H&N Sport’s Brass Tipped Hornet Pellets

    Okay, I’ll admit, I’ve never really spent much time with a pellet gun.  But after watching the below video, my interest is piqued. The existing line (which was available in .177 and .22) is now available in .25 caliber.  For hunting medium sized birds and game they say.  Rupturing apples and potatoes, I would say so…

    The Hornet is designed for penetration, and incorporates a brass tip (which is obviously much harder than the polymer tips found on other tipped pellets). This specialized tip also makes the Hornet much sharper than polymer-tipped pellets (as you can see from the top image).  I seriously had no idea.  I had always imagined pellets as “big BB’s with a flat back”. Apparently I need to get out more…

    But the Hornet is designed for more than just accuracy and penetration. Unlike many pellets found on the market today, H&N’s Hornet is designed to fit in most rotary magazines for PCP airguns. This means more powerful shots, and faster follow-up shots in addition to the pellet’s excellent penetration.

    Rotary magazines?  Wha?!?  Heck, even SIG is making airguns.  As an alternative to shooting .22lr, maybe I should invest in an airgun for “my grandkids”.  I mean, I’d have to test fire it of course.  And supervise.  But it would totally be for them.  That said, the cost of these pellets is actually higher than I would have thought:

    • .177 is $29.99 for 225 rounds (~$0.13)
    • .22 is $29.99 for 200 rounds (~$0.15)
    • .25 is $29.99 for 150 rounds (~$0.20)

    So, are any of you air gun enthusiasts?  Is this a good pellet? This definitely resets my opinion on air rifles.

    Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he teaches wilderness medicine and writes for a number of publications, including The Prepared, a site devoted to self-preparedness. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.

    You can reach him at tom.r AT thefirearmblog.com


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