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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2008 12:16 pm 
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I know the advantages of each, but since .22 seems to be more popular on the foum. I was wondering what people are using in FT competitions in Canada?

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I believe .177 is the preferred calibre globally, not just in Canada. It offers a bit more clearance to shoot through the kill zones and shoots flatter. I think there's only one numbskull still shooting a .22 in Canadian FT but I understand that may change in the upcoming season... :roll:


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Thats why I bought my Diana #48 in .177 caliber along time ago, just for that reason :)

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I agree with Windbag, that the way to go in FT is .177.

For general use, such as hunting or plinking, it is hard to beat the .22. I like the .177 because of the flatter tragectory, so the holdover from about 40 - 55 yards is greatly reduced if the power of the guns are the same. I can pretty well hold dead on from 17-40 yards and hold a little over for closer or longer shots. I only hunt squirrel and rabbit, so the .177 shooting heavy pellets at 900+ fps does the deed very well.

With the new Hunter Division(HFT) being introduced by CAFTA, you may see more use of .22. The power is limited to around 20 ft/lb of energy, so a premier at 14.3 gr could be shot at around 780-790 fps. The hold over would be about 3" at 50 yards and about 4" at 55 yards, which is fairly manageable, especially if you have a mil dot scope. The scoring is different, allowing for one point for a target hit and two for knocking the target down. In theory, you could score a 60 without knocking a single target down. The HFT will be shot on the same course as the FT guys, but their scores are not compared.

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Numbskull ........ 22 cal. .......... FT ........ Hark, did I hear my name being called?

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I think Windbag was close to a mirror when he made the numbskull comment, but will pass the title on to you next season it seems. :D

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Ok, so there is only one person using .22... No one with QB78's? I know that the true FT guns are higher spec than a QB, but I wondered if it would be passable for a starter.

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On a regular basis, yes, only one has been using .22. It has been used in
the past by many people but the small sized KZ's, combined with the
rainbow tradjectory even at full power, has chased them all to .177. Ok,
not chased, but they have seen the lights, lol. In all seriousness, the QB
has been used and the last one out, beat Mac's first time score. Now, take
into account the new Hunter Division and its scoring system, and you
have the perfect way of competing with the QB, right out of the box. I
think that if the current Hunter Division rules were used at that match, the
fellow shooting that QB would have had at least a score of 68/120, as I
don't think he missed the entire target many times, using a 3-9 scope.

The day we get a Hunter competitor shooting a 120/120, will be a happy
one, indeed. 60/120 (based on a 60 shot match) should be within
everyone's reach after the first couple of times out.

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So the Hunter Division is the way to go if you don't plan on using specialized gear. 8)

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I'm sooo looking forward to getting out there for some friendly competition..... :P :lol:

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windbag wrote:
I think there's only one numbskull still shooting a .22 in Canadian FT.....

You can call him what you will, but he was seriously kicking some FT butt with that .22.

windbag wrote:
... but I understand that may change in the upcoming season... :roll:

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In the UK I recon that it must be at least 98% of guns used in FT/HFT are .177

When I started (a lot of years ago) I used .22, just because thats all I had. When I got a .177 it made a difference to my scores and when I got my first PCP, it made a massive change... now I just need to get a lot more practice

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