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Most popular caliber in England?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Batz, May 18, 2014.

  1. Batz

    Batz Busy Member

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    Is it .22 or .177?

    Here in the States when you visit any sporting store the majority of guns are now all
    .177 which I do like but my favorite is .22 and unfortunately there is not so many of them
    now :( .177 guns seem to be in the majority.

    I can't find a .20 or .25 calibre unless it's specially ordered..won't find it in the shops etc.
     
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    It seems to vary a lot, in one town you can only get .177 and in the next town just a few miles away they never have anyone ask for them and only sell.22. The .20 and .25 are pretty rare everywhere as far as I can see. In general it's probably a fairly even split, historically it was .177 for targets and .22 for hunting but that is no longer the case although people still have their personal preferences and won't be talked into anything else.
    In the UK nearly all air rifles have to be set at below 12 ftlbs but it would be a different story in parts of the world where this restriction does not apply. It appears that a lot of advertising in the USA is based around muzzle velocity where the .177 will have bigger numbers. Unfortunately air rifle pellets don't much like travelling too fast, once they get into the transonic zone they lose stability and accuracy so for high power rifles the larger calibres are always going to be a safer and better bet.
    Seems strange about the .20 not being readily available in your shops as it was, at one time, mainly an American calibre.
     
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    Ahem, i wouldn't know :rolleyes:
     
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    Batz Busy Member

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    Most popular caliber in England and Wales? :p
     
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    .25 seems more popular than .20 for some odd reason.

    Yes I never look at the advertised velocities so much sales hype.
     
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    I wouldn't know either :rolleyes:
     
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    Around here it's probably .177,on the other hand I've been to places that don't even stock .177 pellets,just .22 because all their customers had .22 running at FAC power levels for hunting.
     
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    Nationally I'd say it's still .22, although I think .177 is gaining ground and rightly so IMO, as I think it's best suited to our legal limit.

    In FAC / with no energy limit I'd go with one of the larger calibres as long as I could push it along at 950ish ft/s :)
     
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    Totally agree with clover
    as we only have 12 ft lbs I mostly stick with 177
    if there were no power restrictions I would be shooting .25 at around 950 so just sub sonic
    cheers
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    The three RFD's I see most often all say the same thing: they sell a lot more .22 air rifles than .177

    That could be a regional trend rather than national up in the norf...

    ;)

    I can take or leave any calibre.

    I had a .177 HW99s, a .20 HW95 and a .22 HW95 at Swarland Range this morning and spent a couple of hours shooting the heads off map pins at 30 yards with all three :D

    I will ask for some more definitive figures next week and see what's what.
     
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    Listen Yank, you have to say UK, or Great Britain...............If you just say England, the colonial natives get upset, ie. N.Irish, Scottish, Welsh..........:)
     
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    Stevie Darling Sexual tyrannosaurus

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    Well said neeber:):)
     
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    Yeah - and then we'll be heading south team-handed ya bam.
     
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    If you listen very carefully....................






    You just might be able to hear the sound of me knees knocking:laff:
     
  15. Egg

    Egg Major Poster

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    More likely skitters running past them.
     
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    Ah, but, depending on where in America our friend lives, the term 'Yank' could easily be considered even worse than calling N.Irish, Scottish, Welsh, "English"

    Fair's fair...
     
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    If they's Americans, they is Yanks........................'sall there is to it really!!................The confederacy does not exist, well not outside the minds of a few redneck hill billies anyway! Being criticised by what is no more than an honorary Englishman is a bit much!:laff:
     
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    Never suffer with it meself:D
     
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