Shot my C362 today to do some testing with CPHP's because they are cheap for short range 35 yd shooting for HOSP's, Starling size pest.
Looking for ~ 6fpe at the 35 yard range. Don't want to pump more than 5 pumps for sure, hoping 3 pumps does the trick, but I have my doubts. I can get more poop with another pellet but if your doing a lot of shooting, pellets are getting more and more expensive rapidly ! Yes, I will use Monsters and/or Seneca Domes as they have lots of smash with 6 to 7 pumps in the 35-40 yard range. I shoot pumpers in the 25-35+ yards range, 40 yards with a pumper is pretty much out of my personal comfort zone.
The gun I'm shooting today is sighted in with Monsters going out at 470fpe with 6 pumps (My pigeon load), it's a short range heavy hitter because of the weight of the pellet and because of its' weight, the pellet has a lot of momentum and smash.
IMHO pumpers are a different animal, a very capable game getter if heavy for caliber pellets are used for those 25-35+ yard shots.
For this shooting session I'm using CPHP's that can be had at Walmart for $6.24 for 500ea. This ammo is for shooting cans and eliminating small pest only ! I don't want to spend on pellets for the cost of what 22lr was a few years ago for smacking cans and eliminating HOSPS and Starlings. I'll save my expensive heavy ammo for times it is needed.
I'm shooting using 3,4 and then 5 pumps to see what I get !!14.3gr CPHP Test !3 Pumps average of 5 shots
Muzzle Vel=442fps - Energy=6.20fpe
35 Yard Vel=365fps - Energy=4.23fpe4 Pumps average of 5 shots
Muzzle Vel=502 - Energy=8.00fpe
35 Yard Vel=414 - Energy=5.44fpe5 Pumps average of 5 shots
Muzzle Vel=547- Energy=9.50fpe
35 Yard Vel=452 - Energy=6.54fpe
Well I was hoping 3 pumps would give me the minimum of ~6 fpe at 35 yards, but it's not to be --- 4 pumps is an absolute minimum for Starlings and under size pest (not only because of the energy level but the pellet trajectory). 5 pumps put the energy solidly where I need it for 35 yard-ish shots for Starlings and other small pests, it makes a solid showing for my use with these pellets.(Notice with 5 pumps it has over the energy of 3 pumps at the muzzle) !
All shots were on for windage but elevation varied with # of pumps --- at 25 yards with 5 pumps elevation was about 3+ inches or so higher than 3 pumps.
This gun is equipped with a Williams peep sight and a small Cyelee brand red dot sight (a very good little 3" red dot). I wanted a light field gun and she is a beauty, pic below :