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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. 


Im willing to bet shot placement has been your biggest problem. Im not trying to put anyone down because we have all had a bad shot happen. But if you are having enough bad shots that it makes you consider moving up to a .25 to hopefully make a bad hit lethal you are approaching the problem from the wrong direction. You need to evaluate the shot placement, shot timing, environmental influence, accuracu potential of equipment and the accuracy potential of the shooter. If you honestly evaluate all of that you can determine what needs to be improved with each factor that comes together for the shot. Thinking a .25 is needed for a squirrel or chipmunk as some posters always say in these threads is absurd.