New Baracuda FT pellets

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  1. wiseguy

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    Recently I got a batch of a new developed pellet from H&N, the Baracuda FT.
    Not to be confused with the Field Target Trophy.
    This pellet is 0,62 gram (9.57 grain) and should have to be 4.51 but box was not labeled, just #35 at the bottom of the tin.
    Last week I did some testing and found them pretty good, good grouping at 50m, better than my 2011 JSB Exacts in my 9015 with 51cm LW barrel.
    Is everything good on this pellet?
    Well, despite the weight (9.57) being between JSB Exact (8.44) and JSB Heavy (10.34) it has a significant drop being equal to the JSB Heavy. So higher speed but the same drop as the Heavy.
    Also in my machined LW barrel they need more force to be chambered, the lead is pretty hard as we see with more H&N pellets. Skirt is rather thin, they look pretty and shiny.
    Today in windy condition they shot pretty consistent, so I look forward to test more on these new pellets in the near future when they come on the market. I heard they also will also be made in 4.5o head size.
    I need to compare them to the JSB Heavy once more.
    Have you guys also had a chance to test these new pellets perhaps?
    Regards,
    Rob
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    Me!! but Rob already know’s

    Can’t wait for them to come out!! Far more concistent compared to JSB, so they have a challenge
     
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    Yes hard to insert into a lg100 barley twist slightly easier to load into my 9003
    Those are the first batch I have #11, #13, #14, #27 and #35 The new batches now have a small head size will be testing this week, the batching numbers are different #201-01#, #202-01,#205-01,#207-01 and #209-01 marked up as 4.50 these batches also have no pimple on the head
     
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    I think the ones we have all been testing are pre production.

    I think they could well be an excellent HFT pellet, I have had really superb groups out to 50 yards, they tend to get a bit ragged after that.
     
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    Why or how would they be suitable for HFT? They are 9.7grn so don’t fly as flat as an 8.4grn so rangefinding would be more critical, IMO. And wind is less an issue out to 45yrds so the heavier weight won’t be as advantageous.
     
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    Just a presumption of mine, based on the groups I have been getting, the way they react to the wind and that a number of UKHFTA shooters I know prefer to use JSB heavies.
     
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    I really honestly don’t understand that based on ballistics. Grouping is one thing at a known distance, and it’s paramount to whatever pellet you use, however in a sport with targets placed at unknown distances without the aid of some sort of rangefinding, I find it quite strange.
    I just think using an 8.4 would be ‘easier’.

    I’ve never known anyone using heavies in FT to do well AFAIK.
     
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    These are similar to baracuda match and bisley magnums. A slightly pointed pellet that has proven inaccurate compared to domed pellet's.

    More suited to FAC rated airgun's and the US FT where the limit is 20 foot pounds.
     
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    Pointed?
    Could you post a picture? We have been testing these pellets, But it’s not like a silverline pellet.
    I used it in my FT kit and got great result’s, wich test batch did H&N send you?
    Also what we tested did’nt look nearly like Barracuda match
    I’m courious!
     
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    Dan Eley is doing rather well with JSB heavies at the moment....;)
     
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    Well blow me down
     
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    4694176F-FC76-47C7-ADEF-BDAB09E0D52D.jpeg There are some minor differences, more on the inside of the pellet compare to the Match .
    The FT skirt is thinner and not so deep, the Match had thicker skirt and more hollow/ deeper.
    Regards,
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    44A1AA4B-A2B6-49D5-A3C9-F73173AA505B.jpeg AE4B4F74-F2C2-4EBD-8F40-0F0A1A96F105.jpeg The pellets look the same on the outside, the small tip on the FT’s head is more an imperfection on the pre-production test samples.
    As said , a better BC would be nice to have. ;)
    Regards,
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    The latest test samples doesn’t have the pimple
     
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    " FT " they will put anything on the tin to sell pellets, they are the same as the baracuda match, very good to 40yrds but after that they are very inconsistent, always used them for hunting as i very rarely go past 35yrds, domed for me always
     
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    Ok so with “pointed head’s you actualy mean elongated
    With the batch I tested it was pellet on pellet (inside) at 50 meters (55 yards)
    Outside it performed also great, even in other pcp’s flawless!

    And not as flimsey, and inconsistand as the JSB’s now a day’s.... but that is just my opinion.

    They’ll be my pellet of choice when they come out!
     
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    wish i could get pellet on pellet at 55yrds, i cant even hit the plate lol
     
  18. Airlexx

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    On a good day (when pellet testing) sitting down with my back against the wall
    But mostly liying down and with a fixed rifle

    One particulary batch was shot fixed on some contraption and 20 shot’s stayed inside 10 euro cent straight out of the tin!
    That was also with a Walther.....

    Oh well, I know what I’m gonna use
     
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    If you get a chance at Bisley you must try Nat's 9015 if you want to see real accuracy mate...;)
     
  20. wiseguy

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    Of you still can’t hit the plate after all those years trying, you might consider collecting stamps instead ;)
     
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