets, starting at
200 BAR and running it down to 110 BAR. The second string
was shot with the Exacts, starting after the first magazine.
Twenty one shots in a mid bore gun is not bad at all, and is
enough for a day out after most small and medium game.
The Carnivore is generating approximately 80 fpe, which
is the lower end of the power spectrum for a mid bore
gun. I will use this gun for predators like coyote, bobcat,
and for rabbit squirrel and other small game. It is not a
gun that I would use for larger quarry species. In a gun of
this power I'd also refrain from using cast bullets.

So, if I'm going to get critical, what are the unfavorable
aspects of the Carnivore. The trigger is fairly good but
would benefit from a tune, I don't care for an auto
deployed safety, and it is a handful.

But I like the Carnivore, had a good time shooting it, and
would recommend it ..... with a couple provisos. This is a
rifle that was made to shoot Diabolo pellets, so stick with
them. It is a gun that I'd keep to predator sized game
inside of 60 yards. But this is a gun that you could also
take out for smaller game without it being ridiculously
overpowered.

Like all of the calibers I've used in the BT 65 platform,
this rifle is very accurate, providing almost surgical
precision. It is shootable, rugged, reliable, has a high
shot capacity, and is a very good value. If you are
looking for a solid mid bore performer, this gun is well
worth a look.