If so let me dive into a review of the .177 caliber Predator Pellets. If this is not the place for this please delete it for me and let me know
I received a shipment of Predator Pellets from Tom May owner of Predator International about 5 or 6 months ago. Anxious to try out the new "Ballistic Tip" pellets I jumped in with both feet.
I started at home with BC testing since these pellets claim to be more aerodynamic. I used two chronographs and quickly found out that JSB Exacts, Beeman FTS', and Crosman Premiers had a higher BC and therefore were more Aerodynamic.
Disappointed with my initial findings I moved on to the most important part of testing ANY piece of Airgunning equipment (to me) and that was ACCURACY. I am not talking about Olympic grade accuracy ... I am a hunter. 10 meter low velocity accuracy doesn't mean a thing to me when I am squirrel hunting. I want to know what the pellet can do at 40 yards which in most airgun rifles is my limit for head shots.
Accuracy test equipment: I used a variety of .177 caliber airguns for the accuracy part of this test to include ... 2 Tau-7's, an R-1, 2 RWS Model 48's, an R-11, 2 R-9's and a B21. At 20 yards outdoors using IHMSA Silhouette targets with the Tau-7's I could consistently hit the foot (base) of the Ram with JSB Exacts while the Predators couldn't hit the entire silhouette target at all ! I continued my testing and found that as the speed of the pellets increased life got worse in the accuracy dept. I reported my findings to Tom May who never responded to my last e-mail.
Move forward to March 2005. I understood that I may have been testing version 1 of the Predator Pellets so months later I ordered a tin from Cabelas. The new tins have the JSB logo on them and with some reservation I set down to try them out. I figured that after my initial testing Tom would be reluctant to send me anymore "free" pellets.
Testing in a P-1: I had just received a San Rafael P-1 for testing and it seemed to love RWS Super Hollow Points. The best group I produced with these was just 3/16ths of an inch at 10 yards ! With some humorous thoughts in my mind I tried the Predator Pellets and was delighted to see a group of just 3/8ths of an inch ! I didn't have to worry about hitting the pellet trap with Predator Pellets anymore as I was producing nice little groups.
Sure I thought .. they shoot well at low speed now ... but let me crank up the speed and watch them cork screw down range. I was delighted to see a nice little group at 10 yards with the San Rafael R-1 I have on hand here.
So far the new Predator Pellets are doing quite well for me and I look forward to testing them outdoors at longer ranges. If they pass this test I will take them hunting which is why they were invented in the first place. From the results I saw in my pellet trap filled with Beeman Ballistic Putty I would say that they should be killer on live game.
At $ 10.00 a tin for just 200 pellets we should get something for our money. Tom May should've responded to my e-mails of concern months ago. I will produce a long range outdoor review of these pellets within 5 weeks in an upcoming edition of Addictive Airgunning. If they shine in these tests I will be carrying them with me to Kentucky for the Spring Squirrel hunting season that we will be sharing with Carl Miller. I am so looking forward to this trip