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How hard are they?
« on: August 24, 2017, 03:04:20 PM »
I have always been a bit skeptical of the hardness of Air Arms' (and JSB) 25.4 grain pellets. I keep hearing how soft they are, but unless I've hit something solid, they never seem to flatten out even a little. Well, not today!

The photos are of a Eurasian dove at 62 yards according to my range finder. He was sitting atop a utility pole. The first photo is the entrance wound, and I'm surprised it was as big as it was. If I had to guess, it was about a .30 caliber hole. I suspect the pellet took some feathers, flesh, etc. with it, making the hole bigger.

The second photo is the exit wound. The photo doesn't do it justice, as it is about 1/2 inch, and was rather fleshy to use a euphemism.

I didn't take photos of the dissection (yes I wore gloves), but the pellet got both lungs, clipped the liver, and blew the heart nearly in two pieces. Maybe a lucky shot, but the pellet did its job, because the dove just fell down, period!

« Last Edit: August 24, 2017, 03:06:13 PM by Alan »

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Re: How hard are they?
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2017, 10:24:39 AM »
I've always had anything I've hit with a jsb king just blow through unless it was a long range shot. They seem to be pretty hard unless it is a solid target. Least that has been my experience with the jsb kings. Super accurate round so I love em.


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Re: How hard are they?
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2017, 12:20:06 PM »
In my experience, the JSBs are one of the softer pellets, made of nearly pure lead.... Crosman and H&N are considerably harder.... Having said that, pretty much ANY round-nosed or pointed pellet just blows through game with little expansion, unless it hits bone.... It takes a decent sized HP to achieve any expansion....

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