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.22 for targets

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by buzzard, Jul 27, 2014.

  1. buzzard

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    Hi, I went to a shooting range today and tried a few different guns out, it was a really good experience everyone there was more than happy to let me try out their gun but I have a dilemma that I hope someone can shed some light on, basically I have only ever had .22 ( springers )but now want a pcp and I cant bring myself to buy a .177 gun even though I know it is better than .22 for targets, as I intend to shoot targets and live quarry my question is do you think .22 will be to difficult to use for target shooting or do any of you lads and lasses use .22 for targets with any success, I hope that makes sense. sorry to go on but as you can probably tell I want people to say .22 will do both I would like you're opinion very much to aid my decision. Cheers for now John
     
  2. Jfrwhite

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    Yes, .22 will do both, so will .177 & .20. You will notice increased holdover/under when using .22 over .177.

    I only shoot .22 but if I was to buy another rifle, I would probably go for a smaller calibre.
     
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  3. happydad

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    Hi,
    Yes you can use .22 for target shooting, and can achieve very high and respectful scores, you will always be at a slight disadvantage compared to a very good .177 shooter, because of the flatter trajectory.
    It depends on how far you want to go in your chosen sport, as a beginner you start of with what you can afford and then start investing in better and higher quality rifle's/equipment as you want to become more competitive.
    I found that in FT you could use a .22 and achieve good scores but in HFT the courses are set more towards .177. Although with plenty of practice a very good .22 shooter will out perform an average .177 shooter. Using a .177 just makes it easier from the off.

    ATB
    Mike
     
  4. gasman

    gasman Up a bit,,,,,,,

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    i'll tell you one thing for sure, buy a .22 now and i'll put money on it that within 3 months your have it up for sale to buy a .177, I bet you ;)
     
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    i have been down this road don't waste your time on .22 go straight to .177 it will down all your quarry and will improve your hft score :up:
     
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    .22 is a dead calibre in sub 12ftlb. you'll only end up buying a .177 mate.
     
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    Thanks for you're replies almost made my mind up !!!!!
     
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    I've got to ask why you would put money on it ??? I'm after good reasons to buy .177 :)
     
  9. gasman

    gasman Up a bit,,,,,,,

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    shoot one your soon see, and it will still drop bunnies etc with ease, but your be at a real disadvantage with a .22 for targets
     
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    ive shot 22 for over 40 yrs but after joining the forum and reading lots of points of views on here (by people who know there stuff and would outshoot me blind folded)i went and got a air arms in 177 and out to 30 yds (always my zero distance) theres not a lot in it but when out past 35 yds that when 177 realy is way better.lot less time wasted thinking about holdover etc .and ive killed everything with it so no need to wory on that point(like i always did)
     
  11. cloverleaf

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    A .22 will do targets and will do hunting, but most (myself included) will argue that .177 will do both significantly better ;)

    IMO unless your targets are no more than 20yds away .22 is inferior to .177 for everything at 12ftlb.

    The calibre discussion is as old as the hills; a forum search will bring up all you need to know :)
     
  12. happydad

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    Hi Cloverleaf, although I shoot .177 I don't agree with your statement about .22 and only 20y targets. We have a number of our members at MVAC that shoot .22 and have no problems hitting the kill zone at ranges of 50y. It's all about knowing your point of aim. only today (Sunday) at the club one of our members was using his S400 .22 with a MTC viper connect and had no problem with the long targets on our HFT course.

    I find that a lot of people that are new to air rifles and start with .22, are not will to put in the extra effort need to learn to shoot a .22 over distance and that shooting a .177 (pcp) make's it very quick and easy to start getting decent results.

    I had an xs19 .22 that I could hit spinners at 55y more times than I missed. And I'm definitely not the best shot at the club, still getting doughnut's on the score card:-( only one now though:)

    ATB
    Mike
     
  13. cloverleaf

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    I see your point entirely but stand by my initial statement - you can still shoot targets with a .22, but as you say you need to be a lot more savvy with your range estimation and the larger calibre decreases your allowable margin of error massively. I'm also skeptical as to the ability of the larger calibre to group as well as the smaller one..

    It's a question of using the most appropriate and capable tool for the job. You could use a 6ftlb .25 springer with iron sights for FT, but why intentionally disadvantage yourself when compared to the competition?

    As regards the 20yds comment, I find the loopy trajectory of the bigger calibre helps maintain a more predictable (and longer) point-blank range at close ranges; while the flatter-shooting .177 simply passes straight through the sight line. For owt further at 12ftlb it has to be .177 IMO ;)
     

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