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What is the effective range of my airgun?

The range of most airguns exceeds the skill of their owner. Here’s how you can test your effective range. The average kill zone on small game is about 1”. So, take a target and draw a 1” circle. You can use a quarter which is pretty close. Now backup to 10 yards and fire 5 shots freehand at that circle. If you get all 5 shots inside the circle, you can check 10 yards off the list as an effective range. Now back up in 5 yard increments and repeat the test. When you can no longer keep all 5 shots in the circle, you’ve exceeded your maximum effective range. More than likely 15 to 20 yards will be the limit. If you learn proper technique and continue to practice, you can increase your effective range and get more out of your airgun. Remember, a shot outside the circle often means that you’ll have a wounded animal that is suffering. Responsible hunters don’t take irresponsible shots.