How to Increase Pellet Gun Power

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How to Increase Pellet Gun Power
Air-powered guns are illegal in some countries or are available for purchase only by those of a minimum age. (Ralf Nau/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Air-powered pellet guns have existed for hundreds of years, with early models being powered by bellows and later models using stationary air reservoirs. Current models use compressed air, sometimes in conjunction with a spring. Some hunting models are capable of breaking the sound barrier, but recreational models are capable of firing projectiles at speeds of between 300 and 800 feet per second.

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Things you need

  • Pneumatic pellet gun
  • WD-40
  • "Slick 50" (Advanced Formula)
  • 8 to 10 flathead pellets
  • 10 lead pellets

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  1. 1

    Cock your rifle and fill the chamber about 25 per cent full with WD-40, then move the cocking arm up and down for two to three minutes, depending on the amount of dust, tar, and lead you can visibly see.

  2. 2

    Spray or pour a small amount of WD-40 down the barrel of the gun to remove any build-up there.

  3. 3

    Pour out the WD-40 and shoot three flathead pellets to clean out the WD-40. Wait about five minutes as the gun cools.

  4. 4

    Pour more WD-40 into the chamber and barrel again and move the cocking arm back and forth forcefully for several minutes. Empty the gun of WD-40 and shoot five to seven flathead pellets to clean out the chamber and barrel. Let it cool for at least five minutes.

  5. 5

    Pour four to six drops of "Slick 50" down the chamber and six more down the barrel. Shoot 10 lead pellets to apply heat and create a Teflon coating.

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