Date: 3/6/2023 7:47


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

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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

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I have been using these low ricochet, metal jacketed, lead BBs for years now and highly recommend them for shooting steel. That is their prime use. They work well in my Tanfoglio Witness 1911 blowback, Makarov non-blowback, and Colt SIngle Action Army. Accuracy is as good as any steel BB but bounce back is greatly diminished (not eliminated). They generally bounce back a few feet at low speed, low energy when shot at steel targets. The cost is more than steel BBs, but still miniscule compared to firearm ammunition. I use these on steel targets in my basement with great success, and a whole lot of fun! So much cheaper and more convenient than driving to a range, paying range fees, buying boxes of 9mm ammo, etc.

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I have also tried the newer frangible Dust Devil BBs, but prefer these lead Smart Shot BBs. The Dust Devils do work as advertised, but caused jams in my Tanfoglio Witness 1911. The Dust Devils are also messier as they leave a fine spray of metal dust all over my basement.

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no need for wadcutters at close range , these things hit like a sledge hammer in my hatsan torpedo , they mushroom like crazy , even hit a coon at 25ft. almost turned him inside out , clean kill, rite between the eyes, now he looks out the other tunnel.

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These lead BB's are very consistent, very accurate. But mainly they cut down n ricochets from my Daisy CO2 BB pistol. With steel BB's, this pistol's velocity is hot enough to have cracked two of my back porch windows with ricochets. Ricochets with the Excite BB's are very rare, but when they happen they are very low velocity and won't crack windows.

Things I would have changed:

Produce more to lower the price!

What others should know:

Try these out for accuracy in your BB guns, and compare accuracy with steel BB's. I have found accuracy in my BB pistols to be increased with the lead BB's.

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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

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