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“Dairyboy”Although I do agree with what you guys are saying about .25 is better (really .30 is king) but he was asking about springers in .177 and .22 both at 12fpe.


Well, zebra DID say that larger calibers seem more effective, even when energy is the same. It was only at the end that he suggested I don’t really need to choose, except in field target. (Assuming PCP) I’m mostly a springer guy, these days. 

For Everything I shoot, .177 is fine. It’s just that once I awhile, I’d like to take a body shot, and wonder if any of my few failures would have been successes if I were shooting a .20 or .22 springer. On one shot from the .177 Marauder, I was going for a heart shot, but hit the shoulder instead. He ran off with his one arm dragging. 18 FPE with a .22 may have penetrated more deeply and done him in. 

Or that shot a couple weeks ago, where I hit the jaw? That bigger caliber might’ve made that a (lower) brain shot, instead of a just a crippler. (Though that shot might’ve been even lower, if it were .22…)

Just thinking; I’m not sure I’m ready to buy a .22 just yet.