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Airgun-Channel
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September 19, 2018 23:20:39  

 I would like to start washing and lubing my pellets to try and get an edge on accuracy. Any tips on what I should use would be appreciated. And also how exactly to do it. I guess you give it one squirt in a baggie and shake them around or something?


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Bob in WV
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September 19, 2018 23:28:44  

I use Slick 50 one lube.  I spray a little in a Christmas cookie tin and roll the pellets in the lube.  That way you don't get lube inside the skirts.  It is supposed to cut down on detonation that way.

Bob in WV


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pluric
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September 19, 2018 23:38:53  

https://www.pyramydair.com/blog/2008/02/how-to-lubricate-pellets/

I use the blend recommended in this blog. I only shoot lubed pellets in my AirForce guns because I saw a video where they recommended it. I lubed the top and bottom foam of a JSB tin and do a SLOW rotation. Shaking can deform skirts. I really can't tell any difference and I do not wash them first. It's also kind of messy. Even lightly lubed pellets oil up your fingers and transfer to the gun surface in a hurry. I don't believe a lubed pellet is the cure for a poor grouping gun. 

I use J-B paste on a foam bore tip then follow up with Hoopes liquid to initially clean the barrel.

https://shop.brownells.com/gun-cleaning-chemicals/solvents-degreasers/bore-cleaning-paste/j-b-bore-cleaning-compound-2-oz--sku083065002-1160-4121.aspx?cm_mmc=PPC-_-Itwine-_-Google-_-083-065-002&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIhbSQmNjI3QIV27XACh0O3Q8nEAQYASABEgJWzfD_BwE


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Domer_Pyle
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September 19, 2018 23:42:25  

White Lightning Clean Ride wax lube. It's by the bicycle stuff at Wally's Chinaworld. Shake it really well and put two or three drops in the bottom of an empty pellet tin (500 count sized tin) and fill it a little under half with your pellets and then roll, flip, and swirl the tin for about two minutes. 

 

I tried using it as an experiment to see if my barrels stayed cleaner and they do a little, but I only use it on Crosman ammo since I don't like graphite thumb and the pellets tend to oxidize after being washed and dried in my experience. Plus you get the benefit of cutting contact with lead if that's any concern to you


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sonnysan
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September 19, 2018 23:51:51  

First, clean barrel.

For springers or gas ram guns:  Use Krytech. 

https://www.amazon.com/Finish-Line-Lubricant-Squeeze-Bottle/dp/B00Z779I4A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1537415789&sr=8-1&keywords=krytech

Purchase a strainer dedicated for pellets only such as:

https://www.amazon.com/Winco-MS3A-8D-Strainer-Double-Diameter/dp/B001VZERX4/ref=sr_1_11?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1537415140&sr=1-11&keywords=strainer

Empty pellets from tin into hand.  Wash with dishwashing soap under water.  Put pellets into strainer.  After all are washed, rinse.

Empty wet pellets on paper towel.  Allow to dry. 

Lube tupperware container with Krytox.  I use the smallest container from this set:

https://www.amazon.com/Rubbermaid-Storage-Containers-42-Piece-1880801/dp/B00COK3FD8/ref=sr_1_2?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1537415252&sr=1-2&keywords=tupperware

Tumble pellets until they get coated.  Put back into pellet tin.  Wait for them to dry, then start shooting.

 


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Airgun-Channel
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September 20, 2018 00:09:26  

Awesome. Thank you! I'm checking out all those blogs, posts, and products. I agree pellets are fragile. I'll have to be careful. I don't even like grabbing them from the tin with my fingers. I usually pour some on a clean piece of paper when I'm shooting and grab them one at a time. 

I'm looking forward to getting an Air Force Edge very soon. My first high powered PCP was a .22 Air Force Condor. ...over 20 years ago! Back when I was a bird killer. 


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marflow
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September 20, 2018 00:20:49  

I have used Finish Line wax, put a little in a plastic mustard jar and swirled them around, after you are finished just put the top on the container for next time

the pellets I used it on were oxidized  and after cleaning in soapy water and coca cola, the wax was used, I liked the results


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Tom Holland
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September 20, 2018 14:05:24  

Airgun Channel,

If you check out my Field Target Tech Channel on u tube, I demonstrate in several episodes how to do exactly what you need to do.  I demonstrate washing, lubing with Kry Tech, and Pledge.  Pledge is a wax, and it is applied a little differently, as my video shows.

Hope this information comes in handy.

Field Target Tech Channel 

Tom Holland 


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airmojo
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September 20, 2018 21:44:14  

I always thought that one of the major reasons for lubing pellets was to keep your barrel conditioned so that you won't need to clean it, or clean it very often... accuracy stays more consistent.

I lube pellets for springers with Krytech Bicycle chain lube, after cleaning and drying of course... I still have a couple cans of the aerosol Krytech that was discontinued a number of years ago... not sure if it has become available again... the liquid Krytech is available.

I have lubed pellets for PCP and pump pneumatics with Slick 50 One Lube.

I just use a small plastic container with lid used for refrigerating leftovers... put a bunch of pellets in and a couple of short sprays, then add more pellets, close the lid and gently swirl the pellets around... it doesn't take much of the lubricant to do a whole tin or box of pellets.

 


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BillinOregon
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September 21, 2018 12:57:01  

Hmm. I wonder if Lee Liquid Alox, used for lubing bullets, would work as well. A couple of drops in a cottage cheese container, add bullets, swirl for a minute or two, pour onto waxed paper and let dry. Works great for .41, .44 .45. Maybe for .177 as well. 


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eeler1
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September 23, 2018 10:49:45  

Pledge also makes your pellets smell nice.  Especially lemon pledge.


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CarlosMendez
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September 23, 2018 22:16:30  

How about powder coating?


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Doug Wall
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September 24, 2018 08:55:04  
Posted by: CarlosMendez

How about powder coating?

Probably not. Powder coat thicknesses are typically up to 0.15mm. That would increase the pellet size by 0.3mm


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airmojo
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September 24, 2018 09:17:47  
Posted by: Doug Wall
Posted by: CarlosMendez

How about powder coating?

Probably not. Powder coat thicknesses are typically up to 0.15mm. That would increase the pellet size by 0.3mm

And probably come off and stick inside the barrel !


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Limbshaker
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September 25, 2018 00:14:30  
Posted by: Domer_Pyle

White Lightning Clean Ride wax lube. It's by the bicycle stuff at Wally's Chinaworld. Shake it really well and put two or three drops in the bottom of an empty pellet tin (500 count sized tin) and fill it a little under half with your pellets and then roll, flip, and swirl the tin for about two minutes. 

 

I tried using it as an experiment to see if my barrels stayed cleaner and they do a little, but I only use it on Crosman ammo since I don't like graphite thumb and the pellets tend to oxidize after being washed and dried in my experience. Plus you get the benefit of cutting contact with lead if that's any concern to you

Been using this stuff for years. Even works well in my springers too. I second this recommendation. 

 


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DRAGON64
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September 27, 2018 06:31:27  

"Whiscombe Honey"  works well on my .177 pellets.


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Hotair
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September 27, 2018 23:25:19  

I want to try Napier as suggested by a knowledgeable airgunner.

Anyone try it? I got pellets from him already coated with the stuff

and I couldn't tell it had anything on them. They look like pellets

straight out of the tin.

Thanks

HA


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dcw
 dcw
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September 28, 2018 11:03:28  

i question the washing and lubing of pellets as being very beneficial.

i have done both on numerous occasions and have had varying results.

i think matching pellets to the rifle/pistol is more beneficial to most; however, it does not hurt to clean the lead residue and residual 'swarf' that accompanies pellets many times.


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