Author Topic: Weight of field target pellets  (Read 371 times)

d_boom

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 110
Weight of field target pellets
« on: December 04, 2018, 04:58:02 AM »
I have a Benjamin Marauder in .177 I intend in shooting for Field Target.  What weight of
pellets is recommended?   The pellets in the 8 gr. range would have less of an arc than
the 10.5 gr. pellets, or are even heavier pellets better?  I have never shot in a field target
match, maybe the rules limit pellet weight.


  • Wichita, Kansas

Alan

  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 2528
  • Set the example... Don't be one!
    • Mobile Amateur Radio
Re: Weight of field target pellets
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2018, 06:44:00 AM »
It is all about the BC—Ballistic Coefficient. The lighter pellets are faster, but loose velocity faster than heavier ones.

https://hardairmagazine.com/ballistic-coefficients/
  • Roswell, New Mexico
Alan

I have an Omega compressor. If you're a fellow Guild member, and you pass through Roswell, NM, I'll fill your portable tank as a courtesy.

Motorhead

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 438
  • Older & Slower ... Field Target Shooter
Re: Weight of field target pellets
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2018, 09:21:09 AM »
Subject i know MUCH of ...
If you going after "HUNTER" class where we have a 20 ft lb limit your ABSOLUTELY wanting to start with the mid 10 grain pellets be it H&N 10.65 or JSB / AA 10.3 or Crosman 10.5 and shoot them 880-900 fps range.
Once you get some actual FT shooting under your belt, fine tune your scope & ranging technique especially at the 40+ yards distances .... you may do better yet going real heavy using the JSB 13.43's  8)

While trajectory gets more loopy with more weight and less speed  :P ... your wind drift become substantially less !! with the heavier weight pellets.

Having shot competitive FT for quite a few years now and trying light & fast, mid weight at modest speed & heavy being slower yet ...... I Shoot HEAVY pellets.

Scott S
2017 Hunter PCP AAFTA National Champion / 2018 AAFTA GP Hunter PCP high point champion
  • Old Hangtown ... California
"Home of Motorheads Air Gun Tuning Service"
    ***** Airguns need love too !! *****

d_boom

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 110
Re: Weight of field target pellets
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2018, 04:43:17 PM »
Thanks for your advise.  I have been working on tuning my Benjamin Marauder for 10.5 gr. pellets, but
was not sure I need the lighter pellets.  In tests I found the Crosman 10.5 gr. pellets shot the best groups,
I was surprised.  Usually I get the smallest groups with JSB pellets.
  • Wichita, Kansas