Jan 5

New Pellets


Got some new pellets to try , from china . they look the nuts . very thick seat . which i like and well formed . will report back next week when i get a chance to try em HOLLY


PS no more in the country at the mo . get em from uttings .

Hi Holly where did you source them and what did they cost? Cheers Wayne

I am afraid the first batch from china sold out Wayne . uttings had them and believe one other . they are called QYS domed pellets . they are 4.50 head size , weight 8.48 . to run at 775 fps . for 11 .5 foot pounds . very well formed . a lad from the airgunforum sent me some to try . they also do olympic standard match pellets . the domed pellets are just under a tenner a tin . the more you buy the cheaper you get em for . HOLLY

OK new pellets out tomorrow in my Steyr / WL . this is the barrel i think they should suit . it does like a tight fitting pellet . fingers crossed . i will report . HOLLY


PS try em in the shutz wednesday .

OK new pellets tested in the Steyr today . they were in a nutshell not quite as good as the AAs i normally use . i think the 50 head size is against them . they were running ten feet per second faster than the AAs . this i put down to the lack of contact from the head of the pellet . if they bring out a 52 head size , i will give em another try . tomorrow they go through the shutz . maybe better luck with that rifle . one thing that did come out on the steyr after shooting the shutz for some while is that it is too light on the front . i am thinking of fitting a vertical pistol grip to the front via the rail . only snag is they only seem to do them for the weaver . so may have to get a 11 mil to weaver converter . HOLLY

No luck with the Shutz i am afraid today . windage was the same but grouping was not as good as with the AAs . so i will wait to see if they do a 4.52 version . HOLLY

I was asked what was a good group at 50 yards ? the Kill is an inch and a half round . minimum is one inch . good is half an inch . very good is a quarter of an inch . this is of course outdoors in good conditions . HOLLY

I am also trying new pellets, have a nice sleeve of JSB heavies sitting in my study waiting for some serious testing Sunday while you're getting soaked. I know it's a hard life but someone's got to do it.

Yes i have a tin of heavies for Bazza to try out of his Tsar . which he say's shows much promise . in fact he goes as far as to say it could be a worlds winner ? HOLLY

Tried the YinTong pellets Sunday and unfortunately they really didn't like my barrel. These were the 9.5gr flavour so maybe the 8.4gr will be more successful though I doubt it and at £13 a tin I'll stick to my heavies...:D

The ones i had were 8.48 . they were good Col but i think they would be as good or better than air arms if they were 4.52s . gave mine to bazza . i think he lost em . the lad is not what he was . HOLLY

The lad found them - rolling around the bottom of my rifle bag where the lid had fallen off the tin!

I am worried about you and Colin Bazza . possibly time for the old peoples home . . i will look after your FT rigs for you . no don'r thank me . it is the least i can do . HOLLY

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  • Holly and Ian were sitting at the plinking range today shooting at the pigeon at 55 yards. One knocked the head down and the other knocking the head up. I suggested trying it standing up which Holly was all up for. After a about 3 shots Holly shot the head down and said it would be harder to hit it back up. Well - after 2 shots my good old FTP900 found the spot and I think it was the first time I’ve seen Holly stuffed for words although “that was a lucky shot” was finally uttered. Yes - maybe I was fortunate but I felt it was an achievement that had me smiling all the way home.
  • It seems such a long time since the last GP at Purbeck but round 9 at Blackbrook was last weekend. Last chance for me to qualify as I knew I was out of the running for positions in the B grade. Blackbrook is a Shotgun and Airgun club in about 80 acres of lane North East of Birmingham just off the M6 Toll Road. I went up on the Saturday with Richard Green who shot FT at Purbeck and Southampton but wanted to get a 3rd round in to give him a proper grade. Richard shot FT in the 90’s and a regular A grader back then, so really wanted to get and idea of where he might stand. For this round he borrowed Bazza’s Steyr again. Blackbrook had hosted the Inter-Regionals earlier in the year and the comments after that event was that it was a growler with most targets over 47 yards apart from those reducers. I took all that was said with a pinch of salt as the same was said of Tawd Vale but that was again a very enjoyable course. For this round we decided that we would shoot AM and then head back home, having booked nearly 3 weeks ago we could have only guessed on the weather conditions. The forecast during the week was for it to get hot, like really hot. Come Sunday morning, there was some light cloud cover and we left the hotel at 7am hoping for the cloud to stay, however by the time we got to the ground we could see the cloud was burning off very quickly. As the tea van was still being set up Richard and myself decided to walk the course after booking in. It turned out the course we walked was the club course and so our observations of crossed strings and the lengths of the targets on the lanes was not really any good but did give us an idea of what the actual course may look like. By the time we had got back to the tea van, it was up and running so after a breakfast sandwich and a drink before heading for a quick practice session. The ground had been filling up and the temperature was starting to go up as well. After the safety briefing we headed to the course. The wind seemed to come from the right as the course had a right to left direction. The course itself started at the edge of a clearing with the first 3 lanes on the outside edge of the clearing with the targets on the other side. Between lanes 1 and 3 the course had rotated by 90 degrees. These targets had long and medium targets with angles between them. Lanes 4 to 10 carried on through the wooded area with a few slight twists. These targets had various angles and a few up trees, again the targets were not all long but a very good balance of distances. Lane 11 was on the edge of the woods and in the opposite direction with left to right, compared to the Right to Left the rest of the course had. Lanes 12 to 18 ran along a thin strip of trees that had an open area between them and a woodland. This clearing was about 40-45yds wide and the targets placed between the middle far side. After lane 18 you entered what I could only call an oven. This area had been recently cleared and was covered in light brown dead bracken/brambles. The clouds had been burnt off by now and was quite relentless with the heat coming from both the sky and the ground. This open area ran slightly downhill, not steeply but for those right hand shooters you knew your feet were very slightly higher. So what were the scores, top score was a 48 shot in the morning and a 47 in the afternoon. I did a PB for a GP this year with a 38 and Richard a 31. Not bad from Richard considering it was not his rifle and every round had been over 30. For me, I have learnt a bit over the season and hope I can bring this into the CSFTA Winter season which starts in October some 6 weeks away.
  • Rolled up at the Heart of England showground on the Tuesday before the championships to stay with Colin Eaton and his family. Huge ground with a large lake, woods, restaurant, etc. Wednesday was checking guns output to make sure they are legal and bean bags weren't overfilled. The competitors could use the large zero range after this to check their guns although that was a bit hit and miss as the wind was blowing hard. Thursday, 8am, the first session started on the course in the woods. The weather had now turned to very wet and windy. There were three courses, yellow, black and white denoted by the colour of the targets, the lanes were set in one continuous line so you could be on a yellow lane with white and black either side. Excellent layout, not too stupid distances either. Anyway, I experienced problems noting that on day 1 my rifle, which was set up for 785fps, had dropped to 770fps, not too bad but every day this level reduced so that by the last day it was 742fps. My scores plummeted from 36, down to 30 then 26 over the 3 days! Altogether I have no complaints with the venue and set up, even the leaving meal provided in the banqueting suite was good. Shame about my shooting, now to do some testing.

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