I ordered these pellets long ago, because they are reported to be insanely accurate. Just so happens, I was asked to do a pest control operation in the spring at a local pond that was infested with muskrats. Aerial photos indicate the shooting distance could range over 150 yards- beyond my current airgun capabilities. Scouts embedded in the region have indicated the North pond is the hot zone, spans 100 yards across, and I should be able to walk right up to the critters. The pond is also in the middle of a large flood plain- a good chance I’ll be shooting in the wind…perhaps a great deal. The next series will deal with long range pellet testing. 

I began testing as I normally do, but I went through the battery again to refine accuracy. Rifle setup was initially PW 4:5 at 2450psi

Chronograph 

Between 2350psi and 2050psi (according to rifle manometer-which is not completely accurate), I have 15 shots with an extreme spread of 20. Good for long range accuracy with predictable trajectory.

25 yard accuracy 

Best 0.17″ with a 15 shot average of 0.27″

10 shot group is smaller than a dime.

50 yard accuracy 

Best 0.54″ with a 12 shot average of 0.82″. Shooting was done in gusty conditions with a 0-4 mph full value wind from right to left. Not to make excuses, but there is a possibility groups would’ve been smaller in perfect conditions. But we don’t always have perfect conditions… especially when hunting.

10 shots in about 1.25 inches

100 yard accuracy 

Best 0.54″ Avg 1.61″. This is the smallest 3 shot group I’ve obtained to date. But what about a 10 shot group (about to go on a rant)? With extreme range, accuracy is not obtained by only the rifle. It’s actually more on the wind than anything. The best rifle in the hands of the best shooter is nothing if the shooter is unable to read and correct for environmental conditions. In a 10 shot group, a lot can change with the environment from shot 1 to shot 10. How can you validate a test when the variables are constantly changing? Shooting 3 shot groups and averaging the results is theoretically a more scientifically reliable way to measure accuracy-perhaps not consistency… which is accuracy over a full shot string. Mt thoughts anyways. Rant over. Just making excuses. For hunting/target shooting, you have to know where you’re going to hit. 10 shot groups will do much better at showing the odds of making a hit/ the pellet’s ability to resist changing wind conditions. 

Here’s a 10 shot group at 100 yards:

Still not bad. Note the left to right spread… indicating variation in wind speed/ direction and my inability to read and correct for the changes. 

Summary

Great accuracy. What else is there to say… other than I’m currently working on a part 2.

Airforce Condor SS .22 

Air Arms Field Heavy 18gr 

2200psi PW 4:5

960 fps/38 fpe/15 shots

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