Picking a good pellet

by Tom Gaylord, a.k.a. B.B. Pelletier

This comment came in last week from our new blog reader Jim H, and I wanted to address it right away. It’s a good question for a new airgunner to ask, and it deserves a good answer.

“I’m new to the airgun side of things, so I have a lot of questions but here’s one that is really bugging me. I have read all of the reviews here by Tom and also the blogs over at that “other airgun retailer” written by Jack Elliot. One message that has come through loud and clear is that each gun will tend to like specific pellets and only experience will tell the shooter which one is best. What is the best approach for testing various pellets? Do you pick a velocity that you want to shoot at and then try all the pellets that will get you to that velocity range or do you simply have favorite pellet brands and types that you’ve come to love over the years and that’s what you go with? With the hundreds of pellets available out there, what is the ‘short list’ of pellets that a newbie needs to start with?”

Several of you started to answer Jim in the comments section, so my answer comes a little late; but from what I’ve read, I’m telling him things that are pretty different from what all of you told him. He actually asked 2 different questions: 1. What is the best way to test a pellet? and 2. What is a short list of pellets to choose to test airguns? I took my direction for this report from his request for a “short list” for a newbie.

This will not be a very technical report. I’m not going to discuss pellet head sizes or skirt thicknesses, except where it affects the pellets I name. I have a short list for most of the airguns I shoot, and it’s not rigid. But it’s caliber-specific, and there’s also a small powerplant component to it.

Money is no object
I used to focus on the cost of pellets, but that was before discovering that hitting the target is far more important than saving money. If saving money is your principal goal, get a piggybank. I shoot for fun, and hitting the target is where the fun is. It costs no more to be accurate than it does to experiment by chasing the illusion of economy.

I must also say that I have more experience with pellets for rifles than for pistols. So, today we’re just looking at pellets for rifles. Let’s take a look at them.

.177-caliber rifles
For .177 rifles my short list is the following pellets:

Crosman Premier lites (brown box) springers and CO2
Crosman Premier heavies (brown box) pneumatics and CO2
JSB Exact RS (up to 12 foot-pounds)
JSB Exact Heavy 10.3-grains
H&N Baracuda and Baracuda Match
Beeman Kodiak and Kodiak Match
RWS Superdome
RWS Hobby

That is my short list. There are other pellets that are very accurate, but I find them to be more specific to certain guns. Please remember that this is not a popularity contest. If your favorite pellet didn’t make my list, don’t fret. I try other pellets all the time — these are just the ones I count on.

If you ask me why these pellets are on the list, it’s because they’re the ones that are the most reliably accurate. That’s my only criteria because if you can’t hit the target, nothing else matters.

.20-caliber rifles
The .20-caliber list is very short because there aren’t as many reliable pellets made in that caliber. The most reliable one is the Crosman Premier.

Other than that, I would try anything JSB makes, and that’s about it.

.22-caliber rifles
Crosman Premier
JSB Exact Jumbo 15.9-grain
JSB Exact Jumbo Heavy 18.1 grain (good in powerful PCPs)
RWS Superdome
RWS Hobby
H&N Baracuda and Baracuda Match
Beeman Kodiak

.25-caliber rifles
The quarter-inch caliber is another one with few good pellets. The two on my list have demonstrated they will deliver in all cases.
Benjamin domed (these have no name, but they are essentially a .25 caliber Premier)
JSB Exact King

Pellet shapes
I prefer domed pellets to all other shapes. They’re more accurate at long range and penetrate well. Wadcutters are good for distances under 25 yards but not for farther than that.

Pointed pellets, hollowpoints and lead balls
I have no use for pointed pellets of any kind. I’ve never found them to be accurate, and the slight advantage they have in penetration isn’t good if they can’t hit the target. Hollowpoints are a subject that need a blog report of their own. Lead balls are specialized for certain airguns and are not for most air rifles.

Pellets and power
As power goes up, the pellets should generally get heavier. And PCPs tend to do best with heavier pellets. CO2 guns are a lot like PCPs when it comes to pellets, so I consider them to be the same.

Other selection criteria
There are other selection criteria, of course. I’ve found certain pellets to sometimes be surprisingly accurate in certain guns, and that’s enough to keep me trying them in other guns — searching for more miracles. But the lists above are the tried-and-true performers that almost never let me down. That’s why they made my list.

The second question
The other question Jim asked was how to test pellets. I do it by choosing the most accurate rifle I have and shooting 10-shot groups with each pellet in which I’m interested. Do it that way, and pellet testing is easy.

I usually don’t express my opinions this strongly; but when it comes to picking a good pellet, I think it’s too important to let it slide.

36 thoughts on “Picking a good pellet

  1. Hello B.B. A very interesting and revealing report on pellet choice. I have all the pellets you list in my collection too. As you say, most guns are pellet fussy, so it is good to be able to rely on a few sure performers to start off with. I recently put a .20cal. barrel on one of my rifles. After reading what Dr. Beeman had to say about the calibre, I had to try it. I figured the HW80 was the best gun in my menagerie to try it out on. The first thing I noticed, was the lack of pellets to choose from. I bought a few old stock Beeman pellets and some JSB Exacts. I was fortunate in that my lower powered gun shoots the Beeman( H+N ) FFT pellets the best. The place I deal with had a stock of these, so I bought 10 tins of 500. 4 1/2 years ago, the thought of buying 5000 pellets of one kind, at one time, would have given me cause to commit myself, and take up basket weaving.
    I would say that when you find that right pellet, stick with it. I must have 40 tins of pellets in three calibres, and 4 or 5 brands, I will rarely ever shoot. If you average the cost at $8.00 a tin, that is a lot expensive lead just lying around. But that is my nature. If I see something interesting, I buy it. Like the Beeman Silver Arrow. Who can resist a pointed pellet with three sealing rings? My guns shoot it at about 380fps in a 3in. group on a good day. You live and hopefully learn from past mistakes. As you say at the beginning of your blog, don’t skimp on price. Quality costs more, but the rewards of tight groups pays off in the long run. And buying pellets are like the days of buying 3 gumballs for a penny, compared to the price our powder burning friends have to shell out for ammo.
    Good luck to you Jim H. You have chosen a hobby that rewards and frustrates at the same time. Just stick with it, and keep reading B.B.’s blogs. Any questions will be answered by B.B. , or the many knowledgeable readers. And it goes down good with hot chocolate, and a muffin in the morning.
    Caio Titus


  2. Basic guidelines are a good place to start, and I agree with the quality of all the pellets you have mentioned (except for the .25s which I do not own and can’t speak to.) However…

    My experience is that airguns have a habit of bucking conventional wisdom. In my case, I find that many of my mid to lower-powered airguns really like big fat heavy pellets. The IZH 61 is just such a case. I resisted buying one, but after watching the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJdnWh_aM5w on YouTube, I could no longer hold out. After receiving it, I was disappointed with the accuracy, or rather inaccuracy. Then I tried CPHs (Crosman Premier Heavies) with fantastic results. Maybe the fatter pellets fit the pellet mag better. Some say heavy pellets will ruin the workings of a low powered springer. It has not been my experience. Even so, I would rather shoot several thousand rounds through a gun and then have to replace the spring (the IZH61 comes with an extra) than shoot any amount of rounds that refuse to hit the target, or not bother to shoot the gun at all.

    From there, I can mention an R7, an HW 30S, and a CZ 634 that all like JSB Heavies.

    Lastly, I have a Weihrauch P45, a Beeman P1, a Beeman P3 and a Beeman P17. These are pistols. The first two are spring powered, the last two are SPPs (Single Pump Pneumatics). All of them shoot well with heavy pellets for some crazy reason. Perhaps they fit the barrel better and that is all.

    The moral of my story is that you never really know what pellet might work. I have even heard from an airgunsmith that I respect highly that certain guns have an affinity for Crosman Premier Hollowpoints, and even the lowly Crosman pointed pellets. Go ahead and start with suggestions, but don’t rule out pellets just because they don’t fit the profile.

    My best advice is to find an airgun buddy if possible. Then you can shoot their guns, and use up all their precious ammo. This way you can avoid buying guns that don’t fit, and tins of pellets that end up as paperweights.


  3. B.B.,

    Regarding your answer to the second question, that seems like a quick and dirty approach (i.e., very conservative, but not optimal), because airguns are so pellet picky, and we’ve seen plenty of surprises where a good pellet didn’t perform well in a particular rifle, while a suspect pellet performed well in it. My point is that one ultimately has to try a variety of pellets on each gun to find what is best for that particular rifle.

    I totally agree about spending a little extra for good pellets because cheaper pellets are very hit and miss. I’ve bought a lot of CP’s in both .177 and .22, because they are so readily available. But, it’s rare that a tin doesn’t have pellets that just don’t fit as consistently as the majority, and sometimes you get a bad tin where you can’t count on half the pellets shooting well. Of course, I’ve had really great tins of CP’s that blew me away on certain rifles, but the reality is that you can’t count on CP’s being consistent between tins.

    JSB’s have been pretty consistent for me, as have H&N. I need to try a lot more brands and models, but being a relative newbie, I just haven’t gotten around to it.

    Victor


  4. B.B.,

    I think your choices are an excellent starting point. Most airguns will shoot at least one of those pellets well. I have a couple of airguns that hate the 7.9gr Premiers, but they are the exception.

    In .25 caliber I would also include the Field Target Special / Field Target Trophy twins. In both my UK Webley Patriot and DAQ 2240 conversion, that pellet is by far the most accurate – groups are half the size or better compared to the Benjamin Domes or JSB Kings. They may not be the best for 40+ ft lb PCP’s, but at lower power levels they are hard to beat.

    Paul in Liberty County



      • Frank,

        It is still running on CO2 – it gets 30 shots per cylinder around 6 to 6.5 ft lbs each. I will be converting it to bulk fill soon, with a lower tube extender from B&A.

        Paul in Liberty County


        • Thanks for the reply Paul.I was curious because of your results with the Kings & Benjamins.Hey,that sounds like a rock group! “The Kings & Benjamins” LOL


  5. My favorite pellets are on this list. Now I wonder why that is. :-) As for a program of pellet testing, good luck with that one unless you have a ton of money and time. My successes which include the HN pistol pellets most recently has been due to serendipity and blog recommendations.

    Victor, I should frame your latest comment about the need to avoid sniping. My problem has been taking steadily longer and longer to complete the trigger squeeze which I think is due to the sniping impulse. Such a strange sensation not to be able to release the trigger, like a form of paralysis, but I think it is due to impulses that are aligning themselves into direct opposition: the urge to seize the moment for the perfect shot and the directive not to be impulsive. These can have you pinned to the spot. In medical school, stress was defined as two opposite forces working against each other, and that seems to be the case here. A deeper problem is the urge for perfectionism which I believe is the seedbed from which the sniping impulse springs. You can always let that trigger out a little slower until it pretty much grinds to a halt. That animates our earlier discussion about trying without trying or at least not trying too hard. The violence that people associate with guns is just a small and less important part of the story, just like with martial arts. There is a whole universe of human development in there.

    As a safety question, supposing that a firearms cartridge ignites in a magazine, will it set off the other ones? I’m guessing that in a tubular magazine it will because the bullet will be discharged into the primer of the one ahead of it. But for a vertical stack magazine, I’m not sure. The explosion would have to reach the threshold of 400 degrees or whatever to ignite the next one, and I recall B.B. saying that a round has to be enclosed in a chamber to ignite properly, so maybe not. Obviously this is not something you want to try, but I would say that the odds are against. What’s behind the question is an issue of safe handling. I read that all mechanical devices can fail, so you should still assume that your gun can go off, even if your safety is on. I could see that if you have a round chambered. But what if you had a magazine loaded but the bolt closed on an empty chamber? I don’t actually carry loaded weapons, but supposing I did, what could possibly go wrong if I carried this way?

    Am waiting for the FBI press conference this evening to announce the suspect in the Boston bombing with great curiosity…

    Matt61


    • Matt61,

      A buddy of mine travels around the country to train Wounded Warriors. He told me about an upcoming trip to teach air-pistol. We went over the fundamentals, and I added that sometimes it’s worth having the student shoot at a blank piece of paper, just so that they can practice “deliberately squeezing the trigger and causing the gun to go off without disturbing sight alignment”, but without the stress of trying to hit the bull. The idea is to just focus on just that one very important thing. If the shooter has adequately found their natural point of aim, then they might surprise themselves at how well they are shooting.

      In fact, this is an excellent exercise for:
      1. Testing that they can find their natural point of aim.
      2. Execute the fundamentals of trigger squeeze and follow-through, without the stress of trying to “catch” (snipe at) the bulls-eye.
      3. Find their wobble area.

      Just a thought.

      Victor


    • Matt61:

      In regards to your question about a round detonating in the magazine setting off other rounds, I would have to say – unlikely. I have experienced a .45ACP blowout in the chamber (yes, it was a reload and no!, it was not one of mine) which broke the extracter in the semi-auto and blew the magazine out of the butt, also breaking the magazine catch spring. I, fortunately, was uninjured but to this day I will not shoot ammunition reloaded by anyone but myself. In any case, the top round in the magazine was dented, but did not fire.

      I know that my experience was not precisely what your question specified, but it’s the best I can do.

      Jim


      • I’d expect the magazine to blow out of shape, but “cooking off” the rounds is unlikely. The heat of the firing round peaks too rapidly and then falls off before adjacent rounds might ignite. Just don’t have a stray point of debris in the magazine that could be driven into a primer.

        OTOH: if using a tube magazine lever action, avoid pointed rounds (unless they have rubber tips).


  6. While not on anyone list, I just found in my ammo cabinet a box and a half (400 rds.) of the old Beeman Silver Jets in .20 Caliber. As I recall, they shot well in my old Sheridan C. I’ll bet there aren’t many of those left out there!

    Mike


  7. The only one I’d add is the 7.0gr Meisterkhuglen.
    I’ve found that for my action pistols the Hobby’s work well in all, and the Exact RS work the best in my low powered springers.
    In the 853c and my Gamo compact the Meisters reign supreme.


  8. In .177 I find Crosman pointed hunting pellets give me decent all around performance when I hunt with that caliber. In .22 I like crosman premier ultra magnums when I hunt or target shoot. I tend to see very nice accuracy in those. Plus they are readily available just about everywhere I shop. I find when all else fails or I don’t really know what the gun likes Those work fairly well. I found out the hard way to stay far away from the PBA pellets. They increase the speed of the gun but at the cost of accuracy and knock down power.


  9. BB,

    My two older grandchildren here, Melanie and Nicholas, will be shooting Daisy Avanti PCP target guns next year in shooting class and competition. They will be shooting indoors at 10 meters.

    I am trying to find a good pellet to buy for them. I tried out my Bronco Target rifle at the indoor range with RWS R10 pellets (wadcutters) and thought they gave good results in the little springer. Checking these out on the Pyramyd Air site, I see these labelled as Pistol Pellets.

    Would these be suitable for competition shooting in the PCP guns? I see some of the better shooters there using RWS pellets, but don’t know what kind. The rest use Daisy wadcutters, cheap but locally available. I know the R10′s outperform the Daisy’s in my guns. Do you have a recommendation?

    I would like to buy each one an Avanti PCP and support equipment, but cannot afford it. They will need to practice in the off season with the Bronco.

    Les


    • Les,

      Like you I have to try out target pellets before I know for sure. So R10s may work better than the Daisys, but no guarantees.

      B.B.


  10. Diabolo Basics work better than Hobby for me; I have never had any satisfaction with the Hobby Pellets, except shooting them from the 36-2, where they whistle like a UFO in old sci-fi movies.

    Superdome is almost guaranteed to work well — probably not the best, but suitable and consistent.

    Meisterkugln 8.0gr. are good wadcutters.

    JSB Exacts are also good in general, just watch the dimensions.

    I have had all sorts of luck with Crosman pellets, from the cheap wadcutters and points, cphp, even Destroyer, to the “good stuff”. The major caveat is that they are spotty on consistency, so mainly for plinking (which is 90% of what I do with an airgun). I’ve also had Daisy’s cheapest pellets shoot good, but I wouldn’t count on it every time.


  11. I’ve had internet connection problems all morning and have only just now been able to get to this blog. Thank you, B.B. for this info. For a total beginner this helps a lot to narrow down the choices of pellets. Like Desertdweller, I’d like to know what you specifically suggest for the AV Bronco. I am ordering one as we speak for my wife (but I think I’ll use it more than she does!!). Seriously, she’s seen me on this air gun kick for the last few months and decided to get involved too.
    Now you’ve gone and done it, not one but two newcomers to the sport of air gun shooting.


  12. A very interesting blog today, B.B. You pick some very good pellets that work well in even the most pellet fussiest of rifles( is ‘fussiest’ even a word?), now you have your all rounders you can experiment with other pellets. I know Crosman and RWS will give good results in all my rifles, but with time i have found that Air arms diabolo’s or Falcons are better in some of my rifles and H&N Baracuda power’s are best in another, and i mustn’t forget Wasp No2′s for my pre 80′s BSA’s. It’s taken time and i am still finding other pellets that work well that i’ve never tried before , but as a general starter your choice is a good one and seems to have been the choice of many.

    TTFN

    Best Wishes, Wing Commander Sir Nigel Tetlington-Smythe


  13. Let me see if I can clear up what I meant by my “first question” about pellet testing.
    Here’s what I meant to ask: I’ve read here that if you shoot at a velocity over the speed of sound (around 1050 fps) accuracy suffers because the pellet gets buffeted about. So, you pick a heavier pellet to slow the pellet down below that threshold and find a velocity where accuracy is best. (Let’s not complicate things by throwing caliber choice into the mix, just stick with say, .177 caliber.) My question is, do you have a velocity “sweet spot” that you like to shoot at or do you just experiment with the “short list” pellets that are heavy enough to get you below the threshold?
    Boy, I hope that makes it more clear and not less clear. Regards, Jim H.


  14. Other than BBs list, other pellets that have worked well for me are the RWS R-10 in my 853 for targets Eun Jin 32.4 and Preditor Poly Mags .22 cal hunting pellets in my Disco.

    I look at what I want and airgun to do first and choose the airgun based on my needs. Next I find the pellet that has the most consistent groups (IE 10 shots at the distance you most often use measured center to center of the farthest shots or total diameter – minus caliber. Try several groupings of several pellets. If you have an airgun with adjustable power, then you may find a few pellets at different settings and distances may work best. Best thing to do is write down your results and compare.

    Domed pellets are often accurate and good all around. Points are sometime nice for hunting and wad cutter (flats) are nice for punching holes in targets. None of theses have to be used for those purposes, unless you compete, then there may be guidelines.


  15. For all of the new airgunners out there that are hooked enough to be reading this blog article and also looking at these replies, I just have to mention one .177 pellet not on B.B.’s list. The JSB Exact Diabolo 8.4 grain dome, and Air Arms Field 8.4 grain dome are both made by JSB, although technically I believe the dies (pellet moulds) for each brand are their own, but both are the same design. The Air Arms brand also has the added benefit of two different head sizes to choose from. I have used both of these pellets for years and they have been consistently very good. They are in the medium weight range for .177 pellets so they can be used in all types of rifles/pistols. When I have a new gun to test out either one of these will be one of the first pellets I will shoot for accuracy. I also think that PA’s customers would agree, the JSB Exact 8.4′s are no doubt one of their best sellers in .177.

    After many years of trial and error with many different guns and pellets I’ve learned that if you can’t get a particular gun to group well with at least one of the pellets that B.B. listed, there’s a 90% chance the pellets are not the problem. No, make that 95% chance.

    David H


  16. BB,I was going to let it go ,but this idea that firing a heavy pellet in a springer can damage the spring just keeps coming up.It puts me in mind of the hunter who accidentally dropped his spear in the stream he crossed one morning.He had exceptionally good hunting that day,and now each time he goes out to hunt he drops his spear in the stream.The less we know about something the more mysterious it can seem and the more we worry about what we don’t know regarding it.But we’re just talking about a compression spring here.It may start with a preloaded tension and then it gets squashed ,held that way for a short time and then released to return to it’s regular condition.What possible difference can it make in the spring if it is allowed to return quickly (light pellet) or a fraction of a second slower(heavy pellet)? How can the spring be harmed if it is allowed to do a little more useful work in it’s cycle before it returns to it’s normal state?Can I get another “DA” ?-Tin Can Man-


    • Tin Can Man,

      I think the main objection people who don’t like heavy pellets in springers have is they believe the heavy spring makes the piston slam home and that sets up harmful vibrations in the mainspring. I don’t agree, and that is where we differ.

      B.B.


  17. good read….as is this oldie: Best pellet of all?
    August 19, 2005 | Author B.B. Pelletier | No Comments »
    by B.B. Pelletier

    Today I’m going out on a limb and telling you what I think is the best pellet in the world. Actually, there are several pellets, because every caliber needs something different. So I’ll do a David Letterman countdown.

    Starting with .25 caliber
    Not as many shooters shoot .25 caliber, so the pellet selection is not as great. But, I know two that deliver the goods for me all the time. Sometimes one outshoots the other and sometimes they both work well in the same gun, but I have never seen another pellet that could compare to either in this caliber.

    The Diana Magnum weighs about 20 and a fraction grains, which makes it medium weight in .25 caliber. They are not too uniform in weight, but on target they shine! I have a Whiscombe JW 75 that likes this pellet better than any other, and, because it is so light, it really sails! Buy these for all your medium-powered .25s, such as the RWS Diana 48/52 and others in that power range.

    The Beeman Kodiak or H&N Baracuda (same pellet) is the other .25 caliber star. In a Webley Patriot or a Beeman Crow Magnum (no longer imported), these are the best. They are 31 grains and can really tame those big springers! They also work well in the lower-powered guns, but the velocity will be in the 600s.

    For .20 caliber
    In .20 caliber, the Crosman Premier has long been my favorite. At 14.3 grains, it’s on the heavy side of medium weight, and it really delivers the accuracy and power at long range. Another pellet that SHOULD be excellent, though I have no real experience with it beyond shooting them in my Sheridans, is the Beeman Kodiak. At 13.3 grains, they’re lighter than the Premiers and are pure lead, so they won’t lead your barrel like the Premiers.

    For .22 caliber
    The absolute BEST PELLET IN THE WORLD at this time (in my opinion) is the 15.9-grain JSB Exact domed pellet in .22. At least, this holds true for hunting and general shooting. (I’m not talking about match pellets today.) The reason Exacts are so good is that they’re hand-sorted by the manufacturer. I buy them by the 10-tin sleeve – and I’m usually a cheap guy. This is almost the ONLY pellet I shoot in .22.

    The other great .22 pellet is the Beeman Kodiak or H&N Baracuda. This is the same pellet, but sometimes one brand is less expensive than the other, so I shop for the bargains. At 21 grains, this is a heavy pellet, though the extra-heavy Eun Jin has it out-classed at 28 grains. Kodiaks fly true for a very long range.

    As a final word on .22 caliber…if you have a REALLY powerful rifle, like a Condor, the Eun Jin pellet is superb. Just don’t try to shoot it long range in a Beeman R1.

    Finally – .177
    I suspect that JSB Exact pellets are also the best in .177, but I have no experience with them. Therefore, my top choice is Beeman Kodiak or H&N Baracuda. Several years ago, I would have selected Crosman Premier in 10.5 grains for PCPs or 7.9 grains for springers, but I found that the pure lead Kodiaks shade them just a little beyond 35 yards – in some guns. In other guns, the Premiers are clearly the best.

    There – that’s what I think about pellets. I’m sorry if your favorite was not mentioned, but this is my opinion. I’d like to hear yours in the comments.


  18. Mr. BB Pelletier I agree with your pellet choices, but have some additional pellets I think are exceptional in accuracy in pellets,
    .177 for rifles RWS domed, Barracuda, Barracuda copper coated: pistols H&N match 7.48 and RWS Meisterkugelen 7.0 grain also Predator Polymags perform well in both in my case.
    .20 for CB9 Benjamin cylindrical type, and kodiak or barracuda, Also JSB Exact
    .22 RWS Superdome, Crosman Premier, Kodiak for rifles, Gamo Rockets also seem to work great in this cal
    .25 Air Arms/JSB Exact Kings, Benjamin domed, Kodiaks
    also Polymags have worked great in all except some pistols in all calibers!


  19. I know this probably has been discussed before through out time.But I think if I was just starting again.I would take and concentrate on one particular gun that you have or choose.Then as it goes pellets are cheap compared to other ammunition.So I would get maybe small sample packs with various types of pellets and see what kind of groups you get.Shoot a bunch of shots with one type of pellet at something like a paper plate.See if they hold tight and if you get one or more that just go off to wherever on the plate.Save that plate then do it again on on another plate with a different type of pellet.And always write down on the plate what gun and pellet made the group.You will be surprised at the out come when you compare.Oh and also try to keep the target at the same distance away and write that down also.But don’t stop testing because I have thought that I had the best pellet for my gun then tryed another and it just way out performed what I thought was real good.And as far as it goes for now days we are so lucky to have the Internet.Sometimes I will just go to the Pellet Section at Pyramydair and read the reviews of whatever pellets I’m thinking about trying for my gun to see if other people have that type of gun and what they thought about that pellet shooting in their gun.That way you get a pretty good opinion of what different shooters see.


  20. I READ THESE BLOGS.. I AM 43 YRS OLD.. BOUGHT A 177 SPRINGER.. SOCOM EXTREME.I SHOOT BEEMAN CROW MAGNUMS OUT OF IT. THE CR.MAGS SHOOT THE BEST. I TRIED ALL THE ABOVE AND MORE AND THEY SHOT THE BEST. I THINK IF YOU HAVE THE PATIENCE AND TIME AND WORK WITH YOUR GUN TO SEE WHICH SHOOTS THE BEST YOU WILL FIND IT. I DO HAVE TO SAY… IT SEEMS WHEN YOU ARE WORKING WITH SPRINGERS UNDER 1000 FPS THE LIGHTER 7.9 TO 7.0 PELLETS SEEM TO GROUP BETTER. AND THE HEAVIER 8.0 AND UP WORK BETTER WITH THE 1000 FPS AND HIGHER. FITMENT OF PELLET IN THE BREACH PLAYS A MAJOR ROLE. SOME ARE TIGHTER AND SOME ARE LOOSE. MY CR.MAGS FIT MEDIUM TIGHTNESS. PRICE LIKE MENTIONED EARLIER DOESN’T MEAN ANYTHING… ACCURACY DOES! FIND A FRIEND AND GO TESTING.


    • Joe B.,

      Welcome to the blog. I don’t remember seeing you post a comment before, so I suspect this is your first time.

      Finding the perfect pellet for an airgun can be a quick and easy task or a long drawn out process that seems endless without ever coming to a satisfactory end. I’ve seen B.B. test a gun and find the perfect pellet right away. Other guns, he can test just about every pellet in his closet and never find anything that delivers good accuracy. The quality of the barrel has a significant impact on whether or not an accurate pellet can ever be found.

      Here’s a little tip about commenting: It’s a good idea to not leave your caps key on because writing in all caps on the internet is akin to shouting.

      Again, welcome to the blog!

      Edith


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