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🔴 If you had to choose just ONE caliber — Which one would it be? — WHY?

JungleShooter
(@jungleshooter)
Gunman I

🔴 If you had to choose just ONE caliber — Which one would it be?
Why?

 

After a year or two in airgunning, I chose .22 caliber.

🔶 I chose to stick with one caliber BECAUSE: 

(1)  Different calibers have different uses, and buying "just the right tool for the job" is great. I probably would if I could! 
But getting a bunch of specialist guns is financially not feasible at this point.

So, instead of getting many specialist guns, one for each shooting scenario, I try to get a few generalist guns.
➔ So, the caliber has to be suitable for many shooting scenarios (even if it is not "ideal"). 
 
 
(2)  Only one caliber means: I only need to buy only one caliber for my projectile/barrel testing.
It keeps my bank account happy (and my wife, too, as I avoid filling yet another drawer with lead toys). 😄
 
 
(3)  Only one caliber means I only need to research one set of projectiles
•the selection of pellets and slugs, •their ballistic coefficients, •the terminal performance of hollow points at different velocities.
All that is plenty of tedious work, and certainly not all of it really fun. 

 

 

🔶 I chose .22 caliber over other calibers BECAUSE: 

(1)  .22cal offers me a significantly higher ballistic coefficient (BC) over .177cal — and .25cal doesn't have a hugely improved BC over .22. The BC is of course for better wind drift resistance (as I'm still terrible at reading the wind, it's just so finnicky!).
 
 
(2)  For urban hunting my guns need to be quiet, so PCP it is. And I fill them with a $-friendly hand pump:  A larger caliber isn't great for quietness nor for handpumps
 
 
(3)  For hunting I want a fairly flat trajectory so that my point blank range (PBR) is fairly long.
Sure, the .177 would offer me an even flatter trajectory than the .22 — but even my low powered gun (15FPE) gives me a PBR of 11-33y and that's good enough for many of my shots.
Quarry at longer ranges usually gives me time to laze and dial, they are helpful in that way.
 
 
(4)  .22cal makes larger holes in my quarry than .177. This I find good (and my quarry not so much, I suppose). 💀 
Sure, .25 or .30 make even larger holes, but then the loudness and the air consumption go up significantly.
 
 
(5)  .22cal is just easier to handle for loading the breech/the magazine — the .177 are pretty tiny....
 
 
(6)  The larger  the caliber the less attractive the pricing, variety, and availability of projectiles — so again .22cal is a good middle.
 
 
 
⭐ I find .22cal is a good do-it-all caliber, a generalist caliber. 😊 
 
Yes, your mileage may vary! 👍🏼
 
So, what is your opinion?
And why?

Matthias

This topic was modified 3 months ago by JungleShooter
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Topic starter Posted : 06/09/2021 9:10 am
Atlas
(@atlasairgunner)
King Maker

I would choose .25 or .257 for hunting and bucking the wind. The availability for the pellets is good too. The quality seems better with pellet skirts, and I think that is because there is more material amd therefore it is harder for the metal to be bent/crushed during manufacturing.

- Atlas

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Posted : 06/09/2021 9:19 am
SpasticJackson
(@spasticjackson)
Gunman I

I would go .22 all day. I have tried .177. It's capable for a lot of things but the pellets are just too dang small to handle for me. Unless you have a custom .25 slug shooter.. I don't think there is much the .25 can do that  custom .22 slug shooter can't. I know the FPE window for .25 is bigger but not enough to offset ammo prices and availability. Pellets in .22 from sub 12 fpe up to 50-60+ fpe with slugs. Price and availability for ammo is also a slight concern but not a deal breaker. I would love a .357 slug shooter someday but the .22 covers a LOT of ground. IMHO.

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Posted : 07/09/2021 8:17 am
RobertMcC
(@robertmcc)
Gunman I

I chose 22 cal. Only because here in Canada we got Sub 500 FPS airguns class, so you get double the amount of energy than 177, doing the same speed. And they're easier to handle. 

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Posted : 07/09/2021 4:55 pm
SpasticJackson
(@spasticjackson)
Gunman I

ROBERT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's Mitch ! Hey Brother ! Glad to see you !

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Posted : 07/09/2021 5:56 pm
RobertMcC
(@robertmcc)
Gunman I

@spasticjackson 

 

Yup, I joined.. Glad to be here. 

 

**Yes I got your message, but unable to reply ATM, still a Newb....**

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Posted : 07/09/2021 6:20 pm
Atlas
(@atlasairgunner)
King Maker
Posted by: @robertmcc

@spasticjackson 

 

Yup, I joined.. Glad to be here. 

 

**Yes I got your message, but unable to reply ATM, still a Newb....**

Now you are a "Poop Stormer," the very best level IMO.

 

 

 

- Atlas

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Posted : 08/09/2021 7:25 am
Atlas
(@atlasairgunner)
King Maker

I might actually have to change my mind and go back to .22 because of the prices of these .25s

- Atlas

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Posted : 08/09/2021 7:26 am
RobertMcC
(@robertmcc)
Gunman I

The only 177 I own, is a Diasy 953. I'm lucky it uses 5 shot clips. So it bit easier to load. I think that would be the only way Id own another 177, if it had clips, or a magazine. I wouldn't want to single load them, like most of my AGs require. Mechanics fingers are not that nimble. 

 

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Posted : 09/09/2021 8:58 am
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Inkedshooter
(@inkedshooter)
Poop Stormer

+1 for .22. Not just the BC the variety of projectiles (pellets and slugs) that are available…well when in stock… 

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Posted : 03/11/2021 10:26 pm
davidsng
(@davidsng)
Snowflake

Well, I would want to shoot coyote sized animals if needed. Therefore, I feel there are two good options:

1). If I could pick two different types of ammo and had a gun that can be adjusted to shoot regular .25 pellets (40fpe for smaller game) and then high power to shoot heavy slugs (100fpe) or so (for Medium game).  Then if still needed, that gun will still be capable of taking Hogs with head shots.  Only problem would be re-zeroing the scope every time you which between pellets and slugs.

2.) Or, If you did not want to mess with the scope issue and wanted to only could use one type of ammo, just shoot .30 Pellets.  I've taken Squirrel and hog (up to 100lbs hog wit) with head shots out to 70 yards with JSB 44grain.  I feel that JSB 44 are more accurate than .35 82grain JSB, and have more advantages of only take 1/2 the amount of air and cheaper.

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Posted : 06/11/2021 6:18 am
Atlas
(@atlasairgunner)
King Maker
Posted by: @davidsng

Well, I would want to shoot coyote sized animals if needed. Therefore, I feel there are two good options:

1). If I could pick two different types of ammo and had a gun that can be adjusted to shoot regular .25 pellets (40fpe for smaller game) and then high power to shoot heavy slugs (100fpe) or so (for Medium game).  Then if still needed, that gun will still be capable of taking Hogs with head shots.  Only problem would be re-zeroing the scope every time you which between pellets and slugs.

2.) Or, If you did not want to mess with the scope issue and wanted to only could use one type of ammo, just shoot .30 Pellets.  I've taken Squirrel and hog (up to 100lbs hog wit) with head shots out to 70 yards with JSB 44grain.  I feel that JSB 44 are more accurate than .35 82grain JSB, and have more advantages of only take 1/2 the amount of air and cheaper.

I have heard some skepticism expressed by others about the .35 production. I've neither shot nor checked out the sizing/weight consistency, but it is interesting to hear this again...perhaps because of the caliber not being popular plays some part in that if it is systemic.

- Atlas

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Posted : 21/11/2021 7:23 pm
JungleShooter
(@jungleshooter)
Gunman I
Posted by: @davidsng

If I could pick two different types of ammo and had a gun that can be adjusted to shoot regular .25 pellets and then high power to shoot heavy slugs.

Only problem would be re-zeroing the scope every time you which between pellets and slugs.

 

🔶 I like your thinking! 👍🏼 I need to evaluate if this is a route I should be taking! Thanks for sharing! 😊

 

🔶 And I don't think this would present a problem (as long as the gun's power adjusters are precise and you have repeatable settings).

Because in Strelok Pro, (1) I would define a "Rifle", maybe a "Texan .25",

and then define a "Cartridge", say:

"JSB 25gr 40FPE"

 

(2) I'd zero the gun at my preferred range for this pellet.

 

(3) Then, I would change the power setting, and switch to slugs.

(4) I define a new "Cartridge":

"NSA 44gr Slug 100FPE"

 

(5) I would shoot the slugs at the same zero range as the pellets, and note how far off the mean point of impact of my group is from the bulls (the offset).

This offset I enter into Strelok Pro.

Done.

 

 

🔶 How to make a quick switch between projectiles:

Now, say I have been shooting pellets, and Strelok is telling me my holdovers and wind corrections. Then I want to switch to slugs:

(a) Change the power on the gun.

(b) Switch the "Cartridge" to the slug in Strelok Pro (4 finger taps). And now Strelok gives elevation/windage data for the slug. Of course, Strelok gives me a dope chart to print out for both power/projectile combinations.

 

Matthias 😊

 

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Topic starter Posted : 21/11/2021 8:44 pm
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