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premium/most consistent .177 pellet

Forums Pellets, Projectiles, Slugs, & Ammo premium/most consistent .177 pellet

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    peaceful_ruler
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    The primary objective of my HW97 is to cull the squirrel and rabbit population around here a bit. For that reason I opted for the .177 model for a slightly flatter trajectory. I care very much about ethical, one-shot kills on game and for that reason I care very much about using the best pellet available for the best possible chance of a kill shot…even if it costs a little bit more. Also, I have no time or interest for sorting and/or measuring pellets. What .177 hunting pellet out there is going to be the most consistent/lowest maintenance right out of the box or tin? Thank you!

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    vmaxpro
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    The brown box crosmans have done me well for many years, but may be a little heavy for that gun. 

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    Smok3y
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    Ammo works the same across all rifles. You have to test different ammo and weights for your rifle. The power you plan to shoot at matters too, as that will determine the best weight options.

    Most people don’t measure or sort, and especially not for hunting, so you don’t need to do that. 

    Because you are asking very generically, I will say bee generically that JSB is widely considered – very good pellet in most rifles. You could start there if you don’t want to try several brands.

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    FelixS
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    As Smok3y stated, the JSB is generally considered the best bet. However, even if you had stated your specific gun, fps, and barrel configuration, your results will vary because all guns shoot a little different.

    For me, the JSB Exact Monster .177 Cal, 13.4 Grains shoots the best, but this is not the most popular as posted on various threads here. So, get a sample pack and start there.

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    AirShot
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    You will never know what is best without testing.  Same make and model rifle might not like the same pel!et !!!  Go with popular names like jsb and others, they are popular for a reason !!  Weight and head dia can have a big impact on accuracy. So will a tune up, even a simple tune using stock parts will make a big difference. If your looking for an out of the box tack driver with any pellet on the market….dream on…it isnt out there !!!

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    cea1960
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    Like the others have posted, you need find the pellet that is the most accurate in your rifle to have consistent results.

    Regarding what pellet is the most consistent, I've found the Predator Polymags to be.  I can't recall ever seeing a distorted or damaged Polymag from the tin.  As luck would have it, they are the most accurate pellet out of my HW.

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    peaceful_ruler
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    vmaxpro

    The brown box crosmans have done me well for many years, but may be a little heavy for that gun. 

    I’m not familiar with these. Are they still available?

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    SteveP-52
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    Crosman's website still lists the 10.5gr brown box although it says out of stock. I may very well be wrong and not for the first time, but I thought they discontinued all the brown box versions and now only sell them in tins. You'd have to call Crosman and ask if the 10.5's were also.

     

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    dizzums
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    there is a general thought that fancy pellets 'kill better' but ive found that to be untrue .. just find one that shoots good in the gun and for 177 to be real effective on anything larger than tweety bird it needs to put them out at better than 1000, my opinion ..  to be 'ethical' that is ..

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    attaglance
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    There are 3 very different .177 rifles I have that have come to agree on the JSB match 10.34 Exact Heavy:  RWS 460, Diana 34 , and an AT44 10.  I do head size them.  They'v all fallen away from that pellet a time or two, but eventually have come back to it for accuracy purposes.    I'm good to 50 yards with the AT44 10, with the RWS and Diana we're good to 30-35 yards and 15 to 25/30 yards with the HW 30, but that's with a pointy pellet.  When pellets start to wander It seems to be a seasonal change.  At 4300 ft up the side of a mountain the density altitude can change from 3500 to 8500 feet.  Performance changes accordingly.  

    Enjoy whatever yea got…

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    Mg616
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    A premium springer in. 177 can serve you well up to a certain range, maybe 40y for a rabbit? I would hesitate at that range even if I had everything dialed in.

    Get the right pellet then take the time to get the dope on your grounds. Consider a. 25 or. 30 pcp for more fpe and accuracy if you need / want to get further out. 

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    Pointed_stick
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    For consistent, good shooting in more of my 177 rifles than most RWS super-domes are hard to beat. 

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    mochajoe
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    Don't forget about H&N. The Barracudas

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    1BadDart
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    The Diana 48 in .22 I had preferred H&N Field Target Trophy, my TX200 and Diana 34 in .177 both prefer H&N Baracuda Match 4.51mm. Test, test and test some more.

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    peaceful_ruler
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    Thanks folks. I understand that there are pellets of varying quality and that each gun is a different animal that likes different varieties. What I'm really after is a premium pellet that has already been sorted, measured, and scaled to within more stringent specs than most…even if it does cost more. The numerous recommendations give me something to start with–thank you!–but I'm lazy. What I'm really looking for is a pellet that gives me the highest possible consistency and quality without me having to discard half the tin. Some people call me ADHD…but it's really just laziness. It seems like there has to be a premium pellet out there somewhere that is guaranteed to be within certain specs and parameters of consistency.

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    Franklink
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    peaceful_ruler

    Thanks folks. I understand that there are pellets of varying quality and that each gun is a different animal that likes different varieties. What I'm really after is a premium pellet that has already been sorted, measured, and scaled to within more stringent specs than most…even if it does cost more. ……..It seems like there has to be a premium pellet out there somewhere that is guaranteed to be within certain specs and parameters of consistency.

    If it were only as simple as you're hoping. 

    Consistency is good, but it's not everything when it comes to pellets that a specific barrel likes. The really wild thing is how much variation from batch to batch can be seen. And by "seen" I mean the accuracy results when shooting, not necessarily anything that can be physically measured or observed about the pellets themselves. I've witnessed it with various guns and pellets but the most striking example was a Red Wolf Standard .22 with the 18.13gr pellets. That gun shot nearly everything unbelievably well. Most shots touching at 55-60 yards was normal. But there was one particular tin of 18.13s that shot 4 inch groups at the same distance. Switch back to the "good" tins (same brand, same weight, just a different lot #) and it'd go back to stacking them. Now, if that was the only tin of those pellets that I had available to me at the time, I would have assumed the gun just didn't like that particular pellet. 

    I've also seen a specific tin of known-to-be-good pellets from one gun, shoot like junk from another gun. 

    It'd be much easier on the pocketbook to KNOW that a particular brand and weight is going to be good from your gun, but without running some through it, there's no way to know.

    As others have said, JSB is usually a good place to start for most guns. 

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    Arzrover
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    QYS 9.6 gn domes have been very good in every 177 I own. They are the most consistent in weight and size of any I've measured. I don't have an HW97, but they shoot phenomenally in my FWB 124 and Walther LGU and very good in my R1 and BSA Superstar. Worth a try, for sure. Not sure who all sells them but AoA had them when I bought these.

    Bob

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    mochajoe
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    A pellet like you have just described would probably be constantly on back order!😂

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    peaceful_ruler
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    Just out of curiosity…what is the rifling twist rate of the HW97 barrels?

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