Tech Force .22 Caliber pellets: The Wadcutter
Tech Force offers some very good, economical pellets for the plinker and casual shooter. Recently, I posted a brief review of the domed version of the new .22 caliber pellets that Compasseco is importing and making available for the American market. Now, let's take a look at the wadcutter version of the .22 caliber pellet.
The pellets are made in China, and come in 250 count tins with foam padding inside the cover. This helps in keeping the pellets from deforming during the long trip here, and I found the tin of pellets to be very uniform in shape and appearance. The pellets weight 14.4 grains according to Compasseco, and the skirts on these pellets are very long and very hollow, going all the way up to the base of the pellet head.
This pic shows the Tech Force pellet in the middle, with a Gamo Match pellet on the left and a Crosman Premier HP on the right.
I shot these pellets from a variety of .22 caliber guns. The LD pistol, a custom-made CO2 gun, did very well, even though I was using open sights. I normally have a scope mounted on this gun, but borrowed it for another gun and haven't mounted a new one yet. Still, the pellets all soared down range with acceptable accuracy for my less-than-perfect eyes and open sights.
In the TF-78, a CO2-powered gun from Compasseco, the pellets once again did a fine job in punching neat, round holes in a cardboard target. Shooting wadcutters is fun, especially if you like visible results such as nice round holes! In hunting situations, they work well for close-up shots and tend to do better in not over-penetrating the target. This is a good thing when hunting inside a barn and trying to avoid punching holes in the ceiling while controlling pigeons and sparrows.
In the Benjamin Marauder, a new gun from Crosman, these pellets also did very well. The Marauder was the most accurate of the three guns I'm mentioning here, and several magazines of these wadcutters made an absolute mess out of my cardboard target, near cutting it in half.
Good quality, economical pellets are getting harder to find with the price of lead going up. If you are looking for a good pellet to plink with, at a great price og $8.95, check out this latest offering from Compasseco. They shoot well in a variety of guns at match ranges, and you'll enjoy the nice large hole that a .22 caliber wadcutter puts in a target!