H and N Sniper Mediun 8.5 question???

H and N Sniper Mediun 8.5 question???

Joined: September 19th, 2000, 4:18 am

April 3rd, 2017, 5:57 pm #1

Anybody try these? How did ya like-em?
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Joined: January 1st, 2012, 11:50 pm

April 3rd, 2017, 6:33 pm #2

Yes. I use them in my main piston gun. New ones are mostly in the 8.40-8.50gr range. Some earlier batches were running heavier.

The AA 8.4 seems slightly better in calm conditions, but the H&N tests better when wind is significant. I was switching between AA and H&N depending on expected wind conditions. But I've decided to just stick with the H&N 8.5gr for now.
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Joined: April 4th, 2015, 7:52 pm

April 3rd, 2017, 10:39 pm #3

Don, Scott knows how I do love that pellet, many discussions since they first came out, and I started using them exclusively in my Marauder.
I do have to say, it is tough finding a barrel that likes them, (as our brief conversation the other day), my Marauder is the only one. Scott has done a lot more technical and detailed testing of this pellet, I tend not to go that overboard. This is coming from someone that does about a half dozen things to his pellets in order to weed out the bad ones.
In working with Air Arms pellets compared to the H&N Sniper Mediums, the difference for me was so night and day, no further testing or data was needed in my case. They were just plain accurate with or without the wind.
There are a few more guys out there that do use them, probably none more vocal than me, as I do love these pellets out of my Marauder.
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Joined: September 19th, 2000, 4:18 am

April 4th, 2017, 4:21 am #4

Thanks for your replies. I definitely want to test them in my collection.
My new Steyr seems to shoot AA and JSB the same. I have also testing air gauged sorted pellets and strangely did't find any significant difference in any of the sorted pellets. Most of my club mates do not concur with my experience with sort measured methods. Maybe I'm just luck to have this barrel and perhaps it will shoot the Snipers just as good as AA and JSB only with wind drift advantage.
Thanks again.
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Joined: April 4th, 2015, 7:52 pm

April 4th, 2017, 4:48 am #5

Don, I have pretty much found that whatever gun or barrel likes JSB's or Air Arms, they generally don't like anything else. Almost all of these are Lothar Walther barrels. I'm going to aquire some Crosman Marauder barrels, and test them until I find one that likes the Sniper Mediums. The barrel I now have on my Marauder likes them, but the barrel is damaged, and thus, fouls within 2-400 shots.
Check out some posts I had a while back, I describe my entire pellet sorting process in detail. I have also added even another step in the mix recently, by tumbling pellets in a rock polisher in order to smooth them out a little more. I do not use any kind of medium to Polish them, just use the action of pellets rubbing against pellets. Scott will tell you, as others will, I am a slight lunatic when it comes to sorting out pellets for big matches.
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Joined: October 21st, 2008, 9:13 pm

April 5th, 2017, 4:39 pm #6

Anybody try these? How did ya like-em?
I shot AA 7.87 and H N 8.5 sniper med side by side. At 50 yds the POI was the same. Sniper had a better group. I had my target on a sled so decided to check POI at 40, 25,20, 15, 10. Both pellets same exact horizontal POI and maybe a pellet width lower for H N at some distances. I was shooting from FT position off of my knee. It was windless. I was zero at 30 yds. This tells me that in my gun (WALTH LGU) the pellets are nearly interchangeable. I do know that shooting them in wind shows that they buck the wind quite a bit better. BTW all pellets were out of the tin. No weighing or sorting of any kind.

My gun is at 12 fpe. In the past when I have chrony the HN they were somewhat slower so they must have better retained energy than the 7.87AA.
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