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Wasps

Discussion in 'Vintage collectable airguns' started by Meteor62, Aug 25, 2014.

  1. Meteor62

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    Good plinking session ahead with my old meteor and these old babies.
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    Wow that brings back memories. Used these in my Gat back in the early 70's
     
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    darklord Can’t beat a tx200 at 30m

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    Id throw the tin. never liked in 30 odd yrs.
     
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    All I ever used in the 80's great pellets had loads of vermin with them and even won a ft comp and that was in .22 and that was not meant to happen!
     
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    darklord Can’t beat a tx200 at 30m

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    I used hustler pointed my hw77K loved them or super domes when the they came out. we even tried prometheus and SABOS but stuck the super domes. Wasps didn't like german barrels back when i was a lad, I hope there now better than there shotgun cartridges Eleys are poor nowadays.yet was always the high end cart brand back twenty/thirty years.
     
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    I only ever used wasps .22 5.6mm in my 83 hw77 as that is what it was most accurate with, the 77 loved the bigger British pellet and it was this combination I won my competition with. I recently tried another mk1 77 with defiant vintage 5.6mm pellets again the 77 got on really well with them.

    Hustler pointed were cheap n nasty pellets but I only ever tried them in my Vulcan the other two sabot and Prometheus were definitely not cheap n nasty they were expensive n nasty.

    The wasps that are around today are not eley they are just wasps made by another company and are utter crap
     
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    I still use these babies in my old 1970 Relum Tornado, they are more suited to the old gun than modern pellets,
    enjoy your plinking
     
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    My HW45 liked red wasps, (despite being German! :eek: ) My british spring rifles liked Blue wasps (being .22). , webley tempests, (177) got red ones too - But it didn't matter what you put in them, they always shot the same :D .Then PCPs SSPs and a bit later Co2 appeared, and spoiled everything! :doh:
     
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    Ah yes the proper Wasps by Eley,I remember them and used them always seemed well made and if your gun liked them the performed very well.
     
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    Proper old pellets for age comparative proper guns .was it barrel structures or something ,that made them unpopular with many ?:eek:
     
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    These oldies worked superb in my BSA Mercury S.177 back in the 80's.Shame they are not the same now.
     
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    I always had the opinion they were popular with many. A lot of people said the 5.6mm pellets did not go well in German 5.5mm barrels but I have dispelled this myth with two hw77's
     
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    Yeah they went well in my FWB Sport .22 if I remember correctly,accurate but muzzle energy might have been down a bit due to the tight fit in the barrel
     
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    Strangely they are a tighter fit in my 1959 meteor than the HW's I tried them in. Power was right up there with the others too. Venom
    Actually used them for testing when they tuned my 77
     
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    Have any of you tried the milbro tr pellets in your oldies....whilst getting frustrated trying to find a pellet for my old tracker, i stumbled across some and thought i might as well give them a go....i was gobsmacked by the acuracy they gave me in the old english barrel..turns out that the head size is 5.58 while the skirt is 5.79! Found the info here...... http://www.photosbykev.com/wordpress/2009/01/20/air-rifle-pellet-database/
     
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    Allwase my first choise of pellet in eather .22 or .177 but if i was short of cash or they were out of stock then the fallback was Milbro Caladonian pellets both did the job in the guns i had. As for the eley shotgun cartriges my uncle only ever used number 5 grand prix and I must admit to following him untill I found Baikal Records now that was a cartrige. The shot size was variable to say the least and the powder was interesting in low light the flame went several feet from the end of the barrel. And when a box of Grand Prix were £3.50 the records were £2.25 job done.
     
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    Who remembers bulldog? Beatall? And was there a John Bull pellet with a pic of a big bloke with Union Jack shirt if my memory serves well?
     
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    Ah here
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    Yep remember Bulldog & Beatall both made by Lanes if I remember correctly.Bought a sample pack of 5.5 Wasps,along with some other pellets,the other day to try in my Hatsan 60s.They seemed quite a loose fit so might try some 5.6 Wasps just out of curiosity for some plinking.Of course the current Wasps are not as good as the original(Eley)although they're made on the same machine(s) apparently so it must be the type of lead used,the Eley Wasps were harder & shinier I believe they used antimony in their manufacture.
     
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