Wondering if your air rifle could perform better? Maybe you need to change your pellets, says Mike Morton
- Round head pellets are for general use and cut through the air more efficiently than the other shapes of pellets.
- Pointed pellets are designed for hunting.
- Hollow point pellets are best used at close quarters and spread on impact
- Wadcutters pellets have flat heads and are only good at close ranges.
The .22 calibre used to be considered the best option for hunting but nowadays the smaller .177 calibre is more popular in sub-12ft/lbs air rifles.
Pellets come in different weights. Low-powered airguns should use lighter pellets and high-powered air rifles should use heavier pellets.
Here’s my list of the best airgun pellets which you should try using. (If you’re looking for the best lead-free airgun pellets then you’ll find our tried and tested suggestions here.) Did you now that washing airgun pellets can make them more accurate? Here’s how to do it.)
And if you’re looking for somewhere to go airgunning, here are some hints and tips on getting an air rifle shooting permission. On the other hand, if you want to know about garden airgunning at home, we’ve written a handy guide. (You might also like to check out our review of the best lightweight jackets.)
Best for HFT and field shooting
+ High accuracy
+ Can also be used for hunting
These roundhead diablos perform well. The range is also available in wadcutter and pointed pellets. 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.
+ Improved drive in the barrel
+ Good for field target shooting and hunting up to 25 yards
Best for hunting
+ Aerodynamic shape
+ Excellent accuracy
Best for spending a little extra
+ High penetration power
+ For PCP airguns
+ Ideal for field target shooting and hunting airguns
Best for short and mid-range hunting
+ Rifle Airgun pellets used by Olympians
+ Suitable for any airgun activity
Best for accuracy
+ Superb quality
+ Deeper penetration
Overall score 92%
+ Highly rated by users
+ Suitable for all kinds of airgunning