.25 Big Daddy or Big Flop?
My good friend has dipped his toe into the ‘bigger is better’ pool, but my advice to him fell on deaf ears. I explained that he might have problems on near and distant shots because the pellets are extra heavy. After his .25 experience last week, he’s putting his HW99s .25 in for part exchange for another Weihrauch in .22. After shooting it with him, he was taken aback by its limitations. We were on barn duty, where he found it extremely difficult to range the rats due to the .25’s looping trajectory. We finished that visit off by using the farmer’s .177 HW97.
The following week we were out after rabbits in the daytime. The rifle was set at 20-yard zero, hence we needed at least two mil- dots of hold- over at 33 yards, and 3½ mil- dots at 40 yards. Just to test it even further on paper targets out at some 50 yards, 5 to 6 mil- dots down were needed to hit the target area with the scope set on x7 power.
In the end we actually used the bottom black post to take the shots. So that’s the other dilemma. If you want to shoot at further distances when using .25 grain heavyweight pellets, you will need a hunting scope with many more in-built mil- dots, otherwise you will be shooting blind. We were testing out Rhino .25 and H& N .25 both 19 grains, and these seemed to be much better. We then tried Beeman Kodiak 30grains and Beeman Ram Point 27 grains. Just some food for thought, fellow hunters. Neil Edwards
Hello Neil I’ve only ever seen sub 12ft. lbs. .25 rifles as close- range hunters, and even then, I don’t know that they offer any advantage over a .22. Rats and feral pigeons are usually tackled in and around buildings and the .22 has proven itself beyond question as being an excellent performer and I’m not sure the bigger pellet could better it. Ed
Is the .25 pellet good at 12 ft. lbs? We’re not so sure