.25 Big Daddy or Big Flop?

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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

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