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STEEL PELLETS

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by stevieb, Jun 9, 2014.

  1. stevieb

    stevieb Active Member

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    I was wondering if anyone remembers the steel pellets which were available to buy in the UK in the eighties? They were banned because they were considered too dangerous. I never had any but remember seeing a TV news report where someone fired a ordinary lead slug into a sheet of chipboard, the pellet lodged in it. Firing a steel slug into the same board resulted in complete penetration & left behind a decent sized hole.
     
  2. Meteor62

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    Prometheus?
     
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    Are you sure it was steel?.
    Steel would ruin the lands and choke in the barrel of an air rifle.
     
  4. vitalich

    vitalich Keyboard Hero

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    May be you.re talking about led pellets with steel ball in it,
    Or fac steel pellets in plastic caplet?
     
  5. Alexdermietzel

    Alexdermietzel Keyboard Hero

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    Were they steel inside a plastic sabot?
     
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    gixxer Posting Addict

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    I remember a steel pellet domed and flat with a white / clear plastic possibly bonded coating.
    My mate had them
     
  7. larryking28

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    There was the NATO pellet,that was made out of zinc alloy.
    They were pretty dangerous as they were hard and would ricochet off most things and were also a very tight fit in my BSA Challenger.
    I bought 50 or 100 of them and hardly shot any of them,they weren't cheap either.
     
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    I never saw any personally but thought the same about the effect which would result on the rifle by shooting them. In all likelihood they had some kind of outer casing but from memory they looked like a regular pellet, possibly a steel core?
     
  9. Patrick

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    Prometheus are still available but I can't think why anybody would want to use them! The pellets that stevieb was referring to might have been those Sabo things
     
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    Yeah but sabot weren't steel weren't they more copper?
     
  11. sniper11

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    I remember the sabot pellets-lead bullet shaped but copper spray coated and were loaded into a plastic sabot using a black pen charger which was then pushed into the breach/loading tap. The actual slugs were tiny little things and were expensive. The sabot released the slug once it left the barrel on discharge. A bit useless in my opinion.
     
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    The ones I remember were as you explain just like any other pellet look wise however I'm sure either clear of white ish coated , I'm guessing they weren't on the market long as I couldn't get any when I wanted to buy some I remember.
     
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    Prometheus pellets. Still used for humane dispatch of mink and rats with air pistols.[​IMG][​IMG]
    Cheers Andy
     
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  14. secretagentmole

    secretagentmole Low down, dirty and quiet...

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    Humane despath of trapped rats (ie those on glue pads)can be done with SMK pellets at point blank range, using an SMK wooden handled pistol! I know, been there done that!
     
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    Promethius a zinc alloy in a white nylon/delron? skirt, titan black (promethius but in a black skirt and the head was coloured black) both inaccurate over longer ranges 30mtr +, variations both still available, NATO pellets designed to be used in the brocock smle conversion, again zinc alloy, with two 'driving' bands and a short tail that fitted into the special precharged cartridge case, no info on how they performed, not made any more but can be found in shops sometimes, sabot pellets zinc alloy copper coated, resembled a miniture 'boat tailed bullet head' in a discarding sabot, useless in a silenced gun as the sabot usually ended up in the silencer, and the head 'tumbled' if the shoe did not disengage cleanly, not seen any in shops for 10-15 yrs?, back in the eighties I used a 'spitzer' type pellet, cannot remember the name but lethal on rats from my scorpion shadow (scorpion pistol in a made to measure BSA aftermarket shadow stock
     
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    There are numerous ways as long as it can be proved humane it does not matter. Just that .177 Prometheus pellets in a 3ftlb air pistol is the approved way.
    Cheers Andy
     
  17. secretagentmole

    secretagentmole Low down, dirty and quiet...

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    Oh I did not know that was an approved way! .22 of mishapen lead smacking into the top of the skull is pretty damned good as well! :D
     
  18. Clubshot

    Clubshot Clubshot

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    Was in Pax the other day and they had several Boxes of Steel Head Prometheus on the Counter - Special offer to clear

    Current Stock are made of Zinc

    BOB/R
     
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    My Favorite Destruction pellet for Rat's and Crows is .177 21. Grain PileDrivers - small hole in and gaping hole @ rear

    Shot from my Phoenix Mark Two or HW100 - Sub 12FP out to about 30 Metres

    BOB/R
     
  20. oliver13

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    I don't think they were banned, just died out because they were rubbish - but maybe there were some shock horror type stories in the media at the time, you know what they're like.
    My mate had some, they were expensive & I remember I couldn't get them in the loading tap on my Airsporter. True the penetration was impressive but accuracy was shocking.
    Presumably the makers had found them to work in something or the wouldn't have put them on the market but I've no idea what it would be, maybe some FAC high twist rate unchoked barrel thing, but it wasn't your average Meteor/Mercury/Paratrooper.
     

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