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H&N Field Target Trophy 22 Caliber 14.66 Grain Pellet Test Review

Overview
Testers

Doug Wall
Stephen Archer

Caliber

.22

Model Number

5.53 Caliber Head Size

Test Date

March 12, 2018

Serial Numbers

N/a

Source of Supply

Supplied by Pyramyd Air.

Condition

New

We Like

Consistent head size
Very clean
Surprisingly low price

We Don't Like

Length and weight less consistent
Label didn't match head size
Not much else

HAM Rating
Comparison to Makers Claims
80%
Most Common Head Diameter
90%
Variation in Head Diameter
70%
Most Common Weight
35%
Variation in Weight
35%
Most Common Length
40%
Variation in Length
40%
Dirtiness
90%
Hard Air Magazine Test Conclusions

H&N Field Target Trophy 22 Caliber pellets have a great reputation for accuracy in many airguns. They are robust and the batch tested by HAM showed excellent consistency of head size.

This is a great mid-range pellet for hunting and plinking.

A coveted HAM Gold Award reflects the high quality of H&N Field Target Trophy 22 Caliber pellets for the price they sell at.

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VALUE FOR MONEY

H&N Field Target Trophy 22 caliber pellets have a great reputation with many serious airgun shooters. That’s why we use them as one of the standard test pellets in our HAM airgun tests.

H&N Field Target Trophy 22 Caliber 14.66 Grain Pellet Test Review

However when purchased in tins of 500 – as tested here – the H&N Field Target Trophy 22 caliber pellets are not at all expensive for a German-manufactured pellet with a quality reputation. The price of 3.20 cents per pellet is significantly less than the median price for .22 caliber lead pellets.

As always, you can find even lower prices from the leading online retailers if you buy four tins and get one free.

H&N Field Target Trophy 22 Caliber 14.66 Grain Pellet Test Review

BUY FROM PYRAMYD AIR
H&N Field Target Trophy .22 Cal, 14.66 Grains, Round Nose, 500ct
BUY FROM AIRGUN DEPOT
H&N Field Target Trophy 22 Cal, 500 Ct 14.66 Grains

TEST DATA SUMMARY

Price per Pellet3.20 cents
Most Common Weight14.85 Grains
15.08 Grains
Pellets at That Common Weight8%
Variation in Pellet Weight (Smallest to Largest)4.27%
Most Common Head Diameter5.55 mm
Pellet at That Common Head Diameter84%
Variation in Head Diameter (Smallest to Largest)0.36%
Most Common Length6.56 mm
Pellets at That Common Length14%
Variation in Length (Smallest to Largest)2.78%

 

COMPARISON TO MAKERS CLAIMS

The manufacturer claims that there are 500 pellets in the tin tested by HAM. In fact, there were 503. Thanks H&N!

The H&N Field Target Trophy 22 caliber pellets have a weight specification of 14.66 Grains per pellet. The average weight of the sample tested by HAM and weighed on our laboratory-grade balance was exactly 15.00 Grains. That’s 2.3% greater than the claimed weight.

Unusually, H&N specifies head diameters for many of its pellets. For the pellets tested by HAM, the claim is 5.53 mm, as we can see from the photograph below of the underside of the tin.

H&N Field Target Trophy 22 Caliber 14.66 Grain Pellet Test Review

In fact, the average head diameter of the H&N Field Target Trophy 22 caliber pellets tested by HAM was actually 5.55 mm. That’s 0.36% larger than the claim. A very small difference, but one nevertheless.

H&N’s claims are that they are an extremely accurate competition pellet with flat trajectory at medium ranges. These claims are supported by the HAM-measured Ballistic Coefficient and Downrange Performance chart below.

They also claim an exceptional aerodynamic design for high impact and penetration. Tightest shot groups are also claimed, as are the lowest rate of lead fouling due to the special alloy used in manufacture.

HAM does not have a way to test these claims. However, the high reputation of H&N Field Target Trophy 22 Caliber and their regularly excellent performance in HAM airgun testing support these claims.

 

CONSISTENCY

Although the tin of H&N Field Target Trophy 22 caliber pellets tested by HAM showed signs of external damage, no damaged pellets were found.

84% of the H&N Field Target Trophy 22 caliber pellets tested by HAM had a head diameter of 5.55mm. This is a high degree of consistency and well above average. Unfortunately, it’s consistent at a different diameter than the size marked on the tin!

The difference between smallest and largest head diameters found was 0.36%. Again, this is a good figure and better than average found in HAM testing. Overall, head diameter is very well controlled.

H&N Field Target Trophy 22 Caliber 14.66 Grain Pellet Test Review

Surprisingly, the H&N Field Target Trophy 22 caliber pellets tested by HAM had fairly poor weight consistency. The most common pellet weights were 14.85 and 15.08 Grains. In both cases, just 8% of the tested pellets were of these weights. As we can see, all of the pellets were heavier than the claimed 14.66 Grain weight.

The variation between the lightest and heaviest of the H&N Field Target Trophy 22 caliber pellets tested by HAM was 4.27%. The lightest weighed 14.74 Grains, while the heaviest was 15.37 Grains. This spread is larger than average.

H&N Field Target Trophy 22 Caliber 14.66 Grain Pellet Test Review

Length variation was also greater than average for the H&N Field Target Trophy 22 caliber pellets tested by HAM.

Although the average length was 6.55 mm, the shortest pellet measured 6.48 mm and the longest 6.66 mm. This a variation of 2.78% in length. The most common length was 6.56 mm. Just 14% of the tested pellets had this length – again surprisingly worse than average.

H&N Field Target Trophy 22 Caliber 14.66 Grain Pellet Test Review

 

DIRTINESS

As can be seen from the photograph below,  the H&N Field Target Trophy 22 caliber pellets tested by HAM were certainly clean, however.

A certain amount of lead dust and dirt is inherent in the manufacture of lead pellets. But the tin of pellets tested by HAM contained only a total of 0.6 Grains. For 200 pellets, that means an average of  0.12 Grains per 100 pellets. This is a very good performance!

H&N Field Target Trophy 22 Caliber 14.66 Grain Pellet Test Review

 

DOWNRANGE PERFORMANCE

As usual, HAM used Chairgun software to analyze downrange performance. The Ballistic Coefficient for H&N Field Target Trophy 22 Caliber pellets of 0.019 measured by HAM is around the mid-point for domes of this caliber. It also matches the claim published by H&N themselves.

This means that – even with our relatively low-powered Beeman 1074 test gun, these pellets shoot effectively “flat” from 9 to 33 Yards. It would be a longer spread with a more powerful air rifle, of course.

H&N Field Target Trophy 22 Caliber 14.66 Grain Pellet Test Review

 

HUNTING USE

Although the manufacturer lists H&N Field Target Trophy 22 Caliber as a “target” pellet, it can also perform usefully for hunting.

As we saw from the Chairgun chart above, 70% or more of the pellet’s kinetic energy is maintained to 29 Yards. Combined with the demonstrated accuracy potential, that makes FTTs suitable for mid-range hunting.

H&N Field Target Trophy 22 Caliber 14.66 Grain Pellet Test Review

The H&N Field Target Trophy 22 Caliber pellet penetrated 47mm into the standard HAM soap block, with an entry hole of 8 mm diameter.

On retrieval from the soap, the pellet was found to have expanded out from 5.55 mm to 5.58 mm diameter. The length had shortened proportionately from 6.52 mm to 6.42 mm. Pronounced rifling marks are visible on the fired pellet, left, in the photograph below.

H&N Field Target Trophy 22 Caliber 14.66 Grain Pellet Test Review

 

BUYING AND OWNING

H&N Field Target Trophy 22 Caliber pellets are widely available from all the major online retailers.

As always, H&N’s screw-top tins are an useful and practical container for transport and storage. In spite of the test tin being visibly damaged, there were no  damaged pellets inside the tin. That’s a good indication of the toughness of these pellets in everyday use.

H&N Field Target Trophy 22 Caliber 14.66 Grain Pellet Test Review

 

TEST DATA

H&N Field Target Trophy 22 Caliber 14.66 Grain Pellet Test Review

H&N Field Target Trophy 22 Caliber 14.66 Grain Pellet Test Review

BUY FROM PYRAMYD AIR
H&N Field Target Trophy .22 Cal, 14.66 Grains, Round Nose, 500ct
BUY FROM AIRGUN DEPOT
H&N Field Target Trophy 22 Cal, 500 Ct 14.66 Grains

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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