What is the best hunting pellet for my airgun?
Finding the right pellet can be a challenge given the dozens of choices out there. The short answer is that the best hunting pellet is the most accurate pellet. Here’s why. Airguns do not kill with raw power like firearms. In fact, no off-the-shelf airgun, with the exception of some of the big bore airguns, even comes close to the energy and power produced by the lowly .22 long rifle rimfire cartridge. To put this in perspective, 20 foot pounds of energy is on the high side for a standard .22 cal spring or gas ram airgun, and 60 foot pounds is on the extreme high side of a .22 cal pcp airgun. The typical .22 caliber long rifle rimfire cartridge by comparison, delivers about 120 foot pounds. So given that the average airgun just can’t compete with raw power, shot placement is critically important. When you find the most accurate pellet for your particular gun, lock everything down and start working on your technique. Accuracy, through practice and proper technique, is what is going to make you successful.