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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

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