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H&N Baracuda 18 – a new kid in the .22-town

Forums News, Specials, & Events H&N Baracuda 18 – a new kid in the .22-town

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    HN Sport
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    Are you looking for a highly accurate, hard hitting, medium weight pellet in .22 cal.? An extremely versatile and consistent pellet which shoots well from many air guns? Clean, with tight tolerances in weight and diameter? Your answer is the new H&N Baracuda 18.


    What’s the pellet's purpose? Our goal was to launch a new high-end, all-purpose pellet for longer distances – a pellet that’s perfect for target shooting, hunting and pest control. The chosen weight of 18.13 grain/ 1.175 g closes the gap between the well-known H&N Baracuda Match and H&N Field Target Trophy. This weight makes it suitable for sub 12-ft.lbs air guns which are very popular in the UK.

    So far, they were successfully tested at 50 yards in the following guns (in alphabetical order):

    AGN Vulcan 2
    Air Arms S510
    Air Venturi Avenger
    BSA R10
    Daystate Safari
    FX Crown
    FX Dreamline
    FX Impact
    Hatsan AT44-10
    Kral Puncher Breaker
    Umarex Gauntlet
    Weihrauch HW 100

    In all of them, the pellets were repeatedly able to produce shot groups of an inch and less (10 shots).

    The H&N Baracuda 18 is long enough to be fed reliably into the barrel, but not too long to jam magazines. The pellets will be available in the common head size of 5.52 mm and are packed in secure screw-one tins of 200.

    The new pellet will be available in the US at the end of April. Other countries will follow soon.

    Best regards

    Jörg

    H&N Sport

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    Spray1Mark
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    I was lucky enough to get two tins of these a couple of months back, they shoot really well at distances upto and including 100 yards in both my standard rifled LW barrel on my Daystate Redwolf and also the longer poly barrel on the Redwolf HP on the low power curve.

    I also tested them in my FX Crown with the 380mm SUPERIOR barrel and the weight is perfect for this barrel length, plus in the older STX liner 500mm where you get more velocity but at the expense of a not so compact barrel!

    I also love the screw top tin, great for carrying in your pocket over a 500 tin size which I always seem to spill everywhere, looking forward to stocking up on these, give them a try you won't be dissapointed!

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    L.Leon
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    Up the pellet count to 500 and price them similar to JSB Exact Jumbo 18s and I'll give them a try.

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    mcoulter
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    The per-round pricing HAS to be competitive with JSB 18s.  Using Pyramyd Air pricing as a baseline, I can get FX branded 18.1 grain pellets for 3.2 cents per round.   

    4 tins (2000 pellets) shipped with tax = $64.36

    Let's learn from Crosman…  I was excited when they announced their 19 grain .22 pellet.  Their price per pellet ended up being 5.6 cents each.  How many of those tins did I buy?  Zero. 

    On a different note, my Cricket II did great with H&N Baracuda Match 5.51mm but not so well with the other variants.  What exact head size will these new pellets be?  

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    HN Sport
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    The setting of the price is not in our hands, it is up to the retailer. But I think that we can keep up with the competition.

    The head size is 5.52 mm.

    Best regards

    Jörg

    H&N Sport

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    Spray1Mark
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    FYI, in the UK a few retailers have these, the H&N (200) is just about 1/3 of the price of JSB 18.13 (500) AT THE SAME RETAILER! £5.30/200 VS £15.50/500, so in real terms you would get nearly 600 H&N for the price of 500 JSB! (in the UK).

    Therefore I would presume that in the USA it will be similar when they arrive!

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    mtnGhost
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    In for a case πŸ‘

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    BigTinBoat
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    mcoulter

    The per-round pricing HAS to be competitive with JSB 18s.  Using Pyramyd Air pricing as a baseline, I can get FX branded 18.1 grain pellets for 0.032 cents per round.   

    4 tins (2000 pellets) shipped with tax = $64.36

    Let's learn from Crosman…  I was excited when they announced their 19 grain .22 pellet.  Their price per pellet ended up being 0.056 cents each.  How many of those tins did I buy?  Zero. 

    On a different note, my Cricket II did great with H&N Baracuda Match 5.51mm but not so well with the other variants.  What exact head size will these new pellets be?  

    I think you mean dollars, not cents.

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    mcoulter
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    Sorry yes!  Thank you for catching that!

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    Healthservices
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    Sounds like a great pellet. what speeds do these do good in ?

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    JungleShooter
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    Cool! πŸ‘πŸΌ  Want some!!

    Any BC numbers yet?  Using the GA drag model?  😊

    Matthias

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    @ Healthservices: I cannot make general recommendations as we had good results in guns with 50 ft/lbs and with sub-FAC 12 ft/lbs of muzzle energy.

    @ JungleShooter: R&D-manager calculated 0.029 using velocity data from our test range.

    Best regards

    Jörg

    H&N Sport

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    Corvid_hunter
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    Thanks for producing these. I will give them a try.

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    Dairyboy
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    I'll definitely be trying these out 

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    mercado
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    Nice..now same design 22g—5.52 and same design. ,25..cal-n 30g..

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    JungleShooter
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    BC of 0.029, that sounds good! πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ˜Š

    And converted from G1 to GA it's probably even better…. πŸ‘πŸΌ

     

    πŸ”Ά I often have problems with my JSB pellets — JSB's are made from lead that is so soft that the skirts deform.

    Sometimes during shipping (I can't always buy from the companies that employ shipping professionals….),

    and sometimes they just deform in the field….

     

    βž” I'm going to like an 18-grainer that is made from lead less sensitive to normal use and transport. πŸ‘πŸΌ

     

    Thanks, H&N, for keeping up developing stuff for us! 😊

    Matthias

     

     

     

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    aussiegav
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    I'm really looking forward to trying these when they arrive in Australia.

    The shape looks a bit more like a FTT then a Barracuda.

    Great job H&N l was hoping this might happen one day.

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