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Deadly Duo...

Discussion in 'Gun Gallery' started by rabbitwrecker, Oct 7, 2019.

  1. rabbitwrecker

    rabbitwrecker The Tree Hunter...

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    .177 99s/Weaver K1.5-1/Weaver mounts, (left).
    .22 99s/Sabre Airgunner 4x32 A/O/Sabre mount, (right).

    26 rabbits, 26 woodies, 3 corvids, 2 squirrels and a rat to their credit so far - and no galling whatsoever... :thumb:
     
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    rizla1 hi

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    Cracking pair rw, looks like their earning their keep :thumb:
     
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    Very nice RW. I still have a soft spot for the 99.:up:
     
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    Which has claimed most?
     
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    Love the looks of that Weaver. Built to last that one is.
     
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    Making me want a springer again :eek:
     
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    rabbitwrecker The Tree Hunter...

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    The .177 - she's been around longer...
     
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    When would you take the .22 or would it just be for variation?
     
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    I much prefer the smaller calibre for quarry - have done for the past 40 years - but I thought it would only be fair to reevaluate .22 on an even playing field. To that end, I've been using the .22 (almost) exclusively when hunting over the past couple of years. Were that not the case, instinct would make me grab the .177 every time...
     
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    Cheers RW,

    That’s a nice balanced statement and shows your preference but also that .22 isn’t too bad seeing as you stuck with it for so long!
     
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    It would be interesting to know what your preference towards .177 for quarry is based on?
    I am the same by the way. In my case, it's because of the flatter and therefore easier trajectory of the .177's.
    Being a bit more of a pli(-o?)nker nowadays, I also prefer .177 as it makes me hit more beer cans!
     
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    Very nice :thumb:
     
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    You have a nice looking pair RW:thumb:....Love the pic also.
     
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    When I first tried a .177 all those years ago - having no experience of the calibre for the initial 5 years of my shooting career - it was the greatly reduced time to target that grabbed my attention. Once I started to hunt with the smaller calibre, I noted that kills seemed to be more authoritive - less twitching or flapping after an equally well placed hit - and began to realise what some of the more technically minded airgunners are now discovering. While the larger slower projectile may produce a larger permanent wound channel, but the smaller faster projectile gives a larger temporary cavity - and that's when the damage is done.

    At the ranges that I take quarry - rarely more than 25 yards, often nearer 15 yards - all four sub-12 calibres will get the job done, but I still have more confidence in the .177, especially when the situation calls for a heart shot on a woodie. (Oh, and the ammo's a fair bit cheaper too)... :thumb:
     
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    2506sendero Legend in his own mind & living on the edge.

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    Lovely stuff RW - and not a bell or whistle in sight :cool: :thumb:
     
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    Larger wound channel I get but larger cavity?

    Is that penetration?
     
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    Never felt inclined - I enjoy the purity of it... :thumb:

    Cavity/channel - in this instance I mean the same thing. Could have said hole or tunnel - it's the overall volume of damaged tissue, that's my point.....
     
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    Get ya....

    Big impact and superficial / surface hole vs penetration and more internal damage...

    Cheers mate
     
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    Maybe I should elaborate. When a projectile travels through any medium, it destroys what it hits, obviously. It also produces a shock wave which temporarily makes the hole/channel/cavity/whatever even wider, causing more lethal damage - and the faster the projectile, the greater the shock wave. Please note, I'm not talking stopping/knockdown power here, this is all about creating actual physical damage...
     
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    Ah apologies... I get you, hence then.177 larger temporary channel

    Apologies
     
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