“Speed Thrills, But Foot Pounds Of Energy Kills”
The variety of game that can be harvested with today’s Benjamin® air rifles is wide ranging and understanding the relationship between velocity and energy will help you decide on the right gun for your hunting pursuits.
Larger calibers, of the same material, carry more mass and if traveling at the same velocity as a smaller caliber, will deliver more energy. Small calibers like the .177 can travel at tremendous speed, well over 1,000 feet per second and with a flatter trajectory, which translates into great accuracy at long distances. A popular size for air guns and will serve you well on small pests.
The next size in Benjamin® air guns is the .22 caliber. Being 24% larger than a .177 pellet, the .22 is a great choice for a large variety of small game. The larger mass will deliver shocking energy out to 50 yards and the most accurate hunters will find success at much greater distances. From pigeons perched atop grain silos to foxes in the hen house, the .22 caliber pellet is incredibly versatile.
With the introduction of the .25 caliber Nitro Piston break barrel and Marauder PCP rifles, large varmints and predators in the size range of bobcats and coyotes become realistic targets. While the velocity of this caliber is less than that of the .177 and .22, the larger mass means more destruction at impact, resulting in quicker, ethical harvests.
No matter what caliber of Benjamin® air rifle you choose, keep in mind that proper shot placement plays a significant role in a successful hunt. A small caliber fired into a vital organ will be far more successful than a large caliber landing in the rump of animal. Determine the game you wish to purse, pick your Benjamin® then hit the practice range.