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In regards to having pellets sorted by head size prior to ordering, that would go a long way in making a decision.  The closer location, as was pointed out, is also a significant consideration to me; there are fewer things to go wrong while in shipment.

Until airgun makers standardize barrel dimensions to the same tolerances that centerfire rifles have in recent years, pellet size will make a difference.  In the centerfire world, bullets were standardized first as this is really easier to measure and quantify.  Only fairly recently have barrel makers been able to make production barrels to the standards that used to be lapped benchrest precision dimensions. Airgun barrels, however, have taken the back seat of the long bus, since there is a perception that these are not real guns—especially in the U.S.

As a fairly old time cast bullet shooter, I know how important it is for the projectile to fit the bore.  In the case of pellets, one should have the head size no larger than the groove diameter, but significantly larger than the land diameter at the choke (if there is one).  The skirt needs to be at least the groove diameter at the breach, especially in lower powered PCPs. Springers will expand the skirt as will more powerful PCPs. But, it does help to start with a good seal.  The head, at the breach must be at least the diameter of the lands if the pellet is to start straight.

One thing my brother noticed with some H&N pellets for the .22, was that the company printed a different energy level on different lots of what seemed to be the same pellets.  These he ordered based on head size, but found that they required completely different tunes on his Marauder. Once tuned to the proper levels, they were just as precise, as the previous lot, but this was not what he expected.

Having this kind of information regarding the particular batch of pellets would also be helpful with making the decision on which company to do business with.