Crosman Premier Domed Ultra Heavy 19.0 Grain .22 Caliber Pellet Test Review
Testers: Doug Wall, Stephen Archer
Model Number: LDHP22
Test Date: March 2, 2020
Source of Supply: Supplied by Velocity Outdoor.
Reasonable overall quality
Fairly consistent weight
Could be worth trying for hunting
We Don't Like
Low Ballistic Coefficient
Not really that heavy
- Comparison to Makers Claims:70%
- Most Common Head Diameter 40%
- Variation in Head Diameter 35%
- Most Common Weight 70%
- Variation in Weight 70%
- Most Common Length 60%
- Variation in Length 59%
- Dirtiness 50%
HARD AIR MAGAZINE TEST CONCLUSIONS
Crosman Premier Domed Ultra Heavy 19.0 Grain .22 caliber pellets are fairly decent pellets.
If these heavy – not ultra heavy – pellets prove accurate in your air rifle, they could be worth trying for hunting; preferably with a powerful PCP air rifle. However the low Ballistic Coefficient means that they are best used at short range.
The main reason they do not achieve a HAM Award is that they are simply too expensive for the manufacturing quality they offer.
VALUE FOR MONEY
We’ll start by talking price. Crosman Premier Domed Ultra Heavy 19.0 Grain pellets are expensive at 5.5 cents each. That puts them well up the price range for .22 caliber pellets, as we can see from the chart below.
The main issue here is that – at this price – they compete with pellets from other manufacturers that offer rather better manufacturing quality.
Although Crosman pellets have never achieved the highest quality scores in HAM testing, some of them have earned a coveted HAM Gold Award. This has been due to their value.
For example, Premier Hollow Point pellets work well in many airguns – as we can see from multiple HAM Air Rifle tests. They are also cheap, make that really cheap, for what they offer.
With Crosman Premier Domed Ultra Heavy 19.0 Grain .22 Caliber pellets at 5.5 cents each, we have a different situation. Now Crosman has pellets priced above some outstanding quality ammunition offered by manufacturers such as H&N and JSB.
TEST DATA SUMMARY
|Price per Pellet||5.50 cents|
|Most Common Weight||18.94 Grains|
|Pellets at That Common Weight||18%|
|Variation in Pellet Weight (Smallest to Largest)||1.8%|
|Most Common Head Diameter||5.52 mm|
|Pellet at That Common Head Diameter||42%|
|Variation in Head Diameter (Smallest to Largest)||0.91%|
|Most Common Length||7.80 mm|
|Pellets at That Common Length||28%|
|Variation in Length (Smallest to Largest)||1.69%|
COMPARISON TO MAKERS CLAIMS
Velocity Outdoor makes three basic claims for Crosman Premier Domed Ultra Heavy 19.0 Grain pellets. These are that they are “ultra heavy”, offer devastating power and accuracy” and that they have 33% more weight that standard Crosman .22 caliber domed pellets.
Let’s start with the last claim first.
Compared to the standard Crosman Premier pellet weight of 14.3 Grains, yes the 19 Grains weight is 33% greater.
And yes these are heavy pellets. But it’s difficult to argue that they qualify as “ultra heavy”. It’s easy to find .22 caliber pellets at 25 Grains or more. JSB Beast Jumbos weigh 34 Grains each. That’s around 79% heavier than these Crosman Premier Domed Ultra Heavy 19.0 Grain pellets.
As for “devastating power”, this will really depend on the air rifle they are fired from and at what range it’s measured…
Using the HAM standard “1000 FPS” Beeman 1074 test gun we found the Muzzle Energy to be 15.79 Ft/Lbs. This is actually less than the 16.14 Ft/Lbs achieved by the same gun with 14.3 Premier Hollow points in HAM testing. There’s more on this in the Downrange Performance section of this review, below.
However, in a powerful PCP, it would be fair to expect the heavier pellets to have a higher kinetic energy.
Likewise accuracy. HAM pellet test reviews to not cover accuracy testing. This is because accuracy is a “systems” outcome. It’s a combination of pellet, air rifle, scope, weather conditions and shooter.
It is quite possible that Crosman Premier Domed Ultra Heavy 19.0 Grain pellets will be accurate in some air rifles. The Benjamin Marauder would be a good guess. But the consistency results detailed below do not indicate that manufacturing quality alone is likely to lead to extraordinary accuracy.
The specified weight claim of 19.0 Grains is closely met by the measured average weight of 18.94 Grains among the pellets tested by HAM. Likewise, 200 pellets per tin are claimed. The tin tested by Hard Air Magazine contained 201.
No damaged pellets were found in the tin of Crosman Premier Domed Ultra Heavy 19.0 Grain pellets tested by HAM.
In most pellets, head diameter is tightly controlled. The Domed Ultra Heavies tested by HAM showed less than average consistency in this respect. However, they are better than the Premier Hollow Points tested previously by HAM.
As we can see, only 42% of the pellets HAM tested had the same head diameter of 5.52 mm. Somewhere between 52% and 78% would be average.
The variation of 0.91% between the smallest and largest dead diameters was likewise below the average for pellets tested by HAM.
Weight consistency was rather better.
Here, 18% of the tested pellets had the same weight of 18.94 Grains – the most common weight. The variation between lightest and heaviest pellets was 1.8%. Both of these percentages are above average.
Seven per cent of the tested pellets matched the manufacturer’s claimed weight of 19.0 Grains.
Length variation among the Crosman Premier Domed Ultra Heavy 19.0 Grain pellets tested by HAM was well controlled. 28% of the tested pellets had the same overall length of 7.80 mm. This is better than average.
The variation in length between the shortest and longest pellets tested by HAM was 1.69%. This is around average in our experience.
Of course, some dirt and dust is an inevitable accompaniment to pellet manufacture. The Crosman Premier Domed Ultra Heavy 19.0 Grain pellets tested by HAM had around 0.5 Grains of lead junk per 100 pellets. This is about average among the pellets we have tested.
During HAM Ballistic Coefficient testing, Crosman Premier Domed Ultra Heavy 19.0 Grain pellets achieved a BC of 0.017.
This is low for a domed pellet, both in general and compared to other Crosman pellets. The result is that the Ultra Heavies are best used at short-range.
As the Chairgun graph below shows, Muzzle Energy has halved by just 42 Yards downrange. By comparison, Muzzle Energy for the 14.3 Grain Crosman Premier Hollow Point pellets tested by HAM took more 55 Yards to halve.
At 60 Yards, Chairgun demonstrates a remaining kinetic energy of 6.0 Ft/Lbs for the Ultra Heavies when fired from the Beeman 1074. This compares to 7.77 Ft/Lbs for the 14.3 Grain Crosman Premier Hollow Points.
So, at 60 Yards range and with the same spring/piston air rifle, the Crosman Premier Domed Ultra Heavy 19.0 Grain pellets achieved 28% less energy (think “knock down power”) that the lighter Premier HPs.
As already discussed, the Ultra Heavies are best used for hunting at short range.
Penetration into the standard HAM ballistic soap block was 44 mm.
There was relatively little deformation of the pellet during this test. When recovered from the soap, the pellet measured 7.74 mm long, compared to 7.81 mm before firing.
The head diameter expanded from 5.52 mm to 5.66 mm due to the impact.
BUYING AND OWNING
Thanks to Velocity Outdoor’s outstanding distribution network, Crosman Premier Domed Ultra Heavy 19.0 Grain pellets are likely to be easily found in many places where there other pellets are found.
There’s a foam pad inside the tin of there Brazilian-manufactured pellets. This did a good job of preventing damage to the contents in the tin tested by HAM.
The tin’s screw top was convenient and easy-to-use. It was fastened less tightly than Crosman’s domestically-produced pellet tin lids, which can often be very hard to unscrew. That’s good.
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
Understanding HAM Pellet Awards
HAM Pellet Awards come from the most rigorous, professional and comprehensive pellet testing by any independent publication. They are the result of much precise measurement and analysis using high precision measuring devices and highly-experienced testers.
Note that accuracy is a product of the complete “system” of airgun, scope, atmospheric conditions and shooter ability – not the pellet alone.
This means that no pellet test review can predict the accuracy of a particular pellet with YOUR individual air rifle. That’s why we do not measure accuracy in these pellet tests.
What HAM Pellet Awards do recognize is manufacturing consistency. Inconsistent pellets definitely will be inaccurate, consistent pellets are much more likely to be accurate.
HAM Awards also recognize value. There’s considerable variation in the price of airgun pellets. This means that an 8 cent pellet needs to score higher than a 2 cent pellet to achieve an award.
For full details of the HAM Pellet Award scoring methodology, please check out our Pellet Testing page.
For a full listing of HAM-tested Ballistic Coefficients, please see our Ballistic Coefficients page.
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