Is there anyone out there that's had any experience with this airgun shooting the Gamo Raptor PBA Pellets in .22 caliber?
about this gun and the pellets that folks use. Because some day, I plan to get an Extreme myself. So I have no direct experience, only what I've read. Some of my Gamo air rifle purchases came with PBA pellets but I did not even try them. And they are very expensive.
Everyone says they are too light, and not made out of lead. Too light translates into too fast and inaccuracy. In .177 especially, the light weight usually makes the pellet go supersonic, which makes the pellet wander all over the place. The stress that these pellets put on the mainspring is tremendous. The mainspring can be expected to fail much sooner than if only regular weight lead pellets are used. While the .22 raptor may not go supersonic, its light weight does not allow it to retain "smack factor" downrange, and is affected much more by wind than a heavier pellet. Another question that comes up a lot is "What happens to the rifling of the barrel"??? when this non-lead product is used.
It has been theorized that the Raptor Pellet may be a marketing scheme. Users are attracted to the high velocities that can be achieved with this pellet. But the use of this pellet results in failure of their guns, and then the buyer/user buys another gun because key repair parts are not available. The buyer/user can send their gun in for repair, but then the user has no airgun while waiting for repair. The buyer/user could then even buy another gun while waiting. Its akin to buying a shot of sweet poison with your dinner.
The airgun experts/gurus say that this pellet should not be used, no matter what caliber. Also, there's pleny of users who have tried them, and then never use them again. I must confess that I was attracted to the high velocity factor, but then once I started reading all the bad things about the pellet, I changed my mind, and did not use them.