Things I liked:One of 4 best pellets in the RWS 350 mag. It shoots at 5,280 feet altitude at 810fps, and shoots 5 shot groups about 1/4" at 11 yards. Things I would have changed:Nothing What others should know:This is a clean pellet, and almost eliminates barrel cleaning.
Things I liked:Very powerful. At full power a Kodiak in .22 has a muzzle velocity of 868fps, and Premiers go 985fps. I have only fired it to 11 yards, but Premiers and JSB heavies go into 1 hole. The quality of the rifle is excellent. It is quiet. At full power it's noise report is between an RWS 350 and a Sheridan Blue Streak, with no sharp blast. At the half power setting (870 fps with Premiers) it is as quiet as an RWS 350. Things I would have changed:The cheekpiece is not ambidextrous. I would prefer to have the top edge more rounded. The power rheostat has 5 marks, and rotates only 90 degrees. I would recommend it be a full circle with more settings. What others should know:For the money, I don't think there is a more quiet, powerful and accurate airgun.
Things I liked:The most accurate pellet in my RWS 350 mag. I have heard this is true with other RWS 350 owners. It flattens out incredibly well on contact. It also has higher velocity than other pellets of the same weight in my RWS 350. Things I would have changed:I would like RWS to make the head's radius slightly rounded. Some PCP manufacturers recommend only round headed pellets to reduce wear on the breech seal. What others should know:It's ballistic coefficient is about .014, which is somewhat low, but it is not meant as a long range pellet.
Things I liked:It has excellent velocity. At 5,280 feet altitude, I am getting 825 fps with the RWS hollowpoint (.22 cal). Accuracy is best with this pellet as well. All RWS pellets shoot well, and the Napier Hunters get 800 fps with a high ballistic coefficient. It is solid, simple to use, cleans easily, and is not that hard to cock. When shooting in my basement, the pellet hitting the target makes more noise than the gun. For the money, this is a great deal in a powerful spring gun. Things I would have changed:I prefer a metal trigger, but the T-05 plastic trigger works well. What others should know:If you install a scope, use a scope stop or get mounts with a scope stop provision. I bought 2 pair of Leapers 30MM mounts, and used the two with the scope stop. I have not had a problem in 1,000 shots.
Things I liked:The most accurate pellet in my Air Arms 410 SL. They are consistent in length, weight, and head diameter. Very consistent velocity too. These pellets show the best ballistic coefficient of any pellet that I have yet to test. Things I would have changed:I would like to see a hollow point version of this pellet comparable to the design of the Crosman Premier Hollow Point. What others should know:My RWS 350 mag is very accurate with most pellets, but not these. It is one of the worst shooting pellets in the RWS 350.
Things I liked:2nd most accurate in my AA 410 SL and very accurate in my RWS 350. Well constructed pellet, high ballistic coefficient, and penetrates well. Easy to load due to its length, and is one of the best in the wind. Things I would have changed:I'd like to see Beeman make a comparable pellet but around 17 or 18 grains to get the velocity higher, but retain the ballistic coefficient.
Things I liked:Well made pellet, uniform weight and low priced. Things I would have changed:These are weighted towards the back end resulting in poor accuracy in my AA410, which typically is a one-holer past 20 yards. What others should know:I did not try these at lower velocities, however, I believe the back end weighting makes them unstable. I do not plan on buying more.
Things I liked:The pellet is clean and leaves no visual residue on my fingers. The barrel stays very clean. Things I would have changed:Nothing What others should know:It did not shoot as accurately in my AA 410 nor my Air Ranger (50 ft lbs) as does the standard lead pellet. I will stick with the standard lead pellet.
Things I liked:Consistent measurements from pellet to pellet. Fills the niche in weight between a Kodiak and the 30 grain pellets Things I would have changed:I hope someone makes a pellet around 18 grains, that is accurate as the JSBs and the Kodiak. It would strike an excellent balance between weight and speed for higher powered airguns. What others should know:I tried them in an AA410 and a 50 ft lb Air Ranger. Unfortunately, I did not get acceptable accuracy at 15 yards. The AA410 likes JSB 16 grain pellets and the Air Ranger likes the standard lead Kodiak.
Things I liked:Smooth and uniform shape from pellet to pellet. Looks like it should shoot well. Great packaging. At first glance it looks like a slick version of a Kodiak. Things I would have changed:The bore fit is not sufficient. For my airguns, the head diameter is a little too small. What others should know:I shot these in a Air Arms 410 and a 50 Ft Lb Ranger. I was hoping for a comparable pellet to the Kodiak. Unfortunately, accuracy for the Kodiak was far superior. They may shoot well in a Gamo.
Things I liked:All pellets were uniform. I could not find any flaws that impacted their performance. I have only shot them to 15 yards, but 5 shot groups are 0.1 inches and less. Velocity with my Theoben Mark 2 (slightly modified) is 955 fps. Things I would have changed:Nothing. I understand a heavier weight version is coming. I hope the accuracy will be as good as these. What others should know:I estimate the ballistic coefficient at 0.035. The Beeman Kodiak/H&H Baracuda finally has competition.
Things I liked:Weights ranged from 27.6 to 27.8 grains. All pellets are very consistent. It is an elongated skirted dome with a deep cavity. I checked them at 15 yards and 3 5-shot groups, ranged from .100 inches down to .075 inches. Velocity in my Theoben Rapid is 915 fps.
Things I would have changed:Put a piece of foam in the lid to protect the pellets against damage. Nothing else. What others should know:I would put accuracy at better than the Kodiak and Baracuda, and a hair less than the JSB pellet. Hard to believe, but my chronograph says the ballistic coefficient is about .055. That is as good as a Kodiak/Baracuda and with the extra velocity, it will shoot flatter and retain the energy equally. Nice going Crosman !
Things I liked:The pellet is uniformly made, and is a good design for knock-down, yet will retain a decent ballistic coefficient. Things I would have changed:Too bad it doesn't shoot well for me. It is an excellent design. What others should know:It is not as nearly as accurate as the domed version. The domed version is one of the most accurate pellets I have fired in my Theoben Rapid, but this one is one of least.
Things I liked:Same quality as the other H&N Baracudas. I switched to the 5.53 mm due to seeking an accuracy improvement, and found it. I have tighter groups than with the 5.52mm Baracudas. Things I would have changed:Nothing. What others should know:I heard that H&N will be offering the Baracuda Hunter in .22 soon. I hope they offer them in varying head sizes too.
Things I liked:I like the compact size, modular design and features. Although each shot uses a lot of air volume, the valving allows accurate shooting to a low bar level. I like the fact that it is made by a U.S. company too. Things I would have changed:The shoulder stock on mine did not fit tightly, so I had to shim it up a little. I also would prefer to have a shroud baffle or 2 to quiet it down a little more. There are aftermarket shrouds available. The air diffuser at the end of the barrel works, but is not optimal. It needs a single shot adapter too. What others should know:I ended up having Crosman replace my barrel due to an accuracy problem. The new barrel is fine. I modified mine slightly because I could not dial in accuracy well enough. I bumped up the power so that I am getting about 705 fps with JSB 15.9 grain pellets. As a result, I have been able to get 5 shot groups at 15 yards with a 0.2 inch spread. Mine shoots best from a 2650 psi start level. It shoots much more accurately if you fire single shot without the magazine. Also, accuracy is best with pellet head diameters of around .2170 to .2175 inch
Things I liked:I like the design, and it is comparable to the 22 polymag without the plastic tip. I was hoping to find another pellet to be able to shoot accurately in my Theoben and Benjamin Marauder pistol (with Marauder rifle barrel). Things I would have changed:Too few pellets for the money. What others should know:I could not get consistent accuracy. At very short range these would provide a strong shock effect, however, there are other hollowpoints that are as effective and more accurate. The Polymag 22 is better. I enjoyed trying these out, but will stick with my Baracudas
Things I liked:Consistency. I recently bought a new-in-box Theoben E-type made in late 2006. It shoots this pellet at 975 fps. Groups at 20 yards are .050 inches center to center. I ordered many more. Things I would have changed:Nothing. Crosman needs to make a heavy weight version for .22. What others should know:Same pellet as in the brown box, but in tins. Costs more per pellet, but fewer are dinged.
Things I liked:Typical JSB consistency pellet to pellet, and small variations from pellet to pellet in diameter. This is the most accurate pellet in my 40 yr old Sheridan pump. Still shoots about 1/4 inch with 5 shots at 20 yards. Things I would have changed:I like JSB pellets, but not their tin designs. Too bad they can't make a hollowpoint version. What others should know: Ballistic coefficient is about .027.
Things I liked:These are the most accurate in my Theoben Rapid and are moving at 985 fps, with 5 shot groups averaging .050 center to center. The airgun is fine tuned which really helps accuracy. These shoot poorly in my old Sheridan pump. Things I would have changed:Crosman's Premier cardboard box is a lousy design. I discard about 10 pellets with every box because they are jammed in the crevices. I also toss out about 1 in 25 due to slightly small diameters. The remaining pellets are the best pellet I can find for my Theoben PCP. What others should know:The ballistic coefficient is highest in its weight class at about .310 and surpasses the following: Barracuda, JSB and Crosman cylindrical.
Things I liked:Consistent from pellet to pellet. I like the new H&N container due to its screw on feature. Things I would have changed:Nothing. What others should know:This shoots consistently but not accurately in my Theoben Mark 2. It has a 5.50mm head diameter (.2165), but is slightly small. My barrel prefers 5.53mm. The standard 5.53 Baracuda shoots .050 inch 5 shot groups at 20 yards.
Things I liked:I have been using this pellet in my Theoben Mark 2 since new, and with a head diameter of 5.53mm, it is the most accurate pellet. It is consistent from batch to batch, and repeats the best performance. It has one of the highest BCs as well. The 2nd best pellet has been the 18.1 grain JSB. Things I would have changed:Nothing. What others should know:H&N offers new pellet designs varying from this pellet, and I am unclear why they initially offer them with 5.50 mm heads. I have owned 4 different .22's (RWS, AA, Daystate and Theoben), and none of them shoot a 5.50mm pellet well. All .22's I have owned prefer 5.52 or 5.53's.
Things I liked:Appear to be consistent as other JSB pellets, but I have not weighed them individually. Things I would have changed:A higher count would be more reasonable, should be about 200 pellets using JSB's .22 cal pellet at 18.13 grains at the same price as a basis.... 18.13 grains/44.75 grains x 500 = 202 pellets. You only get 150 in a tin for the same price as JSB's 18.13 grain .22 pellets with a count of 500. What others should know:Shooting these with a Walther barrel and a Theoben action. 5 shots shoot into about .150" at 20 yards, but I have an occasional flyer. At the moment, only FX and Daystate make rifles in .30 caliber and they are pricey. Only JSB is offering .30 cal pellets; 44.75, 46.30 and 50.15 grains under 3 different labels. Perhaps more manufacturers will produce pellets and rifles in this caliber during 2014. I am glad that Pyramydair carries this pellet. A .177 pellet looks tiny compared to a .30 pellet.
Things I liked:2nd review for this pellet. Typical JSB overall good quality. Things I would have changed:Weights vary from pellet to pellet somewhat. I measured a low of 44.2 to a high of 45.2. There should be 200 per tin to put this pellet on an equivalency pricing with other pellets. What others should know:Walls of this pellet are very thick, mostly due to volume of air needed to propel the pellet to a good velocity. I am pushing the pellet around 850 fps from my Walther barreled Theoben style action, and best accuracy is over 830 FPS. The walls could be slightly thinner, and a slightly lighter pellet would be interesting. I believe FX and Edgun are the only companies making air guns in this caliber.
Things I liked:It is short and easily handled. Trigger pull is a little hard out of the box, but can be adjusted. Fit an finish are very good. I heard that the BSA barrels have liners instead of being 1 piece, but seems to be a false rumor. My barrel is cut well, and I cannot see a liner. Uncleaned barrel, accuracy for the first 15 shots at 15 yards is about .100 for 5 shot groups at 805 FPS with a 18.1 JSB, which is 26 ft lbs. I expected it to be at 850 FPS, so this is my only disappointment thus far. I bought the single shot loader and it works very well, and the magazine works perfectly. No bent pellet skirts. I didn't know if the Beech stock would be attractive, but it is nice. The checkering provides excellent grip. The barrel diameter is about .610 inches, which is quite similar to the standard Lothar Walther barrel. The bolt action is smooth and is not scrawny. I like it. The o ring is on the bolt, and not inside the barrel. I really prefer this. Things I would have changed:A factory shroud would be great because it is loud. You can install a shroud or some other device to quiet it down. There are many on the market. A slightly wider forearm would be nice for shooting from a rest, but is not required. A longer barrel (15 fps per 1 inch) would be a great option. I did not buy the 1200SE, only because I don't like synthetic stocks, and replacing the stock and the gauge mount to fit the wood stock costs another $300. I longer barrel can always be installed on this model, and although longer, it would bring the velocity up. What others should know:I think the quality is very good. I hope there are no issues to report later. I will give a another report after the trigger is adjusted, the barrel cleaned and after performing other minor housekeeping. I bought this on sale, and for the money, this is really a nice PCP. My other PCPs are modified Theobens, which cost almost 3x this BSA. For the money, this is really a great little PCP.
Things I liked:This is my follow up review. The barrel has been cleaned, trigger adjusted, fired about 250 shots, adjusted the power setting, and the results are .050 inch 5 shot groups at 15 yards. Velocity is now 850 fps with the 18.1 gr JSB, making it a 29 ft lb gun. I fill only to about 195 bar, and velocity only varies about +/- 3 FPS for 10 shots. The BSA SE is not regulated, but is conservative with air consumption. It will shoot more shots, with no apparent change in accuracy until about 140 bar. I have fired a few 5 shot groups that were less than .010" center to center at 15 yards. Things I would have changed:The BSA SE has a mild ping sound, which became more noticeable after installing a shroud. I plan to install a depinger in the air tube. A depinger is only a tight fitting piece of material with a small hole in it installed about 1/2 down the air reservoir. What others should know:I called BSA (Gamo) and their customer service needs significant improvement. This is unfortunate, because despite owning Theobens, a Daystate, Crosman and an RWS, this is fast becoming my favorite. Overall, It is difficult to fault the BSA SE.
Things I liked:Solid feel. Bolt action is smooth and has the feeling of precision. I cleaned the barrel and adjusted the trigger before shooting, and 5 18.1 grain .22 JSBs shoot into less than .025" at 15 yards at 890 fps (31.8 ft lbs).I filled the reservoir to 195 bar. I also own a BSA SE, and just did a review on it, and have been comparing them. Both are very accurate, and I attribute it largely to the BSA forged barrel. I like the BSA feel. Solid but not too heavy. The air reservoir is steel, not aluminum, which adds weight but adds to the solid feel. The SE 1200 has a very slim feel due to the not-so-wide synthetic stock. Also, the magazine is metal, not plastic, feeds smoothly with no bent pellet skirts. Things I would have changed:The synthetic stock is better than I thought, and feels better than it looks, but I would like it to be about 3 or 4 inches longer. The shroud looks great, but does not reduce much sound. There is only about 1.75" of open space between the end of the barrel and the end of the shroud, with no baffles. As a result, it is loud. The barrel support at the muzzle does not direct any air back into the shroud. Directing air back into the shroud would quiet it down somewhat, and there is room for 1 baffle. "As is", it is not backyard friendly. What others should know:The air reservoir on the SE 1200 is 4" longer than on the standard SE, giving the SE 1200 a volume of about 218 cc. As a result the front end is slightly heavy vs. the standard SE, however the synthetic stock isn't wide, making it very easy to hold on to. The 1200 SE air gauge matches the readings on my tank gauge. The Standard SE wood stock is beautiful, and I am cautious not to scar it. The synthetic stock on the 1200 SE has the advantage of being less prone to damage. I purchased the 1200 SE expecting to harvest parts over time for my Standard SE and to use it's shroud, however I have changed my plans. These are 2 of my most consistently accurate airguns. I would give them an 5+ if BSA had made them quiet.
Things I liked:This is my 2nd review. After breaking in, accuracy is still excellent. It shoots JSB 18.1's at 910 fps and velocity is very consistent. It shoots 5 shots into about .075 inches at 20 yards, through the magazine. You don't need to shoot single shot style to get great accuracy. This is a great airgun platform for making some improvements. This model is only sold in the USA. Things I would have changed:The gun is front end heavy due to the steel air reservoir, so I put the shorter version air reservoir on it, and replaced the spade type brass air fill with an aluminum unit, with a foster fill. The changes cut 1/2 pound from the overall weight and shifted the balance rearward. I like the stock, but don't like the dark color. I replaced it with a green Nato version that BSA has in Europe, and sells through their registered parts provider airgunspares.com. It looks great and the weight is now ok. What others should know:Despite having a shroud, airflow is not directed rearward into the shroud, and there are no baffles. It is still loud. I installed a few pieces, redirecting the air rearward, and provided for some space for baffles in the same way other PCP airguns are offered in the USA today. It is now backyard friendly. If BSA made a few changes to this model, it would have few competitors.