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.22 or .177 pellet gun

Old 09-25-2004, 09:12 AM
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Im looking into buying a new pellet gun for grouse this year and maybe a couple rabbit . So what should i buy a nice .177 flyin 1000fps or a .22 caliber pellet flying like 700fps its got me puzzled
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Old 09-25-2004, 04:45 PM
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i guess from my stand point i see that option like a bow hunter sees carbon vs. aluminum the .117(carbon) is faster, and will allow more of a distance error, do to a flatter trajectory, where as the .22 (aluminum) wont be as fast, but it will hit harder getting more kinetic energy. No with grouse, and rabbit KE isn’t a very big deal, because they are both very (weak) animals. But if it helps, I bow hunt with carbon lol I donno if this has helped you out, but that’s the only way I think I can kind of put it into words for you. Sorry if it isn’t understandable, but good luck what ever way you decide to go.

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Old 09-25-2004, 05:22 PM
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Default RE: .22 or .177 pellet gun

Get the .22. The pellet guns you get are shot with the lightest pellets they can get to obtain that speed. .177 is fast, but you don't need speed, you need ft lbs. A .22 pellet gun puts out about 12-13 fp with a .177 being less. I would go with the .22. Pellets are more expensive, but you will get more out of them.
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Old 09-25-2004, 06:24 PM
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I would also go with the .22 it will hit harder.
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Old 09-25-2004, 06:34 PM
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my vote is for the .22
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Old 10-02-2004, 09:55 PM
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i use my .22 for rabbits and pellet guns for squirrels or small birds.
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Old 10-02-2004, 10:05 PM
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i'd consider this in your desicion. the equation for KE is =MV^2

Mass is give a "1" value, but the velocity is squared. small increase in speed will help the power aspect more than a medium increase in weight. Remember in football how the little guys always seemed to give hits that equalled the 230lbs middle backer?

personally id go with .177 because in the end where talking about rabbits! not deer or even coyotes. I bet many a small lad has "konked" a rabbit with nothing more than a slingshot and lots of luck.
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Old 10-08-2004, 01:26 PM
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i got myself a nice crossman i got a sparrow with it.
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Old 10-08-2004, 04:19 PM
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Default RE: .22 or .177 pellet gun

I have both and my dad won't let me shoot a grouse with a .177, so I guess I choose the .22.

Both are only going 495fps, that might make a difference
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Old 10-31-2004, 10:46 AM
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I have killed a few groundhogs with my crossman .22 pelley gun, and in my experience as a mlb, it is a lot easier to put down a 180 pound qb than it is to put down a 230 pound fb
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