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History of the Predator JSB pellets, and why they are one of the very best pellets made.
Finally, the Predator pellets came in. At the last Shot Show I asked to test some of the pellets since I heard JSB made them. They are made exclusively for Predator I suppose. The first ones were made in China but they were bad at best. So letís take a look at the Czech made Predator. Just looking at the pellets I did not notice any bend skirts or other deformities in either caliber. The tin has a nice silhouette of the pellet illustrating the polymer tip. Both .177 and .22 tins look the same and both are 200 count. But there is a catch the illustration has a red tip the .177 pellet has a black tip. The .22 has a red tip not that it matters what color it is the function is the same. And that function as I found out at the Shot Show is íto aid in initial penetration.í As I found out that is exactly what it does.
Here is how I tested, the .177 went first. I weight ten pellets 4 came in at 8 grains, 4 more at 8.1 and the rest were 8.2. Seems to me I will not be off if I call it a eight grain pellet. Accuracy was done with several rifles and shooting two five shot groups. I know a ten shot group is better but it is hard to measure accurately. Also since the .177 seems like a pointed pellet I shot it against another pointed JSB pellet the Straton. The rifles I tested were not chronographed since I did not think it was that relevant. But what I was after is the accuracy potential of the pellet itself. I will list the foot pounds the rifle is rated with other pellets just to give the reader an idea of the rifle potential. All shooting was done at .25 yards.
First to be tested was the AA S200; Predator group #1 #2
9.5 foot pounds .389 .255
Straton .309 .235
Seems to me this rifle will shoot almost any pellet as long as it is made well. Also it was the most accurate of all the rifles tested with both pellets.
Next came the Falcon FN19 single shot; Predator #1 #2
18.3 fpd .629 .736
This rifle just does not like any pellet under 10 grains but I have so few .177 rifles I had to give it a go. Also the Straton patterns out of this rifle so the group size was not even done the Predator was somewhat doable.
EV2 was next; Predator #1 #2
12 fpd .417 .408
Straton .223 .306
This just amazed me the Straton being so accurate. But then I knew that from another article I did on pointed pellets.
Last of the rifles was a TX200SR; #1 #2
12 fpd Predator .358 .360
Straton .797 1.01
Amazing how 12fpd from one rifle to the next can make a difference in group sizes. Compare the groups to the EV2.
Then I thought I would go a bit far and included a pistol. I am not that big on pistols being used in hunting but I am sure there are curious shooters out there. Come to mention it I am not that big on .177 for hunting either, no secret there. Shooting was done with a scope and from 18 yards.
The Tau-7M with polygon rifling; #1 #2
5.5 fpd Predator .323 .470
Straton .210 .288
I have to try the Straton on the silhouette course too good to be true.
Also worth mentioning is the length of the pellets; Predator .358
With that tip they are not only long they have a sort of a long neck to boot. I cant imagine they would fit in any magazine. But that I could not verify that since I do not have access to any .177 magazine fed. Another thing I noticed that my fingers were black after handling them. It almost looked like a powder as opposed to some sort of oil. That is one thing I am not used to since JSB are the cleanest pellets on the market.
Now for the penetration. This is going to be a bit disappointing since I could not find quary to test them on. So the next best thing, sort of, were the white pages. For the test I used the TX200SR a 12 fps rifle. Predator penetrated 366 pages but pages to 489 showed some sort of a tear. The plastic tip was found on page 319. So it did aid in penetration and it will separate from the lead almost every time. Straton went through 326 pages but bettered the Predator by tearing page 513. I did notice the entry hole for the Predator was closer to a wad cutter then the pointed pellet. Hardly a scientific test but it was fun. Useful only in a very basic comparison between two pellets in the same media.
Next came the .22 with a red tip. Again I weight ten pellets, one at 16 grains, one at 16.2, one at 15.9, three at 15.8 and three more at 15.7. I feel safe to call this one a 16 grain pellet. Interestingly enough all JSB .22 pellets have that weight including Jumbo which is a wad cutter type pellet. Another big difference was the pellets were very clean handling like the JSB I know. There were no dents or dings looking at a freshly opened box. In fact it is a good looking pellet. I did something difference with these pellets. They looked like a Crow Magnum pellet with a red tip so I tested them against the Crow Mag. Looking at them side by side the Predator has the rim slightly smaller. Length was .413 for the Predator, and the Crow Mag. Was .407. One think I was afraid of the Predator will not fit in my magazine rifles. Sure enough I was right, it will not fit in a AA410 or a BSA Super 10. It is such a small amount longer it is hard to impossible to measure. But if I forced it I would surly destroy the accuracy. So I could only test in a open breech rifle. Here is how they stacked up.
Pro Elite; Predator Group # 1 #2
18 foot pounds .324 .819
Crow Mag. 1.659 1.159
One shot opened up the second group otherwise it would have been .330, most impressive. But it looked to me the Crow Mag. is a short range proposition at best out of this rifle.
RWS 48; Predator #1 #2
18fps 1.303 1.400
Crow Mag. 1.209 2.619
Seems to me this rifle did not like either one. With JSB Exact it will shoot almost as good as the Pro Elite.
AA S200; Predator #1 #2
17 fps .444 .402
Crow Mag. .776 .675
Here is another S200 that will shoot almost any pellet it is fed. Again it is from experience that I fed this S200 some nasty pellets of different brands and it will shoot them more then satisfactory. But I am amazed how well it shoots the Predators.
Pro Sport; Predator #1 #2
15.5 fps .603 .727
Crow Mag. .525 1.057
This is my all time favorite springer. If I keep the shots within 25 yards I think I can make the Predator work.
One thing that was very obvious the Crow Mag. is a short range pellet. If a hunter wants a good opening pellet that is far more accurate I would suggest the Predator. The same white pages test has been done between these two. Predator went into 357 pages and the Crow Mag. 302. The red tip was found fairly close to the pellet itself. Deformation was amazing it was hard to tell it was a pellet at all. By contrast the Crow Mag had the tip mushroomed back in a classic fasion. Again I think the tip does aid in penetration and perhaps the deformation of the pellet itself. Both shots were out of the Pro Sport.
Looking at the results I would not hesitate to keep some tins around for hunting. Accuracy is more then acceptable when it comes to expanding or pointed pellets. And looking at the paper penetration test they could prove to be devastating. I did keep some for testing on live quary I bet I will be satisfied with the pellet. But only as long as the Czechs make them.
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