Qiang Yuan pellet comparison test: Part 3
by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier
Qiang Yuan is a pellet name that’s unknown in the U.S. Olympic pellets in the red box (200); Match grade pellets in the yellow box (200) and Training Pellets in the round box (500) below. These 3 will be pitted against equivalent pellets that are well-known.
This report covers:
- Qiang Yuan Olympic Grade pellets
- Test design
- Sidebar: My large cent
- FWB 300S air rifle
- FWB 300S air rifle: Bottom line
- Crosman Challenger PCP air rifle
- Comparing all the Qiang Yuan pellets
- Bottom line
Qiang Yuan Olympic Grade pellets
Today, I’m finishing the test of the Qiang Yuan pellets with a look at the performance of the Qiang Yuan Olympic Grade pellets. I mentioned in Part 2 that the Qiang Yuan Match Pellets were pricy, at $32.48 for 500 (they come packaged 200 to a box). That made them less expensive than the RWS R-10 Match Heavy pellets, which cost $47.95 for 500, but they’re still a costly pellet.
Let’s look at the Olympic Grade pellets that retail for $16.99 for 200. That works out to $42.48 for 500 — still less than the R-10 Match Heavys, but costlier than the Qiang Yuan Match Grade pellets. To be worth that price, these pellets really have to perform, so I’m pitting them against the 2 best pellets in my two test target rifles — the FWB 300S and the Crosman Challenger PCP.
All shooting is from a rest at 10 meters. No attempt will be made to target the center of the bullseye. If the group is in the black portion, it’s good enough. We’re looking for repeatability — not a score. Each gun will shoot both its best pellet and the test pellet for one 10-shot group. Center-to-center measurement of the group size will determine the success of every pellet.
Sidebar: My large cent
Reader FrankB asked this weekend if I was the person who purchased the 1792 Birch Cent recently. While it wasn’t me, I do have an old cent. In fact, Edith says I have several!
My cent was minted in 1824, and I keep it in my desk to use as a tool for things that need coins to adjust. My large cent, while not the same as the large scent of Pepe LePew, is nonetheless a standout. Someday, when my eyes and nerves start going, I’ll substitute the famous dime for this cent for target comparisons.
My large cent may someday replace the famous Louie Roosevelt dime for target comparisons.
FWB 300S air rifle
First up was the FWB 300S. Its best pellet has been the H&N Finale Match Rifle pellet. This rifle has put 5 of these pellets into less than 0.10 inches at 10 meters under these test conditions. Today, I’m shooting 10 pellets, so I expected the groups to be larger. And they were. Ten H&N Finale Match Rifle pellets went into 0.19 inches.
Next, I tried the Qiang Yuan Olympic Grade pellets in the same rifle. Ten of them made a group that measured an identical 0.19 inches between centers! While this is a surprising coincidence, you cannot expect it to happen every time you shoot. All we know for certain from this single group is that the Olympic Grade pellets are very good in this rifle.
FWB 300S air rifle: Bottom line
The bottom line for the FWB 300S is that the Qiang Yuan Olympic Grade pellet was the equal of the H&N Finale Match Rifle pellet in this very short test. Until now, the H&N has been the best pellet for the FWB 300S, so there’s a possibility that the Chinese pellet may be just as good, if not better. It would certainly be worth further investigation if you planned to compete with the rifle.
Crosman Challenger PCP air rifle
Next, I shot the Crosman Challenger PCP target rifle. This is the rifle Ed Schultz of Crosman created, hot on the heels of the launch of the Benjamin Discovery. Once he stabilized Crosman’s PCP production line, this target rifle was a high priority for him.
Crosman had been making a CO2 version of the same rifle, but the barrel wasn’t the same quality as this one. It was a nice rifle to shoot — had a nice trigger, easy loading and good ergonomics — it just couldn’t stand up to a Daisy 853 in matches. But the Challenger PCP turned that around and moved to the front of the pack among youth target rifles. The Challenger PCP was the best target rifle in its price category until the AirForce Edge came along to give it some competition.
The best pellet for the Challenger is the H&N Finale Match Pistol pellet with the 4.50mm head. Ten of them landed in the group that measures 0.184 inches between centers. Please note that this is slightly smaller than the best FWB 300S group — though the difference is really too close to measure accurately.
The Qiang Yuan Olympic pellet made a smaller, rounder group in the Challenger. Ten went into 0.158 inches between centers. This is the smallest group of today’s test and, in fact, the smallest of the entire test of all three Chinese pellets.
Comparing all the Qiang Yuan pellets
I didn’t expect the 3 Qiang pellets to line up as Good, Better and Best in the same way that their prices and titles seem to. And they didn’t. The inexpensive Training pellets shot better than the Match Grade pellets in both the test rifles, but the Olympic Grade pellets shot the best of all in both rifles. Clearly, this is a pellet worth considering for serious competition.
The Crosman Challenger out-shot the FWB 300S, which was another surprise. I knew it was an accurate target rifle, but not that accurate!
You have to bear in mind that these are all 10-shot groups. The 300S has turned in some 5-shot groups that were smaller than 0.10 inches in the past, and I suspect the Challenger is capable of similar accuracy.
The bottom line in this test is that these 3 Chinese pellets have now proven themselves. If you’re a casual shooter, I would certainly try the Training pellets in my target rifle. And if you compete, the Olympic Grade pellets are worth testing.