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BSA Interceptor Pellets

Discussion in 'Airgun Reviews' started by Frenchie, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. Frenchie

    Frenchie Engaging Member

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    Just realised that the moderators might like to move this thread to the "reviews" section. If they deem this necessary please go ahead and do so. Thanks.

    Don't know if this will help anyone but hopefully it will!
    Up to now I have been Bisley Pest Pellets @ 18G (.22 Calibre) in my SMK QB78 Deluxe which I had chronographed today at Manchester Air Guns. The chrono showed that it was giving 12.5 ft/lbs using Bisley Pest Pellets @18g in .22. While I have been happy using Bisley Pest for general vermin shooting (Rabbits, Pigeons, etc.) I found that after ranges of about 25 yards the pellet started to drop quite significantly and quite a lot of compensation was required to hold accuracy (I guess this is due to their heavy weight in a sub-12 foor pounds gun). I mentioned this to M.A.G. and asked what they would advise me trying in order to have to compensate less but to keep the "stopping power" with my gun at longer ranges. They advised that I should try a tin of BSA Interceptors.
    BSA Interceptor Pellets are hollow point pellets and weigh 15.43g and, looking closely at them they are a very well made pellet. However, we all know that looks are not everything and that the "proof of the pudding is in the eating" so I bought a tin of 500 for £5.95 (Quite a reasonable price for a good quality pellet) and decided to give them a try!
    As I had had the scopes off my SMK I knew that they would require zeroing so off I went this evening to do just that. I found a nice little quiet corner on one of my permissions where I was not going to disturb any quarry and set a target out at 25 yards. In the seated position I fired the first shot and found that I was 1.5 inches low and 1.25 inches to the right. Adjusting the elevation first the second shot was "dead level and still 1 inch to the right. After another adjustment on windage I found that I had gone .75 inch too far left so had to do another fine adjustment. The next 4 shots formed a tight, touching group right in the centre of the target, so I knew that I had the scopes set perfectly.
    Just to "double check" I wedged a 10 pence piece in the top of a fence post and stepped back 25 yards. The first shot I took saw the 10 pence piece spin off into the distance, never to be seen again. (I must stop doing that, it's costing me a fortune)
    Well, as I said, the proof of the pudding is in the eating, so off I went in search of some live quarry. The only thing I came across that I considered was in range for a "sure and humane kill" was a rabbit at about 30 yards. In the standing position I aimed just at the base of the ears and gently squeezed the trigger. The outcome was that the rabbit did not hear or feel a thing, it just gave a quick jump straight up in the air and landed with its nerves twitching, stone dead with blood coming from three quarters of an inch below its ear!
    All in all I can not speak highly enough of the BSA Interceptor Pellet, they are a great looking pellet, they have the weight to offer humane kills and they hold their accuracy. On my next outing I will try them in my BSA Lightening and add to this report according to how they perform.
    I am just about to do a couple of photos to add to this report so "watch this space"!:up:
     
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  2. Frenchie

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    As promissed here's a few photos to go with the report in the BSA Interceptor Pellets.
    The first photo shows a close up of the BSA Interceptor Pellets.
    The second photo shows the target I used to Zero my scopes with.
    The third photo shows my SMK QB78 (Tuned and chronographed at 11.5 ft/lbs using 18g Bisley Pest Pellets, and fitted with a set of 6-24 X 50 JSR Illuminated Reticule Scopes.
    The forth photo shows the tin that the BSA Interceptor Pellets come in, and you had better believe me when I say they do exactly what they say on the tin!!!!!:up::up::up:
     
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    Great thread Frenchie!!! Will try a tin through my German MDF killer!!!:D:D
     
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    Have you tried any other BSA pellets?
     
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    No, these are the first BSA pellets I have tried. I normally use either Coppa Points or Bisley Pest. My SMK loves the Interceptor and, as I said, I will try them in my Lightening and see how they do.
     
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    i have tryed these pellets in my xs20 and my brother tryed them in his lighting and the results was not very good but in his bsa t-10 they they make an ok group. i have also tryed the bsa elite pellet that is also ok in my springers but i find the accupell better but in the t-10 they are great with group sizes as small as a 1p at 4o yards :up:
     
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    I tried a tin of BSA Elites but loads were mis-shaped... Kind of put me off...

    Glad to know that they're ok though...
     
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    I don't know about the "Elites" but I have just had a look through my tin of Interceptors and have not found any mis-shapes, even though I have had some of them in and out of the tin for several shooting trips. They all seem fine to me, but I don't use a magnifying glass to check mine.:p
     
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    That's good. No these elites were really bad...!! Maybe just a duff tin...
     
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    If they were a "duff tin" maybe you could take them back to the shop you bought them from and if the shop thinks anything of their customers they might be willing to replace them. I know that if I had this problem with where I go (Manchester Air Guns) they would replace them straight away, such is their Customer Service!
     
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    I bought a tin last week with a few other bits im not an expert at all but blimey :eek: there spot on.
     
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    Ive only really used Spitfires and Air-Arms Field atm need to broaden my horizons .......
     
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    intercepter pellets

    i have got these pellets and find that they are quite tight and have to push them in to my lightning have used acu i think these fit alot better ,
    are thy supposed to be pushed in or should they just drop in
     
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    A nice tight fit will ensure maximum energy behind the pellet and will distrubute evenly inside the skirt to keep it in a strait line as it leaves the barrel. Don't knock them in with a hammer though!!:D
     
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    I guess their quality has gone downhill a lot over the years then as the .177 ones I've purchased are mostly mis-shapen, unless I've just got unlucky. But 3 tins seem the same. Some are loose and drop down into the barrel, others are so tight you really have to force them. There's extra lead in places you don't want it too. They just don't seem well 'finished', and anything over 10 yards, well you can forget about accuracy. :mad:
     

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