Types of Ammunition for Pellet
An important consideration when you
purchase an airgun is ammunition.
For pellet guns, you have a few choices,
depending on the model you own. Standard ammunition rounds
are .177 caliber blunt-nosed conical pellets (lead or steel). However,
many pellet guns will also fire round BBs (.177, .20, or .22).
You can find ammunition for pellet guns
just about anywhere that sells airguns. If you're a novice shooter, it's
important to ask the sales staff or an experienced friend which types of
ammo are suitable for your particular gun. Firing incompatible projectiles
is a quick way to ruin your investment.
This leads to another "no-no" pertaining
to ammunition and pellet guns. Don't re-use spent pellets or BBs! The
temptation is strong, especially if you're a younger shooter on a very
limited budget. But trust me - you will quickly degrade your gun's performance
if you recycle the ammo. The shape deformation and scrapes on a BB or pellet
that has already been fired will gouge the rifling in your airgun's barrel to
the point of inaccuracy and poor distance.
Finally, what you use your airgun for is
often the most important determining factor in picking ammunition. If you enjoy
shooting pellet guns with your friends just for fun - at paper targets, tin
cans, etc. - then get the cheapest ammo you can find and blast away. But if
you own the gun for more serious purposes - hunting small game or eliminating
vermin in your yard - then it's smart to invest in higher quality
pellets or BBs.
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