Air Arms Field .22 Review

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Steve22calibre's review of Air Arms Field .22

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“Can I preface matters with the obvious. No 2 guns are...”

Written on: 26/10/2007 by Steve22calibre (9 reviews written)

Good Points
They arrive with all the authority of the British ambassador at a diplomatic dinner.

Bad Points
A tad pricey

General Comments
Can I preface matters with the obvious. No 2 guns are the same & what works well in mine may not work so well with yours. However, I commend to you both the Air Arms Field & Hunter pellets & recommend you give them a try.

Most of you will have tried or at least be familiar with the Crosman Accupel & I will refer to them for comparative purposes, because if ever there was an industry standard for weight, shape, consistency & a compatibility to work well in most guns, the Accupel is it. However, I happen to think the AA's are even better!

AA Fields are a 16 grain smooth bodied pellet being slightly longer than the Accupels mostly by virtue of a slightly longer skirt & have a proper domed rather than just a rounded head. .The Accupels weigh in at 14.3 grains in case you wondered.

The AA Hunters are the pointed version (albeit that the points are somewhat blunt) & the conical point makes them about 1mm longer than the Fields.

Based on the amount of deformity seen in spent pellets the AA's are made of a softer alloy than the Accupels, the AA's having a tendency to flatten & deform whereas the Accupels compress without mushrooming out over much. A softer alloy will have a number of benefits including:-

1) Imparting shock & damage into live quarry. A pellet deforming on impact will make a bigger wound channel & increase the chance of an out right kill.

2) Less chance of over-penetration (if you think that's a bad thing)

3) Field target shooters have a better chance of a knock down.

4) Plinkers have less chance of a ricochet from a pellet that deforms on impact.

5) A longer pellet skirt in a softer alloy = makes a better seal & fit into the rifling in your barrel which produces more power & accuracy.

There has got to be an optimum weight for a pellet in a 12lb/ft gun. Too light, you get the velocity but not enough nock-down power. Too heavy & you lose a flat trajectory & velocity. IMHO the sweet spot is round about 16 grains & the AA's are right there!



Accuracy & consistency are the equal of the Accupel. The AA's tend to be an easier fit into the breach, with the Accupels being a fraction tight in more than one of my guns (that extra push with the thumb to get a pellet to seat just feels wrong)



There you have it. I could go on with the results of crude penetration tests but why bother? The short of it is if you want something that hits home harder than an Accupel & don't have an FAC rated gun that can cope with a pellet that is outrageously heavy (like a Bisley Magnum) then these AA's just about fit the bill.

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Julian0987's Response to Steve22calibre's Review

Written on: 26/10/2007

i strongly agree with you. they are a fantastic pellet and that is all i use in my gun now after trying accupell and smk pellets. you hit the nail on the head with that review. they are the best for hunting and target. i won't use anything else. again great review keep it up.

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Cbbr2007's Response to Steve22calibre's Review

Written on: 03/08/2010

I found this review very helpful because.it has confirmed my choice of my next pellet.I have been using Falcon Accuracy Plus whch are pretty good and RWS Superpoint,slightly better but on having over penetration on the rat population i feel that safety and clean kills are most important.Will post a review later.By the way my rifle is a Falcon FN12 Raptor. Brian.

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Bertie's Response to Steve22calibre's Review

Written on: 28/09/2009

I found this review very helpful because my experience it is right on the nail. Most refreshing to read a real educational review by someone who knows what they're talking about. Very professional!

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479721_Kneeboarder2's Response to Steve22calibre's Review

Written on: 27/08/2009

I found this review very helpful because... you spoke about everything nothin was left out! nice review and i also find the AA's to be the best. In my rifle the crossmans are loose and slide down about 1cm into the barrel! dont use them now.

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Johnny987's Response to Steve22calibre's Review

Written on: 10/11/2008

I found this review helpful because...i try these out and fully agree ,on all you have said,thanks,

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