I've already accuracy tested the Predator MetalMag pellets in my Discovery, and my RWS Rapier with good results, so it was time to try them in my AA 410ERBSL .22 cal PCP.
Initially, I had all sorts of problems with the zinc tips coming out of these pellets in flight. That was causing flyers, and just generally screwing up accuracy. The pellets that didn't come apart, accuracy wise, shot great. I found that the solution to that problem involved pulling the tips from the pellets, and gluing them back into the pellet body's with clear nailpolish. Once that was done, they shot great, and no more tip separations.
I haven't shot my AA 410ERBSL rifle in quite awhile, so I thought I would see what she could do with these pellets. The MetalMags are a long pellet. At an average of .425 inches, they are too long to work through most PCP's magazines.
I have a single shot adapter for my Air Arms guns, and it is .596 inches long, so there is plenty of room for the Metalmag pellets.
I started off at 25 yards and had immediate success. Five pellets went into about a half inch. Since I intend to hunt these pellets in this rifle, I made a scope adjustment to center the group.
This group was shot after the scope adjustment was made. There are actually five shots in that group even though it looks like four.
Next, I put the target frame out at fifty yards, and adjusted my elevation so that my POI was where I wanted it at that range.
Now for some fun. Last week, I received some new targets that show life size tree squirrels in three different poses. Each target has a kill zone bullseye on it. The white circle is two inches, and the red circle is one inch.
Shooting off of my Stoney Point telescoping bipod, with my right shoulder rested against a convenient pine tree, just like I do in the field while hunting, I decided to put five shots on each target, to see what my real world field accuracy would be with the MetalMag pellets.
The target below shows the results of that effort. I really can't complain about the hunting accuracy of these pellets. When I first started testing them, because of the tips separating from the pellet body's, I didn't think I would be able to hunt with them, but after solving that problem, I will for sure be on the hunt with these guys, and just for a quick test, I will hunt some ground squirrels with them today.
About the time I finished shooting that last target, I started smelling smoke, and it wasn't long after that, that I started seeing smoke in the forest. Time to pack up and get the heck out of that area. It was probably from a controlled burn by the Forest Service, but since I didn't see any signs to that effect along the road on my way in, which they usually have out, I decided to get the heck out of there.
I headed to an area about ten miles away, that I had discovered while exploring the forest the week before. I found a spot that held some Rock Squirrels, as well as some Golden Mantle ground squirrels. I hoped to try these pellets on either or both types of furballs.
The Rock Squirrels were located in a specific area around a couple of old logs. My plan was to park a hundred yards or so from that area, and sneak into a spot where I would be in the shadows, but still be able to see the squirrels if they were active.
I moved into the spot that I would shoot from, and started the wait, and wait I did. A half hour went by, without any activity, then an hour. In the meantime, I'm also glassing the surrounding area for any squirrel activity. You just don't know where, or when one of these guys will show up. When I turn around and look behind me, I see the below pictured four legged protein bar looking back at me, from about twenty feet away. This is the Golden Mantle variety. He shouldn't get too curious and careless though, because I saw a hawk working the area as I was getting set up, and that is probably why I haven't seen much in the way of Rock Squirrel activity since I arrived.
After about an hour and fifteen minutes, I glass one of the logs again, and sitting partly in the shade, and partly in the sun, is one each Rock Squirrel. Man, he sure took his sweet time making an appearance. It wasn't long after that, that I also spotted a Golden Mantle ground squirrel on the end of an old pine tree blowdown log. I'll let the below video clips tell how those two events ended.
Those were the only two shots that I had all afternoon, but I was really pleased with the outcome, and considering that these pellets are really designed for use on larger critters like raccoons, accuracy wise, they sure work well on the smaller stuff too. This fall, I think I'll try them on these big Abert's tree squirrels we have up here. Some of the big males can run almost three pounds.
AA 410ERBSL with a Golden Mantle, and Rock Squirrel taken with the Predator MetalMag zinc tipped pellets.
Until next time, thanks for reading.