Benchrest with .22 Air

Discussion in 'Benchrest' started by mickmep, Apr 5, 2018.

  1. mickmep

    mickmep New Member

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    wonder if anyone can help with a question that's been going round my mind.
    is there any advantage or disadvantage to using a .22 air rifle for bench rest as opposed to a .177 ?
    i appreciate that most high end benchrest guns are .177 as they are really FT or HFT guns, but for say a FX Impact would there be any disadvantage using the .22 ?
    indoors i cant see it would make much difference, but would it be a slight advantage if shooting outdoors ?

    thanks
     
  2. Brian.Samson

    Brian.Samson Allowed in Sales Staff Member

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    It's a myth that .22's are less affected by the wind than .177's sub 12 ft.lb

    BR is scored with a .22 marking gauge anyway so in theory it should make no difference. We already compete against .22 Rimfire with .177 Air on an even keel.
     
  3. Yorkshiretea

    Yorkshiretea B Grade Bandit

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    .177 may be a safer bet if you want to do any FT or HFT as well but as Bri says for BR it won't make much difference.
     
  4. castle

    castle Member

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    Nothing wrong with the impact in .22, i use that and a walther and steyr in .177 and get the same scores (ish) no matter what i use. As said above, they use a .22 probe anyway and you could argue that the probe follows the line of least resistance when shooting with .177 which might end up in a lower score?:)
     
  5. Joseph Stakun

    Joseph Stakun New Member

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    I shoot 25 and 50M BR and use a RAW TM1000 in .177 cal. I've tried 22s but they just don't shoot as well. My gun has a polygonal barrel and likes the JSB 13.3 gr pellets the best.
     

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