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Pointed vs Rounded Pellets

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by ambriel, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. ambriel

    ambriel Engaging Member

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    I shoot mostly RWS Superpoint pellets but have noticed a lot of people recommend RWS Superdomes.

    Was just wondering why that is? Any particular reason?
     
  2. gasman

    gasman Up a bit,,,,,,,

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    what gun and what you shooting, hft, ft ,hunting or plinking?
     
  3. Stevie Darling

    Stevie Darling Sexual tyrannosaurus

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    In general any domed pellet holds better accuracy at longer ranges. I have tried loads of pellets, including pointed, but couldn't get them to group past 25y.

    As gasman says, it depends on what discipline they getting used for!
     
  4. simonc_here

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    Because domes (of whatever make) tend to give better accuracy.
     
  5. mark.177

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    its been proven there are no real benefits to a pellet having a pointed tip, but are plenty of down sides. which is why most use a good quality domed pellet.
    pointed pellets are not actually as efficient aerodynamically as a domed pellet, have no penetration benefits over domed pellets and if the tip is not perfect they're not generally as accurate as domed pellets. every barrel will have its preference to which pellet it shoots the most consistently and accurately which is the most important consideration when shooting targets or hunting.
     
  6. critter

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    Domed pelletts are more accurate on the whole and give better groupings, Pointed are ok for close range and plinking and are cheaper. So really depends what gun you are using and what you are shooting at.
     
  7. Stevie Darling

    Stevie Darling Sexual tyrannosaurus

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    The best pointed pellets I have used were the crosman pointed, but incidentally they have a much more rounded point.

    I found these too group better than any other pointed pellet, well in my barrel anyway!!
     
  8. ambriel

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    Hmm... interesting. I'll get a tin of Superdomes and give them a try. Thanks.

    I shoot a Gamo Socom 1000 primarily for fun but also for pest control on our very-small-holding. We've only an acre at the moment but we keep a few pigs and chickens.
     
  9. Accuspell

    Accuspell Pro Poster

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    Ambriel, the reason WHY rounded heads give better results than pointed ones is one of practicalities. Pointed pellets are much more prone to getting damaged. Even if you take the greatest care of them once in your possession, you are at the very end of the supply chain!

    The rounded heads are more robust, due to the shape. A pointed tip can easily get a little bit knocked out of alignment, just by the other pellets in the tin. The flight of such a lightweight projectile is easily distorted by the very slightest imbalance in the weight distribution. The tip getting a slight bit of knock to one side is sufficent to put that pellet off balance and that affects the accuracy very noticeably. If you are happy being able to hit a McCewans can at 20 yards and that is good enough, then the pointed pellets will suffice. If, like many on here, you are striving to be able to hit a penny at 30 yards, you need something rather more accurate - and if you are getting really serious and use Swan Vesta heads as the target at 30 yards, then only the utmost accuracy is good enough.

    A pellet hole is my target to aim at at 30 yards - I put up a blank sheet of paper, fire at it, then use the pellet hole as my target. I aim to at least clip it, from 30 yards, stood, resting on the corner of the roof of the car. The more stringent you are in practise, the easier the shooting is when you have something for the pot in your sights.....the old addage: train hard, fight easy! :up:
     
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    I picked a couple of tins up when I was passing through Inverness yesterday and gave then a try this morning. It was only a quick and dirty five minutes but they did seem to group tighter than the Superpoints. I'll do a more scientific comparison when I get more time.

    Cheers
    Gary
     
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    I tend to find air arms hunter pellets (which are kind of between a domed and pointed design) are just as accurate as any typical quality domed pellet, the only difference being the ballistics co-efficient, the aa hunters drop a considerable amount over the same distances in comparison when compared to the aa fields.
     

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