About Airgun Ammo
- Use only pellets in the same caliber as the gun. The caliber of a Stoeger Airgun is clearly shown on the barrel.
- Use only new pellets.
- Don’t use low-quality pellets. They can cause accuracy problems or obstruct the barrel.
- Do not reuse pellets.
- Never use a pellet that was lodged in your rifle.
- Never use BBs. Steel BBs will not be a good fit to the barrel and will be inaccurate. They will also damage the rifling and ruin the gun’s accuracy for shooting regular pellets.
Choosing the Right Pellet
Almost any air rifle can shoot any type of pellet in the same caliber as the gun. Not all pellets work equally well in every airgun. Use this overview of ammo types to choose the right one for your airgun. (See a comparison of airgun calibers in How to Choose an Airgun.)
Alloy pellets like the Stoeger X-Speed Alloy Pellets…
- Shoot faster than lead
- Are generally less accurate than lead pellets, especially when they travel faster than the speed of sound (about 1,200 fps)
- Don’t have the handling disadvantages of lead
- Are ideal for target shooting
- Punch a neat, clean hole into paper
- Are generally known as wad-cutters
- Are not the best match for the very high muzzle velocity of the X50
- Are ideal for hunting
- Are maximum weight
- Have utmost knockdown power
Lead Pellet Warning
Do not put lead pellets in your mouth, and don’t put fingers in your mouth after handling pellets. Wash your hands after handling pellets.
Lead pellets contain lead, a chemical known to the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.