Breathing new life into old(er) .22 barrels

Manufactured in England, but sold the world over to hunting and outdoor target shooters, Defiant airgun pellets – which include the amazing Ogive – are made to extremely high tolerances and return a high velocity thanks to their lubricated lead-alloy configuration and modern, hi-tech design. Cutting edge they may be, but the latest addition to the range brings in to play a whole raft of ‘older’ guns which can sometimes struggle with the modern-day airgun ammo.

The Defiant Vintage -a .22 airgun pellet that measures up at 5.6mm, rather than the usual 5.5mm

The Defiant Vintage -a .22 airgun pellet that measures up at 5.6mm, rather than the usual 5.5mm

The Defiant Vintage is a 14.5-grain .22 that measures up at the ‘English’ standard of 5.6mm rather than the more common ‘Continental’ 5.5mm – and that 0.1mm can make all the difference if you’re shooting an older, British-built airgun with an ‘oversize’ .22 barrel. Performance wise, many airgunners who shoot FAC-rated (high power) .22 air rifles also find their tighter fit in a standard breech to be of benefit.

Defiant Vintage '5.6mm' .22 pellets are sold in boxes of 500

Defiant Vintage ‘5.6mm’ .22 pellets are sold in boxes of 500

Well-known airgun authority Nigel Allen is the editor of Britain's award-winning shooting magazine, Airgun Shooter (available worldwide). Email: nigel.allen@futurenet.com

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