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Lubing Pellets?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Issac, Oct 3, 2015.

  1. Issac

    Issac Posting Addict

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    I picked up the pellets that I ordered from my local RFD yesterday and the guy asked if I wanted any pellet lube. I declined but then wondered why pellets are lubed. Is it necessary, what are the benefits?
     
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    as far as i can see its more a confidence thing
     
  3. Issac

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    Ok, why does this make the shooter more confident? What does the oil/lube actually do?
     
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    its just my view you have done everything to make the pellets more accurate in your own mind, because as far as i can see lubing doesnt make much difference to the average shooter
     
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    I bought some a while back and used it on some crappy BSA pellets which were probably best used for plinking - seemed to improve things, so maybe there is something to it?

    I have put the odd single drop in a few tins of higher quality pellets but as they were shooting spot on to start with it was difficult to say if any extra improvement was gained.

    I can't see it doing any harm and perhaps it will preserve the pellets if you don't use them very often?

    Whatever you do, don't drink it! :D
     
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    A couple of years back I tried some. I'd put a tin of JSB exacts into an ultra sonic cleaner and was quite surprised how much crud came off them. After drying them in a warm oven I put half back in the tin with a couple of drops of pellet lube and gave them a gentle roll about to coat all the pellets.

    I found they did seem better, but it's difficult to be sure. My rat shooting was definitely bang on that winter using those pellets though. Might also be a bit of a placebo effect, who knows?
     
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    Some people like to wash, dry, weight then lub their pellets. It's all about maintaining good grouping...
    Personally, I tried this (just the once) last summer. With JSB Exacts if I remember correctly. The rifle was an HW57 .177, the result - the gun dieselled like a b****r, the sound was horrendous, and the chrono nearly leapt off its stand. Close on 13ftlbs. Enough of that, never used it again.
     
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    Have you been making them pellets pies again Harry! :D
     
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    You wouldn't believe half of what ends up in my oven!:eek:
     
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    I think it depends on the gun. I recently sold a HW100KT in .22 and it was definitely more consistant with lubed pellets. In my other air rifles it doesn't make any discernible difference.

    Chris
     
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    It seems to add a few fps & maybe a bit of extra consistency, it's difficult to tell.
    It might be significant for longer ranges but is probably wasted at normal airgun hunting ranges, I used to wash, lube & weigh my ammo but I don't bother anymore - it is a bit of a faff, but if I became serious about getting groups at 100M I would be doing it.
    It could be worth researching a few Dutch forums, they have a 100M target discipline over there, no limit on power either...
     
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    I've tried lube but I don't think it makes much difference on its own, what doe seem to help is the method of application. I use AA Fields and found the barrel on my Prosport needed cleaning every 200-300 shots, now I put a tin of pellets in a sandwich bag with a squirt of pledge and give them a good shake around, then tip onto kitchen roll and roll them around again, that removes a surprising amount of crud which can only help accuracy and consistency. Barrel cleaning is now every 1000 pellets.
     
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    I wonder how much lubricant ever gets on to the important parts of the pellet ie the edge of the skirt and the widest section of the head?
    When I read about lubricant being sprayed into a tin or bag with a 100 or so pellets and given a gentle shake I can't help but feel much of the stuff is up the pellets chuff and a good proportion trapped in the waist of the pellet. However if one was to spray a patch of soft cloth with the lubricant of choice and then roll the pellets gently on that you could be pretty sure that a higher proportion was getting onto the critical features and might be doing some good.
    I have a question that arises from a recent thread in which the reasons were given as to why a PCP would not, indeed could not, cause dieselling. If this is the case then could 3 in 1 oil be used as a pellet lubricant for PCP's or is it going to have any adverse effect?
    I suggest 3 in 1 as it is cheap, readily available, and has been suggested on occasions as a bore cleaning agent. If 3 in 1 could be used could Ballistol; or would Ballistol be a better choice anyway?
    Dag
     
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    It certainly wouldn't cause dieselling in a pcp but I don't know if it would be a good pellet lube. I can't see why not though, if it was applied as you say in your post.

    Chris
     
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    I've never tried it, I was told it was also could for keeping the barrel clean.
     
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    Recently I was advised to use WD40. Not sure if I should try it or not. Will it cause any problems if I do?
     
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    could caused dieselling in a springer, and its not o ring friendly (pcp)
     
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    a pile of poo if you ask me , for everyday use just use them straight the tin , i've tried washing and 'lubing' them and in a usual hunting trip it dont make make difference at all , perhaps it would do if you were at a shooting range with no wind and rested but out on your shooting permission i doubt very much that half a millimeter of poa and poi will make any difference at all at what ever zero you're at ,don't fall into the trap in thinking you've got to do it because everyone else is.........did john darlin lube his pelletts before he went out , i doubt it very much and he is 'in my mind' bang on
     
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    Hi Issac , WD40 will definitely explode(diesel) , I have never lubed pellets , but that doesn't mean it doesn't work for some ?
    atb, Rich.
     

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