Wondering if your air rifle could perform better? Maybe you need to change your pellets, says Mike Morton

Airguns are known to be notoriously fussy about the ammunition you put in them, so how can you find the best airgun pellets for you and your purposes?
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Airguns are very fussy about pellets so it pays to experiment to find the best for you.

It’s really a matter of trial and error and experimenting. Luckily airgun pellets aren’t particularly expensive and putting some time in to try out different brands could reap useful rewards. (Read our tips on finding the perfect airgun pellet.)
Before deciding on the best airgun pellets for you, you need to known the difference between different shapes and sizes.
  • 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.)

1.RIFLE Premium Series Pointed Pellets Air Rifle 177 – 22 QTY 50 – 125 from £3.99

best airgun pellets

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.


2.Bisley Super Field from £6.89 

Bisley Super Field airgun pellets

Best established

+ Improved drive in the barrel

+ Good for field target shooting and hunting up to 25 yards


3. JSB Hades .22 5.50mm Tin of 500 Air Gun Pellets from £11.24

JSB Hades

Best for hunting

+ Aerodynamic shape

+ Excellent accuracy


4. RWS Super Field .177 4.51mm PELLETS 8.4gr Air Rifle Gun Airgun 500 Tin from £13.80

RWS Super Field pellets

Best for spending a little extra

+ High penetration power

+ For PCP airguns

+ Ideal for field target shooting and hunting airguns


5. RIFLE 1000 Premium Series Round .22 Pellets – Super Box from £14.99

best airgun pellets listing

Best for short and mid-range hunting

+ Rifle Airgun pellets used by Olympians

+ Suitable for any airgun activity


6. QYS Pointed Competition Grade Air Gun Pellets .177 / 4.5mm Qty500 from £13.99

Best for accuracy

+ Superb quality

+ Deeper penetration


7. HW Weihrauch Magnum .177 4.51mm Pellets Airgun Target Shooting 500 from £16.99

WEihrauch Magnum

Overall score 92%

+ Highly rated by users

+ Suitable for all kinds of airgunning