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The greenies must be seeing red over this

“Environmentally Friendly” air rifle pellet is lead free ... and actually increases killing power by a large fraction.


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The Gamo airgun company has developed a hardened copper based pellet. Called the P.B.A.tm for Performance Ballistic Alloy, the new pellet is much harder and much lighter than regular pellets which are made from lead. The light weight allows it to fly much faster on the same blast of air, and the harder alloy alloys it to penetrate deeper. That ought to make it a superior hunting pellet.

New Raptor Performance Ballistic Alloy, the first non-lead Alloy Airgun Ammunition that increases velocity up to 25% over lead, while maintaining “match grade” accuracy. Specifically designed as a hunting load, the new P.B.A.™ enables airguns which normally shoot 1000 f.p.s. to shoot up to 1200 f.p.s., with tremendous penetration. In fact, the ammunition is 50% harder than lead causing penetration to be enhanced by up to 100% in tests in actual hunting situations as well as ballistic mediums. Raptor P.B.A. test results show ballistic stability at super-sonic speeds and up to 90% weight retention using the new semi-pointed design. Comes in a 100 count .177cal rocket package.

A penny each for the .177 size, two cents each for the .22 size. How powerful can a standard caliber airgun be? How about potent enough to hunt wild hogs with?
Ok, that may be a perfect situation video. I would prefer something with a lot more power just for a bit of margin, even for a head shot. Fair sporting go and all that. But still. Wow.

With very light weight projectiles, velocity really matters, since E=½MV2. And a 25% increase in velocity is pretty impressive. Nice job Gamo; you’ve pushed the 16 lb/ft air rifle power category up to into the 21 lb/ft realm. And done it without polluting the environment!




UPDATE, slightly off topic, but still on topic if the subject is really “hunting big stuff with puny little bullets”

The Aquila ammo company is selling a .22LR round that uses the standard evil lead bullet, regular or extra evil hollowpoint, in the standard 40gr weight. They add a bit more powder or something, as their new ammo, called the Interceptor, shoots at 1450fps instead of the standard 1250fps. Possibly faster, since no two .22 guns will shoot the same ammo at the same speed. But that extra 200-300fps increases the range and power of the old .22LR by nearly half. Cost? About halfway between regular .22LR and “target” .22LR. 10¢ per round. Which is still much less than .22WMR, which won’t work in your regular .22, although it is faster still. Anyway, here’s a watermelon blown apart by a single shot of Interceptor, from 25 meters away. I’d choose this one over the air rifle to take this one pig hunting, though I’d rather take a nice .45-70 instead. No doubts about that one being up to the task, at all, ever, from any angle or at any range.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/29/2009 at 11:32 PM   
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