Ballistic Coefficients

Here, Hard Air Magazine is publishing the World’s first comprehensive, structured and independent database of airgun pellet Ballistic Coefficients. We hope that you find it useful!

These airgun pellet Ballistic Coefficients are intended to help the many serious airgunners who want to know typical BC values for their pellets, but who don’t have the time or resources to derive that data themselves.

As many know, airgun pellet Ballistic Coefficients are a very complex subject. Pellet BCs vary significantly according to the type of pellet and the FPS at which the pellet is traveling. They are also effected by the airgun used to shoot them and many environmental factors.

Because the BC changes with the pellet’s velocity, there is actually no single Ballistic Coefficient for any airgun pellet!

And due to the variability inherent in each individual airgun pellet, the Ballistic Coefficient of two “identical” pellets can also be different!

In spite of all these issues, knowing a typical Ballistic Coefficient value for the pellets you are shooting is highly beneficial for calculating their trajectory. In conjunction with a software program such as Chairgun, BCs can be used to accurately estimate the amount of drop a pellet takes at different ranges. You need this for accurate shooting!

But note that Ballistic Coefficients are NOT, in themselves, a measure of accuracy. Two different pellets with the same BC can shoot with completely different accuracy in different airguns. Accuracy is a product of the gun, pellet, sighting system, ambient conditions and shooter capability.

HAM’s Ballistic Coefficients are calculated from velocity measurements taken at the muzzle and at 30 Yards. Because of our structured testing, HAM BCs are comparable against each other. That can be useful when you’re selecting which pellets to choose for hunting or competition.

You can read more details about how HAM determines it’s typical airgun Ballistic Coefficient values elsewhere in our magazine. But the keys to our reliable, accurate BCs are consistent, comparable test methodology and high quality equipment. For this reason, all HAM airgun Ballistic Coefficient testing has been undertaken by the same experienced, dedicated testers, using the same FX Impact air rifle, set to full power, with all FPS measurements recorded using the same Labradar Doppler Radar system.

NOTE: These HAM Ballistic Coefficients were each generated by shooting a sample of 10 un-selected pellets straight from the tin. This was done to represent use by the average shooter. For this reason, and because these BCs were prepared by experimental testing, the BCs you achieve may be sightly different. “Your mileage may vary”.

Also please note that you may find the Ballistic Coefficients listed here differ slightly from those you may have seen published elsewhere. This does not mean that either number is necessarily incorrect. It probably just means that the same pellets have been tested with different air rifles at different muzzle velocities and in different ways.

HAM is very transparent about how our Ballistic Coefficients were generated. Where BC figures published elsewhere differ from ours, make sure to understand the structured testing used to generate them.


.177 Caliber Airgun Ballistic Coefficients

AvantiDiabolo Match8.44 GrainsN/a0.012962 FPS697 FPS
BeemanHollow Point Coated Pellets, Model 12227.2 GrainsN/a0.012950 FPS690 FPS
BeemanPointed Pellets, Model 12258.3 GrainsN/a0.012896 FPS648 FPS
CrosmanPremier (in Box)7.9 GrainsDie "B"0.020970 FPS805 FPS
CrosmanPremier Copper Magnum10.6 GrainsN/a0.022869 FPS733 FPS
CrosmanPremier Hollow Point7.9 GrainsN/a0.0121019 FPS753 FPS
CrosmanPremier (in Box)10.65 GrainsDie "M"0.025888 FPS763 FPS
CrosmanPremier Ultra Magnum10.5 GrainsN/a0.023885 FPS755 FPS
GamoRed Fire7.8 GrainsN/a0.0121005 FPS736 FPS
GamoRocket9.6 GrainsN/a0.013971 FPS725 FPS
H&NField Target Trophy8.64 Grains4.50 MM0.016946 FPS753 FPS
H&NBaracuda Hunter10.34 Grains4.50 MM0.022907 FPS767 FPS
H&NBaracuda Match10.65 Grains4.50 MM0.020867 FPS715 FPS
H&NField Target8.49 Grains4.50 MM0.011922 FPS664 FPS
H&NField Target Trophy8.64 Grains4.51 MM0.017935 FPS751 FPS
H&NFinale Match Heavy8.18 Grains4.50 MM0.0111000 FPS709 FPS
H&NHornet10.03 GrainsN/a0.022957 FPS805 FPS
H&NPiledriver21.0 Grains4.46 MM0.033641 FPS572 FPS
H&NSilver Point11.57 Grains4.50 MM0.015881 FPS683 FPS
H&NSniper Magnum14.97 GrainsN/a0.025764 FPS659 FPS
H&NTerminator7.25 GrainsN/a0.0131025 FPS761 FPS
HatsanVortex8.18 Grains4.51 MM0.0131031 FPS771 FPS
HatsanVortex Supreme8.64 Grains4.51 MM0.018952 FPS776 FPS
JSBEXACT Beast Diabolo16.20 GrainsN/a0.029716 FPS629 FPS
JSBEXACT Diabolo8.44 GrainsN/a0.019940 FPS770 FPS
JSBEXACT Express Diabolo7.87 GrainsN/a0.019960 FPS790 FPS
JSBEXACT Premium Diabolo (in Box)8.44 GrainsN/a0.015964 FPS755 FPS
JSBEXACT RS Diabolo7.33 GrainsN/a0.014994 FPS755 FPS
JSBHeavy Ultra Shock10.3 GrainsN/a0.013846 FPS636 FPS
JSBMATCH Diabolo Middle Weight8.02 Grains4.50 MM0.011983 FPS700 FPS
JSBMATCH Diabolo S100 Heavy Weight8.26 Grains4.50 MM0.011979 FPS696 FPS
JSBSTRATON Diabolo8.26 GrainsN/a0.013927 FPS690 FPS
PredatorMetalmag8.50 GrainsN/a0.015944 FPS740 FPS
PredatorPolymag (Long)8.0 GrainsN/a0.012990 FPS730 FPS
PredatorPolymag Shorts8.02 GrainsN/a0.014957 FPS731 FPS
Qiang YuanQYS Olympic8.18 Grains4.50 MM0.011958 FPS680 FPS
RWSR10 Match Plus8.2 Grains4.50 MM0.011967 FPS692 FPS
RWSSuperdome8.3 GrainsN/a0.014943 FPS724 FPS


.22 Caliber Airgun Ballistic Coefficients

Air ArmsDiabolo Field16.0 GrainsN/a0.028877 FPS767 FPS
BeemanBearcub14.44 GrainsN/a0.013905 FPS603 FPS
BeemanKodiak21.14 GrainsN/a0.035791 FPS710 FPS
CrosmanPiranha14.3 GrainsN/a0.014893 FPS688 FPS
Crosman Premier Hollow Point14.3 GrainsN/a0.023914 FPS778 FPS
CrosmanPremier Ultra magnum14.4 GrainsN/a0.024902 FPS773 FPS
DaystateKaiser14.66 Grains5.53 MM0.023893 FPS757 FPS
DaystateRangemaster Sovereign15.9 GrainsN/a0.029882 FPS775 FPS
DianaRabbit Magnum II24.69 Grains5.50 MM0.037643 FPS582 FPS
FXAirgun Pellets16.0 Grains5.52 MM0.032887 FPS789 FPS
GamoMatch Diabolo15.43 GrainsN/a0.017871 FPS702 FPS
GamoRaptor Platinum PBA9.7 GrainsN/a0.0151026 FPS805 FPS
GamoRed Fire15.4 GrainsN/a0.016860 FPS685 FPS
GamoRocket14.3 GrainsN/a0.019886 FPS725 FPS
GTODomed Alloy11.75 GrainN/a0.023983 FPS834 FPS
H&NBaracuda Green12.35 Grains5.50 MM0.023940 FPS801 FPS
H&NBaracuda Match21.14 Grains5.53 MM0.033804 FPS717 FPS
H&NField Target Trophy14.66 Grains5.53 MM0.019924 FPS764 FPS
H&NField Target Trophy Green10.03 Grains5.50 MM0.0151011 FPS792 FPS
H&NHornet16.20 GrainsN/a0.024863 FPS739 FPS
H&NTerminator16.36 GrainsN/a0.021872 FPS728 FPS
JSBEXACT Diabolo15.89 GrainsN/a0.031903 FPS801 FPS
JSBEXACT Jumbo Express14.35 GrainsN/a0.025925 FPS796 FPS
JSBEXACT Jumbo Heavy Diabolo18.13 GrainsN/a0.035843 FPS756 FPS
JSBEXACT Jumbo Monster Diabolo (Redesigned)25.39 GrainsN/a0.039718 FPS653 FPS
JSBEXACT Jumbo RS Diabolo13.43 GrainsN/a0.023945 FPS802 FPS
JSBMATCH Jumbo Diabolo13.73 GrainsN/a0.013911 FPS682 FPS
JSBSTRATON Jumbo Diabolo15.89 GrainsN/a0.016896 FPS709 FPS
PredatorPolymag17.0 GrainsN/a0.028855 FPS750 FPS
PredatorPolymag Shorts15.89 GrainsN/a0.023873 FPS741 FPS
RWSHobby11.9 GrainsN/a0.010942 FPS654 FPS
RWSSuper-H-Point14.2 GrainsN/a0.012893 FPS651 FPS
RWSSuperdome14.5 GrainsN/a0.012902 FPS660 FPS
RWSSuperpoint14.5 GrainsN/a0.013908 FPS674 FPS


.25 Caliber Airgun Ballistic Coefficients

BenjaminAirgun Ammunition27.8 GrainsN/a0.036753 FPS678 FPS
H&NCrow Magnum26.23 GrainsN/a0.022743 FPS626 FPS
H&NField Target Trophy19.91 GrainsN/a0.024834 FPS712 FPS
H&NSilver Point24.38 GrainsN/a0.019760 FPS622 FPS
H&NSpitzkugel24.85 GrainsN/a0.021762 FPS638 FPS
JSBEXACT King Diabolo25.39 GrainsN/a0.038771 FPS698 FPS
JSBExact King Heavy Mk II33.95 GrainsN/a0.046654 FPS603 FPS
PredatorGTO Alloy16.54 GrainsN/a0.022914 FPS770 FPS


.30 Caliber Airgun Ballistic Coefficients

JSBEXACT Diabolo50.15N/a0.053610 FPS569 FPS


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