What are the best airgun pellets? Mike Morton tests some top picks

Wondering what airgun pellets to be taking a look at? Wonder no more, as Mike Morton has been running a regular test of the best…

Rifle Premium Series Round .177

Rifle Premium Series Round .177

Manufactured by Brazilian company Rifle (www.rifle.ind.br) these airgun pellets have a distinctively squashed look to them, but they work extremely well. The range is also available in wadcutter and pointed pellets.

On these airgun pellets, Mike says: “Rifle Premium Series rounds are marketed as being suitable for HFT or Field Target, but with accuracy like this you can happily add hunting to that list.”

RRP £10 for 500
Regael, 01263 836072, sales@regael.com

The Airgun Shooter verdict

QualityWeightMuzzle velocityAccuracySuitabilityOverall score
171718191990

Bisley Super Field

Bisley Super Field

An acorn-shaped hollowpoint diablo, this pellet has also been around for a long time. Thanks to a raised ridge that runs around the circumference of
the head, Bisly claim it offers “improved drive in the barrel”, but does it live up to the claim?

Mike says: “If you’re a shooter who’s not afraid to try something completely different, you could be in for a super time if you give the Super Fields a go.”

RRP £11.95 for 500
John Rothery, 023 9224

The Airgun Shooter verdict

QualityWeightMuzzle velocityAccuracySuitabilityOverall score
181817171888

JSB Hades

JSB Hades

These super-heavyweight pellets are made from softer lead, with a pattern carved into the domehead that will help them spread on impact, making them ideal hunting pellets.

Mike says: “Hades pellets pass the five pence piece test, making them a definite contender for any hunter’s ammunition hit list and proving domeheads don’t all need to be smooth to display ballistic brilliance.”

RRP £14 for 500
Air Arms, 01323 845853, general@air-arms.co.uk

The Airgun Shooter verdict

QualityWeightMuzzle velocityAccuracySuitabilityOverall score
191819171891

RWS Super Field

RWS Super Field

A firm favourite of top-flight Field Target and HFT shooters over the years, if there were an Airgun Hall of Fame, this pellet would have earned its place long ago. But how does it stack up against other more modern pellets?

Mike says: “Super Fields may have an unconventional head design, but shoot them through the right barrel and they truly are super.”

RRP £6.70 for 500
RUAG 01579, 362319
enquiries.uk.ammotec@ruag.com

The Airgun Shooter verdict

QualityWeightMuzzle velocityAccuracySuitabilityOverall score
181818181890

Rifle Premium Series Round .22

Rifle Premium Series Round .22

As well as trying out the .177 version. Mike turned his hand to the .22. Weighing in at a whopping 18.67 grains per pellet (two-and-a-half times the
weight of the .177) these are quite a different beast.

Mike says: “Rifle Premium Series Round are a bit heavy to push the range too far in a non-FAC airgun, but for short- and mid-range hunting they offer plenty of accuracy as well as killer knockdown potential.”

RRP £14.99 for 500
Regael, 01263 836072, sales@regael.com

The Airgun Shooter verdict

QualityWeightMuzzle velocityAccuracySuitabilityOverall score
181719181890

QYS Pointed

QYS Pointed

Small yet perfectly formed, these 8.5 grain pointed diabolos forced Mike to reconsider his lifelong prejudice about pointed pellets: he never believed these hunting-specific pellets could be accurate—not until he tested these.

Mike says: “If you want a hunting pellet that offers deeper penetration as well as accuracy, then you might find yourself rather pleasantly surprised by the QYS Pointed”

RRP £12.99 for 500, The Shooting Party
01543 480 361, shootingparty.uk

Airgun Shooter verdict

QualityWeightMuzzle velocityAccuracySuitabilityOverall score
191919181893

Weihrauch Magnum

Weihrauch Magnum

Available in both .177 and .22, these heavyweight pellets are best described as domehead diablos, though the head is slightly pointed. They are
excellent, and suitable for all kinds of shooting.

Mike says: “Accuracy is vital for target shooters, hunters and plinkers, and the Weihrauch Magnum is more than capable of delivering great results for all three types of shooting.”

RRP £9.99 for 500
Hull Cartridge, 01482 342756, www.hullcartridge.co.uk

Airgun Shooter verdict

QualityWeightMuzzle velocityAccuracySuitabilityOverall score
191819181892

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