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Which pellet gun should i get? A .22 or a .177? Im going to be hunting squirrels and other small game.the .22 pellet gun i want shoots 800 fps and the .177 shoots 1000 fps. If you any advice on what i should get is much appreciated since im only 14 and new to hunting. And to the people who say get a real .22 my mom wont let me get one till spring when i take my hunter safety class. Thanks for the help!

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from seadog wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

Good call, Mom. IMHO, go with the .177 but either one will work. Hunt safe & welcome to the hunting community.

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from Elliott Balthazor wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

go with the .177 and then be patient on getting the real .22, she could change her mind and if she does just wait and be responsible

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from dangerous game wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

If you want to hunt over 30 yards the .177 is best but for close range a .22 has more knock down power. I personally have a ruger airhawk or something .177 and a really good .22 called the walther falcon hunter edition it shoots 1300 fps.

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from NolanOsborne wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

I have a .177 and a .22 pellet gun. Both shoot 500fps ( due to the nature of canadian firearms laws) I have shot squirrels with both, and i believe that the .22 is far superior. a .22 at 800 fps would be even better, but the 177. will be good too. Both of my uncles have 177. in the 1000 fps range, and they seem to be great for squirrels. If you are intending to get a .22 in the spring, perhaps go with the .177 now. Either way pellet guns are a ton of fun, and good practice. Hope that helps

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from vork23 wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

I wold go with a .177 bt it might not be a bad idea to save up your money and get a nice .22 rime fire

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from thunderdog512 wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

Thanks guys for the help! I cant wait to finally get my first .22 rifle im already looking for one so when i can finally get one i know what i want. Thanks again evreyone for your help

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from Dbetzner wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

I'd go with the .177 BOTH would be good but you'll be able to find the pelletes easier for the .177 (if its anything like here) and that makes a ton of differance to me anyway. good luck and welcome to the hunting community

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from Winchester 92 wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

You should get the .177 even though its a smaller round, you will get way more velocity and can get even more fps if you you performance ballistic alloy (PBA)ammo. They're fun and you can use them to take out squirrels in a large backyard without trouble from your neighbors

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from cody r wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

just get a 22 rifle

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from jestr1 wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

Pick up an inexpensive .177 and save up to get a ruger 10-22 great 22 rifle!

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from codyboyd wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

get the new 22 calibers, they are amazing. iv been wanting to get one for some time and i hope to get one soon.

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

I started with a .177 and the guns available now are soooo much better than what I had. Welcome to hunting. Those who learn with a single shot air gun tend to become great hunters.

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from Big O wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

There is a company that makes a .22/.177 cal. pellet gun that you just change the barrels out on.
Can't remember the name though sorry.

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from IanS wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

I've shot dozens of squirrels with my 177 and it has always killed them. It was under 500 fps. The one you're looking at should be great.

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from BrigMarine wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

.177

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from Joe Kidd wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

The Ruger Airhawk is .177 / 1000 FPS. Comes with a decent 4X scope. The Rings will probably slip so you might need a scope stop. All that good stuff from Pyramid Air. Glad to see another youngster starting with a single shot. You'll learn a lot.

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from Archery 101 wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

If you can't chose between the two, you could always get one with an interchangeable barrel. The .177 would be good for long shots and the .22 for close range shots.

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from Elliott Balthazor wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

go with the .177 and then be patient on getting the real .22, she could change her mind and if she does just wait and be responsible

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from NolanOsborne wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

I have a .177 and a .22 pellet gun. Both shoot 500fps ( due to the nature of canadian firearms laws) I have shot squirrels with both, and i believe that the .22 is far superior. a .22 at 800 fps would be even better, but the 177. will be good too. Both of my uncles have 177. in the 1000 fps range, and they seem to be great for squirrels. If you are intending to get a .22 in the spring, perhaps go with the .177 now. Either way pellet guns are a ton of fun, and good practice. Hope that helps

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from Winchester 92 wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

You should get the .177 even though its a smaller round, you will get way more velocity and can get even more fps if you you performance ballistic alloy (PBA)ammo. They're fun and you can use them to take out squirrels in a large backyard without trouble from your neighbors

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from jestr1 wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

Pick up an inexpensive .177 and save up to get a ruger 10-22 great 22 rifle!

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from seadog wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

Good call, Mom. IMHO, go with the .177 but either one will work. Hunt safe & welcome to the hunting community.

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from dangerous game wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

If you want to hunt over 30 yards the .177 is best but for close range a .22 has more knock down power. I personally have a ruger airhawk or something .177 and a really good .22 called the walther falcon hunter edition it shoots 1300 fps.

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from vork23 wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

I wold go with a .177 bt it might not be a bad idea to save up your money and get a nice .22 rime fire

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from thunderdog512 wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

Thanks guys for the help! I cant wait to finally get my first .22 rifle im already looking for one so when i can finally get one i know what i want. Thanks again evreyone for your help

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from Dbetzner wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

I'd go with the .177 BOTH would be good but you'll be able to find the pelletes easier for the .177 (if its anything like here) and that makes a ton of differance to me anyway. good luck and welcome to the hunting community

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from codyboyd wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

get the new 22 calibers, they are amazing. iv been wanting to get one for some time and i hope to get one soon.

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

I started with a .177 and the guns available now are soooo much better than what I had. Welcome to hunting. Those who learn with a single shot air gun tend to become great hunters.

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from IanS wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

I've shot dozens of squirrels with my 177 and it has always killed them. It was under 500 fps. The one you're looking at should be great.

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from Joe Kidd wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

The Ruger Airhawk is .177 / 1000 FPS. Comes with a decent 4X scope. The Rings will probably slip so you might need a scope stop. All that good stuff from Pyramid Air. Glad to see another youngster starting with a single shot. You'll learn a lot.

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from Archery 101 wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

If you can't chose between the two, you could always get one with an interchangeable barrel. The .177 would be good for long shots and the .22 for close range shots.

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from Big O wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

There is a company that makes a .22/.177 cal. pellet gun that you just change the barrels out on.
Can't remember the name though sorry.

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from BrigMarine wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

.177

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from cody r wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

just get a 22 rifle

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