My favorites are the RWS pointed pellets. They punch a hole like a wadcutter, but penetrate more deeply. Best of all, they are very effective on small game such as rabbits and squirrels. I am absolutely sold on these as excellent .177s and can recommend them without any reservations at all.
I would go with the gamo rockets similar to the raptors just , they are around 6 bucks for 150 they are fast and super accurate, I really like them I have a had time having the kids keep their hands off of them!!
I get the best accuracy out of the RWS super mags 9.3 grain flat target points. For the Gamo 880 hunter
They work well on ground squirrels and cotton tails.
Find what works well for your rifle and use them.
I have also used lead BB's by Gamo for mice and rats out of the pump up Daisy rifle and the full auto CO2 gun. They do not bounce all over the garage when a mouse is missed like the steel does.
A three round burst of the lead BB's took a crow out of the sky. And on single shot the little machine gun will kill Pigeons at the hay barn.
they are a little larger than the steel BB and work out of my Gamo 880 as well. Steel BB's just roll out. I don't shoot them in the Gamo as they are not real accurate but have a whole lot of penetration.
The new Gamo gold pellets that add speed are pretty good as well. Accuracy is a premium with me. I kept trying different pellets till I got groups the size of a dime at 30 yards. Any of the pellets will kill varmints around the house or for small game hunting.
Over the years I have played a lot with BB and pellet guns. Broke a few doing things too. And done a few stupid things. If you shoot strike anywhere matches at a brick wall the make a loud crack. If you put a little wax on a BB and put it in a crossman you can get 6 other BB in behind it and shoot it like a shotgun. Patterns pretty well at 15 feet for rats running between things at the old missile base that was behind the house growing up. The wax allows you to carry the gun and point it down. If your just trying to get rid of flying rats then just drop 5 down the barrel after you load but before you pump.
In a word - Predator - made by JSB. I've used them in both .17 and .22. Most of my guns like the JSB pellets and the Predators shoot very close to the same poi as the regular JSB in those guns. This allows me to plink with one, and use the Predators for hunting without worrying about poi shift. Try it, you will like it.......
Just bought some Predators in .20. If they do as well (or even close) to the .20 Crow Mag, they should be special indeed. In my Beeman RX-1, I have found that the .20 Crow Mag pellet expands into the high .20's (usually around .27-.28) in fox squirrels taken out to 30 yards. They are that explosive! Needless to say, fox squirrels getting THAT kind of treatment in their lungs don't last long!
I was told that the Predator penetrates a little more than the Crow and still expands. IF this is so, it should be ESPECIALLY good for pigeons and crows where bad angled shots are sometimes the only ones you get. I look forward to field-testing them very shortly!
By the way, for those concerned with penetration on squirrels, I did some tests years ago using some freshly killed fox squirrels. A Crosman 2100 with .177 Crow Mag pellets and 5 pumps (6ft. lbs. chronoed) were shot behind the shoulder of 2-3 pound squirrels. The pellets got all the way through both lungs and lodged up against the hide on the far side expanded to .19". Of course, this was ENOUGH penetration as far as t goes. Had the squirrels been alive though, I would have needed alot more tissue/lung damage to go along with the penetration---for quick kills that is! Five pumps of this 2100 and the Crow Mag pellet did 2 bars (2") of Ivory soap penetration. One bar of Ivory soap penetration was shown to be enough penetration for a brain shot IF the pellet hit the squirrel in the back of the head OR between the eye and the ear from the side. Frontal head shots sometimes had pellets glancing and/or deflecting as the skull from the front is very angular and problematic to pellets penetrating on a straight line (needed to get into the brain). A forehead shot flush on was deadly.
It doesn't take alot of gun or pellet to penetrate the vitals of a squirrel or a rabbit but penetration alone is NOT ALWAYS enough on even a well-placed shot when that shot is to the chest.--Mike
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