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Free reloading for air gunners and indoor fun.

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by jmorris, Jan 1, 2012.

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  1. jmorris

    jmorris Member

    Sep 30, 2005
    After repairing a stock yesterday and looking for parts I came across a .22 air pistol that I had as a kid. It sparked memories of darts we made for with our air guns.

    Some straight pins from shirts I received for Christmas and the ends off of old shoe laces provided the components.

    First cut of the end of an (unused) shoelace. Then with one straight pin fray it so it’s “full“. Next trim the fray so it is symmetrical and insert another pin (if you bent the first one) into the center.

    One pump on my old Benjamin pistol was all it took to send them to the target. I only had a few decent ends to work with so I also tried Q-tips and “doctor” style cotton swabs, they worked but were quite inaccurate, relative to the shoelace end dart.

    I tried them from 1 to 5 pumps getting 141.5 fps, 223.7 fps, 292.3 fps, 368.4 fps and 395.5 fps respectively. 1 pump was more than enough for 15’ distance to target, at 3 damage to the target began and at 5 damage to the dart itself begins at least that close to the target.






  2. kelbro

    kelbro Member

    Nov 11, 2007
    Desert Southwest
    Have you checked the pricing on those pistols lately? !
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