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    Ok, I'm looking to get me a nicer air rifle mostly for squirrels and rabbits and the neighbors cat once and awhile!!

    Why should I choose one over the other, .177 or .22??
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    This is mineimage.jpgI'd say get a 22.I have a 177 and have found it to be great for plinking and for birds but for a squirrel it needs a head shot which can get a little hard.The benjiman trail by crosman has a sling which is great,carrying a 6 pound gun all day can get tiring.
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    My opinion; .22 caliber for shear knock-down power; especially for a dedicated hunting rifle.
    What you would give up in marginal range; and a little rainbow effect; the smack-down is where it counts. If you hunt small game similar to how I do; it's up close and personal any way.
    If you were hunting birds; I'd have to go with the .177.
    Inside of about 65 yards; and you would be absolutely lethal with a spring-barrel .22 air rifle.
    However; you shoot the neighbor's cat and it will be the next of his nine lives

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    No issues with a .177 on waskally wabbits in my backyard, head shot with a scope every time and its lights out.
    I imagine my Benjamin Sheridan would have no problem, its just a lot louder.

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    If you are hunting furred critters, I would recommend a .22 (5.5mm). I use a Benjamin Sheridan 392 with a Williams Peep sight. This airgun anchors squirrels that eat my tomatoes and peppers out to 25 yds. Asking folks whether .177 or .22 is better gets the forum into the "small & fast vs. slow & heavy" bullet/projectile debate (as there are many on the internet!). It boils down to what you are comfortable using, and more importantly accurate with to make a clean kill.

    Good luck and happy hunting!

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    Why not get both?

    http://www.airgundepot.com/hammerli-...fle-combo.html


    I use my .177 RWS 34 for squirrels and rabbits with no problems. I use a good heavy domed pellet, 10.5 gr, and haven't lost one yet.
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    Split the difference and get a .20 cal. Ive got a Beeman in .20 and it does the job. I have shot a lot of vermin with it including 15 or 20 woodchucks, most dropped in their tracks with headshots. No problem with squirrels out to 30 yrds either.

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    I picked up a .177 last year and have taken over a dozen squirrels with it and half a dozen rabbits. It's got ample power for close range as one of the pellets went through a running squirrels shoulder and excited out the other. However, I did hit one tough old squirrel in the head (I always aim at the eyeball. It's a nice spot to aim for) and she ran off. I found her later in the summer and put another shot in her head. She had a scar like Scar from the Lion Kong and was missing an eye from my shot that was half a cm off of where I aimed. I felt horrible for unknowingly crippling her.
    I had been using round nose pellets as I had heard they were the best option for hunting penetration with a 177. I switched over to Gamo pellets that have a BB in the nose; Rockets maybe, and never lost another shot but I was still a bit shaken.

    So I just picked up a Crosman Venom NP (Wood stocked) for $149 from Wallymart with free site to store shipping last week. Spring squirrel season is coming in June and hopefully I'll fare better. It should be similar to shooting 22 shorts out of my little Winchester.

    Tapatalk ate my spelling and grammar.

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    I added a Weihrauch single shot .177 that hits pretty hard from Pyramid Air. There is an art to cradling your left hand on the forestock that will improve accuracy.

    My Ruger 10-22 is hard to beat for most things.

    Don't rule out a .22 mag in a rifle. It can be a little loud if not in the country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrjefe2u View Post
    I added a Weihrauch single shot .177 that hits pretty hard from Pyramid Air. There is an art to cradling your left hand on the forestock that will improve accuracy.

    My Ruger 10-22 is hard to beat for most things.

    Don't rule out a .22 mag in a rifle. It can be a little loud if not in the country.
    I have plenty of actual firearms......several .22's.......just want a new air rifle that doesn't cost an arm and a leg to shoot. Have you seen the prices that .22 ammo is bringing right now?
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