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Crosman Premier Hollowpoint 14.3 Grain Pellet Test Review

Overview
Testers

Doug Wall

Caliber

.22

Model Number

LHP22

Test Date

May 1, 2017

Serial Numbers

N/a

Source of Supply

Purchased anonymously at retail.

Condition

New.

VALUE FOR MONEY

Crosman Premier Hollowpoint 14.3 Grain pellets are an industry standard. They’re manufactured in Crosman’s Bloomfield, NY headquarters and are available at just about every Walmart in the USA, as well as online and at big box sporting goods stores.

This easy accessibility, together with the fact that they are likely to shoot pretty well (or better) in the majority of air rifles (see our HAM air rifle test reviews), makes them a popular choice for many airgunners. Attractive pricing helps, too!

Crosman Premier Hollowpoint 14.3 Grain Pellet Test Review

Walmart sells these pellets for $6.47 per tin, Crosman Premier Hollowpoint 14.3 Grain pellets cost 1.29 cents each. This makes them a bargain, compared to an average price for .22 caliber lead pellets of 5 cents.

Of course, if you buy them online, you will be able to benefit from the “buy four tins, get one free” offers that are available from the leading retailers.

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Crosman Premier .22 Cal, 14.3 Grains, Hollowpoint, 500ct
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Crosman Premier Hollowpoint 14.3 Grain, 500 Ct

TEST DATA SUMMARY

Price per Pellet1.99 cents
Most Common Weight14.44 Grains
Pellets at That Common Weight14%
Variation in Pellet Weight (Smallest to Largest)3.3%
Most Common Head Diameter5.52 mm
Pellet at That Common Head Diameter26%
Variation in Head Diameter (Smallest to Largest)1.5%
Most Common Length6.56mm, 6.64mm, 6.65mm
Pellets at That Common Length10%, 10%, 10%
Variation in Length (Smallest to Largest)4.5%

 

COMPARISON TO MAKERS CLAIMS

Crosman Premier Hollowpoint 14.3 Grain pellets are manufactured from a fairly hard lead alloy. They certainly seem perceptibly harder than many other types of lead pellet.

Compared to the 14.3 Grain claim, the average weight per pellet of the samples tested by HAM was 14.38 Grains. This was 5.6% higher than the claimed weight.

Crosman also claims that there are 500 pellets in a tin. The tin tested by HAM contained 503 pellets. More is good!

The claim is also made that these pellets are ‘built in America”. This is true. HAM Publisher Stephen Archer has visited the Crosman plant  – so have many others – and seen these pellets rolling off the production line in Up-State New York.

It has become more common recently for pellets to have marketing claims made for them. In the case of the Crosman Premier Hollowpoint 14.3 Grain pellets, the package claims these pellets deliver “maximum power and expansion”.

In the HAM team’s opinion, it’s not clear how the claim for “maximum power” can be justified. Head diameter expansion of the Crosman Premier Hollowpoint 14.3 Grain pellet fired into our standard test block of soap was only 2.5% – as you can see below.

 

CONSISTENCY

Although there is no foam or other padding inside the tin, no damaged or malformed Crosman Premier Hollowpoint 14.3 Grain pellets were found in the tin tested by HAM. This is almost certainly because the pellets were packed tightly into the tin with very little space for them to move around in transit, combined with the hard lead alloy used.

Head diameter of the Premier Hollowpoint pellets tested by HAM varied between 5.48 mm and 5.56 mm. The most common head diameter was 5.52 mm. This was found in 26% of the tested pellets – as is shown in the chart below. The average head diameter calculates to be 5.51 mm, however.

So, the head diameter of the largest Crosman Premier Hollowpoint 14.3 Grain pellet tested by HAM was 1.5% larger than that of the smallest measured in the test sample.

Crosman Premier Hollowpoint 14.3 Grain Pellet Test Review

As we can see from the weight distribution chart below, only 2% of the Crosman Premier Hollowpoint 14.3 Grain pellets tested by HAM actually achieved the nominal 14.30 Grain weight. The most common pellet weight was 14.44 Grains. 14% of the pellets tested had this weight when tested on HAM’s incredibly-precise, laboratory-grade milligram balance.

The minimum weight of an individual pellet was 14.11 Grains, the heaviest was 14.57 Grains. To put that into perspective, it means that the heaviest pellet tested by HAM was 3.3% heavier than the lightest.

Crosman Premier Hollowpoint 14.3 Grain Pellet Test Review

Length of the Crosman Premier Hollowpoint 14.3 Grain pellets tested by HAM varied as shown below. The minimum length measured was 6.48 mm, while the longest was 6.77 mm. So, the longest pellet was 4.5% longer than the shortest.

The most common lengths were 6.56 mm, 6.64 mm and 6.65 mm. 10% of the total sample size fell into these lengths.

Crosman Premier Hollowpoint 14.3 Grain Pellet Test Review

 

DIRTINESS

As every airgunner knows, lead pellets are usually dirty. That dirt is lead dust and other small particles of lead that are inherent in the production process.

Crosman Premier Hollowpoint 14.3 Grain pellets are generally pretty clean. But here’s what the dirt in one tin of pellets looks like, when washed-off onto a cloth.

Crosman Premier Hollowpoint 14.3 Grain Pellet Test Review

There was 1.4 Grains of dirt in the tin of Crosman Premier pellets tested by HAM. That equals 0.28 Grains of dirt per 100 pellets.

 

DOWNRANGE PERFORMANCE

Downrange performance of the Crosman Premier Hollowpoint 14.3 Grain pellets has been charted using the popular ChairGun ballistics program. We used the Ballistic Coefficient of 0.0190 that’s in the ChairGun database.

Using our standard Beeman 1074 air rifle (with “1,000 FPS performance” in .177 caliber), the Muzzle Velocity averaged 710.8 FPS, giving 16.14 Ft/Lbs of Muzzle Energy for these pellets.

This means that – if the test gun was sighted-in at 22.5 Yards, then the point of impact would be within plus or minus 0.5 Inches all the way from 10 Yards to 35 Yards. That’s 25 Yards of effectively “flat” shooting.

Crosman Premier Hollowpoint 14.3 Grain Pellet Test Review

Here’s the ChairGun data from which the above graph was created.

Range    POI     Drift    Time  Vel.       Vel.   Energy  Energy   Drop
(Yard)      (In)      (In)   (sec)  (Ft/s)        (%)   (FtLbf)     (%)       (In)

10     -0.32     -0.24   0.044   667.9    94.0   14.24   88.29    -0.4
15      0.11     -0.54   0.066   647.7    91.1   13.39   83.03    -0.8
20      0.33     -0.96   0.090   628.2    88.4   12.60   78.12    -1.5
25      0.33     -1.51   0.114   609.4    85.7   11.86   73.51    -2.4
30      0.09     -2.20   0.139   591.3    83.2   11.16   69.20    -3.5

35     -0.39     -3.02   0.165   573.8    80.7   10.51   65.16    -4.9
40     -1.14     -3.97   0.191   556.8    78.3    9.90   61.37    -6.5
45     -2.16     -5.07   0.219   540.3    76.0    9.32   57.79    -8.5
50     -3.49     -6.32   0.247   524.3    73.8    8.78   54.40   -10.7
55     -5.13     -7.72   0.276   508.6    71.6    8.26   51.21   -13.2

60     -7.10     -9.28   0.306   493.4    69.4    7.77   48.19   -16.1

 

HUNTING USE

The ChairGun data tells us that the initial Muzzle Energy of 16.14 Ft/Lbs had dropped to 70%  – 11.3 Ft/Lbs – at 29 Yards. So, this may be considered a maximum hunting range for small game in most medium-powered air rifles.

Penetration into the standard bar of soap used for these tests was 43mm. As we can see, the “wound channel” was straight and there was little sign that the Crosman Premier Hollowpoint 14.3 Grain pellet expanded hugely when giving up its energy to the soap.

The entry wound had a 9mm diameter. The original diameter of the pellet was 5.52 mm. After carefully removing from the soap bar, the head diameter measured 5.66mm. So, expansion was actually 2.5%.

Crosman Premier Hollowpoint 14.3 Grain Pellet Test Review

 

BUYING AND OWNING

As we’ve said, Crosman Premier Hollowpoint 14.3 Grain pellets are available just about everywhere. They’re a good general-purpose pellet and form an industry benchmark for overall performance.

These Crosman Premier pellets are packaged in a large screw cap tin that’s generally easy to open and is good for repeated use. Although, from experience, the HAM team knows that some can be very tightly closed when you try to open them for the first time…

Crosman Premier Hollowpoint 14.3 Grain Pellet Test Review

Although these Crosman Premier pellets are fairly clean to handle, all appropriate precautions associated with any lead product still must be taken in use.

 

TEST DATA

Crosman Premier Hollowpoint 14.3 Grain Pellet Test Review

Crosman Premier Hollowpoint 14.3 Grain Pellet Test Review

For background details on HAM’s Pellet Test Review methodology, check out this link.

Chairgun is a product of Hawke Sports Optics LLC and is used with permission. Check out http://www.hawkeoptics.com

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Crosman Premier .22 Cal, 14.3 Grains, Hollowpoint, 500ct
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Crosman Premier Hollowpoint 14.3 Grain, 500 Ct

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