If you think that there is only one type of pellet for an airgun, then you are in for a surprise. You have options aside from an airguns’ caliber. There are a few different types of pellets that you can use for your airgun and depending on what your target is and at what distance will dictate what type of pellet you would need to use on your airgun.
Even a high-powder, top-quality airgun won’t be as great without its correct and high-quality airgun pellet.
Your pellet choice is an essential factor when using an airgun as it can determine the power and accuracy of your overall shot. With both your airgun and airgun pellet, it will decide whether you go home victorious or empty-handed.
In choosing the best pellet type, think of what your target will be and if you will be shooting at shorter or longer ranges. This is because it is important to determine where you will be using the pellet as each type is unique and can work better in certain situations. For example, if you’re planning on target shooting then a less powerful pellet would work best but if you’re planning to go out hunting animals, then it is a no-brainer that you should use a powerful airgun pellet.
But you might not know the difference between a BB and a pellet so researching the difference between them can give you a lot more insight into pellet types and uses.
The Different Types of Pellets
There are about 7 types of airgun pellets you can choose from with each of them having its own individual uses, pros, and cons depending also on what type of airgun you are using.
1. Domed Pellets
Unlike a wadcutter that has a flat head, a domed pellet has a rounded head. The domed pellet with its round head plays a great role in enhancing the pellet to resist the wind when it is shot out. Also, with it being aerodynamic, it is able to cut through the air much cleaner and they are able to keep their velocity meaning, the domed pellets can hit their target harder even at long distances.
Although domed pellets are designed for target shooting, you can also try to use them for hunting small game animals but only if you have a high-powered airgun to go along with the domed pellet.
This pellet is versatile and is a great choice for all-around usage. It is also quite popular among airgun users so you won’t have a hard time finding one in airgun shops.
2. Wadcutter Pellets
Wadcutter pellets, as mentioned previously, are flat-headed pellets. They are typically used for target shooting and are less aerodynamic than a domed pellet, meaning, they are less powerful. This is why they are perfect for target shooting but also because they have flat heads, they leave clean, round holes on the target or paper targets to help determine the shot of the shooter.
However, the biggest downside is that they are not great for long-distance shooting – it does make up for its power in close range.
3. Hollow-Point Pellets
Hollow-point pellets look similar to the wadcutter pellets, their only difference is that the hollow point pellet is a hollow cavity in its tip. This design allows expansion once it hits its target.
These pellets are perfect for hunting small game animals or pests because, with a high-powered airgun, you can get a one-kill shot. However, something to take note of is that these pellets work best for short-range shooting as when it is used for long-range, the accuracy of the shot may decrease due to the velocity going down if the target is too far away.
4. Hybrid Pellets
Another common type of pellet is the hybrid pellet which is a ballistic-tipped hollow pellet. They look similar to a hollow point pellet, but they have a sharp pointed tip. They are able to combine the expansion properties of a hollow point pellet and the penetrating capabilities of a pointed pellet. This makes it perfect for hunting.
5. Pointed Pellets
Pointed pellets are more aerodynamic than a domed pellets, meaning, they are much more powerful and can hold their velocities longer. Although its penetrating abilities are great, they are not great to be used with a high-powered airgun. Using a light or medium-powered gun is much more suitable for a pointed pellet.
6. High-Velocity Pellets
High-velocity pellets are eco-friendly because manufacturers use materials other than lead. But just like its name entails, they are very fast due to their high velocity and that they are lightweight. They can also penetrate well like a pointed pellet, making it a great choice for small game hunting.
But take note that faster bullets may lose their accuracy when used at long range.
7. Modified Bullet Pellets
Lastly, a modified bullet pellet is used by professional shooters that need a heavyweight pellet. They are more of a bullet rather than a pellet so they are quite heavier in mass.
With that being said, you can’t use this with just any airgun, you must use it with a high-powered airgun for it to be effective. However, this type of pellet may not be legal in some areas, so make sure to look into that before buying this pellet.
Each pellet is unique and can be used in many different ways. Not one is better than the other. So learning about each and every one of them so you know what you need in the field should be essential for every airgun user.
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