Weighing pellets....do you?

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  1. sakerman

    sakerman Member

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    Do you weigh your pellets?
    Do you wash them first?
    What weight range would you use on a 4.88 grain pellet?
    Does it make a difference?

    I'm borrowing a set of scales tommorrow just to " have a go " but not too sure on the finer points. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Many thanks.

    Simon
     
  2. sportsmatch

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    batch to .1 of a grain ie 8.3-8.4 8.41- 8.5 etc.
    anything below 8.3 and above 8.6 go in one tin so shoot though after clean and non serious stuff
    yes

    Gary
     
  3. Knockedover

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    Do you weigh your pellets?
    Yep :)

    Do you wash them first?
    Nope

    What weight range would you use on a 8.44 grain pellet?
    I weigh much the same as Gary except my batches are 8.3-4, 8.4-55 and 8.55-7. I tend to use the 8.3-4 and 8.55-7 for practice, leading up, etc and the 8.4-55 for comps. i originally started going from 8.4-55 because i found that i gained an extra 10-20% extra pellets in this weight range range when I had a particular batch and that the extra 0.05 of a grain made next to no difference when shooting, i.e. consistency and accuracy:)

    Does it make a difference?

    I personally think it does. Over the chrono the weighed batches vary approx 5fps over a string of shots where straight out of the tin would vary 20+fps. Also weighed pellets through my Steyr over 35yds virtually single hole as opposed to clover leafing. I feel its one less variable to worry about, if everything is perfect its one less thing to blame, if i shoot badly its me end of :)
     
  4. berty177

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    Weighing

    With regards to pellets, I do weigh mine, I dont clean as it takes long enough to weigh the damn things haahaa.

    Weight ranges I use several weights.
    8.2's
    8.3's
    8.4's
    8.5's
    8.6's if they get that high out of the tin.

    I will weigh several tins and keep the batched weights. I keep the 8.3's, 8.4's aand 8.5's for my main comps.

    The others I then use for plinking.

    I feel it does make a difference as it does make the groups a bit tighter. It also takes out the possibility of any flyers that maybe in the tin?

    Berty
     
  5. Darren

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    I don't weigh or wash or suchlike. Life's just too short for that kind of thing. But then I'm pretty much a casual sort of shooter so I can understand that those who take it all a bit more seriously might find an extra % of edge by doing so.
     
  6. Charlts

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    Yep, anything 8.4 and 8.5 I use for comps everything else is for practice. No point driving for 5/6 hours to a comp and back without doing everything possible to do well.:)
     
  7. Weevie

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    When I remember in time and can be bothered. I can do a tin an hour now and batch into 8.3, 8.4 and 8.5 (although I might try 8.40 - 8.55 in future and see how the chrono readings go).

    I've not bothered washing or lubing. After Tawd I think my inability to concentrate for anything longer than 45 minutes is probably more important than a lubed pellet. :(:eek:
     
  8. Chris Coombes

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    Weigh
    Lube
    And name each one :p:D

    I use 8.42/ 8.44 / 8.46 for comps, the rest plinking,but have just started weighing again because it does stop the flyers
     
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  9. mikewills8904

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    pellets

    I wiegh between 8.40 and 8.50 and keep for comps normally do 4 tins at a time and then bag them in bags of 50

    not 100 % sure it makes a difference , but it does stop the flyers
     
  10. FGYT

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    used to only wash lube and size my .20 cal hunting pellets
    AA 4.52 used out the tin in my 2002 Anshutz tin rabbit dont scream and run off if you clip it

    ATB

    Duncan
     
  11. sakerman

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    Thanks all:)
     
  12. ateallthepies

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    I weigh and size my Mozzies. Looking in the tins I have, I feel no need to wash them and as I shoot spring don't lube them.

    I had one bad tin where the pellets were shocking about a year ago but have since bought a sleeve and they are very good since.

    I used to weigh to .1 of a grain but found half the tin was going in the plinking pot, so I now weigh from 7.75 to 7.95 and don't see any difference at all to my aim points.

    Weighing sniffs out those rogue pellets that are extremely light or heavy. I think my record for bad mozzies is 7.53 and 8.15 grains, enough to miss those long targets(if it weren't hard enough already!!).

    Sizing seems to reduce my groups a little but does reduce velocity in my 97 by about 15-20 fps over straight out the tin ones.
    I have to set up my guns power to the mid 11's fpe with un-sized pellets then use sized pellets at a reduced velocity/power which is no big deal as my 97 seems better behaved in the high 10's to low 11's anyway!


    Steve.
     
  13. Ste Hughes

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    used too

    then i tried them side by side at 55 yards

    weighed pellets vs out the tin were the same to me so i stopped, i just use straight out the tin now and honestly can't remember the last time i got a flyer
     
  14. cinstone

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    Only weigh them for testing, not for in the field us.

    Chris.
     
  15. chrispro97

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    me to i used to can tell the difference with weighed pellets bench resting,but when i shooting off the knee ft style the group sizes r the same about 5 pence at 55yards on a good day,and i dont get any flyers with mozzies with the batches i use,never lubed or washed and never sized:):):)
     
  16. maestro

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    Normally I'm weighting and selecting the pellets. But once I've done a test, shooting the Millride course on a training day with the "selected bad" pellets (this means the rejects, the too light/heavy ones, deformed skirt, etc.). No significant difference. Then I shot the Redfearns Anglo-American funshoot with the pellets straight out of the tin. No any difference. Maybe it's the placebo effect, if you know that the pellets are perfect then you're more calm and this is what really helps.
     
  17. big_phil555

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    I weigh and size mine. I use the 8.4/8.5 batch for the competitions

    I did a test at 50 yards from a rest and used 8.2/8.3 and 8.6/8.7 batches.

    There was an average of 20mm difference in the POI of the two groups (about 20 in each group), so for me it does make a difference.
     
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  18. dutoitk

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    Hi Guys

    Out of interest, to what size are you guys resizing. I am using a 4.48 sizer, and still find that only the skirts are resizing on some pellets. ie. the heads are smaller than 4.48mm.

    Kevin
     
  19. ateallthepies

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    I use 4.52 as I wanted to reduce the skirt size by as least as possible as the Mozzies are a loose fit to begin with in my barrel. Just get them a little more consistent for all it's worth.
    Also sizing is a great way to re-form any bent skirts and they come out almost perfect.


    Steve.
     
  20. AndyIoW

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    Do you weigh your pellets?
    Yes.

    Do you wash them first?
    Nope, just give them a few drops of napier and they are ready to use.

    What weight range would you use on a 4.88 grain pellet?
    Assuming you mean 8.44grain. Everthing between 8.3 and 8.5 is used for comps everything else is practice.

    Does it make a difference?
    I think so in both a physical and mental way.
    Physically, groups seem to be tighter with weighed pellets.
    Mentally, you know that there are no wayward pelelts that you are going to be used so any misses are down to the pilot not the rifle.
     

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