that I told the last person who was choosing between 2 that I would like to have as well...
Get both, keep the one you like best, sell the other to me at 1/2 price. =P
What are your intended uses? The HW97 is right at the perfect power for .177, but if you want a little extra "pop" for the critters get the .20. You will be looking at about 15-20% less velocity with the .20. but gain some knockdown. Be realistic about what it will be used for, and the choice in caliber becomes easier.
This message has been edited by ddoug85 on Apr 1, 2012 1:58 PM
What are you going to be using it for? If you are hunting, then I'd go for the .20. I love mine and it's extremely accurate. Mine is stock and it's favorite and most accurate pellet is the 11.2 gr Beeman Field Target Specials. It averages 755 FPS at the muzzle and that calculates out to 14.2 foot pounds of energy. With an extreme spread of only 11.78 FPS she's extremely accurate from shot to shot. That equates to a 3.6 Standard Deviation. For a stock air rifle, thats wonderful. It would be scary to think what she would do with a Rob Hawkins full tune!
If you were only going to target shoot with it and an occasional squirrel or so, then I'd go with the .177. The .177 will still reach out there and knock down small prey, but with a couple foots pounds of energy less.
The larger .20 cal will give you an advantage in the wind, shooting up into trees where a smaller pellet might be deflected more by leaves, etc.. The .20 will give you an added advantage if hunting at the longer distances. Spitting the pellets out at 755 FPS will still give you a flat enough shooting air rifle that you won't have much difficulty figuring out your pellets trajectory at shots out to 40 yards or so.
Best of luck,
This message has been edited by lipton165 on Apr 1, 2012 4:49 PM This message has been edited by lipton165 on Apr 1, 2012 4:47 PM
Love the .20 cal. good for FT and good for popping ground squirrels. Just love shooting this gun. I am amazed at what this guns does, crows at 70 yards. I keep thinking about PCP, but when I shoot this it reminds I dont need it, maybe some day.
A HW97k in blu-lam, .20 cal., is a statement. An Hw97k in .177 is a tool for target work. Get the tool for target work. Better trajectory, better pellet choice, pellets in .177cal. easier to get.
Bought myself a .20cal./5mm HW97k blu-lam. The thought of shooting Beeman copper-plated diabolo pellets through my y-rock blu-lam was immensely appealing to my inner reptile brain.
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