Reply To: .177 vs. .22 hunting at a fixed energy level: any real difference?
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My experience with hunting is that larger calibers are noticeably more effective even if the energy is comparable.
I mainly use 25 cal guns for hunting because small game dies quicker with anything except a perfect head shot. I hit a tiny chipmunk with a 22 last week and it took nearly a minute for it to die (as I hit the body instead of it’s head). I’ve taken tons of chipmunks with my 25 cal guns and they always die instantly, even from body shots on lower power settings.
As for accuracy, a faster speed does mean a flatter trajectory which is easier to range. Also, it’s easier to get smaller groups with smaller pellets. That being said, I’ve never had much luck beyond 50yards with .177 guns. I would only use one if I was competing in FT or BR matches. That is the only scenario (in America) where a .22 would be tuned to a lower speed (to fall with the fpe limit). Otherwise, then is no reason why a 22 PCP gun can’t be tuned to be as fast as the .177.