FX Crown .22 or .25 ?

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    CP1
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    Hi All,

    I've watched just about every review possible online. I know I can interchange the liners but for the first order which one would you get…the .22 or .25, and why?

    Thanks much

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    Hepotter
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    I'd get the .25 because it simply offers a lot of options on power.  I've owned .177, .22 and .25 and of all these, ranging from springers to pcp's…the .25 has offered me the most options in power adjustment.  You can get .25 pellets as light as 19 gr Target Light and turn down the power to equal a .177 if that's what you want.  However, you won't need to buy a new barrel/liner if you decide later to move up for more power.

    There are some shooters who never stray from a fixed distance target.  For them, a single caliber does fine.  However, some of the rest of us like to smack the living hell out of large critters at a far distance from where we stand, what with new scopes and all….

    Just my thoughts.

     

    Regards,

    Kindly 'Ol Uncle 

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    stoti
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    The thwaaack of a .25 smacking your intended target is much more satisfying than the poof of a .22. LOL I agree with Hoot but there are plenty of shooters happy with the .22 too. It really depends what you want to do with it. You know deep down what you want, just buy it, you'll be happy either way!

    Stoti

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    CP1
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    So its between a "thwaaack" and a "poof" LOL

     

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    Whiplash
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    For what it's worth I'm pulling the trigger Monday on a crown in 25. But I'm wanting it for distance target shooting. YMMV.

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    sharkman
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    So this is coming from someone who owns the Crown in .30… I’d get the .25…good enough shot count, very forgiving compared to .22 in terms of shot placement and is MORE than enough power out to 100+ yards. From what I’ve seen most people don’t have a 100+ yard range in their back yard so .25 is a nice option cause it is very back yard friendly compared to the .30 and hits with authority. At the same time, the .25 pellets are much cheaper than the .30 and air consumption is reduced compared to the .30 Crown so you don’t have to go refilling a tank as much. Whatever you choose, shoot the piss out of it and enjoy!!! 

     

    Full disclosure: my .30 Crown is never leaving my gun cabinet and is probably my favorite gun right now 😋. Wait till I get my hands on a 700mm .30 Crown barrel… my gun will double as a broomstick but man will it be awesome!

     

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    Shinyknight
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    It's more about, do you want power or silent? .22 is more silent, and 30 ft lb is enough to kill most animals. But if you want power, go for .25 or even .30. btw, liners are just for changing twist rate, choke, and slug liner. If you want to switch caliber, you have to buy the whole barrel kit, wish is $400. Liner themselves is $110. If you go with .22 and want to switch to .25, you can't buy just the liner, you have to buy the $400 barrel kit. So choose wisely.

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    Macros
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    If you do go for 0.22, try make sure you get the 600mm barrel version. Gives you flexibility in ammo choice when changing to the slug liner if you choose. Doubt the 500mm slug liner will be much use as all you'll be able to shoot are the 19-21 grain slugs with relatively few options if the nielsens don't work well, at least for now.

    You don't want to be forced to buy a whole new 600mm barrel kit (0.22 or possibly 0.25 with extra MacGyvering required)- see @bobo's posts on that)

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    Nutcracker
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    In the last 10 years I have bagged 300 plus  tree squirrels in the woods from 10-80 plus yards. ( all of them consumed by me or my neighbors)   Most of them with a .22 PCP.   While I tried a few .25s in the past I never like any of them & did not choose to hunt with  them much.  Well, last year I got a Vulcan .25 cal & hunted exclusively with it this past squirrel season.  The thing I noticed right away was quicker kills.  So a few months ago I bought a .25 Streamline & intend to use it some next season some.  I will still use my .22 PCP rifles for hunting, but have convinced myself that the .25 performs a tad better for me.  Not saying that  when you pull the perfect shot a  .22 PCP  won't kill instantly with the nut still in mouth when you pick em up.  However  I do believe the .25 has the edge.  Also my Vulcan .25 groups better at 50 -80 yards than any of my .22s do.  Most of my .22s start losing some accuracy at 50. 

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    steve-l
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    I have a Crown in .25 with a barrel kit in .177. The .25 is the way to go. It is more powerful and more versatile than the .22.

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    ashes5
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    I had a .30 Impact and shot it a lot. I did much more target shooting then hunting and it got expensive. (funny some one would bitch about costs of pellets that buys a 2000.00 dollar air rifle) Pellets for the .3 aren't cheap. I sold the Impact to switch to the crown and went back to .25. I liked the versatility as others have stated and the reduced costs. I also like that now you have a barrel you can easily replace and use the NSA bullets for a lot more punch when hunting the bigger critters. So technology has changed and it gives you a lot more choices. I would go with the .25 because of the wider range you can have plus the pellets are still at a reasonable cost. Then if you need that extra power for hunting the NSA type ammo is a good choice. Plus I have big fingers and the .25 are much easier to load.  

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    Nutcracker
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    @ Ashes5,  "Plus I have big fingers and the .25 are much easier to load"    Yeah, totally agree & easier to see. .  

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    cahil_2
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    Nobody mentioned length. The 25 crown is a lot longer than the 22. If you decide on 25 you might want to go to a wildcat. 

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    R_M_F
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    As @marcos above stated, if you go with the .22 get the new 600mm version (not sure it available yet). Seems like the .22 works nice with slugs and the longer barrel if you wanted to try those. I have the .25 and do like that too though. 

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    CP1
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    Thanks a TON guys,

    So it seems the .25 Crown is the overall favorite for power, accuracy, and just about everything else. The .30 is definitely overkill (no pun intended) for tree rats.

    Am I seeing the overall length of the .22 at 38.5" and the .25 at 43" correctly?

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    dcr540
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    Hey I bought the 25” but I live in a residential area and it didn’t take long before the Thwaaack”””” Got plenty attention! Even with a good moderater for the Crown, hitting the target makes a hefty sound; I had to buy the 22” Barrel to shoot in my backyard & surrounding area!

    for me it’s HOW MUCH ROOM YOU GOT TO SHOOT IN! When I got out to hunt I will put the 25 on but around the house” the 22 is plenty!

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    CP1
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    Is the .25 that much louder than the .22 ?

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    stoti
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    Not with a good moderator. There are a ton out there now. We used to shoot into plywood but the pellets hitting the wood were louder than the gun. We now shoot into hay bales and it's super quiet. Have fun!

    Stoti

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    sonny
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    you could make a softer back stop to deaden the sound of the impact.

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    bubblerboy64
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    If you follow Bob’s video’s and see what he’s doing with 22 slugs it’s hard for me to see why you would not take his path.   I have a 25 cricket and a brocock bantam HP in 22 and I see little advantage one over the other as far as impact.   It’s a little like comparing a 38 to a 9mm

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