Q: Whatever happened to the .25 calibre air rifle? Why isn’t any of the airgun distributors listing any sporters in .25 any longer? What was the last .25 calibre air rifle you reviewed in Sporting Shooter? I have every issue of the magazine since it started, so I can look it up and sob into my beer while I read it.
A: The last .25 calibre air rifle I reviewed in Sporting Shooter was the Webley & Scott Patriot sometime during the first 6 months of 2008. Indeed .25 calibre air rifles enjoyed a resurgence of interest after World War II but slid into obsolescence, eclipsed by the rapid trend toward, smaller, flatter-shooting and less expensive pellets. Before that I played with a Weihrauch R1 Magnum which gave a truly sizzling performance, averaging 590fps with lightweight 26gn Crow Magnum pellets with which I killed a fox that came to the whistle. However, I think that the .25’s rather curved trajectory which made hitting anything much beyond 30 metres with it played a part in its demise. My personal favourite is the .20 calibre which combines the best features of the .177 and .22 pellets. But alas, it also seems to have been sidelined.