I gave up on .177 vs .22 after nearly 30 years of swapping between the two and not finding either one had much advantage over the other for hunting. I still use both from time to time depending on what side of the bed I wake up on and what type of shooting I'm expecting but I'll not go back to either as a preference over .20 after I started using it a few years back.
It's all bollox though, really. The biggest difference is what's inside the shooter's head. .177, .20, .22 and .25 will all kill cleanly if the shooter knows their kit.
if you carefully xccalculate you can ffind a 5 inch kill zone if you want to, but allas that means you'd never hit a kill zone.. du dahhh.
the diference in wind of .22 and .177 is yes .22 is slightly better..as in a farts whiska on a passing bufalo, and of course you'd have to be shooting past 50 yards for it to be a concideration.
on impact, that larger 22 has naff all penatrasion on a peice of wood compaired the .177 that passes on through.. thats a solid..
on soft the .22 in book language actualy penatrates much further..
so in shrt off you go and find ahh yes cracking big bangy loud nailed um down killed 4 times bigger 22 head shots on rats has the same end game as the suttle laydown n die quitly heat shot on rats.. bodshots eghhhh forget .22
rabbits heads yup both still work but bod shots in .22 again..lacking
now we go to the 6 yard matrix sinario where a rat looks at the pellet, watch's it come on in and side steps, screems like a banchie and stamps on the floor, looks and sounds like the impact from hell in true .22 fasion... only, ermmm? theyre casualy dodging the pellets.. i've witnessed it more than enough, so what ever on that front.
.22...200 pellets in a tin
.22 pcp ooo 5 more shots...compair it to yu lead cost
nar then..aparently .20 is the caliber, if you can get a good pellet/barrel combo.. and can still get that brand.
think i'll stick to .177 thankie kindly. (eather does..but where it counts, i.e. past the 40-50 yard mark ooo can you still see the target on the hold over in .22? no? yu dont say lmao!! so that minute 'better in wind and accuracy' is actualy afairytail...unles you zero beyond the usable range.. but..go FAC things start to change all over again lol).
which do 'you' like?? theres bugger all in it bar preference.
and yes its wats in your head........................................
Edited by ghillies, 22 June 2012 - 10:42 pm.