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Will copper BBs ruin an air pistol barrel?

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Post by CO1Mtn 3/2/2021, 4:51 pm

I just bought an air pistol from someone. Do I need to shoot lead wadcutter pellets or can I shoot copper .177 BBs? Will the BBs ruin the barrel? It is a rifled barrel.
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Post by TonyH 3/2/2021, 5:05 pm

If it’s a rifled barrel, don’t shoot Copper or steel BB’s. Any type of 0.177 lead pellet should be fine.
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Post by bruce martindale 3/2/2021, 6:08 pm

Ditto, the barrels are usually soft but with tight tolerances. BBs not so much.  I Wouldn't do it

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Post by troystaten 3/3/2021, 12:13 am

You can get lead BB's if you want.

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Post by Boxturtle 3/3/2021, 6:17 am

I don't think there are any copper BBs.  They are steel with a copper flash to prevent rust.

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