Picking the Right Pellet
There is no easy way to find the right pellet for your air rifle, it’s not as simple as picking a box off the shelf. Finding the right pellet for your rifle is trial and error.
To find the right pellet for your rifle and the purpose you intend, whether it’s hunting, plinking, pest control or target shooting, buy a selection of quality ammunition and test to see what the results are.
Shoot at a reasonable range to reflect your own skill level and the furthest distance you’re most likely to be taking shot.
Make sure you give each brand enough shots to settle down in the barrel before committing the results to paper.
Ammo that groups well at a distance will do so at close range but not necessarily the other way round, so always undertake comparative testing at the ‘long end’.
Some of the better pellets also come in a range of head sizes – 4.51mm, 4.52mm, for instance – so you may even be able to refine your choice further, once you’ve settled on a shortlist.
There are four pellet shapes:
- Domed/Round pellets – Good for pest control and hunting, the rounded head means the pellets are aerodynamic and good for shooting over longer distances.
- Wadcutter pellets – Best for short distance pest control and excellent for target shooting, making clean holes in paper targets.
- Hollowpoint pellets -Great for hunting and pest control, these pellets expand on impact.
- Pointed pellets – Another great pellet for hunting and pest control.
As a final tip remember to match the weight of the pellet to your gun’s design capabilities and power level.
The Air Arms range of pellets were developed with world pellet leaders JSB; resulting in accurate, consistent, top quality pellets. Click here to view the range.
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