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It's probably been done to death, but... pellets!

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by jonny5, May 8, 2009.

  1. jonny5

    jonny5 Member

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    When I bought my wee Umarex .177 CO2 pistol it came with a tin of SMK "Spitfires". Problem is that they're so badly/inconsistently made that around one in ten sticks in the gun's magazine :(

    This can't be good for the gun and is downright irritating when I fire and nothing comes out!

    So, given that I'm a tightwad who used his gun purely for short-range target stuff and tin-can plinking, what would people recommend as a plinking pellet? Ideally as cheap as poss, accuracy isn't a massive concern, I just want a pellet that won't get stuck in the gun!

    Looking here: http://co2powerlets.co.uk/-c-22_51.html?sort=4a&page=1
    there appear to be quite a few alternatives at a similar price to the Spitfires: Webley Harrier, Marksman, and various Milbro items - but for all I know these could all be as bad if not worse! :rolleyes:

    Cheers,
    Jonny :D
     
  2. Carrot Cruncher

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    Well mate IMHO you get what you pay for :rolleyes: They are cheap cos they are not well manufactured. You might find that its the same for all cheap pellets. I reckon most are mishaped and thats why they stick in your barrel.
     
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    If you buy cheap $hit, that is as a rule exactly what you get.

    HTH

    Michael
     
  4. jonny5

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    Ta for replies - After a bit of Googling to see how people rate the various brands it seems that for every pellet there's plenty of people who love 'em and just as many who hate them! :rolleyes:

    Have at least written off Milbros and anything else made by SMK (including, of course, the dreaded Spitfires) as these all appear to get consistently crap reviews.

    So I'm going to try a small selection, chosen vaguely scientifically...

    Napier Target (lubed pellets - theoretically less likely to stick!)
    Webley Harriers (allegedly better manufactured than most budget stuff)
    Marksman (soft lead, so possibly less sticky than some, used to get on well with these in my old Webley rifle)

    Hopefully my gun will consistently get on with at least one of these. If they all turn out to be cack then I'll have to override the Yorkshireman's instinct and shell out six or seven quid for a tin of plinkers! :eek:
     
  5. halight

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    Iv tryed some of the cheper pellets (never smk) And iv never got on well with them.
    Its worth paying that bit more to get a pellet that works at its best. You get a lot more out of the hobby if your gun and pellet works well together.
     
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    Just as an after thought..... I you have put those cheap dirty pellets through you barrel for some time now, you may find, that a good clean may go a fair way of sorting out your problems. As quite a few of those cheap brands seem to be a bit on the smudgy side and leave a fair bit of carp in the parts of the gun that matter most.

    HTH

    Michael
     

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