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air pistol calibre question

Discussion in 'Air Pistols' started by danlightbulb, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. danlightbulb

    danlightbulb Engaging Member

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    Hi all,

    This isn't meant to be a 'which calibre is better' thread, so please bear with me.

    I'm thinking of getting an air pistol. I already have rifles both in .177 and .22. I prefer .177 because its easier to hit long range targets with, yet the .22 is better because you get a more solid pellet impact. With my .22 air rifle I struggle to hit much beyond 30 yards with any consistency. I think overall I prefer shooting the .177.

    As an air pistol is only half the power, and will be used at a much shorter range (in my garden maybe 10 to 15 yards), will the drop off of the .22 be hardly noticable and therefore better to go for the pellet with the higher impact energy? Or will there still be significant enough drop off to make the .177 a better choice?

    This isn't meant to be a 'which calibre is better' thread, but for me to understand whether the same principles apply to pellet size selection for lower power pistols over much shorter ranges as they do for longer range rifles which I'm familiar with already.

    Thanks
    Dan
     
  2. OLD GIT61

    OLD GIT61 if no spring it wont do a thing

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    Dan i would have a .177 but thats me . So i only use guns in .177 but i do have .22 as well .The pistol i had was a webley premier in .22. And from brand new you could see the pellet come out of the barrel as you fired it ,sorry not my cup of tea.
     
  3. Clubshot

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    If Target shooting - .177 - not forgetting most Pistols are well below Sub 6FP limit

    Also most indoor clubs Only allow .177 to be shot on ranges - Less damage than .22

    BOB/R
     
  4. DUNKS

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    Yes with reduced power still a much more loopy trajectory with .22
    I consider pistols at below 6ftlbs to be very awkward to shoot.
    Just my opinion.
     
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    If your shooting at a fixed range does it matter?
    I've got 2 hw45s in 177 and 22,
    if I'm shooting cans and stuff with the kids the 22 comes out,
    with hobby pellets it gives the cans a good old beating!
     
  6. Paul55

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    If you're shooting in your back garden why do you need a heavy hitting pellet? What are you shooting at? Heavily armoured gnomes?
     
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    Damn it. Just started a thread asking the same sort of thing. Typical. I didn't see this thread. Lol. Some interesting comments here
     
  8. mattyts

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    I wouldn't buy a pistol in .22, you don't hunt with pistols so there is no need for higher power,you need enough power to put a hole in paper.
     
  9. 1961nuffield

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    The power is the same whichever calibre you use, .22 has a more pronounced trajectory, but at short pistol ranges it doesn't matter. A .22 is less stressed to produce the power so the pistol may be a bit sweeter than .177 with less recoil.

    John
     
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    Cheers guys. Much appreciated.
     
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    If you ever look at the second hand market for Webly air pistols like the Tempest and Huricane you will see a lot more .22 than .177 pistols the pistols from BSA are the same. Over the years I have asked frends why the .22 and I get the same answer it has more power. We all know this is not true but to the man in the street it would seem to be that they link the biger pellet with power. In the real world the gun needs to work harder to fire a .177 pellet than a .22 so in fact the .177 is the more powerfule. I would go fot .177 every time but if you try the coke can full of water test a .22 is the one to get the buger jumping every time
     
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    I'm a converted .177 man but that is with rifles for back yard plinking then I like the more solid impact you get from a .22 a pistol such as a hw45 will drill straight through a baked bean can in .177 and it will fall over. With a .22 it will also drill straight through but will be bounced around the garden . I don't see the point of flatter .177 trajectories at pistol ranges either so for more fun go with the .22
     

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