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Pellet cleaning? OH, Yes!

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by carnivore, Jul 7, 2014.

  1. carnivore

    carnivore Industrious Member

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    I have just completed the tedious but very necessary job of cleaning a tin of BisMags. This is my first tin of these heavyweights, bought for power setting on a Gunpower Stealth. On opening the tin I was aware of small lead slivers sitting amongst the pellets so I took pains to clean them thoroughly. Twice washed and rinsed repeatedly the pellets were emptied onto a white, slightly fluffy cloth to catch the bits.
    I have never seen so much 'crud' come out of a tin of pellets! On top of that practically every pellet needed to have a fine rim of lead wiped off the skirt. Initially I did this with my thumbnail but settled on rubbing the pellet base on the flat of a knife to displace the loose lead and GENTLY removing it with the blade. I did not, at any time, slice into the pellets to create extra lead. Thank goodness these only come in tins of 200.
     
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    Mosted Waisted Pellets are made on Rolling Dies - so you do get added bits - some are cleaned before packing

    Most Shooters just reject the really badley shaped ones -

    BOB/R
     
  4. jps norton

    jps norton One Hit Wonder

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    Up until a couple of months ago I just used pellets straight out of the tin.
    I`d read several posts about washing pellets but never used to bother.
    One day at the range I noticed some minute lead flakes on my fingers after I had taken a 100 or so shots.
    When I got back home I decided to give a fresh tin of AA Fields a wash just to try it.

    After the 1st clean and rinse I was very surprise with the amount of lead dust and flakes that were left in the glass bowl after wiping it out with some kitchen roll. I cleaned and rinsed them twice more and each time the lead dust and flake got less on the kitchen roll.

    I Left them to air dry for 24 hours and then used some of the pellet lube available to give a very light coting to stop them tarnishing.

    Now I wash every tin :up:
     
  5. andy46

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    I always wash and lube my pellets,after seeing what gets left behing after a wash,im glad I do.
     
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    I cleaned a tin of jsb exacts in my ultrasound bath then lubed them. Made sod all difference so never did it again:(
     
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    I expect it all depends upon what grouping your expecting or capable of.

    Don't think a small ultrasonic cleaner would work so well unless you did them individually.

    I clean vigorously with a half inch paint brush in a plastic sieve and all covered with Aerial Hand Washing soap, no water. Loads of crud comes off and the pellets are then 'shiny' not grey like when washing up liquid and soap is used.
     
  8. TORNADOS7

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    Had to wash my last lot of Accupells in de-greaser first, don't know what they lube em with but it's a biatch to get of !!!

    Im quite rough with mine when I wash em, old jar with lid 1/2 fill with water add some fairy liquid pour pellets in, put lid on and shake well then pour into metal sieve and rinse clean under hot tap next blow dry with hair dryer then pour out onto a clean cloth add some light oil and roll around in rag to coat pellets in oil, job done !!!
     
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    Does anyone have 2 direct groups shot in the same conditions with only the cleanliness of the pellet being the variable?

    Life's too short IMO, I'm happy with the groupings and reliability of pellets out the tin, and I order through the post.

    Not saying it doesn't have a benefit, but I'd rather be shooting.
     
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    It's not really about accuracy issues for me it's about keeping the rifle internals as clean as possible with the minimum amount of fuss !!!

    Its easier to clean all the crap off the pellets before you put em in the rifle than it is to clean all the crap outta the rifle that was left there by the pellets in the first place !!!
     
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    Which areas does the crap get into? Springers they only tough the barrel, pcps surely it's only the magazine, transfer port and barrel? And yet to experience any issues with any of them as a result.....

    Not having a go btw, just not ever seen a need
     
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    I always wash and lube my pellets after trying it for the first
    time my groups reduced by a third cant argue with that .i tried
    it through three different rifles two springers and a pcp with the
    same result in .177 and .22 .
    Si
     
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    I contacted Bisley UK on Monday, the day I posted here, with my observations about their Magnum .22 pellet. At time of writing I have received no reply. Frankly, I expect none but we'll see.
     
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    It must of been a odd tin/batch maybe, mine have been clean and good shape.
     

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