American hunters steeped in the lore of the .22 rimfire being the superior game round, naturally prefer the heavier slightly wider pellet of the .22. The fact is that at the energies developed there is no real advantage between the .22 and the .177. What does matter is delivering the shot right where it is needed. I have .177 springers and .22 springers. The .22 is usually less accurate. If I can drive a .177 pellet an honest 650 to 800 fps and put it right into the critter's vitals, it is very effective at the usual airgun ranges.
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