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So I've been doing some experimentation with water and ice blocks with my .177 crosman nitro viper, and so far I've found that for terminal ballistics and accuracy, the crosman LRN pellets are best. I'll be following this up in october/november with a more scientific study though. Just wanted to see what you guys thought were the best, and if there was anything you wanted me to test?
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Don't hunt with a 177.


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Inquisitor wrote:Don't hunt with a 177.


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too small to do enough lethal damage to most game.

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Inquisitor wrote:too small to do enough lethal damage to most game.
"most game"? Squirrel and rabbit are all these are for... And it works well on them. I mean, hell, you don't want to ruin the meat.
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The best hunting pellet is the one that shoots most accurately from your gun. I have found it to be Barracudas/Kodiaks in upwards of eighty percent of magnum air guns, regardless of caliber.
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So far I've had pretty good luck with the crosman HP for my 2240, but haven't tried anything else yet- went by the amazon reviews. Any specific Barracuda's for the 22 cal 2240 that are worth picking up?
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177 is perfectly fine for squirrels and rabbits...I use it all the time.

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Barracudas for the magnums, Shinzen.

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has anyone had success with those alloy pellets, my testing so far has lead me to believe they are utter rubbish.
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Alloy pellets are best used for marketing.
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Mason wrote:Alloy pellets are best used for marketing.
This. Accuracy sucks, they are too light. They cavitate at high velocity.

Heavy, lead.

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Inquisitor wrote:
Mason wrote:Alloy pellets are best used for marketing.
This. Accuracy sucks, they are too light. They cavitate at high velocity.

Heavy, lead.
doesn't cavitating require penetration. The one's i've tested could barely penetrate a 2l coke bottle. Lead ones go straight through.

Edit: also something interesting is that most of the pellets won't penetrate more than a 1/4" into ice, and we're talking the same gun and pellets that blast through over a half inch of cement board.
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I feel the 177 is also a little light, particularlly for squirrels. If you're going to do 99% target shooting and 1% shooting a pesky squirrel that won't leave your birdfeeder alone, then the 177 is prob the way to go.
As a hunting rifle, the 22 pellet is significantly better in my opinion. If you frequently small game hunt someplace where airguns are allowed but rimfires are not, I'd personally buy the 22. When you have both pellets in your hand, the 22 is pretty hefty.

Something else to try for close range:
We used to take a hollowbase wadcutter 177 and point it backwards to have a solidbase hollowpoint. Much cheaper than buying hunting pellets. That was mainly for rabbits in the garden that let you get pretty close as accuracy was not the best.

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gendoikari wrote:
Inquisitor wrote:
Mason wrote:Alloy pellets are best used for marketing.
This. Accuracy sucks, they are too light. They cavitate at high velocity.

Heavy, lead.
doesn't cavitating require penetration. The one's i've tested could barely penetrate a 2l coke bottle. Lead ones go straight through.

Edit: also something interesting is that most of the pellets won't penetrate more than a 1/4" into ice, and we're talking the same gun and pellets that blast through over a half inch of cement board.
I may have used the wrong word. Wiggle in flight.


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Inquisitor wrote:
gendoikari wrote:
Inquisitor wrote:
Mason wrote:Alloy pellets are best used for marketing.
This. Accuracy sucks, they are too light. They cavitate at high velocity.

Heavy, lead.
doesn't cavitating require penetration. The one's i've tested could barely penetrate a 2l coke bottle. Lead ones go straight through.

Edit: also something interesting is that most of the pellets won't penetrate more than a 1/4" into ice, and we're talking the same gun and pellets that blast through over a half inch of cement board.
I may have used the wrong word. Wiggle in flight.


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Oh you mean they they don't stabilize?
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