Gun: .22 Non-Swarm Gamo Magnum (affectionately known as Maggy)
Range: 15-25 yards
Pellets: H&N FTT 14.66, H&N Baracuda Hunter Extreme 18.xx, H&N Baracuda 21g, Crosman Piranhas 14.3, Copper CPUM Domes 14.3FTT 14.66
They seem like hard pellets, but not as hard as the CPUM Domes either in lead or copper. Accuracy is so-so...although YMMV. For my Maggy, she's not particularly keen on them. I use them as a sighting in pellet. It gets me in the general vicinity with groupings and then I fine tune with my other offerings. I'd use them on rats too, probably. Pretty sure they'd do the deed with a body shot.EDIT:
It appears I misjudged these pellets. In the accuracy department, I think I might have to go out on a limb here and say that these are a bit more accurate than the CPUM domes.
Literal "hole in hole" accuracy...color me quite surprised. Where the Domes are giving me 3/4 groupings, these FTTs are capable of producing 1/4 groupings. I will say this, though: you need to work for that accuracy. The Domes are easier to shoot; they produce snug groups with minimal fliers...however, with the FTTs, if you really pay attention to detail, they will reward you with tight groups. Of course, there are fliers...but I have yet to try a pellet that has none.
As for hardness, after my highly scientific and controlled fingernail and pinch test, it appears that they're just about as hard as the Domes. Maybe even a smidgen stiffer?
The Dome skirt gave way quite easy on the pinch test...the FTT skirt held up noticeably better. The head on the FTT was quite hard...the fingernail test only resulted in a minimal scratch.
So it appears I'm going to need to order another tin and do some more testing. Baracuda Hunter Extreme
Not too sure about the hardness on this one. This is the pellet that has the cross-shaped cuts on the head. Punched through an old oven tray at 20 yards. Clean through. Have yet to pest with this round, but I'm going to assume it's going to be quite damaging. Next on the list for Project Piggy, if I come across one that's about 40-50lbs. Baracuda 21g
Seems like a pretty hard pellet. Of course it's going to be flying at a notably lower velocity, but it does pack a decent wallop. Furthest penetration in the phone book test, and also on the list for Project Piggy. Have to pay closer attention to my hold when shooting this pellet; it moves slower out of the barrel and the gun seems to jump a little more. Maybe it's just me. I'll need to order another tin and do more extensive testing. Crosman Piranhas
Definitely a hard pellet. Its supposed to be some kind of quasi-hollowpoint, but I haven't seen too much expanding. Straight through the oven tray for this one as well. Fairly accurate out of Maggy; I use these to zero her sometimes. I treat it fairly the same as the CPUM Domes. Also on the list for Project Piggy...and I'm sure it'll perform nicely. Copper CPUM Domes
Not pure copper, of course...but copper plated. I retrieved the pellet after the phonebook penetration test, and it appears the rifling scored off the abovesaid plating on the edge of the head and the edge of the skirt. I'm a little concerned about copper being stuck in the grooves, but so far no notable accuracy/POI changes. Excellent Project Piggy track record; these little gems are at 2 for 2 right now. Both headshots, almost identical shot placement, both at ~ 15 yards. Slowly becoming my go-to round...but of course, nothing ventured, nothing gained.
So there you have it, my review, take it FWIW. I'm going to try some other brands as soon as I find someone willing to ship out here; almost nobody
will send stuff out here. Those that are
willing to ship charge about as much as a round trip ticket to the moon.
Hopefully I can expand my reviews to different offerings...but until then, I hope this will suffice.