Chosing the right pellet

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    Tonyl
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    Hi All,

    New shooter (2 weeks) with a new gun with about 200 rounds through it. 

    Umarex Octane 177 I’ve tried about 9 different pelleted including 2 RWS sizes,5 JSB sizes, a 2 Crosman.

    The best shooter was the RWS Meisterkugeln 8.2 grain wadcutter, groups are 1.25″ at 30 yards. everything I’ve read and seen on YouTube suggest that a doomed Diabolos are usually the best.

    I am shooting in my yard, targets and plinking and someday small game hunting. Long winded I’m sorry but here is the question is it OK to stay with the wadcutter or should I keep searching for a better performing doomed? 

    Thanks in advance,

     

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    JohnL57
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    Wadcutters will be be fine out to 25 or so yards-or what ever distance you can hold a 1” group in the stance you’ll use for hunting. They will dump a lot of energy into the target. I wouldn’t try to take them past 25 yards. If your gun is Liking the RWS, try Superdomes for a little more reach. If it doesn’t like JSBs, try H&N Field Target Trophy which you can get in different head sizes. It’s a good idea to pull a few patches between different pellet brands when testing and shoot at least 20 or so pellets with each sample. Remember to check your stock screws, don’t overtighten, but they should be snug. 
    John

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    Tonyl
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    Thanks John for the advice. I will will check the screws in the am and order some H&N field targets. 

    Tony

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    jonny75904
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    My gun loves crosman premier magnum round domes (10.5gr).  Other pellets just fly all around.  I believe round domes in general are the most accurate?  Along with wad cutters?

    I just ordered some Crosman piranhas. – they’re neat.  Dunno how well they fly though.

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    Tonyl
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    After I test out the H&N I will give the Phiranas a try, it’s amazing how quickly you can accumulate a pellet inventory. This hobby is very addictive.

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    JohnL57
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    “Tonyl”After I test out the H&N I will give the Phiranas a try, it’s amazing how quickly you can accumulate a pellet inventory. This hobby is very addictive.

    
You don’t even know……….

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    Tonyl
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    Thats a great Photo.Your photo gives me  a good idea for a new Thread……Micheal if your reading…Photos of our Gun rooms…..It can be titled JUST HOW SICK ARE WE.

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    Tonyl
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    Hey John, I went and bought a sample pack of H&N Field Trophy and Barracuda in various sizes , the gun didn’t like these at all I had pellets flying all over the place so bad I thought damn my scope must be messed up. Then I grabbed 10 RWS wadcutters and my groups are getting down under an inch CTC.  I guess the search continues!

    Out of the six different pellets in the sample pack I only had one group even worth shooting again. Maybe I just have a pickle barrel.

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    jonny75904
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    I just swapped out from round domes to wad cutters – holy hell they hit hard.

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    Tonyl
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    Yes they do…. I shoot into 3/4 inch plywood usually target shooting at 30yards , 75-100 pellets just tears the plywood up.

     

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    outdoorman
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    Give the Crosman pointed pellets a try. I came across this 7 year old video a few days ago so I decided to give these pellets a try. At 3:54 in the video, he talks about the superb accuracy of these pellets. I was amazed. They are far more accurate than the RWS Super H points I’ve been using since I got my Diana 34 a year ago. It’s like a whole new shooting experience for me. Can’t believe what I’m hitting and the distances I’m hitting targets at. I shoot mostly off hand. Bottles, jars, cans, steel knockdown crittters, paper targets, lollipops and squirrels when in season. These pellets are very accurate and consistent.

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    Bobbed06
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    I cant recall for certain, but I think the Crosman Premier Hollow Points worked best for me, followed by the 10.5Gr Ultra Magnums. That was many moons,trades,sales ago…..

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    Ed_MA
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    After I test out the H&N I will give the Phiranas a try, it’s amazing how quickly you can accumulate a pellet inventory. This hobby is very addictive.

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    poont
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    Thankfully, Crosman pellets are both affordable and decently accurate.  I also have good results with the Crosman Premiers, both the hollow point and field point, depending on what the gun favors.  Indoors this past winter, I’ve been shooting strictly pistols using only wad cutter style pellets.  I bought a selection of various lower cost brands including Daisy, Gamo, Beeman, and Crosman.

    I was going to elect a benchmark pistol and compare the pellets for performance in some sort of scientific method, but instead went about frittering away the afternoon as usual, lulled by the cadence of my firing sequence, empty spreadsheets on the floor.

    One thing you all should try is the Beeman coated pellets.  They don’t leave behind those lead traces on your fingers, and I gotta believe they’re depositing less lead into the bore rifling, too.  Also, they are very cheap.  They seem no less accurate than the others but again, I lost track.

    I learned from you guys that wad cutter are good for hunting.  I would never have thought that.  Interesting to know.

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    outdoorman
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    “They don’t leave behind those lead traces on your fingers, and I gotta believe they’re depositing less lead into the bore rifling, too”

    It’s not lead, it’s graphite applied to prevent oxidation.

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    Birdo
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    I’ll bet it does best with heavier pellets. RWS supermags are great as well as jsb h&n or crosman 10.3 gr domes.

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    rw550nc
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    I may be a little late to the game on this one but I’ve had good luck with Winchester Hollow Points. Yes, they have some quality control issues but more than anything I believe it is the weight playing a factor. At 9.75gr that seems to be a sweet spot in a Crosman Stealth Shot and also in a Beeman dual barrel.  both .177 cal

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    jamieinmd
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    Have you cleaned the barrel ? You said you just got it. I clean mine right off to get a base line and to clean out any residue from manufacturing.

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    unionrdr
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    YES! I always clean the dirty motor oil, ” rust preventive” out of the barrel before shooting it! And every time before shooting again. Why? Various coatings on pellets leave black crud in the barrel bore! Looks just like that crud in a powder burner! I’ve measured my air rifles slowing down as much as 100FPS letting the crud build up as long as many claimed to over time. Keep your rifles clean and they’ll not only last longer, but work better.

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