When it comes to airguns, choosing the right ammo can have a significant impact on your device’s accuracy and its overall power. There are different types and functionalities of these ammos. In the next section, we’ll take a look at the various options available in the market.
This is the most conventional choice for target shooting. Usually, Wadcutter pellets come with broad, rounded heads that can cut huge holes in the paper targets. These targets are excellent for plinking and similar other competitive events. Some hunters feel that wadcutters work better on the smaller games when compared to pointed/domed pellets. However, there isn’t any veritable evidence to prove the same. These pellets don’t over penetrate, and usually work like a cheaper grade of hollow point. When you’re using a wadcutter pellet, you have to understand that they tend to drop faster than many other pellets. So if you’re looking to make shots that are further than what you’ve calibrated, you’ll have to adjust.
- Suitable for air guns with lower velocity.
- Perfect short range hunting (around 25 yards).
- Exclusively used in 10-meter competitions.
These are the most aerodynamic pellets you’ll ever find. To put it simply: they hit hard at relatively long distances. Domed pellets were designed after air guns started becoming more powerful and after the conventional wadcutters started losing its accuracy (due to resistance from the wind). These pellets usually come with a heavier tip that automatically generates significant knock-down power when compared to the other pellets.
- Hits harder than both wadcutters and pointed pellets.
- Weren’t specifically designed for hunting.
- Although they don’t penetrate as accurately as the pointed pellets, they tend to be heavier and harder.
- Perfect for long-range shots where you need to hit the target really hard.
As evident from the name, these pellets are specifically designed to penetrate the target. Pointed pellets are an excellent choice for medium range varmints as they penetrate through the thicker hides and hair. Although they come with the same aerodynamic properties as the domed pellets, they aren’t as pronounced as you’d want them to be. These pellets tend to retain better velocity than the wadcutters due to which they shoot flatter and penetrate at a proper range.
- The skirt tends to longer than wadcutter and domed pellets.
- Comes with thick bands at the midpoint which adds more spin to the pellet.
- Lighter than the domed pellets.
- They penetrate better and usually get you a clean kill at a decent range (even if you don’t have an exceptional airgun).
Originally designed for the rapid expansion games, Hollowpoint is specifically a hunting pellet. When you fire it from a powerful airgun, this pellet will expand to cause the biggest damage. Although the accuracy tends to drop after 25 yards, you wouldn’t want to use it for plinking.
- Being lighter than wadcutters, they automatically fly faster.
- Once they expand in their targets, these pellets dump their energy really fast.
- Can cause bigger wounds.
- Backed by better stopping power.
- Can only expand when they are traveling fast.
- Perfect for shooting short to medium distance.
- Ideal for your game hunts.
High Velocity Pellets
Available in various shapes, these pellets are specifically built for speed. Certain powerful airguns use this high-velocity pellet for reaching speeds of more than 1200 FPS. These pellets are usually made from lead-free alloys, which further foster their speed.
- Some variants are available with plastic sabots which ensure better seal (with its barrel).
- Other types come with ridges or similar other features (cast inside the pellet) for improving the seal.
- Penetrate better and ensure flat shots than many leading pellets.
- Might encounter instability in the flight (because of high velocity).
Certain heavy duty airguns are built for firing modified bullets. They tend to bigger, heavier and a better aerodynamic profile. Owing to these properties, these bullets are only used in high-velocity, good caliber rifles. Although you might find .22 caliber bullets, the usual variants tend to be .357 and bigger.Hunters use bullets instead of pellets, where it is legal to hunt deer with super strong airguns.
- Ideal for pre-charged pneumatic rifles.
- Most of the common airguns aren’t designed for bullets.
The kind of ammo you’ll choose depends on your purpose. So, explore your options and choose the one which best meets your purpose.