What's the best all around .22 pellet for hunting?



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What's the best all around .22 pellet for hunting?
« on: March 27, 2012, 08:48:48 PM »
I'll be using a Benjamin Titan for hunting.  I've been putting Crosman Hollow points through it, and from up to 30 yards out, they are really accurate.  Would these make good hunting pellets or should I "test drive" others for hunting?  Thanks in advance
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Re: What's the best all around .22 pellet for hunting?
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2012, 09:02:27 PM »
What ever produces consistent groups is a good hunting pellet. Shot placement is key in airgun hunting. As long as you can precisely place your shot in the kill-zone, it will not really matter what kind of pellet it is.

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Re: What's the best all around .22 pellet for hunting?
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2012, 09:04:36 PM »
What ever produces consistent groups is a good hunting pellet. Shot placement is key in airgun hunting. As long as you can precisely place your shot in the kill-zone, it will not really matter what kind of pellet it is.

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Re: What's the best all around .22 pellet for hunting?
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2012, 09:22:48 PM »
As long as it's not any of the incarnations of Gamo's Raptor pellets, it should be a good pellet, as long as you get decent groups out of it.
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Re: What's the best all around .22 pellet for hunting?
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2012, 10:24:24 PM »
if preds shoot accurate in my guns I use them for hunting. awsome pellets.   same with jsb exacts
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Re: What's the best all around .22 pellet for hunting?
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2012, 10:41:49 PM »
As long as it's not any of the incarnations of Gamo's Raptor pellets, it should be a good pellet, as long as you get decent groups out of it.
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Lol I get groups when I shoot the light weight pellets?!  Granted they're 5 inch groups, but hey, still a group right? :0 

No I wouldn't even attempt to hunt with these.  The targets I've been using are maybe 5 inches by 5 inches, and I doubt I'd even hit the target with them.  The Crosman Hollows get me about nickle/ dime sized groups at 30 yards.  Unfortunately, my back yard at this time does not allow further shooting than that, and I haven't had time to shoot elsewhere
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Re: What's the best all around .22 pellet for hunting?
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2012, 11:05:43 PM »
I'll be using a Benjamin Titan for hunting.  I've been putting Crosman Hollow points through it, and from up to 30 yards out, they are really accurate.  Would these make good hunting pellets or should I "test drive" others for hunting?  Thanks in advance

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Re: What's the best all around .22 pellet for hunting?
« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2012, 11:51:36 PM »
ive always liked and had great luck with jsb's doomed diablo or polymags
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Re: What's the best all around .22 pellet for hunting?
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2012, 01:51:08 AM »
Pellets performance Lead against Flesh really don't mean squat if pellet does not contact where aimed !!!

At air rifle velocities pellets deformation is minimal in all but the exotic hollow cavity versions and YOUR BEST HUNTING PELLET is one that shoots TIGHT groups flying true to make its contact where aimed !!

Prey makes a difference too and that subject for preferred pellets is well covered elsewhere.
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Re: What's the best all around .22 pellet for hunting?
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2012, 08:30:50 AM »
Dime to nickle sized groups at 30 yds is sufficient for hunting unless your hunting huming birds where the kill zone is smaller than a dime you should be good. I uslaay shoot what works best out of my guns and dont worry about weather it hp domed or predators. Just what give the best groups with the most power. Accuracy always comes first though. So if cphp's work good for you then tear um up with cphp's.

And in no way did i mean go hunt humming birds! Lol it was a reference to kill zone size.
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Re: What's the best all around .22 pellet for hunting?
« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2012, 11:45:17 AM »
Crosman hollow points are a fine small game pellet.  I use them all the time with great success.  I also like Beeman FTS, CPL's and of course the poly mag.

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Re: What's the best all around .22 pellet for hunting?
« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2012, 03:09:08 PM »
Pellets performance Lead against Flesh really don't mean squat if pellet does not contact where aimed !!!

At air rifle velocities pellets deformation is minimal in all but the exotic hollow cavity versions and YOUR BEST HUNTING PELLET is one that shoots TIGHT groups flying true to make its contact where aimed !!

Prey makes a difference too and that subject for preferred pellets is well covered elsewhere.

(1) Obviously, a pellet must strike in the proper location to perform it's job effectively. ( The expansion of a Predator Polymag is NOT "minimal" - An increase in diameter of 35% )

Small | Large


(2) Tight groups don't guarantee a clean kill, especially if "shooter error" is the cause, as one can get a tight group in the wrong place.

(3) Differences in prey is precisely why I listed 4 different pellets and their performance characteristics.

The "bottom line" is that the finest pellet rifle in the world, shooting the most accurate pellet in that particular rifle, sighting through a scope with the world's finest optics, it still boils down to the hunter holding the rifle . . . !

Predator Polymag performance . . . ( Seeing is Believing )

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Re: What's the best all around .22 pellet for hunting?
« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2012, 05:18:07 PM »
Thanks for all the help everyone! 
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Re: What's the best all around .22 pellet for hunting?
« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2012, 05:43:54 PM »
Thanks for all the help everyone! 

Anytime . . . Happy Hunting !

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Re: What's the best all around .22 pellet for hunting?
« Reply #14 on: March 28, 2012, 05:59:58 PM »
Predator #1 then Kodiak.
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Re: What's the best all around .22 pellet for hunting?
« Reply #15 on: March 28, 2012, 06:49:11 PM »
Predator #1 then Kodiak.

Paul,

You know, that would be a very interesting comparison  . . .  KODIAK vs. CROW MAGNUM !

I can't recall ever seeing a head-to-head "shootout" between those two pellets.

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Re: What's the best all around .22 pellet for hunting?
« Reply #16 on: March 28, 2012, 08:17:27 PM »
I use cphp in the .177 34 good to 50 yards accuracy
I use Predators in the .22 34 good to 40 yards accuracy
I use JSB heavies 10.3gr in the 350 magnum .177 good to Further than I can shoot accurately..(been a while)
I use H&N FTT's in the stoeger x20 .22 good to 24 yards accuracy so far.

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Re: What's the best all around .22 pellet for hunting?
« Reply #17 on: March 28, 2012, 09:03:05 PM »
Pellets performance Lead against Flesh really don't mean squat if pellet does not contact where aimed !!!

At air rifle velocities pellets deformation is minimal in all but the exotic hollow cavity versions and YOUR BEST HUNTING PELLET is one that shoots TIGHT groups flying true to make its contact where aimed !!

Prey makes a difference too and that subject for preferred pellets is well covered elsewhere.

(1) Obviously, a pellet must strike in the proper location to perform it's job effectively. ( The expansion of a Predator Polymag is NOT "minimal" - An increase in diameter of 35% )





Do keep in mind what was said in my post you quote
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At air rifle velocities pellets deformation is minimal in all but the exotic hollow cavity versions and YOUR BEST HUNTING PELLET is one that shoots TIGHT groups flying true to make its contact where aimed !!

The Polymag is one such pellet ....  ;)
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Re: What's the best all around .22 pellet for hunting?
« Reply #18 on: March 28, 2012, 09:40:03 PM »
I was having a lot of run-offs when I used the .22 CPUMs. They seemed to be going too fast in my Beni Trail NPXL 1100, blowing straight through the squirrels without delivering much energy. I had to chase down or search for every squirrel but 1 that I shot in the head. In your gun, they may be going slower so you may not have this problem. Here's a few pics indicating how they overpenetrated on some bushytails, note the shot placement wasn't perfect, but if I used a polymag or heavy baracuda I think the results would be much different.
2 shots from CPUMs, at the angle they were shot at they should have traveled through the lungs. Not trying to deter you from them, like most people said on here, whatever pellet shoots the most accurately in your gun is the one you should use.
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Only 1 I killed with 1 shot from a CPUM, like I said, shot placement is EVERYTHING. :)
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Not proud of these shots at all... This is when I stopped using the CPUMs for hunting squirrels, still will use em on birds though. Again, not perfect shot placement but I woulda thought they woulda done the job. 3 shots per squirrel.
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And the last, 3 crows taken with CPUMs. 2 with 1 shot and the 3rd took a second as I guesstimated the range wrong. Proves that they have their purpose, but travel too fast in my rifle to be effective on body shots on squirrels every time, IMHO.
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Re: What's the best all around .22 pellet for hunting?
« Reply #19 on: March 28, 2012, 11:08:15 PM »
I really liked the Skenco "Ultra Shock" 25gr in .22 to bad they don't make them anylonger  :'(
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