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The Pell Seat
Volvo with his first ride
Ever buy a pair of size 36 waist pants and find they are too tight, and another 36 is a tad loose? Or how about an XL t-shirt that seems a little snug and then the next XL makes you feel like you’re swimming in it?
Pellet rifle barrels and the corresponding pellets can have the same issues.
The most challenging I ever came across was a BSA Lightning XL in .25 caliber, loading a pellet in it was like trying to stuff me in a size two cocktail dress.
Use the round end
I’ll admit the BSA is an extreme example. Seems the British are hesitant to give up the old number 3 bore size for the actual .25 caliber the Germans embrace. This is where a pell seat becomes a necessity instead of a luxury. Typically things won’t be so extreme, but the point is the pell seat will help any time the fit is tight.
These won't fit in a .25 cal BSA without help
Next, if the breech and pellet are a good match, it can be used to get a consistent seating depth which in turn reduces velocity variance. A pellet seated too deeply will normally provide less velocity, which in turn affects the point of impact. At the same time the ball end can smooth the skirt for a good seal and keeps the pellet out of harm’s way when the barrel slams shut.
Lastly, the pointy end can be used to experiment with seating depths if you are so inclined.
Keep in mind some barrels will have the opposite ailment and will be so large that the pellet falls out when you close it. The best solution for them is to find a chubby pellet that is accurate.
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