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: At what range will my non FAC air rifle kill cleanly?
A: Modern air rifles can be very effective tools for pigeon shooting, even the non FAC( under 12ft/lbs) variety.
The .177 is considered to be the more accurate of the two, but for stopping power, you cannot beat the heavier .22, particularly if you only go for head shots.
Depending on your ability, expect to restrict your range to a maximum of 40 yards, a distance generally regarded as being the sporting limit for a shotgun.
The beauty of an air rifle is its quietness allowing it to be used in fairly confined areas where the noise of a shotgun would bring complaints from residents in the near vicinity.