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Pellet power and accuracy test

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by jesim1, May 18, 2014.

  1. jesim1

    jesim1 Kit bitch to the Stars

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    Hi guys

    I've got a few guns, and a few weeks ago I went mental
    and spent the day with my good lady pellet testing to find the most accurate in my guns for literally thousands of pellets and about 16 man hours. The results are posted a few weeks ago under "Massive Daystate pellet test".:eek:

    This is a bit of a follow up on the subject, but on a far smaller scale, and more for curiosity and something to do than anything else, so I know it's not absolute, or possibly the way you would have done it, but for what I wanted it was fine, so no barrel cleaning or weighing pellets etc, just shooting lots of "stuff"
    :violent4:

    I tested some of the "better pellets" from the last test and used the same guns - All Daystates and all in .177 - a Panther, a MK4is, and two Regals. I used the following 8 pellets which had performed well accuracy wise in the last test, I would be happy using any of these:

    AA Field 4.52, JSB Exact 4.53, JSB Exact 4.52H&N FTT 4.5, H&N Barracuda 4.52, RWS Superdomes, Webley Accupell, Daystate Sovereign


    I put 5 of each through each gun over the chrono and recorded the results, and this is what I found:


    Average power for each gun in ftlb (no shots went over the limit):

    Panther 11.6, MK4is 11.00, r/h Regal 11.5. l/h Regal 10.8


    I deliberately left the Superdomes out of the calculation and only averaged 7 types of pellet as they were very accurate, but low in power in all 4 guns by about a full ftlb compared to the rest, so I didn't want to skew the results, but this would almost certainly mean I would not use these for hunting. One to watch, 4 guns is not a coincidence.

    Strangely enough, both the Regals were the most consistent, with the lower powered one of them getting the same reading on each of the 5 pellets on 6 out of the 8 types tested, but the others guns and pellets were generally within 0.1 ftlb of each shot with an occasional anomaly.


    Overall the pellets in order of performance which produced the most power across all guns were:


    H&N Barracuda - clear winner, and heaviest.

    Sovereign, Accupell, JSB 4.53 - not a lot in it, close performance but behind the leader by about 0.2/0.3ftlb

    AA 4.52, JSB 4.52, FTTS - all decent, but slightly behind the last group, perhaps another 0.1/0.2 ftlb lower

    Superdome - They were significantly behind the others power wise, and lightest - but only by 0.1grains.


    So top 2 pellets for each gun combining both tests - accuracy and power:


    The Panther liked JSB 4.53 as a first and H&N Barracuda as a second.

    The MK4is liked JSB 4.53 as a first and H&N Barracuda as a second.

    The l/h Regal liked the H&N Barracuda as a first and the JSB 4.53 as a second.

    The r/h Regal liked the H&N Barracuda as a first and the JSB 4.53 as a second.


    So there we have it for my guns, if I'm only going to use a couple of brands then these are them.:moo:


    Personally I'm going onto JSB Exact 4.53 with all my guns, it would be the Barracudas if I done more hunting, and I'd buy the Superdomes on price and accuracy if I was just shooting tin cans.

    I know it is different for every gun, but there are some patterns here as well, and if it gives you a place to start or an idea on how to come up with the best pellet for you, then it was worth the read.
    :tea:

    Thanks

    James
     
  2. neiled

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    Thanks James another decent read there :up:
     
  3. Ichabod Armacost

    Ichabod Armacost Donator

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    Very interesting, cheers mate!:up:
     
  4. Largerider

    Largerider Posting Addict

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    Those Jsb exact result tally with the results I've had from My Regal too although mine like 4.51 better. giving me 10.87ftlb.

    Cheers for that..
     
  5. Bemused

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    So I have to buy some more pellets!
    Thanks for sharing.
     
  6. jesim1

    jesim1 Kit bitch to the Stars

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    Anything for you Tony;)

    Tell me what you want and PM me your address and I'll stick some in the post for you to try FOC. I've still got plenty of all the ones I tested in this article.

    James
     
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    Most kind, PMed regarding JSB 4.53 and H&N Barracuda

    Regards
    Tony
     
  8. jesim1

    jesim1 Kit bitch to the Stars

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    Got your details Tony.

    I'll get them in the post over the next couple of days.

    James
     
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    Received this morning James, ingenious packaging.
    Many thanks.
     

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