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Old 12-26-2021, 1:08 AM
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Default Crosman Optimus .22 or .177

I am thinking of picking up an air rifle for some back yard plinking mostly. But also to practice and introduce my younger fam to firearms. I am looking at the Crosman Optimus. It's got a wood stock and costs a little over $100, and the price is the same for .22 or .177. I was originally thinking of getting a .177, but for you guys who have an airgun, would I regret not getting the .22?
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No. Not for targets in the backyard or cans anywhere.
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I've typically always of the opinion that .177 is best for paper punching.

BUT, that's if the pellet gun is lower power (roughly 450~600fps). Higher power guns can make for sporadic groupings in .177. For stronger power plants, such as what's inside the Optimus, I'd say .22 is a better choice as the heavier pellet will bring down fps to a manageable level and accuracy won't be sacrificed. Plus the larger pellets are easier to handle when loading.
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I would go .177 as pellets are cheaper and easier to find.


Unless you are shooting squirrel or rabbit, no benefit with the 22



They also sell a very lightweight alloy .177 pellet
Why?
1- marketing - they go 50-100 fps faster
2- as they are light weight they will stop faster so less penetration on back stop and if one is shot at a bird on a wire... they are less likely to do damage when they land.



Have you looked at the ruger 10/22 pellet gun ?
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