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As I continued with the Kodiak/Baracuda series I had an epiphany. The baracudas deliver in the disappointment department. Then I had another epiphany. The baracudas always seem to swirl-maybe some lube would slow ’em down and tighten groups. Followed be yet another epiphany. Why not sort these pellets to perfection. And from out of nowhere, yes, a fourth epiphany. The guys across the pond are keen on washing pellets. Why not try that?  If you felt another epiphany coming you are correct. During the process I realized that not only are the baracudas clean, they have a wax based lube.

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I purchased a digital scale prior to testing and sorted for weight while checking for bent skirts.

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How about another epiphany? All the skirts seemed flawless. I tried the lubed pellets and decided they were too inaccurate for further testing. Unlubed pellets were used from here on out.

25 yard accuracy

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50 yard accuracy

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That was the best group by a long shot. I have no idea what was going on with the other groups.

100 yard accuracy

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Groups in the 2-3 inch range were common

Chronograph
Created: 06-12-2016 03:32:56 PM
Description: HN Baracuda
Notes 1: 2550psi
Notes 2: PW 4 : 5
Distance to Chrono (FT): 0.00
Ballistic Coefficient: 0.044
Bullet Weight (gr): 21.100
Altitude (FT): 0.0
Temp: 80 °F
BP: 30.02 inHG
Shots
#     FPS        FT-LBS     PF
13    977        44.73      20.61    
12    970        44.09      20.47    
11    972        44.27      20.51    
10    973        44.36      20.53    
9     969        44.00      20.45    
8     972        44.27      20.51    
7     947        42.02      19.98    
6     934        40.88      19.71    
5     940        41.41      19.83    
4     961        43.28      20.28    
3     928        40.35      19.58    
2     900        37.96      18.99    
1     898        37.79      18.95    
Average: 949.31
StdDev: 27.62
Min: 898
Max: 977
Spread: 79
True MV: 949.31
Shots/sec: 0.09
Group Size (IN): 0.00

As the pressure approached 2400psi number started tightening up.

Terminal ballistics

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5/8″ entry, gradually narrowing channel. I will note that the media is more malleable in warmer weather, which was expected.

Summary
Did sorting have anything to do with accuracy? Until I shoot from the tin, I’ll never know. Fair shooting pellet, but I was less than blown away. This setup was used on 2 coyotes, but that’s another story (note the lack of a photo).

Airforce Condor SS. 22
H&N Baracuda 21.14
PW 4:5 @2500psi
970fps 44fpe

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