How does H&N make pellets?

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

How does JSB make pellets?

This report covers:

  • Improvements at the molecular level
  • Pellet shapes and head sizes
  • No lookie!
  • Process management
  • More than just pellets
  • Olympic target pellets
  • Testing
  • Cleaning
  • Quality assurance and packing
  • On to shipping
  • Summary

Back on August 10 we looked at how JSB makes pellets. Today we will look inside the H&N factory and see how they do it.

Improvements at the molecular level

“If we want to improve the making of pellets, we have to do it at the molecular level.” Those words were spoken to Dr. Robert Beeman when he toured the H&N factory in the 1980s. As a major buyer of their product, Dr. Beeman got to look inside the operations of manufacturers like Haendler & Natermann Sport GMBH (H&N). They told him at that time that with all the technical controls on the process of making pellets, any future improvements would have to come at the molecular level. read more


How does JSB make pellets?

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

How does H&N make pellets?

This report covers:

  • It begins with lead
  • Lead becomes wire
  • Wire becomes balls
  • Clean and lubricate
  • Swaging
  • Hot off the press
  • Production begins
  • Pack and ship

Airgunners are naturally curious, and when it comes to their ammunition, their curiosity piques. Today we will take a look at how JSB, the Czech Republic pellet manufacturer, makes pellets. This report was made possible by information and photos supplied by JSB.

It begins with lead

The process naturally begins with lead — a lot of lead. JSB buys lead in ingots that are at least 99.97 percent pure. They melt this lead and add a small amount of antimony for optimal hardness and to prevent rapid oxidation. This process is entirely controlled by them so they know the quality of the end result. read more