Daisy Powerline 880 Review

The Daisy Powerline 880 is a multi-pump bolt action pellet gun with a maximum pellet velocity of 670 fps with lead pellets and 800 fps with BBs. The Powerline 880 is composed of both plastic and metal components. The barrel is steel with a resin shroud and is fully rifled. It is a very handy pellet gun (overall length is 37.5″) and is comfortable to shoot all day. It is also a lot of fun.

I bought this Daisy Powerline 880 at Walmart about 6 years ago for $35. Ever since I was a kid, I wanted a Powerline 880. It’s a great pellet gun for people of all ages. It’s accurate, powerful and light weight. The Powerline 880 weighs a little over 3 lbs and is made mostly of plastic. It is very easy to pump since it has a long pump lever/arm. For target practice 3 – 5 pumps are great and for hunting 10 pumps produces the maximum velocity.

A great concern I hear a lot is, “How loud is the Powerline 880?”

So I used an app on my Android phone to measure the noise level at various power levels. I placed my smart phone about 18″ from the muzzle of the 880. Just remember that I am measuring the noise level very close to the gun. Your neighbors will be much farther away and noise levels will be a small fraction of this measurement.

3 Pumps – 61 dB

5 Pumps – 63 dB

10 Pumps – 65 dB

Here are some comparisons of common noises.

  • 134 dB – .22 LR
  • 120 dB – Fire engine siren
  • 140 dB – Jet plane takeoff
  • 25 dB – Background noise
  • 42 dB – clap hands together
  • 35-40 dB – humans talking

The Daisy Powerline 880 pellet gun features a plastic receiver with metal internal parts and bolt. The plastic receiver is finished in a non-glare metal like bluing finish. It looks very much like metal. The bolt handle is plastic and pulls straight back to load BBs or pellets. The trigger guard and pump handle are also plastic.

The Daisy Powerline 880 has a simulated wood Monte Carlo stock with white line spacers. It is very attractive and shoulders very nicely even though the LOP is much less than a real rifle. This Monte Carlo stock works well with open sights and a scope. I have used both with great success. The plastic stock is very durable and water-proof. It will last a long time if you are careful with it. If you drop it off of a cliff, it will break. Just be smart.

The finish on the 880 receiver is a flat black and is great when shooting outside in direct sunlight. The bolt handle is very comfortable to pull back and then push forward. The trigger is metal and wide. It feels very good on your index finger. I really like how the pump handle blends in with the trigger guard. Very nice design.

The forend is also plastic with a simulated wood grain. The white outlined diamond is a very nice touch. The forend is checkered and provides a very good non-slip grip even in the rain.

The 880 forend is nice and wide and gives your hands something to hold on to. The pump arm is located in the center of the forend. It’s also flat on the bottom which makes it ideal for bench rest shooting. It will sit flat and not rock.

The Daisy Powerline 880 comes with open sights. The open sights are adjustable for windage and elevation. The rear sight is easy to line up with the front optic sight and proved to be quite accurate.

The front blade sight is red fiber optic and lights up in the sunlight. This makes it very easy to line it up in the rear sight. These open sights are quick to align and accurate.

The trigger guard features a button safety that engages when you push the button to “Safe”. It engages positively with a click and disengages as easily and securely. The trigger is all metal. The trigger pull is a little on the heavy side, most likely around 6 or 7 lbs. I am still able to get some really tight groups though.

Here’s a better photo of the trigger. It’s pretty wide and grooved. I like it.

Here is one of the many 5 shot groups shot with the Daisy Powerline 880 pellet gun….and with open sights.

The Daisy Powerline 880 will shoot both BBs and .177 pellets. It has a magazine that can hold 50 BBs. Once full, all you have to do is cycle the bolt and pump it up. Pellets are loaded one at a time.

Here is a close up of the bolt. You pull it straight back then load 1 pellet and then push it forward to load the pellet into the chamber. It is a little tricky to get a pellet loaded properly. You have to get it aligned correctly otherwise it will jam. BBs load easily and quickly.

Here’s the loading port. It’s a little tight for pellet loading, at least for my hands and eyes. I would like a little more room but for $35 you can’t get everything. I have to drop the pellet in and then move it to align it correctly and then slowly push the bolt closed.

Here you can see the bolt partially closed. It’s steel and magnetized to hold steel BBs. It pushes pellets into the chamber. The rear of the pellet slides over the bolt head.

The pellet is loaded and aligned with the barrel chamber.

The multi-pump handle is long with a really good grip handle. The long arm gives you more leverage to pump it. The 880 is very easy to pump 10 times. The pump handle snaps into place when the stroke is completed. The pump arm/handle is plastic and not very rigid. Care must be taken when pumping so the long arm does not break. It is however pretty flexible.

The pump handle is large and will accommodate small or large hands.

Although the pump arm/handle is all plastic the connecting arm and pump actuator are metal. These parts should last for a very long time.

Here is the fully open pump position. It is a rather long stroke but makes for easy pumping.

Here’s another 5 shot group from the Daisy Powerline 880 pellet gun. The Copperhead pellets are not known for accuracy like the JSB pellets but they still grouped very well.

This is my bench rest setup for pellet gun testing. The utility trunk is ideal for bench resting airguns. The Powerline 880 proved to be accurate with most pellets with the exception of the very light hyper-sonic pellets.

JSB pellets are most likely the moist accurate you can buy. They fit tighter than most other pellets and are available is several weights including heavy weights for hunting. Although the Powerline did really well with standard Crosman pellets.

Here’s the JSB pellet grouping of 5 shots. This is about a .60 inch group from 35 feet and with open sights. Oh yea and from a $35 pellet gun.

I would give the Daisy Powerline 880 pellet gun 4 stars out of 5 stars. It’s powerful, accurate, easy to operate, durable and inexpensive. Wow!

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Accuracy Test – Crosman SSP .22 Cal Pellets

Are Crosman SSP high velocity pellets accurate?

I test them in my new Gamo Hornet Maxxim air rifle.

I test all pellets at the same distance which is around 15 yards and in my backyard. I use a rolled up towel as a bench rest on top of a storage trunk.

Let’s take a look at my shooting/testing setup.

Here’s my pellet gun bench rest setup. It makes holding a rifle steady very easy.

Crosman SSP Supersonic Pellets in .22 cal. They weigh 9.5 grains.

Here’s a closeup of the SSP pellets.

Now let’s try a five shot group at 30 feet.

Here’s the 5 shot group from 30 feet. It’s about a 1.75 inch group. The heavier JSB pellets are much more accurate.

Lighter pellets most often are less accurate. The JSB 25 and 18 grain pellets will group in less than 1 inch.

What is a Break Barrel Air Rifle?

I had some readers ask the following question…”What is a break barrel air rifle?”

A break barrel air rifle or pellet gun is a gun in which the acton is cocked by “breaking” the barrel in a downward motion from the action. This process cocks the trigger and charges the gun, making it ready to fire.

Here is an example of a break barrel pellet gun…

To cock or charge the rifle, simply grab the end of the barrel and pull it down.

Here is the Gamo Hornet Maxxim pellet gun with the barrel “broken”. Now it can be loaded with a single pellet. Once a pellet has been loaded into the barrel, the barrel is then pushed back to its original position. Now you’re ready to fire.

Break barrel pellet guns are quick to reload and shoot compared to variable pump pellet guns.

Gamo Hornet Accuracy Break In

Most guns function more smoothly and become more accurate after a “break-in” period. With most air rifles and pellet guns, the break-in period is about 200 shots.

So far I have shot about 80 pellets through my Gamo Hornet Maxxim. Let me show you the difference in accuracy from 10 shots to 80.

Here’s the pellets I’m shooting.

I think this was the very first shooting after sight in was completed.

Now let’s look at after 75 shots….

The 5 shot group is right above the blue tape. All 5 shots are touching. This group is smaller than a dime.

Let’s take a look at another group from the lighter 18 grain JSB pellets.

Here’s another 5 shot group using lighter JSB pellets. A dime would cover this group. The accuracy is improving significantly as I shoot more. The Gamo Hornet Maxxim is very accurate.

How Loud is the Gamo Hornet Maxxim?

Here’s a very popular question among pellet gun shooters…”How loud is the XXXX Pellet Gun?” and “Can I shoot it in my backyard without scaring my neighbors?”

I have a Gamo Hornet Maxxim in .22 cal and have been shooting in my backyard for a few months now…without any problems.

I live in master plan housing community where houses are very close together. My back yard in only 46 feet wide. My neighbors houses are most likely 12 feet from my house (exterior wall to exterior wall). They are very close.

I’ve always been concerned about my neighbors calling the cops if I shoot my pellet guns in the backyard. When I first got the Gamo Hornet, I only shot 2 pellets and then went into the house. It sounded very loud to me. But what does it sound like 2 houses away? After a few months of shooting, I felt confident and starting shooting like 5-10 pellets.

The other day I heard kids playing in their backyard (just 2 houses away) and a few dogs barking in the background. I shot about 8 pellets while this was going on and nobody even flinched. The dogs didn’t react and neither did the kids playing. They were oblivious to the noise. After I was done shooting, everything went on as before. I think my house blocks a good portion of the noise. It sounds loud to me while shooting but apparently no one else thinks so. The Gamo Hornet Maxxim measures 75 dB at 1 foot from the gun.

Fun Targets – Gamo Hornet Maxxim .22 cal

If you’re tired of shooting paper targets and are looking for something new to shoot, check this out….

Fruit and vegetables make great, biodegradable pellet gun targets and they’re fun to shoot. I use a toilet paper center roll to hold the fruit.

Here’s my Gamo Hornet Maxxim pellet gun and portable bench rest. I love the Gamo Hornet!!!

Here’s the tomato ready to shoot. I always use paper books as a backstop with bricks behind. .22 cal pellet guns are very powerful and you want to make sure the pellets are stopped safely.

Here’s the tomato after the shot. I’m shooting JSB 24 grain jumbo monster pellets. The velocity is not that high because it’s very heavy but penetration is incredible.

Here’s the entry hole.

…and here’s the exit hole. Not much hydrostatic shock at 700 fps.

Here’s the apple before….

…and after. This is the entry hole.

…and the exit. Fruit makes an interesting target and you don’t have to worry about cleanup.

 

Crosman Mayhem Air Rifle – New 2017

Crosman is introducing some really cool air rifles in 2017. The biggest innovation is the SBD or Silencing Barrel Device.

The Crosman Mayhem is available in .177 and .22. The Mayhem is a powerful break barrel Nitro Piston 2 air rifle.

Crosman Mayhem Air Rifle features:

  • SBD market leading sound suppression
  • Front and rear sights
  • 3-9×40 mm scope with adjustable parallax
  • All-weather synthetic stock with soft touch inserts
  • Rifled steel barrel
  • Adjustable, two-stage clean break trigger™
  • Picatinny rail
  • Sling Mounts (rear post/front loop)
  • .22 cal. 1100 fps with alloy pellets
  • .22 cal. 950 fps with lead pellets

Crosman SBD Silencing Barrel Device Technology 2017

Crosman is introducing quite a few new airguns in 2017 along with a suppressor or Silencing Barrel Device or SBD. I’m very curious to see how quiet these new airguns are with SBD.

Here’s a video from the 2017 Shot Show featuring Crosman’s new air rifles for 2017.

Most Powerful 50 Cal Air Rifle $700

Umarex is introducing an amazing new Big Bore air rifle for 2017.

…the most powerful production air rifle

…550 grain bullets at 850 fps

…250 grain bullets at 1350 fps

…over 700 fpe for easy big game kills

…only weighs 8 lbs

…quiet…you can hunt deer in your backyard without disturbing your neighbors.

….retailing for around $700.00