.177 Ammo Preference


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JBP
October 8, 2013, 07:08 PM
I just successfully bid on a RWS .177 Pellet 350 P Magnum on gunbroker.com. There seems to be a mixed bag on suggestions on the best pellet accuracy. I'll be using it strictly for paper punching. Anyone have any suggestions before I buy some pellets? Thx.

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zdc1775
October 8, 2013, 08:08 PM
With that powerful of an air rifle I would stick with the heavier pellets to try and stay sub sonic. That's where I have gotten my best accuracy at with a couple different guns, though not the 350 magnum itself. If it were mine I would start with JSB Diabolo Exact Heavies and JSB Exact Monsters. If those don't work for you then the heavy H&N's and Beeman's would be my next choice. I would also keep a few tins of Crosman Premier Ultra Magnums as they are fairly cheap and usually accurate enough for plinking.

zdc1775
October 8, 2013, 08:19 PM
Also unless you get really lucky you won't find those pellets at a local store so you will probably have to order online. I have had really good luck with Pyramyd Air (intentionally misspelled). They have buy three get one freeon pellets, free shipping on orders over $150, and have a promo code for NRA members for 10% off. And just so you know I have absolutely no connection with them other than being a satisfied customer.

JBP
October 8, 2013, 08:52 PM
Thx for the good info Zack.

zdc1775
October 9, 2013, 11:29 AM
No problem, but one more thing in case you haven't already been told. If you are going to scope it buy a good airgun rated scope. From everything I have heard that rifle has pretty harsh recoil and being a springer they are known for destroying scopes.

Jaymo
October 9, 2013, 10:25 PM
That's a helluva powerful springer for .177. That powerplant is better suited for .22s.
I have a 177 Diana 48 and it would be better off if it was a .22.
I only paid $70.00 for it at a pawn shop. Where else would I find a 48 for that little money?

Stay away from the lead-free lightweight pellets, like the Crapo, I mean Gamo PBA pellets.
They're not good for your spring or piston seal.
You may even want to tune that 350 down to a little LESS power.
The more powerful the springer, the harder it is to get good groups and the more crucial it is to use the perfect springer hold.

I'm not selling any of my springers, but I don't shoot them much anymore, since I got my Benjamin Marauder.

JohnKSa
October 11, 2013, 11:22 PM
If all you want to do is paper punching, the 350 is going to make you work harder than you need to. At any rate, in a gun as powerful as the 350, I'd want to use pellets on the heavy side. In .177, that means 10grains or heavier.

For close-range work and maximum accuracy, wadcutter pellets are ideal, particularly with paper targets (they punch a nice clean hole).

If you want to stretch the range, domed/round-nose pellets are usually best. The Crosman Premier pellets tend to be a good choice in a domed pellet. Especially the ones bought in bulk that are sorted by die.

JSB and H&N pellets also have a good reputation.

The best way to find out what pellet your gun likes is to buy a sampler pack.

http://www.pyramydair.com/s/p/H_N_Field_Target_Sampler_Pack_177_Cal_Baracuda_Match_Field_Target_Trophy_Pellets_Domed_6_Head_Sizes_240ct/1101

http://www.pyramydair.com/s/p/JSB_Match_Diabolo_Test_Sampler_177_Cal_Round_Nose_Pointed_4_Pellet_Types_400ct/958

http://www.pyramydair.com/s/p/H_N_Hunting_Sampler_177_Cal_6_Different_Pellets_215ct/857

craftsman
October 16, 2013, 03:29 PM
$13.26 for 1,250 pointed Crosman (7.4 gr.) at Walmart http://www.walmart.com/ip/Crosman-.177-Caliber-Pointed-Pellets-1-250ct/16536087

$7.42 for 500 wadcutters (I think 7.9 gr.) http://www.walmart.com/ip/Crosman-.177-Caliber-Wadcutter-Pellets-250-Count/20753518

If you're not doing competitions, so pin point accuracy is not needed .... go cheap.

556by45guy
October 16, 2013, 04:52 PM
JSB Exacts. For pest control a nice wadcutter. JSB for everything else.

pikid89
October 16, 2013, 07:57 PM
I just got a tin of RWS R10 match pellets, 500 for like $10

They group pretty darn well, under 1/2" at 30ft from my Daisy Avanti 853, and thats with my only ok shooting

556by45guy
October 17, 2013, 02:46 AM
JSB Exacts. 5 shots at 50 yards.
http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/9639/h3wr.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/4/h3wr.jpg/)

Was a breezy day. 5 shot groups opened up to 1.5" at 100yds.

pardiniman
October 17, 2013, 01:57 PM
556by45guy
Nice groups --no great groups now my question is what type of parfee deluxe shooter did you blow those pellets through I know it wasn't a Crossman 760:)

fdf
October 17, 2013, 03:18 PM
Contact Pyramid Air, best in the business.

556by45guy
October 17, 2013, 03:57 PM
what type of parfee deluxe shooter did you blow those pellets through I know it wasn't a Crossman 760 Shot with my FX Cyclone .22cal. My AA S410 Carbine, also .22, is just about as accurate but shoots at a lower velocity. I still have my old Beeman C1 from the early 80s but it needs some TLC.

MichigammeDave
October 19, 2013, 08:22 AM
Why the lack o' love for the Crosman 760? I love mine! I enjoy sitting on the front steps and plinking leaves, flowerheads and careless red squirrels. It also has come in handy for familiarizing my wife with shooting, without the intimidation factor of an actual firearm.
It's a great plinker, and if I were to decide to make squirrel stew, I think this is the arm to use.

pardiniman
October 19, 2013, 12:37 PM
Sorry MichigammeDave if I step on some toes with the comment on the Crossman 760. I had one and carelessly pinched my fingers pumping it up numerous times. I guess I did have a lack-o-love for it--- well my fingers did ;)

Chevota
October 22, 2013, 02:22 AM
I vote for JSB as well, and for that power level the heavier 10.3 and 13.4gr. H&N Barracuda are excellent too, and for hollow points the Crow Magnums, which actually work unlike most.
The Crosman Premier work for many people too, but I prefer the JSB as they are outstanding and they work in all my guns where others brands don't.
Basically most people have to try a variety of pellets to find what works best in their gun, I'm just saying the JSB have better odds of working good than others. And since you're limited to the heavier pellets it narrows down the variety you have to choose from which is nice because it sucks to buy a ton of different pellets looking for the best one. The heavier 13gr will also help tame the gun and be easier on scopes.

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