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Hunter and Match are ok, Master Point and Magnum are bad
on August 4, 2011
I have the 1300 FPS Gamo Silence Stalker Whisper .177 air rifle, and tested target shooting at 15 yards, and here are the results:
1. Match pellets can group inside 1"
2. Hunter pellets can also group inside 1"
3. Master Point and Magnum for some reasons flying alot, and can only group (15 yards) around 3-4"
Master Point and Magnum caused me so much trouble and time as I was trying to zero in my scope with them and they flew in random patterns and that caused me to think that my scope was bad. I only figured that out after went back to Match pellets and shoot again, my scope is now stay zero, and I can send pellets to touch previous holds inside .7 inch group.
So don't try too many type of pellets while trying to zero in your scope, my experience also good with the dome type pellets as they are normally the best on accuracy, energy and penatration, so try to stay with one or two kinds of dome pellets. Now I have been using only the Match pellet for paper target, and dome pellet for hunting, don't need anything else. Match and Domed are normally in better price than other fancy pellets that only sound good on marketting.
On a side note, I hope to save people (whom are new to air rifle) some time about air rifle, scope and pellets:
I have also tested Gamo Pro Magnum and Tomahawk (750-box for $9.95, very good price) they are as accurate as Match pellet.
I have also tested Crosman Match and Crosman Premier Domed 7.9gr and 10.5gr they are very good pellets, I noted that the Crosman Match pellets group better than gamo match, and in general I think the crosman pellets are in better machine quality and accuracy.
One of the most important things about Air Rifle if you don't mind. I have done lots of research and target shooting at the range near by, and tried 20, 50, and 100 yards paper target shooting and found that beyon 35 yards is a challenge for .177 pellet air rifle. I went on and downloaded the Hawke ChairGun Pro software to study bullet valocity and travel path and found that due to the size and light weight of the pellet, they are phisycally can not stay in accuracy path beyon 50 yards, I know 50 yards is possible for some skill people, but even most skill people will miss a lot at 50 and longer on a bird size target, this has to do with the limitation of the pellet and the environment where we are shooting. From an indoor range, with no wind, and best quality Air Rile, you might be able to do well at 50 yards and beyon.
Few words on scopes if you will. I have also spend some stupid money on good expensive scopes ($180 or more) with expectation that I can go out and zero my air rifle at 100 yards, but later on found out that there is no way I can zero-in my shots in a small group (my expectation was to zero at 2" group/100 Yards), I was so fustrated and noticed that the wind alone sent my pellets spaying around 10" group beyon 50 to 100yards.
Why is it hard beyon 50 to 100 Yards? it is because as soon as the pellet leave the barrel it will start dropping, and at 100 Yards the Point of impact is 14 inches below the scope level, now if you factor in the wind, then pellet will travel left or right and mostly downward. The best POI range for most pellet is 20 - 50 yards.
There are some scopes that help calculate arming point for long range shooting, but that is for real hunting rifle or long range rifle that shoot bullets size atleast .223 and larger at 1550 FPS to 3550 FPS. So don't miss understand and use those fancy scopes for Air Rifle.
My friend's AR15 223 firearm can groups 1" at 50 yards and 1.5" - 2" group at 100 yards, but that is because the weight and power of the bullet is physically capable of. Going through so much time, trial and errors made me now understood that air gun pellet can't go too far and stay in accuracy. There are so many video and writting online that show people shooting bird at 60, 70, 80 or 100 Yards, please don't trust those people as I found them fake and advertizing videos. So that is why I think any scope come with the gun is more than good, to me any scope around $40.00 is good enought for Air Rifle.