Still do all of my hunting with a .177May 12 2012 at 8:10 AM
|Darrell (Login dt3)|
Response to Anybody still hunting with .177 cal ?
However I should clarify that my hunting consist of shooting starlings, sparrows, crows, pigeons, squirrels and the occasional rabbit. Most if not all of my shots are under 50 yards and with the majority between 20 to 30 yards. I do all this with both springers and PCPs shooting from around 12 to 20 ft lbs.
Why? Well in short that is what I started with, about 10 years ago I bought a .177 HW97K and shortly after that a R9 and using one or the other I shot all of the game mentioned above with good success so I see no reason to switch.
Advantages are as follow:
1. Cheaper to shoot, many down play this but for me it just doesn't make since to spend twice as much to accomplish the same thing. While I do hunt a lot with my airguns, say once a week or so however I shoot almost nightly in the back yard plinking and or target shooting where a .22 has no advantage at all. I will say this if I was shooting much beyond 50 yards or at larger game I would go with a 28 ft lb or greater .22 PCP.
2. Trajectory, particularly when shooting lower powered guns IMO the .177 has a huge advantage in this department. In my experience I can aim spot on with a 12 ft lb springer on game a small as sparrows from about 10 to just under 40 yards. I have only had a couple of .22 air guns the last of which was a Webley Raider in 12 ft lbs., nice guns but IMO the trajectory stunk.
Now don't take this a .22 bashing, if hunting is your thing particularly if your after larger game at longer distances a .22 is the way to go. I just don't need one for what I do 99.9% of the time. I have to admit though that watching others shoot out to 100 yards and beyond with a .22 PCP does appeal to me, I just haven't convinced/justified to myself spending that kind of money for the occasion chance to do so. It's temping though.....
Lastly I will say this, to me hunting with a 12 ft lb .177 springer are like hunting with a 30/30 lever action rifle, many if not most of the supposed experts now claim that it is under powered and inadequate but for me it's awful hard to deny all of the game it has taken over the years. Stay within it limits and it's amazing what it can do......
|This message has been edited by dt3 on May 12, 2012 3:42 PM|