The Excite spike in 177 is a excellent small game round. Most people do not like pointed pellets for hunting, but I feel people can be too picky when it comes to pellets. Crosman pointed pellets are much cheaper, but their size of the pellet skirt and weight of pellet is not consistent. When it comes to hunting, accuracy is extremely important. The Excite spike pellets are incredibly accurate out of my Hatsan 135 and make a excellent hunting round. Penetration is superb and have no problem taking small game with one shot.