Pellet testing my .25 Wildcat.

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    Gundog
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    When I ordered my gun I asked what pellet most people liked for this gun I was told the JSB Exact 25.4 grain so I ordered one tin of those and the sampler pack from Straight Shooters with the gun. I decided to get out the chronograph and do some testing with my sampler pack. To start with I shot a string with the JSB Exact 25.4 Gr to get a base line I get 41 shots before the velocity starts dropping that is filling to 220 Bar. Groups at 30 Yds have been running from 1/4″ to 1/2″ average I think this could be better as I get used to this gun and make alterations for it to fit me better. I am shooting all of these test groups under the exact conditions very light to no wind outdoors.

    Here is what that shot string looked like in columns of 8 you can see where the velocity starts dropping on the 42nd shot..
    899.6    903.7    898.0    896.1    901.5    897.5
    898.9    901.8    899.7    901.5    900.1    894.3*
    899.8    897.4    901.3    899.3    898.5    892.0
    897.4    897.8    899.0    900.0    896.1    889.5
    898.5    898.7    898.7    900.1    900.8    888.9
    899.0    896.9    901.1    897.5    897.9    882.8
    899.8    902.4    896.6    895.4    898.2    882.6
    900.5    900.4    896.6    897.4    896.3    874.2

    1) Vortex Supreme 19.91 Gr 977.1, 974.3, 971.5, 975.8, 970.9, 970.1, 974.3, 973.7 Group @ 30 yds 2.5″
    2) H&N FTT Trophy 20.06 Gr 972.5, 973.3, 977.3, 982.7, 970.7, 968.9, 970.7, 974.7 Group @ 30 yds 3″
    3) H&N Silver Point 24.38 Gr 900.9, 907.7, 899.7, 906.9, 898.0, 904.3, 905.7, 904.3 Group @ 30 yds ? only 3 rounds hit the target guess 12″ to 24″ group
    4) Beeman Silver Arrow 24.38 Gr 911.5, 907.3, 907.9, 912.2, 909.5, 910.8, 910.5, 904.0 Group @ 30 yds 6″-10″ several rounds not hitting the target
    5) H&N Spitzkugel 24.85 Gr did not fit in the gun
    6) JSB Exact 25.39 Gr 905.1, 904.2, 904.1, 902.3, 901.1, 902.5, 900.6, 902.0 Group @ 30 yds 1/4″
    7) JSB Predator 26 Gr did not fit in the gun too long
    8) Beeman Silver Bear 26.2 Gr 885.1, 884.0, 887.5, 886.1, 883.6, 887.8, 899.6, 886.5 Group @ 30 yds 2.5″
    9) H&N Crow Magnum 26.23 Gr 891.4, 889.6, 890.5, 889.3, 887.1, 889.7, 887.6, 889.9 Group @ 30 yds 3/4″
    10) H&N Hollow Point 26.23 Gr 889.5, 891.7, 890.7, 890.1, 894.7, 892.9, 892.6. 893.8 Group @ 30 yds 1″
    11) H&N Baracuda Htr 27.47 Gr 885.9, 890.9, 883.2, 881.3, 881.1, 882.0, 889.0, 888.0 Group @ 30 yds 1″
    12) Benjamin Domed 27.5 Gr 873.6, 873.0, 872.5, 871.3, 871.4, 873.2, 865.3, 863.1 Group @ 30 yds 3″
    13) H&N Baracuda Extr 28.4 Gr 871.3, 871.3, 872.1, 873.0, 872.4, 874.9, 871.8, 871.6 Group @ 30 yds 3/4″
    14) H&N Baracuda 31.02 Gr 850.4, 850.4, 849.2 the magazine did not want to rotate they were too long the 3 shot group was about 3/4″
    15) Beeman Kodiac Match 31.02 Gr too long for the gun.

    This test is not exactly scientific but I was disappointed that some of the pellets obviously did not stabilize the overall target size was about 16″ x 16″ and several did not even consistently hit the target at all. I plan to do some more testing but I don’t expect the outcome to change the JSB Exact 25.39 Gr shot way better but some of the heavy pellets showed promise. I am surprised 4 out of 15 of these pellets were too long for the gun. If the breach would have been made .050″ wider all of these pellets would have fit. I can’t believe FX did not make the breach wider or if this was a mistake in manufacturing.

    Don’t get me wrong I still like my gun but the safety could be better and the breach should except these longer pellets. I am guessing the pellets that did not stabilize where either under sized or something I plan to mic them all out in the future to try and figure out why they did not shoot. At one point I thought something was wrong with the gun and put the JSB Exact 25.39 Gr back in and it shot fine again.

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    ajshoots
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    Nice write-up!!

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    Gunnertrones
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    So…. The jsb again then…..

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    FunGun
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    Nice Job, very informative.  Thanks for all the hard work, deserving of some accuracy points for sure!

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    Daxx
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    The Wildcat seems extremely picky about pellets. Are other standard rifled barrels as picky as the FX smooth bore barrel?

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    30cal
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    Its my understanding that the FX Smooth Twist barrels were specifically designed for the JSB pellets. So it stands to reason that they tend to perform best. But it doesn’t hurt to try others. Good luck with Your new toy.

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    FVA
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    IME, CZ and LW barrels are as fussy and most likely to prefer the JSB’s as well.  Smooth twists less likely to spiral per my experience.

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    Siscakidd
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    These groups were shot on a less then ideal day at 43yds and I think There are at least 3  pellets that I would have no trouble using on a regular basis,I don’t feel my .25 is pellet fussy IMO .

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    Rford71
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    How did the=small Vortex Supreme pellets group?

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    The Jsb heavy 33.95 grain (original and mk2) also shoot awesome out of the wildcat.

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    0akhonor
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    If you want to try Predator PolyMags’s, you can clip the tip off of the red plastic end- the little sharp bit. Use an old toenail clipper.
    I do that for my Hatsan Galatian and FX Gladiator. I’ve great results to 50 yards. I haven’t had a chance to “paper” the pellets beyond 50- the JSB’s are still the most accurate, but the Polymag’s make nice holes in ground squirrel’s. They still pass through on most shots, but the results when hitting them, are more obvious.
    By that, I mean, destructive.
     

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    poorshot
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    Yeah 30cal the gun is designed to shoot the jsbs.
    I think a lot of people are surprised how well the heavies go in it.
    As also mentioned the predator is the other good pellet based on all the posts I have read.
    As I am still waiting for my gun I am reading everything pretty much.

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