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Thread: Pellet Advice ?

  1. #16
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Rossendale and Formby
    Quote Originally Posted by Cutsngrazes View Post
    Interesting to see Zooma and Phatman commenting on period pellets.
    Having returned recently to current match shooting with an old 300S, I have some 'period' match pellets from about 30 years ago and they are in the original packaging, some tins, some card boxes. They look dull grey now but ...... are they still good for use or does the lead deteriorate or get hard over the years? They look like a drop of pellet lube would bring them back to new?
    It is unlikely I would use them for competition but just curious whether or not they would be suitable.
    Hi Dennis,

    I also have some pellets from an even older time period ( 1971 -72). I have kept them in an old ex WD ammunition box (the sort that had the clamp down sealed lid with a lever fastening on the end).

    The pellets that are still in unopened tins are in an unknown condition (I have not opened them to look inside) but some that have not benefited from this closed storage system are dull like yours - but they shoot just as good as the brighter coloured newer pellets.

    I have not done a clamped accuracy test but my scoring looks about the same with both new and old pellets - but like you I had some reluctance to use them - in my case, I was concerned that they could leave a residue in the barrel.

    My guess would be that lubricating the pellets could be likely to cause a less accurate result unless they are all lubricated very precisely (after very careful cleaning).

    This type of individual pellet attention is sometimes practised by some bench rest and other long distance shooters who demand extreme accuracy and it is often done with fanatical attention to detail for each pellet (and includes careful weighing).

    I have no idea if adding lubricant to an old oxidised pellet would give a new lease of improved accuracy !

    Let me know how you get on - but I will just keep shooting my dull pellets until they are all gone!

    Last edited by zooma; 16-03-2018 at 08:21 PM.
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  2. #17
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Hi Bob,

    I hadn't thought about potential fowling from the old pellets. Luckily I only have a few different brands all opened but nearly full. I discovered them whilst digging out my old shooting jacket and they were in with my spotting scope and other long forgotten accessories.

    I have never 'lubed' my pellets and will just dust them off and perhaps test them in another springer rather than my 300S to start with, but for now I will stick with the R10's that it is set up with.

    Intrigued to find some of the new Eley 10x pellets to try. I used to use Eley 10x .22LR Match bullets for 25 yard prone many years ago. The Eley Club version were much less expensive for practise though and at our level were accurate enough. I wonder if they will bring out an Eley Club pellet? Bet they hadn't thought of that. Perhaps they will call them Eley Hobby - or is that name already Copyright.


  3. #18
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Monmouth, Land of Wales.

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