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- Last updated: 28/11/2019
Napier of London have long had a selection of pellets on their airgun product roster including the Power Hunter pellets here featured. However, as they’re now available in both popular calibres and criminally overlooked when first released I’m now looking at them in much more detail.
Initially, it was the larger .22 slug that was launched, then it was eventually complemented by the .177 – the latter being available in tins of 500 while the .22 is available in tins on 250. Although they’re a typical dome head (diablo) shape pellet – and not dissimilar to – they shouldn’t be confused with Napier Power UPH which are only available in .22 calibre and have a nominal weight of 14.5-grains. However, these are yet another pellet from Napier that are well worth considering – particularly for hunting use.
The Power Hunter Pellets have a standard head size of 4.5mm and 5.5mm and weigh 7.72g and 15.42g respectively. This puts them firmly in what is termed the mid-weight category which is a size favoured by many for general purpose hunting and usage. These German manufactured pellets come in screw top tins which are pre-treated with exactly the correct amount of Napier Power Pellet Lube (PPL) at the final stage of packaging, this ensures they don’t oxidise during storage and can be used with confidence ‘straight from the box.’ Napier also meticulously check the pellets to ensure they’re all graded to exacting standards of weight, head, waist and skirt size. Fired from springer or PCP they’re highly accurate and I found they suited all popular magazine systems I tried them in.
As I’m sure many airgunners are aware it always pays to try any quality brand of ammo that you’ve not previously considered.
Incidentally, Napier supply what is known as the ‘Pellet Pack 100+’. This sampler contains 35 pieces of all the .22 calibre pellet types in the company’s range. As expected, each pellet is pretreated with PPL and packs also contain 8x official Napier 10mtr targets, ideal for initial testing.
For those totally unfamiliar with Napier slugs, the Power Target Pellets included in the pack are a flat head (wadcutter) design and like others here mentioned are top-quality German manufactured lead.