If you shoot BB guns then you know about ricochets and how dangerous they can be. I once shot a BB at an old stove I ran across in the desert. I shot at the glass oven door from about 30 feet and instantly got hit in the forehead by the BB. I never did that again. I’m lucky I didn’t lose an eye!
There are 2 lessons I learned from this incident.
- Don’t shoot steel BBs at hard objects
- Wear eye protection when shooting
Some BB guns will only shoot BBs like the Daisy Red Ryder. So you don’t have a choice of lead pellets. So what do you do?
…only shoot soft targets?
…use lead BBs?
I like and prefer shooting lead or copper coated lead BBs. Actually the copper plated are better for the simple reason there is no exposed lead. Lead is hazardous to most life on Earth.
Anyway…so who makes copper coated lead BBs?
H&N Excite Smart Shot BBs are lead core BBs with a copper coating. These BBs expand and flatten when they hit a target or any hard surface without ricocheting. They are much safer than steel BBs. Since the core is lead which is heavier than steel, Smart Shot BBs are heavier and weigh about 7.4 grains. Steel BBs weigh about 5.1 grains. BB gun velocities will be lower with Smart Shot BBs but penetration maybe greater because of the increased density.
Here are some samples of the H&N Smart Shot BBs….un-fired and fired. You can see how they flatten like a lead bullet. These are excellent for backyard plinking or hunting with a BB gun. If you are interested in these, here is a link to buy them online…H&N Smart Shot BBs at Amazon.com