H&N Sports Introduces “Sniper Magnum” Pellets

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While, yes, the focus of our little endeavor here is “firearms” we also play nice with our other ballistic friends including air rifles, including showing some coverage love for the interesting developments in air rifle technologies. PCP rifles have been making huge strides, but fundamentally they all power the same ammunition, which has its limitations (relatively speaking).

Latest up is H & N Sport which has introduced the “Sniper Magnum” line of pellets. Manufactured for both .177 and .22 caliber air rifles, the pellets are a departure from normal air rifle maxim of trying to maximize velocity. Going the other direction, H & N Sport added weight to the pellet, which had a few interesting side effects.

The longer pellet, outside of additional weight (which helps retain energy down range), is more aerodynamic, which means velocity drops less compared to the high-velocity, higher drag pellets commonly found, especially in local stores.

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Outside of the pellet shape, the pellets are coated in a proprietary surface treatment that slows oxidation and helps reduce lead abrasion, which means less lead fouling the the bore. All pellets are made in Germany on in-house machinery.

Details from H&N Sports on the offerings:

 

Caliber

 

Weight

Recommended 

Min. Muzzle Energy

 

Optimal Distance

 

Pellets Per Tin

 

MSRP

.177 15 gr 12 ft.lbs 100 meters 300 $9.99
.22 18 gr 18.5 ft.lbs 100 meters 250 $11.99

Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry in weapon design, operations, and sales. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs. He loves tinkering, gunsmithing, NFA, and MSRs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com


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  • Billy Jack

    What size are the pellets I’ve seen hunters taking down warthogs with in Africa? Can’t be .22 right?

    • iksnilol

      Probably those big bore 9 and 11 mm ones.

      I’d lean towards a 9mm one for boar. The big slugs penetrate less.

      • Jeff Smith

        I’ve seen videos of boar being take with a 9mm air rifles. The guy dropped it with a head shot.

        • iksnilol

          Yup, doesn’t surprise me.

          Lotsa air in those things, and high pressure as well. I’d recommend charging with a compressor 😛 That and you get only 3-7 shots depending on the calibre and pressure.

    • Giolli Joker

      Google Quackenbush.
      Poor website, cool products.
      (Honest prices as well, but waiting list extremely long or currently closed at all)

  • Limonata

    I believe TFB needs to test these to see if the claims are true 🙂

  • gunsandrockets

    “sniper magnum”? Pshaw.

    Just slap a ‘zombie headshot’ label on those suckers and watch them fly off the shelves in American stores!

  • TheSmellofNapalm

    What the hell, I’ll try em out in my Gamo Whisper G2. Can’t hurt