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Modern air rifles for hunting small game have a smaller CO2 or compressed air reservoir built into the gun. These rifles usually fire .177-, .22-, or .25-caliber small projectiles (pellets).

Big-bore air rifles are designed for hunting larger game. These guns:

  • Typically use .357- to .50-caliber ammunition.
  • Must have separate pressurized compressed air tanks to fill their large air reservoirs.
  • Depending on the weight of the projectile, often can fire multiple shots before you need to refill them with compressed air.
  • Usually are bolt-action, single-shot rifles, but some .357-caliber models use a rotating magazine that holds several projectiles.
Graphic of two rifles labeled: stock, trigger, trigger guard, scope, barrel, rear sight, double compressed air reservoir, muzzle, front sight, single compressed air reservior
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