New from Predator International this year, is a short version of their, very successful, Polymag hunting pellet. The original Polymag was too long to work through many of the airgun magazines that are out there. While hunting, loading them single shot was pretty much your only option.
For example, they would not work in my .22 caliber Marauder, or my factory Air Arms 410/510 magazines. With the introduction of the short version, that issue has been resolved.
One of the things that I was curious about, was how they went about making the pellet shorter in length, yet still maintaining the 15.89 grain weight of the original Polymag.
The pictures below show how that was accomplished.
Original Polymag on the left, followed by the new Short Polymag in the middle, and the fairly new, Metalmag on the right.
You can see right off, that the Short Polymag pellet has a much thicker waist. Retaining weight there, and the picture below shows a couple of other differences from the original.
The pellets are shown in the same order as up above. The cup in the base, that forms the skirt, is more shallow on the Polymag Shorts, than on the original Polymag, and the skirt itself is thicker. Again, those two features, along with the thick waist, add weight to the design, and keep it the same 15.89 grains as the original .22 caliber Polymag.
I grabbed a Marauder mag, and a factory AA 410/510 mag, and tried the Polymag Shorts in those, and they both functioned perfectly. Assuming that the pellet is accurate, I think Predator International has another winner on their hands.
It's going to be awhile before I can test these on paper, or on critters for that matter. This time of year, the National Forest, where I go to shoot and hunt, is in winter lock down mode, and will be until about mid April. Until then, I'll just have to sit back and watch the snow melt.
I have several other guns that I want to shoot these in as well. The originals wouldn't work in my FX 2000, or HW100 magazines either. It will be interesting to see how these new Polymag Shorts perform in those guns, both from a magazine standpoint, as well as accuracy.
I purchased these pellets from Pyramyd Air, using their "purchase three and get a fourth tin free" offer.
Stay tuned, I've got a new toy on the way, and it'll be fun delving into its capabilities.
Until next time, thanks for reading.
FOOTNOTE: Today, I got out my scale and weighed two dozen pellets to see how consistent the weight of these new Polymag Short .22 cal pellets would be. The heaviest of them, from this tin, went 16.45 grains, and the lightest went 16.23 grains. Thats a difference of only .22 grains across the two dozen pellets weighed. Twenty two hundredths of a grain difference is very consistent. They are running about a half grain heavier than the weight listed on the label, but I generally find that the published weight, for most pellets, is an approximate weight anyway. So I'm not surprised to see these come in at something other than the published weight. These are consistent enough, that I'm not going to bother weight sorting them, I'm just going to shoot them as they come from the tin.