Thursday, September 3, 2009

Choose Your Ammo Right

Choose Your Ammo Right

An Air Gun without pellets is not useful at all. You need pellets and should be very careful choosing them. Our site offers you hundreds of pellets of different calibers, shapes, sizes and weights. It is obvious, that the fist thing you should take into account choosing ammo is your Air Gun caliber.

There are several common calibers: .177 (4.5 mm), .20 (5mm), .22 (5.6 mm), .25 (6.35 mm), .35 (9mm), .45 (11.4 mm), .50 (12.7mm).
.177 (4.5 mm) caliber is the most popular one. Almost all the Air Guns for target shooting, plinking and small pest hunting, as well as all the guns used for ISSF shooting events have .177 caliber. It is the smallest caliber available. And the smaller caliber an Air Gun has the higher its velocity (other conditions being equal) and the more straight-line trajectory has a pellet. And this contributes better accuracy of .177 Air Guns.

.20 (5mm) stands in the middle between two popular ones (.177 and .22) and have features of the both. The trajectory of a .20 pellet is almost as flat as the trajectory of a .177 pellet. But its weight is close to the weight of a .22 pellet (this pellets usually have elongated shape). Thus a shot is much more powerful. .20 caliber Air Guns are not very common. They are made by a number of European manufacturers and Sheridan. It is a good general purpose caliber.

.22 (5.6 mm) is the most widespread caliber of hunting Air Guns. These Air Guns are powerful enough for hunting small game.

.25 (6.35 mm) is the largest caliber among the most popular ones. Because of its heavy weight .25 pellets are very powerful but for the same reason it has a parabolic trajectory especially at low energy. That is why .25 as any other large calibers are appropriate only for high power rifles.

.35 (approximately 9mm). The big bore calibers start at 9mm (.356). The most popular big bore rifles are made by Korean manufacturers, for example, Career 707 9mm Ultra and Career Fire 202S by Shinsung. 9mm Career Ultra can shoot only lightweight pellets and is good for hunting rabbits, woodchuck, raccoons and possum. Career Fire 202S suits for killing coyotes, fox, beaver, turkey and other animals from 25 to 50lb.

.45 (approximately 11.4 mm) rifles are even more powerful. Unlike other PCP rifles big bore have recoil. The examples of .45 rifles are single-shot Big Bore 909S and Big Bore 44 909 Light Hunter by Sam Yang. With 200-grain pellets a .45 rifle can take deer with a good close shot.

.50 (12.7mm) is the next caliber. As hunters say Big bore rifles suit for hunting game weighing 300 pounds or less. They may be used on larger animals, but it is rather risky. .50 caliber Dragon-Slayer makes it up to 200 foot-pounds and is capable to kill a whitetail deer.

But caliber is not the only thing you should take into account selecting the right ammo for your Air Gun. There is a great deal of various Air Gun pellet shapes. Flat Nosed pellets (or wadcutters) are designed for target shooting because they make accurate round holes in the target. Round Nosed pellets are used for everything else. They have better aerodynamics for longer distance shooting. Hollowpoint pellets are supposed to expand better, pointed pellets are supposed to penetrate better but have worse aerodynamics and there are lots of other shapes. offers you the largest selection of pellets of all possible shapes including Round Nosed, Hollowpoint, Wadcutter, Doomed etc. made by the best manufactures. A lot of shooters consider Crosman Premier pellets to be the most accurate and consistent pellets currently made. The .177 caliber pellets come in two weights, 7.9 and 10 grams.

The .20 and .22 pellets are very good as well. Target shooters should look at the Wadcutter pellets from RWS and HN, both of whom make Wadcutters in different weights and levels of quality. All of these pellets are available at Besides Air Guns Pellets we offer a great deal of other Ammo: Air Soft BBs (6mm, 8mm, 0,43" Rubber for Paintball Markers and eco-friendly Biodegradable BBs), Steel BBs, Cleaning Pellets of various caliber, Blank Guns ammo, SlingShot Ammo (0,25"/0,30"/ 0,375"/0,50"), Darts and Broadheads.

Actually there are no more than three characteristics that you should pay attention to choosing pellets for Air Guns: size, consistency from pellet to pellet, and weight. Size implies not only choosing the proper caliber. Some pellets are undersized, which leads to blowby and reduced accuracy and can damage powerful spring Air Guns. Consistency means that each pellet will be just like the others. Consistency contributes accuracy.

Weight influences the transference of energy from the gun to the pellet. For every gun, there is a weight of pellet that will lead to the best transfer of energy, and produce the best accuracy. Spring guns are especially sensitive to pellet weight. Moreover, be sure to take into consideration whether or not your Air Gun is pellet specific, and what activity you'll need it for.

Experienced shooters say that the best way to choose a pellet is to try those which are used by the others, and use that as a place to start experimenting.


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