Understanding Airgun Calibers

This is a guest post from our friends at Airgun Depot.

We’ve had the opportunity to offer Crosman air guns to our customers since we opened our doors back in 2002. We often get asked the same question over and over again: What caliber airgun is best for me?  While there are many factors that could determine the answer to that question, we’ve put together some guidelines that can help you make this decision.

For those that are new to air guns, caliber refers to the approximate internal diameter of the barrel and determines the size of the projectile used in your gun.

Crosman has a large selection of air guns in .177, .22., .25 and .357 calibers that are perfect for all types of air gunners.  Whether you need an air gun for plinking, target practice, or pest control, Crosman air guns has an option for you.

Here are some general guidelines when it comes to picking the right caliber:

.177 Caliber Air Rifles

As one of the most accurate calibers from long distances, the .177 caliber is by far the most popular on the market today. As the smallest pellet of the available calibers, the .177 can be fired at the highest velocities which results in the flattest trajectory. A flat trajectory means greater accuracy from longer distances.

If your main use is going to be target shooting, then choosing a .177 cal air rifle is a smart choice.

Crosman offers a variety of .177 cal air rifles with different power plants that can reach velocities that can easily and humanely kill small squirrels, birds and other small rodents. We sell a lot of .177 cal air rifles to customers who want the best of both worlds…down range accuracy for target shooting but the power to kill small pests.  Also, it is generally less expensive to shoot since .177 caliber pellets are readily available and cost effective.

Crosman rifles in .177 caliber include the:
• Benjamin Marauder Air Rifle
• Benjamin Titan Nitro Piston Air Rifle
• Remington Vantage Air Rifle

.22 Caliber Air Rifles

The .22 caliber pellet is larger in weight and size compared to .177 cal pellets.  You will get more downrange knockdown power  from a .22 cal air rifle than you will with a .177 cal. The effective range of this caliber is around 45-60 yards, depending on the pellet (and shooter) making it ideal for eliminating small to medium sized pests and varmints.

If you are primarily hunting larger pests, such as jack rabbit or wild woodchucks, a .22 cal air rifle is going to be your best choice because of its tremendous knockdown power and range.

Remember, it’s not all about high velocities. FPE (Foot Pounds of Energy) is a much more important factor when hunting with air rifles, and using a larger caliber with heavier weight grain pellets will lead to more knockdown power.

Crosman rifles in .22 caliber include the:
• Benjamin Trail Nitro Piston XL1100
• Benjamin Discovery PCP Air Rifle
• Crosman Nitro Venom Air Rifle

.25 Caliber Air Rifles

.25 caliber is the largest of the common calibers. This caliber is primarily used for hunting the largest varmints, such as coyotes, and can deliver upwards of 30 FPE. With that much energy it has become the preferred caliber for hunting larger vermin.

If you are a serious hunter, and your prey will be around 50 yards or less, the .25 caliber air rifle is a very good choice.

This caliber is starting to gain a lot of traction, therefore, there is a wider availability of .25 cal pellets then there used to be. One downside to the .25 cal pellet is that it will have a shorter effective range due to the slower velocity of the pellet and will be less accurate over 50 yards than its lower caliber counterparts.

Benjamin air rifles in .25 caliber include the:
• Benjamin Marauder PCP
• Benjamin Trail Nitro Piston XL

.357 Caliber Air Rifles

Crosman has entered the big bore airgun market with their new Benjamin Rogue Air Rifle. Big game air rifle hunts are different and can be more exciting than hunting with firearms because you have to stalk your prey in order to get in close to take the shot.

The .357 caliber Rogue is geared toward the serious airgun hunter. You can take large game such as deer and wild boar. This bad boy puts out a whopping 240 Ft. Lbs of Energy when using 170 grain air rifle bullets. The Rogue also has an excellent range of 60 to 70 yards when using the lighter 140 grain air rifle bullets.

Summary

While there are several factors when picking an air gun, these general guidelines will be helpful when you’re deciding on a specific caliber.  Plus, with a full selection of air guns from Crosman, including high end Benjamin air rifles, we know that you’ll find the right gun for your needs.

Happy shooting.

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