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Question Pellet Grains.

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Jafman, Jun 29, 2014.

  1. Jafman

    Jafman Member

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    Hello. I've just returned to shooting after a 10 year absence. I have experience with Rifles and shotguns from a 3 years wildlife managment course I did years ago along with some military firearm experience from the part timers.

    Air guns are something more or less new to me. Ive fired them before as a youn un but didnt know much other than how to cock and fire it. Ammo choice was whatever we could jam in the barrrel usually bits of chewed up paper or plastacine when the pellets ran out :eek:

    Ive read the pellets thread ( sticky) and found it very helpfull and after looking for more info decided to post as I could not see a topic that covers Grains/mass of projectiles. ( honetly someone will post me a link to one now if so Ill go sit in the corner)

    OK so Ive bought an entry level non FAC rifle. Its a .22 GAMO and uses inert gas piston rather than a spring. But im guessing the diferences are marginal.

    Now the model states a velocity of 1300 FPS with a 9.6 grain BSA pellet. ( sounds far fetched to me what do you think?) surely that pellets is going to spazz all over the place at that speed?

    Anyhow Im waffling here. what I really want to know is what grain of pellet I should use for hunting rabbits. Im estimating my ambush range at 30-40 yards and a stalking range of 20-30 yards with the thinking being that I can hit further when im ranged in more accuratley on a well know killing area. Ive no idea on whats the normal grain use for killing bunnies other than that too low and the round will fly wherever it wants and too high and it will drop like a mortar round.

    So what grain should I use? .22 dome heads minimum 20 yards maximum 40 yards. I know a precise answer is impossible but a general idea of min and max grains would be really helpfull.

    Just a side note Im going to put at least 100 rounds through the gun before I even leave my lawn to hunt. And only if I can group consitently..wounding animals makes me sad;)

    thanks in advance.. oh and great forums btw :D
     
  2. 177man

    177man Engaging Member

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    Hi
    Pellet choice is very important it not about what ftlb /fps your are getting from your combo it
    accuracy it all come down to if you can hit it you can kill it , Try a few different brands /weights
    domed type and see what suits your gun best and go from there also practice as much as possible
    to get your accuracy consistent hope this helps Atb Si
     
  3. mattyts

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    9.6 grain and 1300 FPS is 36 Ft/Lb so it's either an FAC or a load of lies from the manufacturer.

    I would worry about the accuracy first then weight,if you can find a pellet that's more accurate than anything else,it's often worth sacrificing some range/extra holdover.

    RWS Superdomes,JSB Exacts and AA fields are good starting points.
     
  4. timmytree

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    A 9.6 grn pellet at that speed is something like 36 ftlbs, if it does that you could be in deep trouble!
    Your best bet is a lead dome head pellet, typically something like AA Fields, JSB Exact or possibly something from Crosman or RWS. H&N FTT can also be good. Weights will be from approx. 14 grns upwards.
    Whatever you try, make sure you try them over a chrono to ensure you're well below 12 ft lbs.
    The formula is velocity X velocity X pellet weight in grns divided by 450240.
    Regards
    Tim
     
  5. r10hunter

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    Can you even get 9 grain pellets in .22 they would be very exotic pellets if they exist.

    Try some 14-16 grain dome heads. Jsb, air arms, rws, etc
    Cheers Andy
     
  6. Jafman

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    OK thanks for your responses. yes I agree I think they are telling porkies about that FPS. good job or id be in trouble!

    oops some more answers appeared while I typed.

    OK chaps I understand now normal range is 15 +/- 5 grains.

    that gives me a good ballpark so Im not ordering and wating cash on pellets not fit for purpose.

    again thank you so much. Ill order 3 small tins and see what works :)
     
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    30 isn't really enough,better to buy 100...I bought full tins,chances are you'll buy another gun so keep them for future testing.
     
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    Ive bought 3 tins of the recommended brands. all are around the 15 gr mark.

    Thanks again for the info and help. :)
     

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