In a previous post, I compared the performance of a couple .177 hollow points. Today, we are going to look at three of the hollow points I have on hand in .22 and see how they perform out of my recently tuned Hatsan Edge.
Here’s the contestants and their handiwork from a range of 15 yards:
The heaviest pellet I tested is the H&N Barracuda Hunter Extreme, in the old 19.09 grain size. In addition to being massive, it has an excellent ballistic coefficient, .0263 according to Chairgun. Now that I have tuned the Edge, it leaves the barrel at a respectable 700 fps and hitting the target with 17.95 fpe.
The next pellet is the Benjamin Destroyer, weighing in at 14.3 grains. I can’t find an exact ballistic coefficient, but I’d estimate them to be very similar to a wadcutter of the same weight, .013. This pellets flies out of the barrel at 803 fps and hits the target with around 14.96 fpe.
Our final contestant is the lightest of the bunch at 14.2 grains, the RWS Super H Point. As the lightest pellet, it features the highest speed, 805 fps, and the worst ballistic coefficient, .011. It smacks the target with 14.13 fpe.
Let’s take a look at the exit wounds and make a few statements:
The Hunter Extreme had the most energy on impact and exploded the entry side the least. It tore out a bigger hole on the other side, indicating it had quite a bit of energy left over. It looks like an excellent candidate for larger quarry or longer distance shooting. At 38 yards, it carries the same energy the other two had at 15.
The Benjamin Destroyer really impressed me. It is a budget pellet that actually groups well and hits like a ton of bricks. It appeared to have the most efficient energy transfer of the bunch and didn’t make much of a mess on its way out of the can.
The RWS Super H Point is one of the most accurate pellets I’ve shot out of the Edge and it really packs a wallop. The entry almost tied with the Destroyer and the exit was a tad bigger.
For 30 yards and under, the Destroyer would be my choice hunting pellet. It is cheaper than the other options and it really does a good job of anchoring game down on the spot. If minimizing property damage was a priority, the Super H Point would be my choice. The high level of accuracy combined with the poor ballistic coefficient gives a higher probability of a hit and low probabilities of passthroughs and property damage in the event of a miss.
The Hunter extreme has the ballistics of many domed pellets and delivers a pretty good punch as well. It would be my top choice for raccoons and groundhogs, or for sniping squirrel and rabbits out to 50 yards.
Speaking of domed pellets, how do they perform in comparison to hollowpoints?
I used a Beeman Kodiak for this shot. They travel slow at 645 fps and hit with 17.56 fpe. You can see that there is some energy transfer, but nothing like the hollow points. In spite of this, I’ve probably harvested more game with domed pellets. I prefer them for their superior accuracy, penetrating ability, and their ability to buck the wind.
In the end, you’ve got to shoot what your airgun likes the most and put the pellet where it matters. Each pellet type has advantages in different situations, so it pays to keep an assortment of pellets on hand to get the job done.