How does it perform out rabbiting? Plus answers to questions on reducing the noise of an air rifle and the range at which a non FAC air rifle will kill cleanly.

Q: Does the .25 air rifle calibre have more hitting power for rabbits at longer ranges? What is your opinion of the new .25 airgun calibre?

It’s not new

A: The .25 airgun calibre is actually not new. It was a very popular calibre for smooth-bored airguns, such as the Gem and Britannia, produced just before and after the start of the last century. BSA made air rifles in .25 calibre before settling for the .22 as the standard sporting calibre.

dead rat

A .25 calibre air rifle is ideal for ratting in barns

.25 air rifle heavyweight

The .25 is too heavy to use in air rifles producing muzzle energies within the British legal limit of 12ft/lb.

The trajectory would not be flat enough at normal air rifle ranges, though it is ideal for short-range use such as rat shooting in barns.

.25 calibre air rifle

Harper Classic .25 HW90

Steve Harper is one of the old-school airgun makers in Britain. Famed for his innovative Harper classic guns, his fortes…

If you obtain a firearms certificate for a high-powered air rifle, then either a pre-charged pneumatic rifle firing a heavy 30- or so grain pellet or a spring-powered rifle using a lighter 18- to 20- grain pellet would make a very efficient hunting tool. Most gunshops store .25 pellets weighing between 18 and 31 grains

  1. 1. It's not new
  2. 2. Q: At what range will my non FAC air rifle kill cleanly?
  3. 3. How can I reduce the noise my air rifle makes?
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