One reader wonders how to protect his pellets, the other has trouble with them jamming in the gun

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Q: I usually carry airgun pellets in my pocket when I’m out shooting, but I’m always concerned that they might get damaged. Is there a safer way to transport soft lead pellets so they are protected until I load them into my magazine?

A: I must confess that I carry pellets in my pocket during hunting trips and they have never been damaged. However a lot of my friends share your concerns and several of them use the pellet keeper tin from Custom Targets. This relatively inexpensive metal box holds pellets securely in 5mm neoprene sheets. There is even padding in the base and inside the lid, and a neoprene spacer to place between the two pellet sheets, so there should be no chance of your ammunition coming to any harm inside this compact holder.

Q: I recently purchased a CO2 powered semi-automatic pistol – the Crosman Model 600. I was assured it had been fully checked before sale. It fires extremely well when only one pellet is loaded but jams when the magazine is full. Can you suggest a cause and remedy?

A: The Crosman Model 600 pistol is an excellent pistol, robust, well made and designed, and works well when used with compatible pellets.

It is considered one of the most collectable and desirable of all the Crosman pistols.

As the 10-shot magazine is of an ‘in-line’ design, it is essential that only flat or semi-flat nosed pellets are used.

If conventional pointed or dome-headed pellets are loaded into the tubular magazine, the nose of the pellet will seat in the hollow skirt of the preceding pellet, thus causing the feed arm to fail to operate.

Try RWS Hobby pellets, which have a flat head and do not interlock when used in an ‘in-line’ magazine.

Other flat or semi-flat headed pellets may also work in your pistol.