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Air Venturi, H&N Smart Shot .177 Cal, 7.4 Grains, Copper Plated Lead BBs, 750ct

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Brief history by Tom Gaylord The first BB used in an air rifle was BB-sized lead shot used by shotgunners. In the day when it was popular (the 1880s), shot was sold in bags in hardware stores and came in various numerical and letter sizes, including sizes B, BB and BBB. BB shot was supposed to be 0.180 inches in diameter and weigh more than nine grains.

At the turn of the 20th century, Daisy reduced the size of what they always called air rifle shot to a lead ball 0.175 inches in diameter. That saved them lead and also went faster because it was a lighter ball.

In the 1920s Daisy discovered that some boys in Minneapolis were using steel ball bearings that they were salvaging from a reject pile behind the American Ball Company. They checked the sizes of the balls they wanted to shoot by dropping them through the bores of their shot tubes. If they passed through, they were fired. If they stuck, well, a huge influx of stuck steel balls in shots tubes was what got Daisys attention in the first place.

Long story short, Daisy bought American Ball and started making their own steel air rifle shot. It was sized 0.171-0.173 inches, nominally. They had to change the size and design of their shot tubes to accommodate the new shot, and some time late in the 1920s BB began rebounding from hard targets with great force something the soft lead balls had not done. This started the mothers of American warning against shooting your eye out.



Note: Although all steel BBs state .177 caliber/4.5mm, in reality they are not and never have been. That is why a regular .177 caliber lead ball will not work in BB guns. They're simply too big in diameter.

H&N Smart Shot Copper Plated Lead BBs by Air Venturi

  • Caliber: .177 caliber, 4.5 mm
  • Weight: 7.4 grains
  • Double copper-plated round balls
  • Count: 750 per tin
  • Excite Smart Shot copper plated lead BBs might just be the safest BBs available
  • PLEASE NOTE: Smart Shot BBs are made from lead, so they work best in airguns that do not require a magnet to keep the BBs in place for shooting.

 

Ricochet from hard surfaces is virtually gone because the customary, lightweight steel has been replaced with much heavier lead. And because these lead BBs undergo a double copper-plating process, they have less friction, offer increased velocity and even more distance than plain lead balls. The copper plating also helps to prevent deformation of the BB and keeps them shiny and clean from oxidation during handling and storage. Even though the Smart Shot BBs travel a little slower than steel, because they're heavier than steel, they hit with added power.


Excite Smart Shot Lead BBs are double-copper-coated BBs with the exact same diameter as steel BBs (4.35mm). What does that mean for you? You get a better ammunition choice for your spring-loaded BB gun magazines that won't foul up your barrel with lead residue.  Now you can shoot at steel targets, shoot competitively, and even shoot indoors with the Smart Shot BBs in your BB handgun or rifle. The copper coating makes their surface much harder than traditional lead balls, yet they still flatten on impact. Smart Shot BBs offer a whole new world of target choices for you to shoot at.

Choose the heavyweight Smart Shot BBs and you'll be surprised by their performance, penetration, and low ricochet.

Learn more about the Smart Shot BB at Dennis Adler's Airgun Experience Blog. 


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Caliber.177 (4.5mm)
Ammo TypeBBs
Suggested forTarget practice/Fun
Projectile Weight7.4gr
Ammo Shape
Quantity750
Price per Round$0.013

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In modern BB guns I always use at true .177inch (4.5mm)Umarex Precision Steel BB rated at (5.1 grains) and Umarex CO2 cartridges in my Umarex military replicas. However, for the older vintage military trainers you cannot use 4.5mm BBs. A steel 4.5mm BB will stick and jam the barrel on older vintage BB rifles like my Czech military VZ 35 and VZ 47. This is where the Air Venturi, H&N Smart Shot 4.5mm. (177 Cal), 7.4 Grains, Copper Plated Lead BBs excel. For the record H&N Exite Smart Shot lead, copper coated BB’s have 4.5/.177 written on the tin, but are in fact closer to 4.3mm (.169inch ). They are copper coated lead balls that work very well in the 1930s Czech (my Vz 35 and VZ 47) and the German (my Handel 310 and Anschutz 275) vintage BB rifles. Measuring a sample, the H&N Exite BB measures in at 4.2-4.3mm (not an exact 4.4mm). This is good. Continues at anything else...

Things I would have changed:

Some say the tins are hard to open. The new production tins do have an easy to open screw top. These are made in Germany. These are not always available in the U.S. Last year, I had to obtain a single tin from Canada at $28 a tin. Thank You PA for reasonable costs. Stock up while you can. Order 3 and you get a free tin and a catalog - I would not change anything.

What others should know:

They weigh in consistently at 7.5 to 7.6 grains, approximately 2 grains heavier than the average steel BB. These lead BBs are very round and uniform in shape with most falling in the 4.2/4.3mm size and are perfect for vintage 4.4mm BB rifles. The copper cladding makes them clean to handle and there is no out of roundness to deal with. Measuring them with digital calipers gave sizes ranging from .166inch to.170inch, most measure in at .168inch to .169inch, around 4.3 mm. I do not fire these in modern BB replicas that utilized conventional 4.5mm steel BBs. I am not concerned with ricochets. I purchase these for vintage Foreign BB rifles that utilize a 4.4mm BB. They work perfect.

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Things I liked:

Great for short range shooting in doors.

Things I would have changed:

Nothing

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Try them you will like them.

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Things I liked:

These things are awesome. They crumble into a disfigured shot. And super cool! Heavier then normal bbs so hit harder too!

Things I would have changed:

Nothing!

What others should know:

Awesome product! Definitely worth it for no richochets

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  • Anthony from USA asked:

    Will these work in the Umarex Steel Storm?

    • delia from USA asked:

      Can I use lead BBs to shoot my Colt Defender CO2 gun?

      • John from USA asked:

        Will these work in the Daisy Red Ryder?

        • Anthony from USA answered:

          They roll out of the barrel of my Red Ryder

        • Mark from USA answered:

          Yes

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