Lead Free and Lead Pellet Test Results Summary
Over the past several years, I have tested numerous pellets in my RWS 54 and FWB 300. Recently, I got interested in the lead-free "high velocity" pellets because some of my friends bought into the high velocity idea with very poor success. It has been my contention that supersonic pellets don't generally do well for accuracy because of their resemblance to badminton birdies. I bought a whole bunch of different lead-free pellets and tested them pretty extensively along with some lead one. I combined the new data with the lead pellet data from earlier tests and came up with over 100 tests on 24 lead-free and 44 lead pellets. I would have attached a pdf spreadsheet that shows all the results but its 50Kb size exceeds the allowed 19.5kb for this site. DRAT! If anyone wants it send me a note with an email address and I will get it to you.
I posted all of this on the GTA German Air Guns page too but wanted to share it with any who frequent Straightshooters but not that page.
The next step is outdoors. I will try the H&N Green and Field Target Trophy at 50yds as I have their lead counterparts in inventory.
Results show that each of these pellets do well in both rifles at low and high energy. If you want to try lead-free pellets, I would start with these. Note that the last pellet in each block is the lead "favorite" of each rifle.
FWB300, Low Energy, 5.1fpe
Gamo Raptor Platinum PBA 5.04gr 702f/s, dome .65AVE .60 .47 .38 .69 .94 .79 *
Winchester Maximum Velocity 4.41gr, 794f/s, dome .62AVE .48 .48 .81 .51 .65 .81
Sig Sauer Wraith Ballistic Alloy 6.65gr 582f/s, dome .67AVE .75 .51 .71 .53 ,58 .93
H&N Baracuda Green 6.57gr, 500f/s, dome .58AVE .44 .60 .58 .69 .48 .71
H&N Field Target Trophy Green 5.56gr, 693f/s, dome .40AVE .41 .35 .40 .42 .42 .40
H&N Match Green 5.24gr, 668f/s, wadcutter .54AVE .49 .56 .60 .56 .66 .38
H&N Finale Match Rifle, 8.13gr, 588f/s, wadcutter .40AVE .33 .41 .30 .42 .46 .36 .46 .36 .35
RWS 54 High Energy, 17.15fpe
Gamo Raptor Platinum PBA 5.04gr 1228f/s, dome .70AVE .74 .83 .74 .71 .44 .71
Winchester Maximum Velocity 4.41gr, 1138f/s, dome .62AVE .50 .50 .59 .75 .74 *
Sig Sauer Wraith Ballistic Alloy 6.65gr 1083f/s, dome .65AVE .54 .64 .71 .41 .83 .56
H&N Baracuda Green 6.57gr, 1068f/s, dome .56AVE .38 .52 .57 .47 .69 .66
H&N Field Target Trophy Green 5.56gr, 1206f/s, dome .66AVE .75 .65 .69 .63 .59 .74
H&N Match Green 5.24gr, 1223f/s, wadcutter .76AVE .95 .75 .61 .47 .64 1.12
Beeman Kodiak Match 10.5gr, 840f/s, dome .58AVE .45 .59 .47 .50 .64 .53 .62 .55 .75 .68 *
The Gamo Platinum pellet in the FWB threw one flyer nearly 4" out of the group. I suspect a defective pellet??
The Baracuda Green showed a very low velocity but still had good accuracy. I suspect it is a bit harder and didn't seal well.
The Field Target Trophy Green matched the average for the FWB's favorite pellet.
Author's note, I am prejudiced against the Gamo pellet for inconsistency if nothing else. Besides I really don't like the heavy marketing campaign for their high velocities with their guns. AS noted earlier, three friends bought into it and were unhappy with their purchases.
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RWS54, 4.5mm, RWS 4-12x50CI
FWB300SU, 4.5mm, Clearidge Ultra RM 3-9x32