Best BB Gun Rifle for the Money

So what’s the best BB gun rifle for the money?

You just can’t beat the Crosman 760 Pumpmaster BB gun.

So why is it the best BB gun rifle for the money?

…lots of great features for a very low price. (Get one now at Amazon.com)

The Crosman 760 Pumpmaster BB gun has been around for over 40 years and remains a best seller among pump action BB guns.

The 760 is a pump action bolt BB gun rifle that can fire BBs and .177 pellets, so it’s quite versatile. You can vary the power by pumping it as much as you want up to a max of 10 pumps. So if you’re shooting in your backyard, 3-5 pumps is plenty of power and at the same time quieter than 10 pumps, so you don’t disturb your neighbors.

The Crosman 760 features a rifled steel barrel and is very accurate when shooting precision pellets like H&N and JSB. The great accuracy makes the 760 ideal for hunting small game and target shooting.

The Crosman 760 BB gun has an all polymer/plastic stock and forend making it light weight and easy to carry around all day. The plastic stock is also very durable and will not break under normal usage. Wood stocks look nice but they are too heavy.

Reliability has always been great with the 760 Pumpmaster. The bolt action is positive and durable and will last many years. If the pump mechanism is maintained and oiled periodically, it will function for 10 years or longer with no issues.

The price of the Crosman 760 Pumpmaster BB gun is amazing….under $50. You get a great BB gun for just a little bit of money. It’s definitely a best buy.

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!

If you are looking for a pellet gun or even the Daisy Powerline 880, then check this link out for discounts….Shop Airguns at Amazon.com

 

Daisy Powerline 880 Velocity Chronograph

Here are the results of a chronograph test on the Daisy Powerline 880 air rifle using lead pellets from 3 different manufacturers.

Crosman 7.9 grain pellets – 695 fps

JSB 7.33 grain pellets – 719 fps

RWS 8.2 grain pellets – 687 fps

Here’s the chronograph video…

Daisy Powerline 880 Accuracy

Let’s talk about Daisy Powerline 880 pellet gun accuracy. Most think it would be poor since the Powerline is all plastic and relatively cheap in price. But this is not always the case with cheap pellet guns.

This target explains or demonstrates the accuracy of the Daisy Powerline 880 pellet gun pretty well (5 shots with open sights)….any questions?

I have had a Daisy Powerline 880 pellet gun for about 8 years now and still shoot regularly and love it. I bought it at Walmart for $35. I’ve always wanted one since I was a kid but wasn’t able to buy one back then. Here’s a link if you want to get one….Daisy Powerline 880 Pellet Gun at Amazon.com

Here’s the Daisy Powerline 880 on my shooting bench in my backyard. I was shooting JSB and Copperhead pellets.

Another 5 shot group with open sights and 53 year old eyes.

 

How Loud is the Daisy Powerline 880?

The noise level of pellet guns is important to a lot of people, especially those who shoot in his/her backyards…like me.

So how loud is the Daisy Powerline 880 air rifle?

I used an app on my smart phone to measure the sound level in dB. The app is called “Sound Meter”. It’s a free app and works great.

Here’s what the Sound Meter app looks like.

Anyway, I placed my cell phone with the app running about 18″ from the Daisy Powerline 880…so remember this is measuring the sound very close to the rifle. It will be much quieter for your next door neighbor.

Here’s my backyard shooting bench with the Daisy Powerline 880.

Here are the sound results:

  • 61 dB – 3 pumps
  • 63 dB – 5 pumps
  • 65 dB – 10 pumps

This is pretty quiet and did not make the dog next door bark. The velocity at 10 pumps is about 750 fps with a lead pellet.

Here are some sounds to compare it to:

  • 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

 

 

Daisy Powerline 880 Pros

I own a Daisy Powerline 880 pellet gun and would rate it 4 stars out of 5 stars. Here are the Pros and Cons of the 880.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Powerful 700 fps (pellets) 800 fps (BB’s) with 10 pumps
  • Inexpensive price tag $50
  • Handles nicely
  • Easy to pump
  • Good trigger pull (not to heavy)
  • Accurate
  • Good sights
  • Fairly quiet

Cons

  • Mostly plastic construction
  • Pellets can be hard to line up in front of bolt, especially with a scope mounted

Daisy 880 Powerline Pellet Gun

The Dasiy Powerline 880 is a real bargain at just under $50. You just can’t go wrong. Here’s a link to buy one online…Daisy Powerline 880 pellet gun at Amazon.com

Daisy Powerline 880 Stock

Daisy Powerline 880 Plastic Stock

The Daisy Powerline 880 air rifle has a plastic stock that is light weight and very durable, as long as you don’t abuse it. The Monte Carlo designed stock fits well and allows use of either open sights or a scope.

Daisy Powerline 880 air rifle grip

The Daisy Powerline 880 pistol grip is very comfortable and has mild checkering to provide a non-slip grip. The white grip cap spacer adds a nice touch. The trigger pull is not too heavy and will not hinder accuracy.

Daisy Powerline 880 air rifle receiver

Daisy Powerline 880 air rifle receiver

The 880 receiver is plastic and well designed. The bolt is easy to engage and cycle. The trigger guard is very functional and blends in well with the contoured pump handle. The 880 pump handle is long and provides quite a bit of leverage which makes it extremely easy to pump.

Daisy Powerline 880 Pump Handle

The Daisy Powerline 880 pump handle is mostly plastic but still functions well. The large handle makes it easy to open and pump.

Daisy Powerline 880 Pump Handle

The piston connecting rod is metal and is securely fastened to the plastic pump handle. Pumping is very smooth and requires little effort.

Daisy Powerline 880 Bolt/Loading Gate

The 880 bolt action loading gate is small and can be challenging to load pellets. The use of a pellet loader makes it much easier and faster. BB’s load as fast as you can work the bolt.

Daisy Powerline 880 Sights

The sights are fiber optic and adjustable. I like them and they work quite well. Here are the rear sights.

Daisy Powerline 880 Sights

Here is the front fiber optic sight. It’s very easy to see in most weather conditions.

Daisy Powerline 880 front Sight

Daisy Powerline 880 Forend

The forend is checkered plastic with a nice white outlined diamond. It provides a good grip, even with wet or sweaty hands.

Pellet Gun Giveaway – Crosman 2100b

***** The winner of the Crosman 1200B pellet gun is Ryan Rolison.*****

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I’m giving away one brand new Crosman 2100b .177 cal pump pellet gun.

**** As of 11/30/2016 there are only 2 entries!!!!!!

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  • Caliber: 0.177
  • Velocity: 755 ft/sec with 10 pumps
  • Warranty: One year limited
  • Multi-pump rifle shoots BBs and pellets

How to Enter:  Send an email to giveaway(at)pelletguns1(dot)com with Crosman 2100b Giveaway in the subject line and your name in the body. I will select 1 winner at the end of the giveaway promotion.

****Only U.S.A. residents can apply and you must be 18 years of age or older.

 

Benjamin 392 Pellet Gun Power Demo

So how powerful is a .22 cal pellet gun?

…how much penetration does it have?

Believe it or not, a .22 caliber 12 grain pellet at 700 fps is pretty powerful and will penetrate a 1/2″ pine board.

Watch this pellet gun demonstration featuring the excellent Benjamin 392 .22 cal pellet gun and 8 pumps.

Target Practice with the Daisy Powerline 880 Pellet Gun

The Daisy Powerline 880 pellet gun is a great value ($50) in the air rifle arena. It combines descent quality and accuracy with affordability. The 880 is a multi-pump single shot bolt action rifle with a maximum muzzle velocity of 650 fps with pellets.

Here’s a link if you are interested in the Daisy 880….Daisy Powerline 880 Air Rifle at Amazon.com

Here’s a great target practice video featuring the Daisy Powerline 880 pellet rifle and various entertaining targets ranging from soda cans to street chalk to toy soldiers. You can get really creative with targets for pellet guns.

Pellet Guns 1 Giveaway – Free Crosman 760 Pumpmaster

Congratulations to Megan Berlier-Green, the winner of the Pellet Guns 1.com giveaway!!!!

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Enter the Pellet Guns 1.com Giveaway and get a chance to win a brand new Crosman 760 Pumpmaster Pellet gun FREE.

***There are only 2 entries as of 10/10/16!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

How to Enter:  Send an email to giveaway(at)pelletguns1(dot)com with Crosman 760 Giveaway in the subject line and your name in the body. I will select 1 winner at the end of the giveaway promotion.

****Only U.S.A. residents can apply and you must be 18 years of age or older.

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  • Doubles as a BB repeater or a single shot pellet gun
  • Shoots up to 645 FPS (alloy)/615 FPS (lead)
  • Fixed blade front sight with adjustable rear sight.
  • Ideal for target shooting or small game hunting