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Question 5.6 Pellets

Discussion in 'Vintage collectable airguns' started by Slipknot88, Jul 17, 2019.

  1. Slipknot88

    Slipknot88 Person of interest

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    5.6 pellets,does anyone know of any others apart from wasp?
     
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    I think Marksman do a proper .22 bore pellet but they're expensive and not much better than wasps in my experience.
    Give RWS hobby a go. They shoot well in my old .22 guns
     
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    Hi Ade, I've tried most of the modern pellets in my old guns and the best I've found so far are 5.53 ftts but their still not tight anough, had to bite the bullet and ordered some bisleys :(
     
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    milbro selects though stated as 5.5 seem to be bigger and are a good fit in my bsa no.2,they give good groups and the rifle feels nice when firing them.
    ATB
     
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    I've tried milbros, shot some into a box of rags and when I found them there was no rifling marks on the heads of the pellets only the skirts.
     
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    Current “Milbro” from SMK are not the same as the recently-discontinued ones from real LL Camellieri “Milbro”.

    You might still find some PAX Defiant 5.6 available. Pricey but good.

    Ignore current Wasps.

    Try Superdomes, Superpoints, Hobbys, 5.52mm (nominal) JSBs.
     
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    Thanks for that Geezer I'll look out for the pax defiant,cheers.
     
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    I have some marksman 5.6 full box 500 i can sell you for a £8 posted brought them for my webley mark 3 but was the wrong size.
     
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    Do they still make the defiant vintage pellets that were around a few years ago ? [​IMG]
     
  10. Slipknot88

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    Hi, no they don't, they sold the tooling etc and they got discontinued :(
     
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    Ok to be honest I found them very tight in my 1959 bsa meteor. I find superdomes although 5.5 work well in the old bsa and webleys
     
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    They just fall in my meteor mk2 and rattle down the barrel,definitely need 5.6 unfortunately.
     
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    Chris Thrale at Pax guns was selling old stock of these after they were discontinued until maybe two years ago. He’s now, I’m pretty sure, run out (though it wouldn’t hurt to call Pax and check with him). As I said above, it may still be possible to find some for sale somewhere.

    I stocked up when I could :).
     
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    There are so many vintage guns out there with .22/5.6mm barrels I would have thought a company like JSB would bother to make a pellet in that calibre.
     
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    You've tried 5.53 pellets which you say were the best so far,were they H&N FTT. If not you might try those they are 5.53 and might be okay. Was at my local Range/RFD on friday and sitting on the counter was a full tin of Eley Wasps .22 5.6mm along with 3 tins of Eley Wasps .177. Apparently some old boy had brought them as he no longer had any use for them and didn't want to throw them away i think. The tins were a bit tatty cosmetically but the pellets inside were perfect.
    Marksman 5.6mm pellets are still available from John Knibbs @ £8.95 per box 500 +P&P
     
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    RedKen Me head's a shed.

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    I've found most of my older .22's (mercurials, airsprouters, original etc do rather spiffingly on Superdomes.
     
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    It would be a tiny market, globally, compared to that for metric bores. And mostly confined to the U.K. Even in the U.K., I’d guess that 9/10th of shooters with an older imperial bore gun don’t know about the 5.5/5.6 issue.

    The old Milbro TR also used to work fairly well at plinking ranges, despite being a pretty unimpressive pellet. And RWS Hobby and Superpoints as well as ‘domes.

    Problem is, there have only been two really good genuine 5.6 pellets I can think of. The original Eley Wasp/BSA Pylarm and the Defiant Vintage.

    Back in the day, the H&N Diabolo and Silhouette did well in 5.6 barrels. Now discontinued, I think in the last five to ten years, so may still be found on EBay or on the shelves of the dustier kind of rural gunshop.
     
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    I tried 5.6 wasp and marksman 5.6 ,not much difference, accuracy improved and is spot on, but both pellets leave a lot to be desired in the way of size.
     

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