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limeters, your test will not be an accurate assessment. If you are using paper, use a 10M target and make sure it is fl at, as if shooting a match. A few pointers on how


to ensure your set-up is as close to perfect as possible: • Bolt down the vise to a fi rm surface


• Securely attach a tar- get frame or holder


• If you have a chrono- graph, secure it to a table or bench two feet in front the bar- rel. Make sure to line up the barrel with the center of the chrono- graph


• Secure the gun with either the MEC mounting block or a wooden block


Paper Testing Vs. Electronic Testing If you have the opportu-


nity to test your pellets on an electronic target, you gain the opportunity to view each pellet’s shot placement and analyze how the group looks. It is possible that test- ing on paper could reveal what looks to be a larger group, but upon shooting that same group on an elec- tronic target, you could fi nd that the group was extreme- ly tight with only one outlying pellet.


You cannot tell this


6.1-6.2 mm group sizes or smaller are ideal. 5.8-6.0 mm are highly acceptable. Groups under 5.8 mm are fantastic.


difference as easily with a paper-testing method, unless you tape the holes after each shot. In this case, this group should


be re-tested. Remember, the more 10-shots groups that are shot, the better feel you will gain over how consis- tently the pellets shoot.


Final Preparation Now, it’s time to gather all


of those prized pellets and have them properly


orga-


nized. Start by sorting your tins by the weight listed on the package. It is helpful to make a list of all of the lot numbers before you start with a chart that has a row for pellet speed, standard deviation, group size and pellet quantity shot (general- ly ten shot groups). Start by gathering a variety of pellets with different lot numbers. Well, if you’ve made it


this far, you’ve passed your S.A.T., that is your System- ized Accurate Test for Pel- lets! Until next time, stay


classy fellow air gun shoot- ers. Our next article will cov- er the testing process.


About the Author: Blake Egan is a facility-use pis- tol athlete at the Olympic Training Center and is the owner of Podium Pellets, a pellet company distributing JSB and Qiang Yuan Pel- lets. Egan also specializes in sporting goods market research and quality con- trol utilizing six-sigma pro- cess improvement. Blake is a former U.S. Team archer turned pistol shooter. He can be reached via email at began@podiumpellets.com, or online at podiumpellets. com.


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