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Air Rifle for small game

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I'm looking at spring powered air rifles for emergency small game hunting. They're usually quieter than .22lr and usually cheaper to shoot. I also know that PCP are more powerful, but one needs a fairly serious compressor (or a classroom full of 7th graders) to charge the air tubes. Springers are easier to operate, IMO, in emergency situations. So I'm posting in the caliber zone because I want to know if I should be looking at .22 or .177 caliber. .177 is the most common and it will kill squirrels or rabbits BUT the shot has to be near perfect. .22 pellets are a bit harder to find, but make bigger holes. Anyone here actually do any hunting with either? If it makes any difference, I'm looking at one of the $150 - 250 Gamo guns.
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I have a Beeman spring powered. It came with both barrels (.177and .22) and a scope. Stainless steel. I've taken birds, rabbits, cats. With the .177. Ive taken a wood chuck, rabbits lots of rabbits with the .22.. i bought quality pellets for both caliber.
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I totally agree with you and @lklawson. Shooting competition PCP rifles showed me real quick that quality match pellets really were worth the extra price. If I go .177, they are more available, being the most popular, and can be used with BBs in a pinch. Guessing the heavier pellets would be better for hunting applications.
Moonz, what model is that Beeman? I like the idea of 2 barrels. Didn't know they were made
Its the Kodiak or something.
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