By Tom Gaylord
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From left to right are the three pellets tested: a Chinese domed pellet weighing 9.1 grains, a Gamo round ball weighing 8.7 grains and a Beeman Silver Jet weighing 8.7 grains.
No doubt about it - round balls do penetrate deeper than domed or pointed pellets shot from the same gun. These were all fired from a CZ 631 rifle with the muzzle less than one inch from the soap bar. Notice that the round ball in the center has left a smaller channel behind it, which is the secret to deeper penetration. The pointed pellet on the right has also penetrated slightly deeper than the domed pellet on the left.
Here is the telling photo! The TX 200 is more than twice as powerful as the 631, so the margin of the round ball is even more dramatic. It has passed completely through the soap bar, leaving an exit hole as well. The pointed pellet on the right is also pulling ahead more visibly in this photo, though the margins between all three projectiles remain the same from gun to gun.
The Chinese pellets (left group) and the Silver Jets (right group) were a little tighter than the round balls. Shot at 14 yards from a standing supported position with the CZ 631 and open sights.
Chinese pellets on the left and Silver Jets on the right. Shot standing supported at 14 yards with a scoped TX 200. In this rifle, the round balls did quite well.
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