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Air guns perform as well as .22 rifles for distances up to 35 yards. A velocity of 1,000 feet per second, combined with a .177 caliber high-quality pellet, will bring down most game up to 50 pounds. The accuracy of air guns is unmatched in the firearm industry. The secret is not in the BB gun, but in the quality of the pellet. High grade BB gun pellets consistently make a tight group on the target when they are used with an air gun in the $150 - $200 price range.