Pellet questions

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    SlimChance
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    After a suggestion to try heavier pellets in my Marauder I purchased a variety. Accuracy with two of them was markedly better than with the ones I tried first.

    My questions:

    1 Are they subject to accuracy differences due to lot differences?

    2 Should I weight sort them?

     This is certainly an interesting quest.

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    sonny
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    Some swear by wash, weight and lube.  I wash and lube and i believe it keeps my barrel cleaner at the least.

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    SlimChance
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    What do you lube with?

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    nervoustrig
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    Results will indeed vary between production lots.  If you get a tin that groups exceptionally well, consider buying as many as you can justify.

    With quality pellets, sorting by weight has little benefit.  The effect is somewhat offsetting…the lighter pellets earn a bit more muzzle velocity and the heavier pellets earn a bit more muzzle energy.  With lesser quality pellets, the benefit tends to be more meaningful but it isn't obvious that it's strictly a matter of weight as opposed to being, say, an indication of subtle geometric differences arising from pellets being from different mold cavities.

    One of the more compelling arguments I've seen about the dubious benefits of sorting was made by Mike Niksch of Thomas Benchrest.  His rifles are renowned for routinely taking the top spots at competitions, and he invested a great deal of time and effort with fancy equipment to sort pellets until he came to realize sampling different production lots is a more effective strategy.

    https://www.gatewaytoairguns.org/GTA/index.php?topic=82839.msg795281#msg795281

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    SlimChance
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    Thanks for the information. I am amazed at the accuracy these modern rifles are capable of producing. I'm not worried about top velocity as much as accuracy. I never loaded for top velocity in my powder burners. For a long time I considered air guns childrens toys or Olympic guns for 10 meter competition. I wasn't biased against them, I just had not kept up.

     My shooting experience with firearms is helpful, but the differences are there.I may weight sort a few of my JSB and AA pellets just to see what happens. At the very least it will be an excuse to go to the range.

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    bandg
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    Smart.  No one can tell whether any type of sorting (weight or size) will help your situation but you.  Many will say sorting doesn't matter.  Others have noted that it does work for their guns.  It may well depend on your specific gun/barrel as to whether it will help or not.  Only one way to know for sure-do it yourself and see and question any absolute statements of whether something does or does not work.

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    Erics
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    I just sorted a tin for the first time.

    jsb 14.35 (.22).

    14.00-14.20 (20% in this range)

    14.22-14.42 (50% in this range)

    14.44-14.80 (30% in this range)

    @20 yards,

    the middle group shot consistently dead on, the lighter group consistently low by 1 mil dot

    didnt test the heavier group. 

    I will probably adjust the weight group ratios to  15-70-15%

    took a fair amount of time, but i did it while watching a movie. I was suprised how much of a difference there was in weights. For me it is worth it as i prioritize accuracy.

     

     

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    SlimChance
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    Looks like shooting will have to wait. I'm caught in a vortex of work schedules as well as in-service training coming up.

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    gnaymola
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    I've found sorting by weight tightens up groups. That will make a difference for making head shots on small critters. I'll sort light average and heavy from a large amount of "same lot" pellet tins. I simply tweak the  zero on the scope for each different segregated weight. Time consuming though  and only use the weighed pellets when accuracy is paramount.

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