TIME TO USE OUR HEADS
Gary Wain’s pellet testing in the August issue highlighted an often overlooked consideration. The skirt deformation of the Norica Killer pellet is, I believe, caused by the pellet ‘wobbling’ in flight due to lack of gyroscopic stability. Much like a child’s spinning top wobbling as it slows down. This is also highlighted by the pellet’s poor accuracy.
I think this is what causes different head sizes of the same pellet to exhibit differing degrees of accuracy. Too tight or too loose a pellet will affect its speed and thus gyroscopic spin rate. I don’t think enough consideration is given to pellet head size when testing for accuracy. although Jamie Chandler talks about it in the September issue of Air Gunner, and the only manufacturer to address this issue is FX with different spin rates of their barrels.