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Ammunition Matters: RWS Meisterkugeln Precision Pistol Pellets

For as many reasons as there are to shoot pellet pistols, there are at least as many reasons to shoot RWS Meisterkugeln Precision Pistol pellets in your air pistol. For starters, pellet pistols are typically low-velocity affairs. This limitation in velocity tends to direct the application of the gun to certain activities. Another way to say that is pellet pistols are better at some things than they are others. Hunting with a CO2 powered pellet pistol is not a wise or humane thing to do. If you have a break barrel pellet pistol, that is a different story. Some of those pistols generate enough energy to dispatch small pests humanely.

Shape

The RWS Meisterkugeln Pistol Pellets are known as “wadcutters.” Wadcutter is a term borrowed from target pistol shooting. Many competition target shooters use a .38 Special revolver and ammunition that features a wadcutter style bullet. The term comes from the perfect circle “wad” of paper that the bullet would cut through the target on its journey to its stopping point. Flat nose wadcutter pellets will cut a perfect circle in a paper target. This makes identifying and scoring pellet strikes very easy in target shooting.

Fit & Finish

Another design consideration is the magazine style used by many CO2 powered air pistols. Many use a shallow rotating cylinder that holds the pellets for shooting. Pellets that are too long can shift during shooting and overhang the cylinder.  When the cylinder rotates, the lead that is overhanging will, in the best case, cause drag as the cylinder rotates, and, in the worst case, cause the pellet to lodge against the outside of the barrel. This will usually break the hand that rotates the cylinder and require repair work before the gun can be used again. A wadcutter pellet like the RWS Meisterkugeln Pistol Pellet will be short enough to stay in the magazine during shooting.

Accuracy

Accuracy is always a key factor when shooting. We generally desire to hit just what we are aiming at. Not only are pointed pellets too long for most pellet pistol, they are typically not as accurate either.  At the shorter distances one would shoot a pellet pistol (typically less than 10 yards), the wadcutter design is hard to beat for accuracy. In fact, these are the only type of pellets competition shooters will use. 

German Quality

One thing that sets German made RWS pellets apart from other brands is the quality that is built into the pellets. RWS pellets are clean. When you open the tin, you won’t find a bunch of lead dust and trash. Clean, uniform, consistent pellets are all that are packaged in those tins of RWS pellets. The RWS Meisterkugeln pistol pellets are very consistent pellet-to-pellet. It is not uncommon to open a new tin and not find any deformed pellets. Another factor in consistency is that the RWS pellets are very close in weight from one pellet to another. All these factors mean that when you go out to shoot, you have a much better chance of hitting right where you want it.

Air rifles have the luxury of being able to shoot pellets that range from the ultra-light to the ultra-heavy. Not so with pistols. While you could get away with an ultra-light wadcutter in a pistol, shooting a heavyweight pellet will cause velocity and accuracy to suffer. The Meisterkugeln pistol pellets are optimized at 7-grains of weight.  The 7-grain weight strikes the best balance of power, accuracy, and velocity for most air pistols. 

Whatever your reason for shooting a pellet pistol, treat it right with a supply of RWS Meisterkugeln pellets

Mark Davis, avid outdoorsman and family man, is the Social Media Specialist at Umarex USA.

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  • Robert Waddell: September 11, 2018

    Very good observation on RWS pellets, I agree that the wadcutters are perfect for air pistols. Being a distinguished pistol shooter, I demand perfection from my airguns. And of course the ammunition. I have also found that RWS R-10, 8.2 wadcutters also work very well.
    Shooting a Daisy 747, with Lothar Walther barrel, with 8.2’s is a pleasure, one hole shooting. This gun is a single pump pneumatic pislol. Velocity is very low.
    Shooting a Crossman 2300 series with max pressure setting is also very accurate, velocity is much higher and it handles the 8.2’s very well. The Crossman is CO2 and has Lothar Walther barrel.
    I have faith in RWS pellets. As described in above artical, they are clean, uniform and shoot very well.

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