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Now I stop and think about it, there is a third tangible benefit to pellet lubrication, which is that it can cause a slight improvement in the pellet’s ballistic coefficient - its ability to maintain velocity in flight. I tested pellets with and without lubrication for both muzzle and 30-yard velocity, and the lubricated pellets averaged around 10fps more velocity at range.
Which lubricant to use?
Many people swear by beeswax furniture polish, available in aerosol cans, which makes applying it very easy. Beeswax is flammable, so it’s important that none gets into the skirts of pellets to be used in springers, so stand the pellets on their bases and give them a very light spray. It is not essential that every square millimetre of every pellet is covered, because enough wax residue remains in the barrel to lubricate one or more uncoated pellets.
I would be wary of experimenting with oils because most are flammable, and oil from the exterior of one pellet could easily find its way into the skirt of others in the tin.
Although there are three benefits to lubricating pellets, the effects are too slight to make me want to bother, although others will no doubt think differently.
Guru tip: Keep those precious pellets clean. Dropping them into a dirty pocket will transfer dust and grit to them which could damage your barrel as it passes through