279 (prev 281) Grain Hollow Point Air Rifle Pellets | 45 Caliber Excellet Texan non SS Slug | Swaged
Same Slug as 281 grain previously offered with alloy change. 279 grains | .45 caliber precision hunting and target pellet with large hollow point. These are accurate and a great choice for hunting with .45 cal Texan PCP air rifles. Swaged from soft lead to give excellent expansion for effective and responsible hunting. This pellet is sized .452 - .458 with a 2S hollow point nose and flat base.
The 279 grain has been tested in the Airforce Texan with VERY good results.
Picture showing expansion was from a 281 grain slug shot into water jugs at 40 yards. Bullet shows good expansion. Testing and photo provided by Randbo from GTA forum.
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These are swaged pellets - not cast. Swaged pellets are much more consistent and balanced compared to cast pellets (really they are cast bullets people put in air rifles). Our swaging process uses a hydraulic press to make the pellet, which pushes out any air bubbles and forces the lead into a die, giving a perfect balanced pellet each time. Each pellet is hand fed into our machine which then swages the blank core into a pellet. These are not mass produced by an automated machine. The hydraulic press does the actual swaging but each pellet is loaded into the machine by hand and removed by hand one by one. Please see swage vs casting page for more information about the difference.
Suitable for PCP air guns like Benjamin Marauder, Air Force Talon and Air Force Condor, Sumatra 2500, Evanix, Air Arms, Hatsan or other high powered pellet guns. Heavy pellets need substantial pressure to move the pellet at velocities to achieve accuracy and distance. In most cases PCP air guns have the required power for our heavy hunting pellets. If you are shooting a spring gun or CO2 powered rifle start with our lightest weight to see how your rifle performs and work from there. Just because a pellet is spit out the barrel does not mean it is the correct weight/diameter for your rifle.
It is important to know the correct size of pellet needed for your rifle. Bore diameter can change from rifle to rifle, even from the same manufacturer. For 22 caliber we make pellets in .217 diameter because nearly every 22 cal. pellet gun can fire this pellet size, but with larger calibers there is more deviation from barrel to barrel. A pellet should fit snug in the chamber, but should load with your fingers and no tool should have to be used to force a pellet in. These pellets use soft, pure lead and will groove in the rifling very nicely.
The heavier the pellet, the more powerful the gun needs to be to get accurate and practical shots from. If you are unsure of how heavy of a pellet you can use in your PCP gun, we recommend using a mid range pellet weight and see how your rifle does. Pick a range, say 35 yards, set up a target and sand bag your rifle to take as much human error out of the testing. Fire 3 rounds, always aiming at the exact same place regardless of where the pellet lands on the target, and see the grouping. Where it hits is not important for the initial test because you can always adjust your scope, the important thing is how they group together - repeatability.
If you get good results from 35 yards, go out further and further and see how your pellet performs repeating the same test. Eventually you will see a point where the groups open up to an unacceptable distance. Now you know the limits of that gun with those pellets. If you can get good results past your normal shooting range, we recommend trying some heavier pellets. Repeat your testing so you know if the pellet choice works for your gun. One pellet can fire great in one gun and not so well in the next. That does not mean it is bad gun or a bad pellet, it just means it is not a good marriage between the two.
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