RAW HM 1000X
The new RAW HM-1000X chassis system.

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This report covers:

  • The test
  • H&N Field Target Trophy
  • Air Arms Field Heavy
  • Predator Polymag 16 grain
  • JSB Ultra Shock
  • H&N Baracuda Match 5.53mm
  • H&N Slug HP
  • H&N Baracuda 18
  • JSB Hades
  • Discussion
  • Summary

Today I test the RAW HM-1000X Chassis System at 25 yards. I will refine the sight settings and seek good pellets.

The test

I shot 5-shot groups off a sandbag rest from 25 yards. I tested eight different pellets, and the results encourage me to run this test again. You will see what I mean.

I will post each pellet with its group and then make a general discussion.

H&N Field Target Trophy

I’ve not had any luck with H&N Field Target Trophy pellets. Today the HM-1000X put five in a 0.643-inch group at 25 yards. When you see what the other pellets did this group will look really poor.

FTT group
The RAW HM-1000X put five Field Target Trophy pellets into this 0.643-inch group at 25 yards.

Air Arms Field Heavy

The RAW HM-1000X put five Air Arms 18-grain Field Heavy domes into 0.126-inches. As someone yesterday predicted, the 10-meter results would be extended to 25 yards. I really need that widow’s mite! And I have ordered one, but it’s not a Lepton. Instead I found a neat little silver coin from India that is smaller and more uniform. The problem with the widow’s mite is they weren’t struck well and some are larger than the gold dollar.

After the first group I cranked in some down elevation. Didn’t want to hit the center of the bull, but to at least get the pellets inside.

Air Arms Field Heavy
From 25 yards the RAW HM-1000X put five 18-grain Air Arms domes into 0.126-inches.

Predator Polymag 16 grain

The next pellet I tested was the Predator Polymag 16-grain hollowpoint. The second shot blew my aim point away and I do believe I could have done better if it hadn’t. Still, five pellets made a group that measures 0.302-inches between centers.

Polymag group
Five Polymags went into this 0.302-inch group at 25 yards, but shot two blew the aim point away.

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JSB Ultra Shock

The next pellet I tried was the 25.39-grain JSB Ultra Shock. Five of them went into 0.337-inches at 25 yards. I knew they would go lower because they are so heavy.

Ultra Shock group
The RAW put five JSB Ultra Shock pellets onto a 0.337-inch group at 25 yards.

H&N Baracuda Match 5.53mm

Next to be tested was the H&N Baracuda Match dome with a 5.53mm head. The RAW HM-1000X put five into 0.065-inches, which is not only the smallest group of this test but it’s also one of the smallest 5-shot groups I have ever shot!

Baracuda Match group
Five H&N Baracuda Match pellets went into 0.065-inches at 25 yards.

H&N Slug HP

Next to be tested were five H&N Slug HP bullets. These are the 0.218-inch bullets that weigh 23 grains. Five went into 0.20-inches at 25 yards. So close to the trime, and yet just too large.

H&N Slug group
Five H&N Slugs went into 0.20-inches at 25 yards. As you can see, my aim point was just barely preserved.

H&N Baracuda 18

The H&N Baracuda 18 pellet has shown remarkable promise in the past several tests it has been in. Today it shot the second-smallest group of the test — five pellets in a mere 0.075-inches at 25 yards! This RAW can really shoot.

Baracuda 18 group
Five H&N Baracuda 18 pellets went onto 0.075-inches at 25 yards.

JSB Hades

The last pellet I tested today was the new JSB Hades hollowpoint. In past tests they have done quite well, but not this time! Five made a 0.636-inch group at 25 yards. Hardly the pellet for this rifle, given what we have seen.

Hades group
Five Hades pellets made this 0.636-inch group at 25 yards.


Somebody is bound to say something like, “Well, that’s what a $1,900 air rifle should do!” I suppose it is, but you go out and find another that does this well. Not all of them do. Out of 8 pellets tested, three got the gold dollar that is awarded to groups smaller than 0.15-inches between centers. And a fourth pellet that is actually a bullet is on the cusp of getting a trime, which is reserved for groups that are smaller than 0.20-inches between centers. And all of this was shot at 25 yards!

Yes, these are only 5-shot groups that really aren’t the best test for accuracy, but they sure do show a lot of promise! In fact they show so much promise, and BB is having so much fun with this RAW (and doesn’t want to give it back!) that he plans to conduct a second 25-yard test, just to select the best pellets to move on with.


A week ago I was starting to feel like I was only writing about spring-piston airguns. This series has changed that! Don’t give me any grief about how expensive it is. I know that, too. But I can always drag out one of my Sharpshooter rubber band guns to shut you all up!