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Question .177 pellets in flight

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by andykllhr, May 27, 2015.

  1. andykllhr

    andykllhr Donator

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    Hello all, quick question, I spent the bank holiday weekend in Scotland with my wife's family which was great, managed to spend some quality time in their massive garden with my new .177 Regal. I've only ever had springers before so haven't ever encountered it before, when shooting (and grouping very nicely) at 40 yards I could see the pellets hitting the target like a tracer, only when I had the white target as a background, so for the last few feet.
    Is this normal? I would have though that .177 pellets were travelling too quickly? It was knocking shrapnel out the back of the wooden target board, so pretty sure it's running at decent power, plus I've got the documentation from the airgun centre stating that it's running at about 11.2 ft lbs.
    Has anyone encountered this before? Is it just me with immense shot follow through technique? lol
     
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    timmytree Very Active

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    It's quite common when using a PCP, you can see it even better when lamping.
     
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    its due to a few factors, but mainly because there is minimal recoil with a pcp, so the scope barely moves, so your eye is able to track the pellet in its path
     
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    gasman It tasted like chicken

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    I like watching .223 & .243 rounds whizzing through the air :) so yeah does happen
     
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    When I was shooting that 72 yarder at the Greyhound Saturday I saw everyone just before the hit, I think light conditions play a big part in this, very often I see the pellet smash to bits on the hft knock down disk.
     
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    It was very clear conditions and quite bright so probably a factor, thanks guys, that's a relief.
     
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    Stevie Darling Sexual tyrannosaurus

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    Totally normal mate:up:
     
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    I see pellets from my CO2 pistol as well as my PCP rifle.
     
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    Don't see them all the time, but see the occaisional one from my tx200.
     
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    In normal diffused daylight I tend to see the pellets as they come into focus in the scope over the last few yards. With bright sunlight behind me I see the shine of the pellet just about all the way, and the same with IR night vision. What surprises me is that even though the (.22) pellet travels at about 550 feet per second (that's 183 yards per second) it all seems as if it is in slow motion as you follow it. :cool:
     
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    It's common to see pellets against a light background like snow, even with a springer. In your case I think it was the white target & probably the light was behind you.
     
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    Yeah, the wind got swirly at one point and you could see the pellets being dragged off course slightly
     

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