Selecting the Best Bullets Aerodynamically
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The most common topics that are being discussed on airgun forums are the foibles and features of different air gun models but closely behind that chatter are the talks on what type of ammunition is best for deep hunting. The same topics are being covered by most air rifle review articles that are commonly posted on gun blogs and websites. The best hunting destinations and deer hunting practices are sometimes the central topics of the forums as well.

You can expect discussions about a .177 caliber pellet made by factory A would perform better that a product made by factory B using the same gun. To make things more interesting, when they switch to a different gun, factory B's product produces better result compared to factory A.

This article will discuss the different characteristics of air gun pellets and how you can utilize this information to your own advantage when selecting a pellet for your air pistol or rifle.

A light weight pellet will quickly leave the barrel of a gun quickly than a heavy pellet and this will also accelerate faster on downrange. This means that there is a need for a lesser time to arrive at its trajectory since there is less time for gravity in working its magic. The heavy pellet will have a less flat trajectory because of its weight since it spends more time to target offering gravity with more time to pull towards earth.

The second factor that affects the flight of an airgun pellet is air resistance. Air resistance increases with the cube of the speed. Whenever you double the speed of a pellet moving downrange, you increase its air resistance by eight times. The really light.177 caliber pellets lose energy because of air resistance so rapidly that after 35 yards or so it will be traveling slower than the heavier pellet fired from the same gun. Air resistance is irrelevant for target shooting up to 10 meters but it would play a big role in a hunting shot that goes beyond that range. This is the reason why you want to hunt with a heavier pellet that your airgun can actually handle more effectively.

In addition to the weight of the pellet, the air resistance will vary depending on the shape of the pellet. The Wadcutters are flat nosed pellets that are used for target shooting. At the range of 10 meters, the increase in air resistance is negligible but the same effect of the weight beyond 35 yards, the flat nose will start working like an air brake. This is where aerodynamics will come to play.

The medium weight round nose pellets provide the best results for both shape and weight for medium powered air rifles. For small caliber air rifles with magnum .177 and .20, the best hunting ammo is actually a round nose hollowpoint. This type of pellet moves through the air like a regular round nose and it mushrooms on impact; thus significantly increasing the force of the shot.

By visiting forums and websites, you research which one is best bullets to use aerodynamically.

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