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22 or 25 cal
« on: March 15, 2019, 10:01:21 AM »
Looking at buying my first pcp. Hardest decision so far is what caliber. I am between the 22 and 25 cal.  I will be using mostly for target shooting and a little pest control. 
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Re: 22 or 25 cal
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2019, 10:11:16 AM »
You'll notice that .22 pellets are a lot cheaper than .25

That said, I have a .25 (my first!) on the way, eventually...
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Re: 22 or 25 cal
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2019, 10:19:43 AM »
I'd get the .22, it will generally be quieter, use less air and pellets are less expensive like wimpanzee mentioned.  Especially if you are going to be target shooting, I'd think .22 would be the better choice and still plenty of power for pesting.
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Re: 22 or 25 cal
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2019, 10:33:15 AM »
If you need to hand pump, the .22 will be a lot less work.  As for hand pumps, the $45 Ebay unit is 3-stage, and goes up to 4500 psi.  Even comes with a couple of rebuilds worth of o-rings, and has a female HPA quick disconnect.  I bought one of these for my son, and also have the much more expensive Benjamin unit.  This cheap Chinese pump is definitely the better unit.
This is it on Ebay. 
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He has the Gamo Urban, this pump and a Bugbuster scope.  Nice fun, lightweight, accurate, affordable combination.  Haven't touched it.  Still as it came from the factory.  Guns have come up in price a bit since we bought ours.  These guns are made for Gamo by an English company...  can't remember the name offhand.  There is a more expensive version this from that company that can often be purchased at a competitive price.  Maybe someone else will have more details.

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Re: 22 or 25 cal
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2019, 10:42:07 AM »
.22 for majority usage as target shooting with some hunting/pesting.
.25 for mostly hunting/pesting and a touch of target punching.
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Re: 22 or 25 cal
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2019, 10:49:38 AM »
.22 for majority usage as target shooting with some hunting/pesting.
.25 for mostly hunting/pesting and a touch of target punching.
What DEz said and once you decide on your budget there will be plenty of enablers here with advice on which rifle and what pump to purchase and more than likely a link to the amazon or ebay seller to purchase your budget support equipment from.  You see we all here on this forum just love to show people where the rabbit hole is .  ;D ;D  :o  ::) Unfortunately we also usually forget to mention just how deep that rabbit hole really is. In fact ask DEz to post a picture of his Air Gun shop and the trailer where he stores his overflow collection in   ;D ;D ;D ;D
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Re: 22 or 25 cal
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2019, 11:35:51 AM »
Oh heck, go all in for your first one and get the FX Dreamline!  Then it doesnít really matter because if you get the .22 now, you can get the .25 later, and then get the .177 and after that get the .39 and have all the bases covered. And then when you get tired of the current stock you can swap it out for another type. You can go Classic in a sweet laminate or walnut, or go tactical or bull pup, or lightweight!  And when you need more shots per fill upgrade to the 489cc CF tank!  The possibilities are endless and guaranteed to place you well into that rabbit hole!!!
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Re: 22 or 25 cal
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2019, 12:26:31 PM »
The nice thing about the 22 is not only are pellets cheaper, but you can walk into any Walmart and pick up a tin or 8.

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Re: 22 or 25 cal
« Reply #8 on: March 15, 2019, 12:42:06 PM »
I was looking at the Hatsan Flash, and was going to buy it in .25. Then I saw somewhere that the .25 has a loopy trajectory, whereas the .22 is flatter. I don't know if this holds true for other rifles, but it caused me to change my mind to .22, and that's what I ended up buying. Most of my shooting is going to be small pests at short range, or basement target shooting.
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Re: 22 or 25 cal
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2019, 12:50:04 PM »
Yeah, start of with a .22 for sure.
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Re: 22 or 25 cal
« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2019, 01:24:24 PM »

Start with .22 caliber first for plinking and small game pest control, plus the other points other members have already noted.  If you feel you need more range and power then go with a .25 caliber later.


I am not a fan of these multiuse guns where you can swap barrels/calibers.  You'll have to tune and sight in for each.  It is much better to quickly grab a gun already tuned and sighted in for the task at hand.
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Re: 22 or 25 cal
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2019, 01:34:01 PM »
I was looking at the Hatsan Flash, and was going to buy it in .25. Then I saw somewhere that the .25 has a loopy trajectory, whereas the .22 is flatter. I don't know if this holds true for other rifles, but it caused me to change my mind to .22, and that's what I ended up buying. Most of my shooting is going to be small pests at short range, or basement target shooting.

Iím not sure that a .25 is loopy in its trajectory. Maybe if its underpowered such as on a .25 springer so as where the pellets are being lobbed at low speed. But any of my average speed .25s are going to outshoot an average speed .22 at 50 yards in real world conditions.

But the .22 is better for plinking due to air usage and pellet price. I set up both of my .22s as Walmart pellet friendly pinkers and light hunters.
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Re: 22 or 25 cal
« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2019, 01:35:10 PM »
I think you made a smart choice. The flash is an excellent gun. I have the 25 and wish I had the 22. Will probably end up with both. Ps my 25 is not loopy.
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Re: 22 or 25 cal
« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2019, 01:56:13 PM »
The 22 caliber would be ideal for plinking/target shooting. It also has plenty of power for pesting at reasonable distances. There are a ton of pellet choices out there and some of the pellets are heavy enough that they put out a respectable amount of energy. I just purchased a 22 over the holidays and Im loving it. While my 25 is not!!!! Lol. Youll have to keep us posted on what you decide.
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Re: 22 or 25 cal
« Reply #14 on: March 15, 2019, 02:14:16 PM »
The nice thing about the 22 is not only are pellets cheaper, but you can walk into any Walmart and pick up a tin or 8.

Any pesting type critter you can put down with a .25 can be put down with a well placed .22 shot.
And every now and then when I catch walmart with a sale on pellets or in my case they just  price them wrong and I buy all that are on the shelf.
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Re: 22 or 25 cal
« Reply #15 on: March 15, 2019, 02:16:31 PM »
.22 for majority usage as target shooting with some hunting/pesting.
.25 for mostly hunting/pesting and a touch of target punching.

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Re: 22 or 25 cal
« Reply #16 on: March 15, 2019, 04:02:56 PM »
Yup .22 is the way to go IMO. I own no other caliber airguns at this point only .22. If you need bigger then just go straight to .30!
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Re: 22 or 25 cal
« Reply #17 on: March 15, 2019, 04:13:20 PM »
I have got both .22 and .25 and if I had to make a choice of only one to keep it would be the .25, it just makes me smile more when shooting it.
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Re: 22 or 25 cal
« Reply #18 on: March 15, 2019, 04:32:24 PM »
I have got both .22 and .25 and if I had to make a choice of only one to keep it would be the .25, it just makes me smile more when shooting it.




Thatís the way I feel. Just jump into the 25 if you have the means. If budget is a concern then 22.

Just beware the 25 will blow thru your fence in the backyard and keep on going. They are no joke.

My very first pcp and serious airgun was a 25 marauder. Looking back the only thing I regret was selling it to a friend, but it turned him into a airgun nut also. So not really a loss I guess.
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Re: 22 or 25 cal
« Reply #19 on: March 15, 2019, 04:44:46 PM »
My first was a .22 Maximus. I used it primarily to hunt ground squirrels and plink once I killed/ scared them away for the day. ~20 fpe for 15-20 shots,  accurate,  and easy to pump.  Needs a moderator if noise is a concern and brass trigger mod if you feel inclined.
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