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Tests I have done with different types of pellets.
Here I have a few photos of some testing I did with different types of pellets with 2 different air rifles, the Chinese B-42, 850 fps, .177 cal. and the Gamo Hunter, 1,000 fps, .177 cal.. For the test I used 1/4 inch plywood panels and soap bars. Here I tested the "punch out power" (impact and penetration) of each different pellet when it exited the plywood panels and the soap bars. The testing (shooting) was done at a distance of 15 feet.

Testing with the Chinese B-42, .177 cal., 850 fps.

The B-42 did very well for a 34.95 dollar air rifle at 850 fps, all of the pellets passed thru except for the Expanding Pellets (trash pellets) from South Summit, they fit too tight and caused lost of power. The best and biggest exit hole made out of all the pellets came from the Gamo Magnum pellet.

Tests done with the Gamo Hunter, 1,000 fps, .177 cal.
With the Gamo Hunter 1,000 all pellets passed thru the plywood, the winner again was the Gamo Magnum pellets, although the Gamo hunter (domed) pellets did well too. The extra power of the Gamo Hunter was what the over tight fitting Expanding Pellets (trash pellets) needed, to be able to pass thru the plywood.
Soap Bar test.
I found the soap bar test to be a waste of time, all of the pellets went thru and I could not see any difference in the holes. I shot the soap bar with my B-42, 850 fps and the Gamo 1,000 fps, all the pellets went thru the soap bar like nothing and kept on going. (Wait till my wife sees her beatuy soap bars with holes in them, boy is she going to get mad.)
South Summit's so called Anihilator Expanding Pellets.
I bought these pellets thinking that they were going to be something out of this world. They are trash pellets, out of a plastic can of 200 pellets, I can safely say that 75 of the pellets are either so warped or bent they don't even enter the barrel and you have to throw them away in the trash. They give you less distance because they are not polished like the Gamo/Crossman pellets and fit so over tight in the barrel that you have to push them with force to get them in there and you wind up bending them more. If you were to use them in a low powered air gun, they would jam in the barrel. They are not accurate in anyway. And as far as that expanding deal, after shooting them at a cement wall, I could see no difference between the flatten out sizes of the Expanding pellets compared to the Domed and Magnum pellets. Also due to their over tight fit, they take away power/speed and distance from your rifle's shooting. I do not recommend these pellets to any one. Pay a few dollars more and buy quality pellets for accuracy, your best buy would be Gamo Magnum pellets or Crossman pointed pellets, these pellets travel futher than the other pellets and have good piercing power.

I later on did some testing with Crossman pellets, I found that the Crossman pointed and dommed pellets to be very good. After testing the Gamo Magnums and the Crossman pointed pellets, shooting at a hard tin cracker can, I found that the Crossman pointed pellets have better piercing power than the Gamo Magnums, but the Gamo Magnums expanded more (good for hunting, quicker kills) than the Crossman pointed pellets.

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What caliber rifle should I buy?
Many people wonder, what caliber air rifle should I buy? Well, if it is for plinking, I would recommend .177 cal, the pellets are cheaper and in all air rifles that come in both calibers, the .177 travels faster, has more fps than the .22 cal.. In other words the .177 travels futher and faster than the .22 cal..

For hunting, there is a old rule. .177 cal. for feathers (birds) .22 cal. for fur (rabbits and other fur bearing animals). But, no matter what caliber you use,if you hit one of the animal's vital points it is going down.

I recommend any one buying a low priced air gun to buy .177 caliber, more speed, more distance for your money.

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