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How important perfect pellets?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Meteor62, Mar 22, 2014.

  1. Meteor62

    Meteor62 Major Poster

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    Yesterday before setting off on a hunting trip I discarded quite a few pellets with slight dents in the skirts.

    This morning whilst zeroing my recent BSA meteor refurb job with marksman 5.6mm pellets I noticed how tight they were In the barrel, so tight in fact it hurt my thumb pushing them in and even then the skirt was still sticking out some. So once I had loaded up I decided to open the barrel to see if the pellet was getting clipped and this is what was happening to every pellet.
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    Oh well I thought, I haven't any more pellets and I really want to just run the gun in before chrono ing etc but found that the accuracy did not suffer at all. Hitting a wine bottle lid at 20 yards time and again free standing.

    Maybe I shouldn't have wasted those other pellets yesterday after all?
     
  2. Jackroadkill

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    I've seen this sort of thing a few times with AA Fields; they have a very thin skirt, and the lead alloy is very soft, so the skirt is easily damaged. In fact, there was a report in one of the comics a year or two ago which said that due to high instances of this a reader had contacted AA about it. AA said that unless the skirt was really mangled it didn't matter; the air blast would swage the pellet to fit the breech when the trigger was pulled and that accuracy would be unaffected. I use AA Fields myself, so I thought I'd test it out. I did two ten shot groups at thirty yards, one with pellets that were undamaged and one with pellets with bent skirts. I found that there really wasn't much difference - the rifle and the pellets were at least as accurate as I am, and it was hard to tell the difference between the groups.

    I suppose if you wanted to check what the pellet looked like you could put one in the breech and then break the rifle again and push the pellet the length of the barrel with a cleaning rod or a bit of dowel and see what it looks like when it has travelled the length of the barrel.
     
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  3. Meteor62

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    Referring to Your last paragraph, this wouldn't give a true look as the pellet wouldn't have received the blast of air.
     
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    Damage to the face of a pellet is more relevent to accuracy i believe
     
  5. Jackroadkill

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    True - just thought it might show swaging as it would have been pushed down the barrel.
     
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    +1 for this answer. Atb Paul.
     
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    I have used pellets with slight skirt damage, without any real noticeable accuracy issues but, I think it depend on the pellet make and type etc.

    As mentioned AA fields have very soft skirts so probably not too much of a problem, a harder pellet maybe be different though ;)
     
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    I never throw damaged pellets unless they are really messed up. I don't currently shoot any live quarry or compete in anyway so ultimately the accuracy I get from damaged pellets is perfectly acceptable (can't say I notice a difference if I'm honest).
     
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    My .177 Supersport did a similar thing. After a little research it seemed Falcons worked well for the older BSA barrels and also a small chamfer in the mouth of the barrel did the trick.
     

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