Yes you can use it for hunting but you must get close to your prey. I owned a 66 Powermaster about 20yrs ago. I still have it and it works well.
It does about 640fps with BB's, not pellets. BB's are much lighter than pellets. With 7.9gr pellets you will get approximately 570-580fps which is about 5.8 ft-lbs of energy at the muuzle.
You can take birds out to 30+yds with it and mice/rats to 25yds. You can also shoot squirrel but you must be within 15yds. I got a few squirrels and rabbits from 10 to 15yds but you have to shoot them in the head or neck. Do not aim for the body or you will surely lose them. They 'll run away and die in their nest suffering. It takes 3.5-4fpe on impact to kill a squirrel or cottontail so you must make sure you are within 15yds because your pellet will start losing energy the moment it leaves the barrel. Most of the time it required a follow up shot for me but that's because I didn't have a scope but I managed to disable most of them first so it was no problem taking another shot at them. Get yourself a scope so you can shoot accurately at their head right behind the eye. Buy some Crosman Premier pointed pellets (the red/dark blue large round tin) from Walmart. You 'll need all the penetration you can get. I had the most success with pointed pellets. Make sure they are the Premier line. I had good luck with neck shots too but it took them a while to expire (10-30secs). I had better luck with head shots when shooting "fur" and never had an exit wound no matter how close they were. Again try to get as close as you can because you don't have much power to work with. Set your limit to 15yds for rabbit & squirrel and you should start racking up some good kills with proper shot placement.
The 66 is a good starter gun. You can upgrade to a used spring-piston rifle after you 've had enough of the 66 or feel the need for more power. There are many on the Yellow (forum) classifieds. My suggestion is to look for a used German RWS Diana 34 (or 34 Panther - synthetic stock). They are the best bang for the buck. They usually go for $130-150. They average 800-900fps in .177 depending on the weight of the pellet. You can take out small game with those at 35-40yds with proper shot placement. They are extremely accurate. Again it's all about shot placement and knowing the energy your pellet carries down range at various distances.
AirForce Condor .22
Diana 350 .22
Diana 36 .177
Hammerli 850 .22
Crosman 2240/2300XT Custom
A few other Crosman CO2 & Pump .177
Posted on Aug 4, 2008, 8:27 PM from IP address 18.104.22.168
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