Are .22 rimfires more powerful than FAC .22 airguns? Ask our guru
D ear Guru
What’s the difference between a .22 airgun and a .22 rimfire? My mate says the rimfire is much more powerful, but they’re both .22 of an inch, aren’t they? So why is the rimfire more powerful? You can get FAC .22 airguns. Are they as powerful as a .22 rimfire? PAUL Hello Paul A .22 rimfire is a very small rifle cartridge that contains propellant powder, like other rifle cartridges that might be used for deer or foxes. In simple terms, the more propellant you have behind the bullet, the more power it will have, and the .22 rimfire has very little. However, that tiny bit of propellant allows it to make over 100 ft.lbs., some ten times the power of the average airgun. FAC airguns are usually around 30 or 40 ft.lbs. although there are much more powerful ones coming to the market, such as the Gamo TC35 tested in last month’s magazine. This is a .357” bore, launching huge 81 grain pellets at around 120 ft.lbs. The world is changing every day when it comes to highpower airguns.
“some ten times the power of the average airgun”
BELOW: Rimfire rifles are a staple of professional rabbit controllers
RIGHT: The rimfire cartridge (middle) is some ten times more powerful than the average airgun