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

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    WARNING This product can expose you to chemicals including lead, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. For more information go to

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. 

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.

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Item Code: AV-SS002NBP [PY-P-1440]

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By Brad from USA on 2020-07-24
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Things I liked: 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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By Fritz from USA on 2020-07-07
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Things I liked: These work well in all of my spring loaded magazines, and have fed flawlessly so far. Much better than any previous lead shot that I have tried. Not a ton of deformity, but I am using CO2 so the energy is pretty low- Bottomline is they dont bounce back and they load reliably.

What others should know: Good/safer BB choice if you may want to shoot at hard / Steele targets.


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By Kirk from USA on 2020-06-13
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Things I liked: They work just as advertised and engineered.

Things I would have changed: There should be an Foot per Second mention on the effectiveness, and wish the tin had a divider in the can to keep half or a quarter of the Bbs from being touched when loading taking them out. The oils and dirt from fingers add to the oxidation of them.

What others should know: These offer an expansion quality not found in fragmentation bbs.


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  • John from USA asked:

    Will these work in the Daisy Red Ryder?

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  • Ivory from USA asked:

    Will these work in my Umarex NXG APX bb reservoir ?

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  • Jay from USA asked:

    will these work with a pellet gun? Or will they roll out the Barrel? Looking for a roundball for pellet guns. Any suggestions

    • John from USA:

      Gamo has both .177 and .22 round ball "pellets". H&N used to have a premium .177 lead round ball. The Gamo are pure lead, are 8.2 gr in .177 and made for are made for rifled barrels, and will jam BB guns. These Copper plated ones are made for BB guns and probably won't give the accuracy or full power in non BB guns. These are smaller BB size ,175 caliber and 7.4 gr. Read the description for a full description.

    • Mark from USA:

      They are lead. They should work. We do not think they will shoot very well.

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