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Rat Shooting

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by EX Mod Cog, Jul 8, 2007.

  1. EX Mod Cog

    EX Mod Cog Keyboard Hero

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    What's the best calibre for shooting rats ?

    I can imagine .177 going right through and out the other side ?
  2. David

    David Engaging Member

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    Trowbridge wiltshire

    I think its personal preference

    I prefer .177 for a flatter trajetory and accuracy for long range shooting ie 20 to 45 yards (what I call the killing zone)

    .22 for short range ie open sights up to a 20yard range
  3. Fog

    Fog Engaging Member

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    I am a great .177 fan but in this case for rats i would opt for .22 everytime. That is if you can hit consistantly inside a £ piece at 30 yards.
    A .177 you will have to be right in the sweet spot but with a .22 you have a little more to play with.Providing you hit the first 1/3 of the Rat you will stop it with a .22.
    I use Bisley Magnums if its 20 yards, hit one with one of those into its first 1/3 and its stone dead.
  4. Mick Dundee

    Mick Dundee Engaging Member

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    I've shot rats, usually around chicken houses, at ranges between 25 and 4 yards, with .177s .22s and .25s and although I prefer .177 for long shots, in the end the rats die just the same. I only use .25 now and rats really don't like that one!
  5. Potshot

    Potshot Engaging Member

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    Hi all, I've got a HW80 .25 with a Simmons 1.5-5x32+laser,fed on H+N F+TT, it really knocks big chunks out of them.:)
    A quick, if not clean,death.
    .22 is okay, I found RWS SHP was a top choice pellet for rats.
    Can't comment on .177, I have only used pistols in that calibre for
    ratting,point blank in holes.
    Truth is, at average rat ranges, any calibre will provide a clean kill and any calibre is faced with the same over penetration problems.
    Experiment to find what suits you best.

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