Things I liked:The pellets are lead-free and environmentally friendly. Things I would have changed:The pellets are too light at 4.8 grams. I shot 10 pellets with a Crosman Recruit at a range of 25 feet after pumping the rifle 4 to 5 times. The pellets were stopped by a cardboard box holding my target. Although some pellets were lodged in the cardboard, several other pellets did not penetrate the cardboard. One pellet even ricochetted! However, using the same rifle and shooting parameters, I shot 10 Crosman Field Hunting pellets (7.4 grams) with drastically different results. All the lead, 7.4 grams pellets easily penetrated the cardboard, and several pellets lodged in the opposite wall of the cardboard box. The accuracy of the Silver Eagle and Field Hunting pellets were similar, and the increased velocity of the Silver Eagle seemed minimal. In short, the light weight and flat nose of the Silver Eagle pellet renders it a poor choice for backyard targe practice, and a poorer choice for pest control. Low-velocity, backyard shooters should not purchase the Silver Eagle pellets.
What others should know:Unlike me, If you do your research, you can find a lead-free, environmentally-friendly pellet suitable for low-velocity, backyard shooting. Pyramid Air features an extensive array of pellets--and finding just the right pellet is part of the fun.
Things I liked:This H&N Barracuda s great pellet! The uniformity of the pellets is excellent. My Crosman Quest shoots very accurately with these pellets--1-inch groups at 15 yards. The copper coating seems to give the pellet increased penetration. In addition, the copper coating keeps your fingers dust-free while loading the pellets. The Barracuda fits snugly into my Crosman Quest 1000 breech. In short, the H&N pellets are beautiful pellets with the power to blow through tin cans or hunt small game. I plan to continue purchasing the H&N Barracudas.
Things I would have changed:Absolutely nothing! What others should know:I tested the Barracuda pellet in a lower-powered airgun (500 to 600 fps.). The results clearly displayed less penetrating ability. It seems that the 10.9-grain pellet is too heavy for low- or even medium-powered airguns. I suspect that the Barracuda pellets probably perform best in airguns shooting over 800 fps.
Also, athough domed, the nose of the pellet has a more pronounced point or peak than the pictures suggest--this provides better penetration for hunting.