Which Pellet?

Discussion in 'Benchrest' started by jimmytwobikes, Sep 30, 2014.

  1. jimmytwobikes

    jimmytwobikes New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2009
    Messages:
    2
    Location:
    Basingstoke
    Hi All, I am interested in getting into 20m benchrest, and would like some advice on best pellets to use. I haven't decided yet whether .177 or.22, any advice would be welcome.:)
     
  2. Revitalised

    Revitalised New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2011
    Messages:
    7
    Location:
    Near Bristol
    All the benchrest shooters I know shoot .177 domed pellets due to the flatter trajectory they give. As to the best make/size/weight of pellet for accuracy it is very much just testing to find out what pellet your rifle likes best. Saying that, Air Arms Field or JSB's (both made by the same company) seem to be the pellet of choice in most cases so start there. For example my MPR prefers Air Arms Field in 4.52.

    HTH.
     
  3. chrisc

    chrisc Lucky git

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2009
    Messages:
    2,752
    Location:
    Barnsley
    As above really. .177 and get at least 6 different types of pellet and check for accuracy/grouping at your chosen range.

    JSB exact 8,44gr .177 4,51 head
    JSB exact 8,44gr .177 4,52 head
    JSB exact 8,44gr .177 4,53 head
    AA Field
    Maybe try some of the 7,9gr variants as well.

    Clean the barrel between each pellet type and also be aware that you can get different results from exactly the same pellet but ones that have different batch numbers.
     
  4. Scooby

    Scooby Pete Dutton

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2008
    Messages:
    2,620
    Location:
    Rotherham
    You need to find out what rules you will be shooting to, are you competiting against air rifle shooters only? will you be competing against both calibres & how will the shot be scored.

    Also make sure you are allowed to use round head pellets as some regions only allow flat head airgun pellets in benchrest comps.
     
  5. Conor

    Conor Never been banned from sales Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 4, 2009
    Messages:
    3,058
    Location:
    Ardboe, Co.Tyrone.
    Club:
    Back Hill Ballistics; DFTC; Nelson FTC
    I don't quite understand? Why if he is shooting Benchrest at a known, fixed distance would a flatter trajectory be better??:confused:
    can you explain please.
     
  6. rich

    rich Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2008
    Messages:
    1,679
    Location:
    Shebbear, N Devon
    Bench rest is often seen as a 22 calibre discipline where you are allowed to shoot 177 and have your pellet holes gauged out to 22. It can make sense to shoot it in 22 in the first place if you have a suitable rig.

    Not so easy if you are using basically a FT rig, which many do.

    My rig is an AR20 with a T35 scope, and the best pellet for me is the Exact Express 7.9 grain.

    Just out of interest, in our region we can shoot either 177 or 22 but we do have to stick with the one calibre for a competition of ten rounds. There is no requirement to stay with the same ammo though.
     
  7. jimmytwobikes

    jimmytwobikes New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2009
    Messages:
    2
    Location:
    Basingstoke
    Thankyou all for your replies, certainly food for thought. I see there are lots of flat head pellets for .177 target shooting yet I cannot seem to find any for .22, would there be any reason for this?:)
     
  8. rich

    rich Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2008
    Messages:
    1,679
    Location:
    Shebbear, N Devon
    There are some flat head 22s about, RWS Hobby are light and widely available quite cheaply. There is also the Verminpell, awful name, marketed by Webley, heavier than the Hobby and pretty good in most of my rifles.

    JSB also make a flat head 22 that is a bruiser at about 18 grains, I had some success with them but they are not that widely available.
     
  9. daiboy

    daiboy Banned

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2014
    Messages:
    56
    Location:
    wales
    Exact Express 7.9 grain

    where do you get your Exact Express 7.9 grain from please.
     
  10. poth

    poth Whafta old Gits world champion

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2011
    Messages:
    638
    Location:
    Tredegar
    Club:
    Quarry hunters hft
    intershoot
     
  11. daiboy

    daiboy Banned

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2014
    Messages:
    56
    Location:
    wales
    pellet size

    Thanks
    do you know if they are 4.52 as there is no reference to the size on Intershoot.
     
  12. daiboy

    daiboy Banned

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2014
    Messages:
    56
    Location:
    wales
    pellet size

    I guess you dont know.
     
  13. RobF

    RobF Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2010
    Messages:
    11,975
    Location:
    Poole, Dorset
    Club:
    Parkstone Gun Club, South Dorset FTC, Southampton Buccaneers
    Exact express are normally 4.52, every tin i've had from the UK has been. But there are 4.51's around.

    Head size is a bit of a nonsense on the tins i've had...
     
  14. daiboy

    daiboy Banned

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2014
    Messages:
    56
    Location:
    wales
    pellet size

    Rob there are JSB Exact Express 7.9 grain on intershoot but there is not a caliber size ie: 4.52 or whatever
     
  15. RobF

    RobF Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2010
    Messages:
    11,975
    Location:
    Poole, Dorset
    Club:
    Parkstone Gun Club, South Dorset FTC, Southampton Buccaneers
    No I know. You could try emailing Ryan. He's normally good to respond. But i'd put money on them being 4.52. But in my opinion it makes no difference what they are.
     
  16. daiboy

    daiboy Banned

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2014
    Messages:
    56
    Location:
    wales
    pellet size

    Thanks Rob I will buy some and see how they go.
     
  17. Graham freeman

    Graham freeman Member

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2014
    Messages:
    72
    Location:
    East Sussex
    pellets

    hi the best way to find the right pellet is to batch test
    :lev
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice