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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #610 on: February 13, 2018, 09:03:12 PM »
Pellpax is a random selection I think.

Not sure.

There is a list of the pellets they now supply, it's possible you may not be able to specify which ones you get, but at least they are all quality, and not tat.

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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #611 on: February 14, 2018, 09:05:49 AM »
I've decided to give one of these packs a go : JSB Trial Pack. 12.58 including P&P. I don't think that's too bad.

I was toying with getting one of these packs : RWS Field Tester Kit but I've put it "on the back burner" for now. Maybe next month.
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« Reply #612 on: February 14, 2018, 07:37:59 PM »
I think that RWS pack is quite good value....500 pellets for 16.49.

For the same quantity of JSB's that would work out at 25.

Arguably the JSB pack will contain more 'potentially suitable' models, whereas the only real contender from the RWS pack which will give mega accuracy at long (say over 45 yards+) will probably be the Super Field, IMHO.

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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #613 on: February 14, 2018, 08:00:55 PM »
I  thought the same; the RWS pack gives more for your money but the TYPE of pellets in the JSB pack are much more relevant.
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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #614 on: February 14, 2018, 08:21:19 PM »
The Super-H-Point might be worth a try considering the type of shooting you do Blerkster. I've found they give acceptable if not amazing accuracy out to about 30 yards max.

I also found fantastic accuracy from BSA Interceptor pellets out of my SuperTen, but other's haven't had the same success. Might be worth a looksee though, as they give a very hard hitting wallop.

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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #615 on: February 14, 2018, 08:27:36 PM »
I was toying

I bet you were! :o.........But best leave that sort of thing to the missus!!! ;D ;D



I've put it "on the back burner" for now. Maybe next month.

Geez....is that just another way to say that in reality she's got you under the thumb? ;D ;D

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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #616 on: February 15, 2018, 10:19:29 AM »
The Super-H-Point might be worth a try ............

Hmmmm 1.25 for 25 from Pellet Perfect. I might give them a go if I can't find an awesome JSB from the pack I've ordered.

..............she's got you under the thumb?

Ha! Not a damn chance! She knows her place.

(And if anybody tells her i said that I'll deny everything.)
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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #617 on: February 15, 2018, 08:34:31 PM »
Mrs Blerky, Mrs Blerky......Mr Blerk says that you know your place!!

Is that true??

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Re: Blerk's Progress
« Reply #618 on: February 19, 2018, 01:22:26 PM »
@Gambo : Shut up, you mentalist! You'll wake her up!


After last weekend at the range satisfied me that my Bantam is now shooting as it is supposed to I am now on a mission to determine the best pellet for the gun.

On Friday afternoon on my way home from work I called in at South Yorkshire Airguns to see if they sold sample packs of pellets.

They don't. BUT ............... When I asked chappie behind the counter what he would recommend he gave me 50 (or so) Bisley Magnums from an open tin. Great customer service. So I bought a tin of Kaisers to give me something else to work with and to ease my conscience over the freebies.

Mrs. Blerk pulled an extra shIft on Saturday afternoon so I headed off to the range.

My plan was simple; set up some targets at 25 yards and shoot groups WITHOUT zeroing to determine the best grouping/consistency.

Here are the first two targets :



So, from left to right the columns are AAF, Bisley, JSB and Kaiser.

All are groups of 10 and shot at 25 yards.

Not all groups were shot "in sequence" (i.e. I may have shot 10 Kaisers after 20 Bisleys after shooting 10 JSBs). I did this to try to negate the effects of the pressure in my bottle dropping and any effect that pellet switching without cleaning can affect the leading in the barrel. Your advice on whether this was wise or not is welcome.

I also interleaved 10 shot groups on a "Shoot-N=C" target below the paper targets above.

Here it is :



Clockwise from top-left the pellets are : JSB, Kaiser, Bisleys, AAFs.

About the Bisley Magnums:
  • They're 21.4 so they're significantly heavier than the other pellets. I was expecting quite a drop in the point of impact on the target but it wasn't as pronounced as I thought it would be.
  • Filling the magazine with them was not as smooth as the other pellets.
  • Pushing the bolt forward to feed a Magnum into the breech was AWFUL. (At one point it was so difficult that I thought I'd buggered the gun up completely!!!!!)

So, what do I think I learnt?

First off; the Bisley Magnums were very poor and I wouldn't use them even if their grouping was really good. The difficulty I had feeding them into the breech was VERY worrying.

The Kaisers were not as good as I had expected (they're the ones recommended by Brocock for the rifle) and the groups tended to be spoilt by fliers.

The AAFs were pretty good until the pressure in the gun started to drop and then the groups would loosen up.

The JSBs were good and consistent across the full range of air in the gun's bottle.

By this point I had run out of Bisleys (thank God!) and I decided to fill up the gun wiht air, do a little plinking (links to plinking videos to follow in another post when I've got the vid's off the camera) and shoot some targets with just the JSBs and AAFs (as these seemed, once again, to be the pellet of choice for the rifle).

Here's the first target (JSB on left targets, AAFs on the right) :



And the associated "Shoot-N-C" (JSB on left two targets, AAFs on the right two):



I shot the top groups of JSBs in the top and "Shoot-N-C" targets followed by the top groups of the AAFs and THEN I ZEROED using JSBs.

The next group was the middle left JSBs. That group is as sweet as a nut as far as I'm concerned.

I then shot a group of FIVE into the bottom left of the SNC target. If I'd stopped at three shots I'd have had a cloverleaf but I needed to reassure myself that it wasn't luck.

Then I shot the equivalent AAF groups. .................... Not bad!

Finally it was the bottom targets on the paper card; JSBs first then AAFs.

I think the final JSB group was not as good as previous ones; could that be because I'd just shot 15 AAFs before it?

Overall conclusions?

I'm settled on JSBs. The AAFs aren't bad but the JSBs just have the edge. I've ordered a JSB sample pack and hope to narrow my pellet choice down even further. After that I will only have myself to blame!

I'll let you know the results when I have them.

In other gnus; I got a call on Saturday afternoon from Anston Field Target Club, my name has filtered to the top of the list of prospective members.

So I'm on the horns of an enema............ Do I pursue it and get membership or do I politely decline the offer so I have more time for my existing shooting?

Pro's :
  • It's 10/15 minutes away from where I live.
  • There's a covered zero range.
  • It might be more "realistic" with reference to my hunting ambitions.
  • Friendly competition.
  • Experienced members.
  • The club seems well "policed" and organised.
  • 24 hour x 365 day access to the site once a member.
  • 35 per year doesn't seem expensive.
  • Membership of a club may be handy if government legislation starts getting picky.

Con's :
  • I don't want to miss out on hunting opportunities.
  • I don't want to take up a precious membership if there are others who will get more from it than me.
  • I don't want to feel that I should spend more money of an HFT rifle.
  • Perhaps I'm just not good enough and I don't want to look like a pillock.

At the moment there are more pro's than con's so I'm sort of thinking I should have a go. I suppose I could always bow out later if I decide it's not for me.

Your opinions of range time, hunting, plinking and HFT/FT and mixing the disciplines are very welcome.
..........so I packed up and went to the pub.

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..........so I packed up and went to the pub.