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…

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Although airgun pellets come in different shapes and sizes they won’t all be right for your air rifle, so it’s a matter of trial and error when picking out the best airgun pellets for your purposes.
  • 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.

I tried a selection of airgun ammunition and 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.)

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

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Overall score 90%

Best for HFT and field shooting

  • Quality 17/20
  • Weight 17/20
  • Muzzle velocity 18/20
  • Accuracy 19/20
  • Suitability 19/20

These roundhead diablos have a distinctively squashed look to them, but they work extremely 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.

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2.Bisley Super Field from £6.89 

Bisley Super Field airgun pellets

Overall score 88%

Best for trying something new

Quality 18/20
Weight 18/20
Muzzle velocity 17/20
Accuracy 17/20
Suitability 18/20

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, Bisley claim it offers “improved drive in the barrel. 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.

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

JSB Hades

Overall score 91%

Best for hunting

Quality 19/20
Weight 18/20
Muzzle velocity 19/20
Accuracy 17/20
Suitability 18/20

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. 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.

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

RWS Super Field pellets

Overall score 90%

Best for longterm reputation

Quality 18/20
Weight 18/20
Muzzle velocity 18/20
Accuracy 18/20
Suitability 18/20

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? Super Fields may have an unconventional head design, but shoot them through the right barrel and they truly are super.

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

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Overall score 90%

Best for short and mid-range hunting

Quality 18/20
Weight 17/20
Muzzle velocity 19/20
Accuracy 18/20
Suitability 18/20

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. 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.

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

Overall score 93%

Best for accuracy

Quality 19/20
Weight 19/20
Muzzle velocity 19/20
Accuracy 18/20
Suitability 18/20

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

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

WEihrauch Magnum

Overall score 92%

Best for all kinds of shooting

Quality 19/20
Weight 18/20
Muzzle velocity 19/20
Accuracy 18/20
Suitability 18/20

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.

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.

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