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 Post subject: Air Arms tx200 mkiii
PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:16 am 
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I am going to buy one of these guns. I'm looking for some suggestions as to which caliber to purchase.
I'm fairly new to this airgun thing, so forgive me if the question has already been answered.
Some input will be greatly appreciated

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 Post subject: Re: Air Arms tx200 mkiii
PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 10:32 am 
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what kind of shooting do you plan on? plinking? paper punching? Hunting? pal or sub 500 fps?

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 Post subject: Re: Air Arms tx200 mkiii
PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:39 pm 
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Lots of target shooting and some hunting

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 Post subject: Re: Air Arms tx200 mkiii
PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 1:39 pm 
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Over 500 fps

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 Post subject: Re: Air Arms tx200 mkiii
PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:33 pm 
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22 is better for hunting. More kinetic energy going downrange. More accuracy at longer ranges. Can't go wrong with 177 or 22 but 22 seems your better choice.

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 Post subject: Re: Air Arms tx200 mkiii
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I have an HW97 in .177, that shoots like a match rifle. Now, I wish I'd purchased it in .22, instead of .177.

The .177 was OK for shooting gophers to 56yards, though.

The HW98 in .22 hits a LOT harder, even though it does have more drop - just need to practice more.

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 Post subject: Re: Air Arms tx200 mkiii
PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:57 am 
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I like my tx200 in 177 shoots great for ft and I can harvest lots of grouse.


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 Post subject: Re: Air Arms tx200 mkiii
PostPosted: Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:56 pm 
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If you want to spend the most time on targets get the .177 and a .177 hitting the right area of game is a humane kill. I have used them both and both are deadly.

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 Post subject: Re: Air Arms tx200 mkiii
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Absolutely, .177 seems to do quite well for our UK friends when hunting smaller game. I like .22 for easier handling and loading of the pellets, and the more pronounced thump when you hit the target. For modest distances I’d say you would get along with either caliber just fine.

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 Post subject: Re: Air Arms tx200 mkiii
PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:24 am 
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The TX 200 is not a magnum springer, even in UK FAC format it's only producing around 14ftlbs in both calibres. On that basis I would opt for .177 purely because of the difference in trajectory. Both are accurate but the .22 is far less forgiving if your range estimation is out.
.177 will give a longer PBR for short range hunting. Either calibre will take down small game as long as the shooter can hit the right spot.
I hunted with .22 for years but now use .177 exclusively. There is an old adage in the UK, ".22 for fur, .177 for feather." There is an element of truth in the feather bit, the smaller frontal area of the .177 will penetrate through dense feathers better. On rabbits and hares the .177 is more likely to pass through the skull but that's not a problem if you've hit the right spot.
Personally, I've taken far more for the pot with .177 than I ever did with .22, I would never go back.

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 Post subject: Re: Air Arms tx200 mkiii
PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:34 pm 
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jckstrthmghty wrote:
22 is better for hunting. More kinetic energy going downrange. More accuracy at longer ranges. Can't go wrong with 177 or 22 but 22 seems your better choice.


Is that choice based on hunting experience? My personal experience is somewhat different. .22 may carry slightly more energy downrange but at the same power levels as .177 the trajectory is more pronounced. Range finding is far more critical. .177 gives me an extra few yards of hitting the killzone when it matters. Even at UK sub 12 levels the .177 carries enough power to drop rabbits at 60 yards, beyond normal ranges. I've tried both, 40 years of .22, 10 years of .177, I'll never go back to .22.


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 Post subject: Re: Air Arms tx200 mkiii
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Hmmm. Interesting. I bought the .22. With the walnut stock. This is a beautiful gun. Omg. It rivals most of my powder burners for esthetics. I'm just waiting for mounts now and I'll see what I have for a shooter.

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 Post subject: Re: Air Arms tx200 mkiii
PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:02 pm 
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hogman3006 - I think you will be happy with the .22. They are nice looking rifles indeed.
Give it a good chance to start shooting, wearing in parts, etc.

I still prefer shooting my .22's over the .177 - might be in part, due to my clumsy fingers as the larger pellets are much easier to handle and load. Too, I am less likely to crush the skirts when picking them up.

My HW97 in .177, is fun to shoot, but I still prefer my .22's, the HW98 and the Brocock concept.

The 97 and 98 both run 14 to 15.5fpe and the Brocock is a full 20fpe.

Of course, the Air Force .177 now PCP and the Condor .25 run what you set them at, whether it's sub 20fpe or over 100fpe.

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