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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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Caliber0.177" (4.5mm)
Ammo TypeBBs
Suggested forTarget practice/Fun

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Things I liked: Excellent Product !! Nice smooth lead BBs. Great for indoor plinking using a metal trap, without typical BB ricochet. At about 500 fps they flatten to about half their diameter. I sure wish these had been around when I was a kid. These heavier BBs seem to have more "punch" out of my shorter CO2 pistols.

Things I would have changed: NOT A THING

What others should know: As with heavier loads in firearms, more energy from the propellant is transferred to the projectile in shorter barrels because it's moving a little slower so there's more time to transfer that energy than faster moving lighter loads. Even though I haven't run the numbers, I "think" these are superior in knock down power out of my otherwise 485 and 520 fps pistols. The "thump" certainly seems more prominent than a "ding" as more energy is then transferred to the target rather than bouncing off of it.


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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

    • Mark from USA:

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

  • swamprocker57 from USA asked:

    Can these cause a Co2 air pistol to shoot low? I just bought a HK USP blowback air pistol and it shoots low. I have not shot standard bbs with it yet. These bbs are heavier 7.4gr vs standard 5.1gr.

    • Mark from USA:

      yes. A heavy projectile will shot low from a fixed power CO2 gun.

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