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OK, it's a very old question but what do you favor caliber wise. in a sub 12ftlb air rifle.

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Is Weihrauch still in business over there? had a HW77K spring rifle in the 80s over there (Glasgow). it is just under the current 12 LB limit doesn't require a FAC. .22 cal, under lever air rifle,and bought one for my oldest girl, lives outside London. that was a few years ago, and then .22 was around $490, .177 was about $350 USD it is a weighty unit, but rock solid to shoot. they did have a model, took a 200 bar air charge, fired 50 rounds off it, think it was the HW100K/TK but they were pricey...
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.22 especially for Rattus norvegicus.

Weight and mass stay in the animal on impact, rather than drill through and exit.

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I have a Weihrauch HW35 in .22, it's over 40 years old and passed down to me by my Father.
Can't remember the last time it got a new spring but it still shoots as good as ever and will kill any rabbit, pigeon etc. at 40 + yards - no bother.
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I've only owned one air rifle and that was a .22 Air Arms S310. Lovely gun but it was rather heavy (with bipod) for my skinny arms! very sad I got rid of it but I didn't lose a penny selling it. In the future I'd like something, smaller and lighter in a rifle. Thought of going .177 for its flatter trajectory but do realise that the slower heavier .22 hits with a bigger smack.

Anyway, some more questions and thanks in advance. I do appreciate all the input.

If .22 hits heavier compared to .177 then why so few .25 air rifles?

If you were to dispatch a live caged rat or squirrel, would you use an air pistol?

If a .22 12ftlb air rifle with a misplaced shot, can injure an animal, is it humane to use a sub 6ftlb air pistol for a quick kill on something that's caged?

I read an old article in the Telegraph because a man drowned a grey squirrel and was done by the RSPCA, You can't beat an animal to death either, so me doing the rat in with a few smacks of a shovel, I could've broken the law (surely this is madness). You're supposed to do it with a strike to the head. I probably broke all the bones in that rats body 3 times over.

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A .25 air rifle at 12ft/lbs has a very very loopy trajectory due to the low power and heavy projectile.

They are exceptionally good in FAC air rifle, but suffer from a very limited selection of pellets.

6ft/lb is very low for live quarry.

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