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is it best having a lighter pellet? i getting ito airguning so be intresterd to hear your viwes.i have bisly magnums at min.atb

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Thanks for this, good chart. I've heard BSA's prefer a wider skirt would anybody happen to know if there is a chart including exact width of skirt etc

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Hi All

 

No, a lighter pellet is not best. In fact, for hunting, it can be much worse. The number a hunter really wants to know is 'BC' - that is ballistic coefficient. If a pellet has not deformed at all after having penetrated an object, then its not transmitting its energy effedctively. You DONT want over-penetration, You need all the power of your gun and ammo to be delivered, accurately and humanely to your quarry.

 

Dont use 'fps' as a guide. A .177 pellet travels much faster than a .22. But a .22 hits harder (due to increased mass). I'm not an expert, but have been trying to learn more about ballistics, in order to get the most out of my gun.

 

As a general rule of thumb, one of the best .22 pellets out there is the Air Arms, field diablo (16gr in weight). It flies quite flat for a .22 pellet and yet is heavy enough to dispatch quarry from 15 - 50 yards no problem.

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A few will disagree with you on that matter and I am one of them

I use a 13.4gr .22 pellet and a 7.9 gr .177 and both a great out to 65+ yards ,its all about shot placement

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A few will disagree with you on that matter and I am one of them

I use a 13.4gr .22 pellet and a 7.9 gr .177 and both a great out to 65+ yards ,its all about shot placement

 

That's not really disagreeing - 13.4gr. though lighter, is far from the lightest so I'd say you're not far away from my point. I dont know about the .177.

Accuracy is evertything, and you can get that with medium-heavy (ish) pellets. My main points were about earlier comments which suggested some might be searching purely on the basis of the lightest being 'the best'. That is not correct and the laws of physics (ballistic coefficients) supports that.

 

Ultimately its a trade off. You need a good impact (based on weight) and as flat a trajectory as possible. The gun and the shooter are further factors.

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