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Eddie's Pellet Holder.
I have tried all kinds of pellet dispensers, all kinds of plastic candy boxes, Bic pens, straws, foam rubber, you name it I've tried it and this system beats them all. No more fumbling around your pockets to find that plastic box or tin, straw, pen, and fumbling around to open it, no more fumbling around for loose pellets in your pockets that come out full of lint, no more wondering where you put your misplaced pellet dispenser/box/tin and looking for it. Just pull the end of the stock to your trigger hand, pick out a pellet, load and shoot.
After using and trying the vented rubber stock's butt of a Silver Shadow 1000 as a pellet holder, I became spoiled. It is the best system I have ever tried for dispensing/ holding pellets, it makes loading a snap, easier/faster than ever. Just cock the air gun, pull the air gun's butt up to to your trigger hand, pick out a pellet with the finger nail of your index finger, let it fall in the palm of your hand, load and shoot. Notice how neat and cool looking the pellets look in this rubber vented butt.
After being spoiled by using this system, I decided I wanted the same advantage on my XS B-4-2, but the XS B-4-2 comes with a smooth surface plastic butt, so some modifications had to be done. After carefully thinking and measuring, some testing, I modified the stock's butt of my XS B-4-2 to be able to hold 20, .177 cal. pellets.
Modifying the XS B-4-2 (.177 cal.) stock's butt to be a pellet holder.
(For instructions on rubber stock butts, check the bottom of the page.)
First the stock's plastic butt must be taken off the stock, take out the screws and put them aside. The next step is to drill holes with a 11/64" drill bit about 3/16" deep and the holes 5/16" apart, starting from the top to the bottom, centering these holes in the middle of the plastic butt, this should give you 10 holes on each side, with a total 20 holes for holding 20 .177 cal. pellets.
After making the holes you will find them to be just a little too big for holding the pellets firmly, they will fall out ( using a smaller drill bit is out of the question they will fit too tight). To correct this I used a large flat head screw driver and I put pressure on each side of the plastic on the rim of the holes. In this way the plastic is pinched out towards the inside of the hole for holding the pellets in place. Notice I did this on the inside of the stock's butt as not to leave visible marks on the outside of the air gun.
After this I did some testing and I confronted another problem. The plastic butt is hollow inside and if the pellets are push in hard they will fall inside the plastic butt. To correct this, I cut out pieces of rubber foam from a old beer can cooler in the shape of the sections inside and put this inside to fill in the hollow sections to keep the pellets from falling inside the stock's butt.
After filling in all the hollow spaces, I installed the plastic stock's butt to the stock. I then confronted a new problem, some of the holes were made on the solid cross sections of the plastic and the plastic was not pinched towards the inside of the holes, so the pellets fell out. This I correct by using the edge of my flat head screw drive and I pinched/push out plastic on each side of the hole, so the hole would hold the pellet.
After that I tested each hole to insure that it held the pellet in place at the right tension and the pellet did not fall out. These holes should hold the pellets in place firmly, but not too tight, if the pellets are held too tight in place the lead skirt of the pellet will bend when you try to pick one out. Adjustments may be made by using the method above for a tighter grip, or pushing in on the pinched plastic inside the hole for a lesser grip with the drill bit or the screwdriver.
The method used for extracting the pellets is, cock the air gun first, pull the stock up to your trigger hand, take the index finger of your trigger hand and with your finger nail pick out the pellet so that it falls in the palm of your hand, load and shoot.
This is the finished product, looks neat and cool, gives the air gun a studded dress look.
The advantages given by this system in both target shooting, plinking and hunting in field are well worth the effort.
I did a fast shooting test to see how fast I could shoot using this system. I shot at a tin can at 20 yards with my XS B-4-2 .using this system. I shot a total of 10 shots using .177 cal. Crosman Pointed pellets with out missing the can, in 1 minute 40 seconds, this includes aiming time. Now that is fast shooting, 10 seconds per shot.
I also did this to the XS B-4-2A that comes with a solid rubber stock butt, for more instructions check the end of this page.
ATTN: For those of you that have a .22 cal. air gun, first try drilling a hole with a 7/32" drill bit, measure the pellet, if that is too tight, use a 15/64" drill bit, this is for plastic stock butts only..
Rubber Butts) For those of you that
have the XS B-4-2A, that comes with a solid hard rubber stock's
butt. Use a 3/16" drill bit for .177 cal. or a 15/64" drill bit for .22 cal.. I used Zirconium Nitride coated drill bits. Measure off the length of the bit the size/length of the pellet, to tape off the depth of the pellet's hole, the tape marking will let you know when you have drilled to the right length.
Firmly place the point of the drill bit on the point you want to drill the hole, drill first forward down to the desired length. Put the drill in reverse and drill in reverse holding it down in the hole, then forward and reverse again. In this manner it will clean the opening of the hole of rubber shreds. Test each hole with a pellet, if it is too tight, drill the holes again in both forward and reverse until the pellets fits right.
Optional: You may use a silicone
lubricant for rubber for the holes for a smoother loading/picking of the
pellets. Use the wooden end of a small artist's paint brush with very thin
amounts of silicone lube to lube the insides of the holes.
The rubber butt is easier to do, you don't have to pinch the plastic or fill in the hollow sections. The shredded rubber inside the holes holds the pellets in place. Worked great, better than the plastic butt.
Judging by doing this on both a plastic and rubber stock butts, I guess this can be done on any air gun that has a butt stock wide enough on the sides to work on.