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Offline Richard Saunders

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What's happened to Ely Wasp?
« on: April 08, 2017, 08:25:02 AM »
Before my prolonged absence from the sport, the Ely Wasp was the danglies when it came to pellets. I bought some the other day and just opened them. They seem really rough, some are mis-shapen and just seem inferior to some tins of RWS pellets I also have. I may have a duff tin of course, but what is they view on Wasps nowadays?

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Re: What's happened to Ely Wasp?
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2017, 08:48:39 AM »
They are not the old ones, ever since Eley stopped doing them.

Amazingly some rifles perform well with these i was testing an AA S200 & grabbed a tin I had handy, it was spot on with these at 20 yards.

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Re: What's happened to Ely Wasp?
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2017, 09:11:57 AM »
I'm sure I've a old tin in my hurricane box  :-\
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Re: What's happened to Ely Wasp?
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2017, 07:30:34 PM »
The Eley Wasps you are referring too Richard were made by IMI (Imperial Metal Industries) up until the early to mid 00's.

When production ceased the machine was bought by John Rothery Wholesale, and when production resumed, the previous quality was absent.

From what I understand, the old boy who used to worked the machine for years and years and years at IMI and knew exactly which knobs to tweak and adjust to keep the pellets consistent, retired when the company stopped making the Wasps. Sadly, that 'knowledge' retired when he did, and no one who works the machine now understands it like he did, and so quality is poor.

So no, you didn't get a rogue tin........they're all sub-standard these days when compared to the old ones.


NOS IMI produced tins come up on ebay quite often...........but be prepared to bid/pay around 15-20 a tin to get yer mitts on 'em.

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Re: What's happened to Ely Wasp?
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2017, 11:04:24 AM »
What a crying shame. British manufacturing must be choc-a-block with stories like this. I just ordered a couple of thousand RWS Superpoint. They seem to work best in my HW35. The Vulcan needs tuning as it is harsh and bouncy - possibly because it hasn't been used for a long time. I'm hoping my HW80 will like the super points as well when it comes back from its tune up. I bought the Ely Wasp for my Stutzen as my old Airsporter S loved them. But I just can't bring myself to use them :(

Thanks by the interesting background history; I love stuff like that.

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Re: What's happened to Ely Wasp?
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2017, 05:13:00 PM »
I just ordered a couple of thousand RWS Superpoint. They seem to work best in my HW35.

I'm surprised.......as pointed pellets are reknowned to be inaccurate.........at mid to long range anyway.

They're acceptable at close range, but that's when you don't want/need the (over) penetration that pointed pellets give.......which is why most people use flatheads at close range, to avoid 'drilling'.

Whatever though....if they give the best results in your 35 Richard, then it makes sense to use 'em. ;)