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“Jonnes”If it’s the same speed, a small .177 might go through your prey (depending on factors like distance, pellet type (HP vs round nose) and the type of game), while a .22 or bigger caliber mostly doesn’t at those power levels. If you don’t have to worry about what’s behind your target, it’s nog much of an issue, but if you shoot like inside a barn or in an urban area, a low to medium-powered .22 might be a better choice.

With regard to body versus head shots, Jim Chapman has an interesting view on the topic.


Jim was using a 30 ft-lb .22 PCP to shoot BIRDS in that video. Hardly the way to make a case for not over-penetrating. ;)

A 12-20 FPE .177 would be better in that regard.

The point about body shots though, is well-taken.